I had just pulled into the Langley Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery’s parking lot when my phone started to ring. I glanced at the call display – it was the veterinarian’s office! I’d been anxiously waiting to hear the results of Holly’s ultrasound test to see if the Cushing disease was in her adrenal gland or her brain. As I previously indicated – if the tumor is in her adrenal gland, it would require expensive surgery (between $8,000 – $10,000).
However, if the tumor is in her brain – it could be treated by medication ($150 per month). It won’t cure her, but it will manage the disease and eliminate the excessive drinking and peeing.
The ultrasound test was on Wednesday, but the results wouldn’t be available until Thursday morning.
I had a tooth removed in May 2018 at Dr. Kang’s office because the tooth was in the ‘radiation field’ (from thirty-seven days of radiation treatments for throat cancer).
The radiation treatments had destroyed most of my salivary gland, which produces the saliva that protects teeth from bacteria and decay. I’ve lost thirteen teeth since my cancer treatments ended – because of the radiation treatments. This extraction was at the back of my mouth, and the area never healed afterward. And that was because the radiation had destroyed most of the red blood cells in my jaw bone. So last Fall, I underwent daily hyperbaric oxygen replacement therapy for thirty days. Each session lasted approximately ninety minutes.
But the infected area still wasn’t healing correctly – small bone fragments remained in the extraction area that had to be ground down by drilling. So over the past 18 months, I’ve been going to Dr. Kang for treatments every couple of months.
I parked the car and answered the phone; my hand was shaking. I didn’t want any more bad news, especially when this day was the anniversary of my dear Mom’s passing in 2010.
When Dr. Wood started to speak, I was expecting bad news. But the results were excellent – the tumor was in her brain and not the adrenal gland. The doctor said her prescription was ready for me to pick up.
I wish that I could convey how thankful I am to know that I’ll have my Holly around – hopefully, for a few more years!
I was still smiling as Dr. Kang began the procedure by administering several needles to freeze the area. But first, he and Jenna, his assistant, pried my mouth open wide as he took photos of the extraction area.
Dr. Kang then showed me the photos on an overhead monitor and showed me the two small bones that would he was going to remove during the procedure.
While waiting for the freezing to take effect, I chatted with Jenna and told her how much I appreciated the help that I’ve received over the past ten years. I love Dr. Ben Kang and his staff and consider them as family.
Here are two short video clips: Inside Danny’s mouth
On my way home, I picked up Holly’s prescription from the vet’s office. When I got home, I picked Holly up and started dancing with her. And for the first time in weeks, I felt a heart-warming burst of happiness.
Dedicated to Dr. Ben Kang and his staff
Today’s tune from Danny’s library (purchased):