When Morty showed up in our driveway, he had what appeared to be an injury on his head. We not so silently cursed whoever had hit Morty, with whatever implement was used, for hurting him.
Turns out, the ‘injury’ was actually a cyst that had broken open. A biopsy was done at the time of Morty’s neuter, and it was determined the cyst was benign.
We learned to live with the bump, telling people it was Morty’s brain leak. Hey, he came to us intelligent and has become increasingly stupid, ergo, the brain leak story seemed not only plausible but possible!
The cyst got bigger, Morty got stupider, the rough-playing Idiot Group increased by 1 (Marcy) and it became impossible to keep the cyst from either rupturing or getting torn open, which inevitably lead to infection, a trip to the vet, and a course of antibiotics.
Today, we got Morty’s brain leak plugged. The cyst was removed.
When the vet had Morty’s head open, she found the cyst was much larger than previously believed. What was anticipated as maybe a 1 inch straight incision turned into a several inch Franken-Morty gash. In retrospect it makes sense: the outward size of the lump vs. the marked decrease in Morty’s intelligence did seem a little out of proportion.
As the incision heals, the skin will more than likely pucker around it. In other words, Morty’s gonna have a pretty good scar. But at least whatever brain he has left won’t leak out any more!
Crabby says if the scar is really prominent, he’s going to tell people he meets in the wilderness Morty got it fighting off a bear. Apparently that sounds a lot cooler than saying Morty had a cyst. We wouldn’t want Morty not to be cool, now would we?
Morty is resting comfortably, doped up on Tramadol for the pain. The trick will be keeping him quiet, which means separate from the rest of The Idiot Group until Halloween, when he is scheduled to have his stitches removed. Wish us luck!
While you’re waiting for Morty to recover and head back out into the wilderness, please enjoy this, Crabby’s first attempt at video production, from Morty Cam during a Sunday Family Desert Walk a few weeks ago. Bless Crabby for being able to sit through very long, stomach lurching segments to pull out only the good parts!