Today it was Dr. Olsen who was seeing patients. He had the unpleasant duty of putting our Sally to sleep many years ago. What this means is that he has seen me in tears before. It took him about two seconds to grab the tissue box and slide it across the metal table to me today. I was teary. After all I've been dreading this for a while now.
|Today. She was begging to leave...."Please Mom???"|
After a considerable amount of time examining and listening to Chloe he confirmed that she had a heart murmur as well as fluid in her lungs. Then he proceeded to tell me all of the tests he wanted to run and gave me a quote that made my heart sink. We couldn't afford all of this. And then to treat her as well? We would have to say goodbye.
But something made me ask if we really had to do ALL of those things at one time or could we take smaller steps to find out what was going on. He was agreeable and we decided on the x-rays to start. They confirmed fluid in both lungs and a very enlarged heart. My poor baby. I thought that was the end. At best he thought we would get weeks to months with her. He could maybe see a year at which he reminded me that in dog years that was really three. I kind of didn't think that should play into the equation....one year or three "dog years".
|Just a few weeks ago....|
|With "her" kitties.|
And so, for now, our baby is home and on medication. We will love her to pieces while we have her.
I'm praying that she gets a nice relief from the medication and gets to continue playing with her toys for a good bit of time yet. It is her second favorite thing to do....second to eating. That girl LOVES to eat! Must run in the family. :-)