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Not great news from the vet...

Ok. The vet just rang me. It isn't her thyroid.

She has to have a scan tomorrow of her heart and other organs to see what it is. They are also looking for cancer.

If it is her heart, depending on the state of it, it might be controllable up to a point with medication. But it would mean her going for regular appointments at the vet to check progress. Also, if it is her heart, the eye operation will be risky, maybe too risky and that is the thing that is causing her pain. The vet said it's possible that if her heart is bad, we could just keep her eye more comfortable with eye drops.

Not all cats respond to the heart medication. And even if they do, especially if they are old, they haven't usually got long to live and they tend to deteriorate very rapidly.

I can't find the words at the moment. I know I don't know yet how bad it is, but I was so hoping it would be the thyroid thing.

I don't want the end of her life to be a series of trips to the vet. But how do I know whether it's the right thing to choose to have her put to sleep if it is so bad that it would be like that?

I shouldn't think about that yet, but I can't help it.

I'm trying to take one step at a time. I ring the vet tomorrow around 4pm and see what they've found. I asked the vet to please, when it came to it, tell me what she really thought the best thing to do was, totally from Whiskey's point of view. I don't care how I feel about it, I just want her to either be relatively comfortable or if she isn't, then I would have to made that hard decision. The vet is very nice - I trust her to tell me it straight.

I don't know how I'm going to get through the night. It's weird enough without her here, but now I know that it isn't her thyroid and they're looking for heart disease or cancer, I feel like I'm going to shatter.

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Apr. 18th, 2005 06:54 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry. But you're being a true mensch by putting Whiskey's needs first. It's all you can do.
Apr. 18th, 2005 07:45 pm (UTC)
Offering from The Chick...
*kitty prayers*
Apr. 18th, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC)
You must think about it now, before it is absolutley necessary.

the one comment I have on the subjest is:
We are lucky enough to be able to spare our beloved pets the pain and possibly undignified results of the dieing process. Many people I have known have choosen to give this gift to their pets when it was apparent that any other road may prolong life, but not in any pleasant manner.

of course, it could be that you have nothing to worry about it the near future, and we can all pray for that. Don't focus on the negative, just be prepared and have a game plan--just in case.

Apr. 19th, 2005 05:58 am (UTC)
I agree with you completely.

I have really thought about it already - I think I was just kind of saying aloud to myself "ok, well you will face that decision tomorrow once you know what's wrong." I think I was also just trying not to focus on the negative, as you say. Although I know really, I have to take one step at a time and the next step is finding out what exactly is wrong.

Once I know what's wrong and how she is actually feeling, I would know what to do - well, ok, if it's not a clearcut diagnosis it might be difficult to decide. But I am of the same opinion as you about it. If something is wrong with her that means she is actually in pain or uncomfortable or just going to get worse or anything like that, I will do what is right for her. It's only because it's possible it may turn out to be something controllable that I'm not sure yet. I know really what I would decide to do if it was the right thing for her.

Apr. 20th, 2005 01:21 am (UTC)
Such a Brave and Smart Woman you are!!
How's it going today? (I may not delve into my friend's pages tonight to find out for myself--new YA-YA book to read and that's all I really feel like doing...)
Apr. 18th, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty speechless about this because my dog is one of the best things in my life. I can't even begin to imagine your pain. Small solace, but gentle hugs to you.
Apr. 18th, 2005 10:23 pm (UTC)
*hug* I'm so sorry. This must be so difficult for you. If you need anything you still have some *real* caring friends who are more than willing to be here for you when and if you need anything. I know you and I don't have phone numbers, but if you need anything just e-mail me, or I don't know if you have an AIM or messenger, I'm Aeval Bride if you do.
Apr. 18th, 2005 10:35 pm (UTC)
:( I'm so sorry it wasn't her thyroid, I know how much you were hoping for that. The both of you are in my thoughts, I hope you get a bit of positive news back. Hang in there.
Apr. 19th, 2005 12:20 am (UTC)

*Thinking of you both*

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