Monday morning, I dropped Millie off at the vet’s for her ultrasound. We knew something was wrong because she was peeing blood, but not exactly what. Dr. Debbie suspected a tumor. Anyway, the ultrasound tech diagnosed her with bladder stones. Not a great dx because sx is expensive, but a better outcome than a tumor growing on her bladder. The office called and asked if we wanted to schedule her for surgery Tuesday. Obviously I want to say yes, but the estimate of between $1300 and $2500 was a big number to swallow when I am broke as a joke.
I panic-posted about her dx an the costs on Ravelry and Twitter, and pretty quickly money started coming in. In the meantime I also applied for Care Credit, justt in case. I got approved, and I called my vet back to say yes, please schedule Millie for sx on Tuesday.
Tuesday rolls around, her sx goes great. They removed several small-pea sized stones, one of which they gave back to me at my request. Its in a little rx jar waiting for me to bust out the microscope to check out the urolith up close and personal.
She was scheduled to come home on Wednesday but she was being anorexic, so she actually came home on Thursday. She was such a good girl, she didn’t lick her wound once and didn’t need to wear the cone of shame aka the funny hat.
Because of folks who love cats, I only had to charge $1350 of the $2400 total bill, and I can have almost all of it paid off before the interest kicks in, so that’s good because Care Credit has terrible interest rates.
Yesterday was two weeks post-sx, and Millie got her staples removed. The vet complimented her healing, and said she’s such a good patient. No scratching or biting or fighting. She’s very sweet with them and just wants to be petted.
She’s very obviously feeling a lot better. She’s been spending all morning and afternoons with me, lots of cuddling, napping with me, and a few days ago while I was doing aquarium water changes, she spent a solid half an hour splashing in the water being siphoned into the bathtub until she was half soaked. Then she crawled into my bed to take a nap…lol.
I’m so grateful for everyone who helps with her bills. I sent thank-you cards to everyone whose address I had from PayPal, quite a few of which went to foreign countries. Luckily I had a ton of greeting cards on hand, and both domestic and international letter stamps. I stuffed all the letters with stickers, as many as I could while keeping them under an ounce. My planning to have so many penpals paid off!