- My kitty Anya had to spend the night at the hospital last night.
- When I called the internal specialist yesterday after getting his name from Anya's regular veterinarian, I was told to bring her in to the emergency room that same day.
- The specialty hospital Anya's veterinarian recommended is 70 miles away.
- It is actually a nice drive, albeit a little longer than Anya would like considering how much she hates being crated and having to go for car rides.
- The drive, however, isn't so nice when it is windy and pouring down rain.
- Animal people are among the best. The hospital staff were all very professional and kind. The patients' humans were too.
- On my visit yesterday, I met a woman who was picking up her dog. He'd been snatched by a coyote a couple of years ago and only got away because she came screaming out of the house. He's had serious health problems ever since.
- As I was waiting for Anya to be brought out this morning, I was going over the final bill and a woman commented, "It's a shocker, isn't it?" She and her husband were there with their cat who had just had major surgery. She and her husband told me they're already into the five digits cost wise and said they understood what I must be going through. We chatted a bit about our animals and wished each other the best.
- Anya underwent quite a few tests and had to have a blood transfusion because her red cell count was at such a dangerous level. She is doing well now and seems much more alert and happy today.
- She came home with two types of medication, one in pill form and the other a liquid. Here's hoping Anya is the rare cat who takes her medicine easily.
- I will be getting one of the test results back tomorrow and then more next week. Then maybe we'll know more about what exactly we are dealing with.
- In the meantime, I'll be taking her back to her regular veterinarian this next week to check on her red blood cell levels. If the medicine works right, she won't need another transfusion any time soon. That's the hope anyway.
- Blood transfusions are very expensive.
- The internal specialist said that if it's what we think it is (Pure Red Cell Aplasia), it will be a long road for recovery; but if the medicine takes, her chances of a full recovery are good.
- I'm kind of hoping it's what he thinks it is because the other options are not so optimistic.
- Through all of this, all I wanted to do was eat Dairy Queen Blizzards. I was good. I only had one.
Thank you for all of the prayers, well wishes and positive energy you sent Anya's way. Anya is my little angel, as you know, and it's been difficult these past few days.
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