Well, $1600 later, we brought Lucky Baby home today. What did we get for our $1600? Well, she's been on iv fluids for a week and been getting round the clock care. We don't have a diagnosis, but suspect cancer. (The hepatic lipodosis they thought it was turned out to be a best case scenario diagnosis.) They wanted to run more and more tests and we said, "No". She's had enough: enough blood tests, enough fur shaved off, enough needles. I guess now we just wait. We wait to see if the guess is wrong and it isn't cancer and she bounces back or wait for signs she's declining and wonder how long it will be before we have to head back to the pet hospital to put her down.
We're all sad, but resigned...we've done all we can do for her. Honestly, even though it will take us a while to recover from the expenditure, the time it gave us has helped the children understand the immense responsibility that is pet ownership. It is so much more than being able to buy the food each month...it is having to make the really hard decisions about what is best for the animal, even when your heart aches.
Thanks for listening...I know to some people it is no big deal and I can appreciate that, but for all of us, it has been really difficult.