Sunday, July 3, 2011
Last Wednesday the Woman (who I can't hate because she does keep pretty good tabs on me even though she's NEVER here anymore) notice I'm really skinny. Well, she noticed even a week before that but the Awesome Man told her I'm fine. Anyhow, she took me to the vet and we both disliked the vet we saw AND it was her last day in the practice....but they kept me overnight and gave me fluids and ran my blood and made sure I was eating. They discharged me the next day without seeing anything really wrong (aparently...but I'll get to that). The big-cheese vet man said if I wasn't better in a couple of days to get an ultrasound.
We live next to, arguably, the best Vet School in the country: University of Pennsylvania. All of our vets actually went there too. They have 24/7 care and the Woman and Awesome man have been really busy so they planned on going tonight. So the Woman calls and gets a rude lady who says they don't have any radioligists around and they can't do an ultrasound. She calls the other hospital (that she despises from the Latte kitten fiasco) and they were friendly but also said no dice on the radiologist, they could admit me and have the radioligist appointment on WENDESDAY. No dice. She calls the local 24/7 clinic and they tell her about North Star which just opened about a month ago. She called, and they said no problem on the ultrasound just bring me in.
There were a couple of real woofie emergencies ahead of me that made the Woman cry seeing them so we waited a bit but not too long. The vet man was really nice and was concerned with my blood results. Oh yeah, knowing I'd be going to a specialist the Woman had asked the regular vet to send her my records. It was a silly PITA because she PAID for them, she should get them and last we checked there were no HIPPA requirements for cats. Anyhow, they were faxed along to her which made the most sense since we ended up at a completely different vet hospital than we thought. My liver values are 3x the high range. When she looked at that she got P.I.S.S.E.D. that the vets hadn't pushed her as more of an emergency.
So, where we stand is I'm in Central NJ getting fluids and awaiting the morning where the internist vet will be in and give me an ultrasound. There are lots and lots of options of what is going wrong with me so we aren't freaking out yet. I am just not myself, I feel really sleepy and uncomfortable and have very little interest in eating or drinking. I weigh meezer weight 10 lbs. Me!! 10 lbs!! Things are not good with me and I can't wait to feel better. Everyone's purrs from Facebook have been so wonderful and they remind the Woman that I'm not just her cat, I belong to all of my friends here, I have such a wonderful extended family even though we don't blog much anymore. We love you all!
Finally, all of this is made so much less stressful to my humans because of my pet insurance. We've said it all along, but this is the first time we've really needed it in 3 years of having it. Pet Plan is such a blessing. My bill is already $2,600 and all but $200 of that is covered under my policy; up to $8,000 (and I only have "bronze" coverage Kaze has gold for $12,000) per year. Please everyone, have your humans consider insurance!! It is only a couple hundred a year per cat. The Awesome Man did the math and it would ake 250 months of payments to get to the point where it would be cheaper to have just paid for it yourself. The hospital lady said only 10% of animals who come in have insurance, I hope I can inspire even just one of my friends to be covered.
Thank you all for the purrs and keep them coming!