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12-03-13 – A No-Go – She Has a Heart Arrhythmia

Filed under: Uncategorized — ddmckenna at 4:54 am on Tuesday, December 3, 2013

So the vet’s office called today.  Misty’s EKG revealed an arrhythmia. VPCs – ventricular premature contractions?  She will need more tests before she can have any kind of surgery.  To make sure her heart can handle going under anesthesia, and also to rule out any nasty underlying causes.  There would be no point in doing an amputation if something else horrible is about to kill here.  🙁

An electrocardiogram will be the next step before she can have any surgery.

But in the mean time we still know nothing about the growth on her leg.  In frustration I asked the doctor what she thought I should do and she didn’t really have a good answer.  Finally after going around and around with her I asked, “Could we maybe try another fine needle aspirate?  The first one I am pretty sure missed the mass, but now that she has had antibiotics and the swelling around it is gone, we know exactly where it is – and it’s bigger and easier to find.” I probably didn’t say it as clearly and concisely as that, but that was the gist of it.  She brightened at that and we did the aspirate.  Hopefully this will tell us something, and it is a lot less painful for Misty than a biopsy.

Goodness, this is all getting so expensive!  What terrible timing – the move has been costly already. By the way, we moved because my fiance got hired for a handsome salary by a large company down here – he works in IT. He moved down ahead of me, back in July.  I stayed behind to pack and clean and sell the house.  Since I didn’t have a job down here, I had to stay until the house was sold in order for us to be able to afford the mortgage at home AND the rent in FL.  And in order to get the mortgage from our house in NY off our backs we ended up selling it at a loss.  The closing is tomorrow, we did all the paperwork last week and then sent it to our lawyer by FedEx. Oh well, at least the mortgage will no longer be eating up every cent we have.  Now if I can find a nice job down here.  Currently I am working remotely for my “former-ish” employer in NY, on a temporary basis.  But due to weird administrators’ politics I was not able to retain a full-time position, I am working 3/4 full time, with a proportional decrease in pay.  This is part of the reason I had to stay in NY – until the house had a buyer we couldn’t drop my pay down to 3/4.  Anyway, now that the house has sold, this should be enough to get by on while I find something new. And it is nice that I am able to work part-time and from home during this time when Misty needs so many appointments.  I will get to take care of her once she does have surgery, if she does.



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