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03-12-14 – Ultrasound

Filed under: Uncategorized — ddmckenna at 5:47 am on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Poor little girl had a hard day: fasted, visited the vet where she got sedated, her belly and leg shaved, and had an ECG and ultrasound, then rode home in a strange car with a stranger driving. She even has razor burn.

Her abdomen is fine, nothing funny going on there.  She is healthy.  I asked my vet if that and the oncologist’s information had changed her opinion – if it were her cat would she go forward with the amputation?  She said if it were her cat, no she wouldn’t.

I have gone ahead and scheduled the surgery anyway. I don’t feel that I have any choice, the alternatives have been explained to me very clearly and they are horrible.  Yes, I understand that Misty’s heart arrhythmia makes the surgery more dangerous, but there isn’t really much of a choice.  There are anesthetics that are very gentle on the heart, and we have made sure she is healthy, which she is – as healthy as you could ask for a cat to be.  Seeing Misty beside my poor little Alley as she wasted away last month, I realize this cat is bursting with health.  She will make it.

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And lots of fun with the car, I want to tell this story here because of the kindness and exemplary service Misty and I received from Honda:

This morning my car had to be jump-started to get Misty to the vet. I brought her in, then stopped at the post office, the grocery store, and home to look up the info for the Honda dealer. All without turning it off, since I was afraid it would then not start again. I got to the dealer and they diagnosed it: alternator, which I JUST REPLACED in Jan 2013, was over-charging the battery. Having kept the car running, I was apparently allowing the alternator to over-charge it continuously to the point that it had started to swell and even leak. The technician told me that if I had kept driving it, it could have exploded.

The alternator is still under warranty, but the labor was only under warranty for 12 months, so I get the replacement part for free but have to pay for the labor. And a new, un-swelled un-leaky battery.

When I told them I had to go get Misty from the vet, they had a shuttle driver bring me all the way there – 40 miles! and then home. I am not happy about the cost of this newest little disaster in a long line of disasters lately, but I am very grateful to Honda for the way they have taken care of me. I guess if they didn’t drive me I’d have had to take a taxi, since no public transportation seems to run between Davenport (vet’s office) and Clermont (Honda). Or anywhere near my house, which is midway between them and ~20 miles from each location. Neither trip is too bad by itself, but they add up when put together.

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She’s happy to be home, and doesn’t seem to care about the bare shaved belly.  🙂



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