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The Words I didn’t want to Hear

I just came from the Veterinary Medical Specialists where Elbee spent the night last night. She’s doing very poorly and has had several grand mal seizures since Dec. 23. There are multiple issues and in the words of the specialist, ” Her prognosis is not good.”

These were the words I expected, but had hoped not to hear. It is highly likely that we will have to make the difficult decision to let her go tomorrow or Thursday. We’re expecting some additional test results back tomorrow, but they’re not likely to give us a real solution.

We know that she is in the very early stages of renal failure, but there are other complications. There is the possibility of a brain tumor. She would be 13 years old on January 12th and she’s had a good life. I would not elect to put her through the stress of  brain surgery and radiation, given the circumstances.

Elbee came to us on her first birthday as a physically weak and terribly frightened little creature. But I never gave up on her. Out of that seemingly fragile shell, an animal with an incredible depth of spirit, a will of iron and a purity of heart emerged. She has been a great gift to so many people over the years, and my constant companion.

She was home for Christmas Eve and Christmas, surveying the going’s on from her favorite perch. She had a good holiday, spending much of her time in our laps. Yesterday she went downhill and we had to rush her back to the Veterinary Hospital in the evening. A turnaround isn’t likely at this point. Please send a little message to her so she knows that many people care. It will mean a lot to her – and to me.