More Bad News
There's something about that damned exam room. It's cursed. The last time I had a cat examined there a couple of years ago, I was told euthanasia was the only humane option. Sheena died a few weeks later despite my best efforts to make her well, to keep her alive.
A few minutes ago I took Barb's cat to the same veterinarian and in the same examination room I was told by the doctor that our cat Sweetie in all likelihood has an aggressive cancer that's affecting her breathing. Even with invasive surgery and radiation therapy (not that we can even begin to afford it. I could barely afford the $69 for the office visit and antibiotics), the doc said most cats with this kind of cancerous tumor don't last for much more than 6-12 months.
I thought we were dealing with a mere sinus infection. Two months ago, the vet in Florida diagnosed her with an upper respiratory infection and prescribed a week's worth of antibiotics that did little if anything for her. How they could miss this is anyone's guess.
The most we can do at this point is to make her as comfortable as possible and then put her to sleep when she can't breathe, anymore. I had to call my fiancee and give her bad news that made her cry, even though it ruined the rest of her day (and maybe the rest of the year), but she was waiting for the call. She's been with Barb for five years, having been a rescue in Connecticut where she had to hunt for her food to survive.
She put up with a trip to Florida and an even more brutal, 1355 mile trip to Massachusetts wheezing in a sweltering car with no air conditioner or working windows and cooped up in a pet taxi. Yet leaving her behind wasn't an option. Barb's certain she would've been thrown out into the street the moment she left.
And throughout it all, she put up with such adversity with the patience and sweetness of a saint. Hence the name Sweetie. She's no more than 6-7. At least Sheena led a long life. Not too long ago I lost a beloved cat and an equally beloved dog to cancer. This is so Goddamned unfair in so many ways and on so many levels.
So include Sweetie in your prayers if you're praying folks, pray that she doesn't suffer too much before that dark day comes when we have to say goodbye.