Waiting in the car while Cookie is in triage at the vet emergency hospital. She went from losing her balance this afternoon to not being able to control her head or even stand up an hour ago. This is nerve-wracking.
Update, she is stable. However, they also don't see any of the symptoms I described, which is just infuriating. So more waiting.
I had to go to a different hospital. The hospital I was at said they wouldn't begin to treat her for about 6 hours because they were full, and that I had to sit in the parking lot and couldn't go home the entire time. So I'm now somewhere else where they're looking at her ...
as we speak. And extra good news, I just found out that Kate had a video of the symptom that I was able to send them, so that's great.
Side note, I understand if you have to prioritize your patients if you're overwhelmed with critical care, but it's absolutely insane to make the owners wait in the car for the next 6 hours because you do so.
Talked to the doctor, they're going to do some blood work on her, sounds like she might just have an inner ear thing. Headed home to wait on the results.
In the meantime, I just went to check on her insurance policy. Her policy renews in 2 weeks. Meaning all the expenses I'm about to pay will count towards the deductible that resets in 2 weeks. Because of course it does.
I'm going to pick her up and bring her home. Qualified yay.
Happy to be home! Image
First pills given. Boy I didn't miss this.
OK I waited a while to write this because it had so many big emotions, but I need to talk about what Saoirse did this morning.

For some context, we use the cat carrier as part of a barricade to keep Felton from getting out of the playroom upstairs so she can't get to the stairs.
Saoirse woke up this morning, walked out into the playroom, and immediately asked, "Mommy, where's the cat box? Felton could get out and hurt herself." Felton was of course still asleep, but Saoirse's first concern was for her sister's safety.

Kate responds, "Daddy had to ...
use it to take Cookie to the doctor last night because she's not feeling well."

Saoirse then goes off to do SOMETHING while we're all getting everybody ready to go to daycare. Then she comes back out and says, "Where's Cookie?" She's holding a folded up piece of paper.
I show her where Cookie is resting and she goes over to her. She opens the paper so Cookie can see the picture she drew for her, then pretends to sprinkle something on Cookie. She then says "I made you some medicine so you'll feel better."

This is my wonderful little girl.

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Does that mean he should lose his clearance? No. I'm against ...
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