Saturday, May 14, 2011

I do not want to have to write this

... Little Girl has heart disease.

The same thing that killed her brother.

She seemed to be feeling a little ... listless, last week, so on Thursday we went to the vet. The vet couldn't find any obvious reason for her distress, but suggested we have some blood work done, just to rule out any problems. One of the tests was for heart function.

Last night, the vet called me with the results. A normal "count" for the heart test is under 100. A count of 100 to 240 is reason for concern, and anything over 240 is not good.

Little Girl scored over 700.

We are going to see an animal cardiologist in Ithaca on Monday morning. She will do an ultrasound, and an EKG, and probably a PB&J and God knows what else. The results of these tests will indicate what treatment Little Girl will need.

Look, my lack of action with The Runt was a mistake. With Little Girl, it would be murder. She will get the treatment she needs.

Hopefully, we have caught this in time. We do have that. We do have hope.


Becs said...

I'm so sorry.

rockygrace said...

Oh, Becs, you've just been through this. I'll tell you what, the "circle of life" can BITE MY ASS right now.

the queen said...

Oh, what grim news. So sorry.

Badass Nature Girl said...

I had a dream about Little Girl Thursday night, that she had some thing physically wrong with her, and I couldn't tell how or what was happening. But she kept looking at me with this 'expression' on her face that kept telling me she was happy, that no matter what was 'wrong' she was okay with it. I kept hearing "I'm okay, really! It's alright. I'm not in pain or sad. Nothing is holding me back." The body and the spirit aren't always connected in that way, thankfully.

I hope every thing gets figured out for you guys soon.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry. I really hope things go well with the testing. I feel like you did the best you could with the information you had on the Runt. What happened with him is NOT your fault. I wish you peace.

Logical Libby said...

I am so sorry you are going through this again. Just remember, genetic is not your fault.