Where to start for this week, it’s been a very tough rollercoaster with a lot of sadness and uncertainty for moving forward. One of the biggest sources of sadness this week is Miko. He is still here and snuggled in his office bed with me, but wouldn’t be if I took a vet’s recommendation this week.
On Monday coming back from a walk, Miko stopped in our driveway and suddenly fell over. I rushed to him and picked his limp body up and felt his heart beating and he slowly started to become responsive. He fainted or had a syncope episode. I was already aware this is a common issue for dogs with his heart condition from spending a lot of time in support groups for it, but it’s the first time he’s ever had it.
I attempted to make a vet appointment the next morning, but his primary vet is booked until next month and put us on a cancelation list. Ugh! I reached out to the emergency/specialist vet where he had an echocardiogram appointment for later this month and was able to move it up to Thursday when I explained what happened.
When I checked him in for the appointment, the vet called expressing concern for his rapid heart rate and atrial fibrillation, they wanted to attempt to slow it down and steady his heart rhythm in an oxygen chamber with medication before the echocardiogram. This was very frustrating and scary especially since the vet is still in COVID-19 mode and not allowing pet parents inside.
The update 30 minutes later is they’d like to keep him for a few hours to monitor him and continue to try and slow down and steady his heart rhythm because they still have not been able to. I am horrified, sad, and freaking out. I headed back home hoping for a positive update.
The vet calls at 8:15 PM with the update that they still have not been successful and can attempt to keep him hospitalized overnight to monitor him on new medication, but they are doubtful it will be successful and I need to consider letting him go. Those words hit me badly, basically I was being told to leave the poor guy scared and alone in a hospital overnight and allow them to let him go in the morning if there had been no improvements because there is nothing else they could do for his heart. Oh, the costs for the echocardiogram and tests for them to tell me this is insane.
I decided to pick him up that night with the new afib medication prescribed with all the other medications he’s on and keep him home with us. Currently he appears to be doing okay, not suffering, his energy and appetite fluctuate, but he did enjoy a walk yesterday and coughing has not been bad. And has not had another fainting episode. I am trying to decide if it would be beneficial to get another opinion, but it could be months before I could get an appointment with a different vet cardiologist and it appears we’re on our own making the best of the time we have. A lot of struggle this week with work stress and other big personal decisions and having to face losing our buddy and not being able to get help for him has been awful. Since his diagnosis nearly 2 years ago and this evolving journey, I knew a sad time was coming. But that has not made it easier to prepare for with the ups and downs and focusing on being optimistic. He’s here now and we’re trying to make the most of that.
Eats have been typical this week, salads, beans and rice, tofu rice noodle stir fry, and a curry sauté.
I scored a great deal on BBQ tofu at Grocery Outlet, so I have a fridge full of it now and have been using it in stir fries. Also found cheap cans of organic refried black beans and used that in a spinach quesadilla. Oh, and Miyoko’s Liquid Vegan Mozz for a delicious pizza last night.
Grocery Outlet also had deals on CLO CLO frozen vegan meals this week, so I grabbed one of each. The Mac and Cheeze was awesome. So was a new Mother Raw Organic Plant-Based Japanese dressing I tried.
And more CLO CLO meals because it’s been nice to have simple meal options with everything else going on.
Not the most healthy week, but that’s okay as we’re taking it day-by-day and hoping for a better week next week starting with the list.
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