I have a long, hard story about what we learned at today’s appointment with Ema. The short story? It’s fixable – expensive, but fixable.
At the moment, however, I’m just not up to writing about it – not yet. For now, I’m just going to give you a pictorial on Ema’s appointment with Veterinary Cardiologist, Dr. Sandra Minors, at the Mississauga Oakville Veterinary Referral Clinic.
Ema in the car enroute to the clinic. The resolution isn’t great, but you can sort of see the color of Ema’s tongue here – a uniform blue, almost all the time.
See the rest, after the cut – and please don’t forget to help, if you can.
The Mississauga Oakville Veterinary Referral Clinic
Ema meets her tech – this was after our initial greeting at the clinic, when a passing tech noticed Ema’s tongue was blue and freaked out – before we’d even checked in, they’d rushed Ema into the back for oxygen therapy. Let’s just say Ema made an interesting first impression on the clinic staff!
Ema meets her Cardiologist, Dr. Sandra Minors. Kisses for everyone!
Ema during her Cardiac Ultrasound. She held very, very still during the entire procedure – such a good little girl!
Attempting to insert a catheter, to check for an aortic shunt (a hole in her heart). She was so good, the entire time – unfortunately, her veins kept ‘blowing out’ – she has tiny, fragile little veins.
All done! Ema says “You guys are great, but can I go home now?”. Yes you can, Ema.
In the car, on the way home – soooo sleeeeepy.
A quick stop at the farmer’s market on the way home, because at MY house….
… all brave little girls deserve ice cream.
More tomorrow, including all the gory, break your heart into pieces details. In the meantime, please help us raise the rest of the money we need to get Ema’s surgery – we’ve spent about $800 so far on her diagnostics, and she’s facing a $3,000 surgery, which gives us a new goal of $3800. Please help, if you can, and a HUGE thanks to everyone who already has. Check in tomorrow for details on my new “Fundraiser for Ema”, nicknamed “Sell your soul for Surgery”.