Thursday, 24 June 2004

Barney is still with us - just.

We had a call from the vet yesterday to say, basically, that the end was nigh. He'd stopped improving and still had high levels of urea and creatinine. Not wanting to prolong the agony we arranged to go in this morning, to give him one last fuss, and to do the dirty deed.

In we went, but to our surprise as we (Jacqueline and I) were fussing him, the vet appeared and said that there was now an element of doubt in his mind. First, he'd been off the drip for about 18 hours. So if his kidneys were buggered there'd be expected to be traces of deterioration. However, they'd taken a blood test this morning and it was no worse than yesterday. Second, he seemed unnaturally bright considering... (Apart from when we initially took him in a week ago, he's been perky throughout his ordeal.) So, very strange.
The vet's theory is that perhaps one kidney has been damaged but the other kidney might be working, and basically the only way to test this out is to "suck it and see". So, Barney is now at home. If his kidneys are gone then we'll know within the next 48 hours, we'll watch him deteriorate and I'll have to take him for one last trip to the vets over the weekend. Otherwise, well, we'll have to take things as they come but at least he'll be with us for a little longer. He'll obviously have permanent damage to his kidneys, and he'll need a special diet, but what can you do? You've got to play with the cards you're dealt.

So everything is crossed at the moment.

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