After the surgery, she had all kinds of complications including vomiting, not eating, blood counts were off, irregular heartbeat, fluid in the lungs, and was so frightened that this hindered her recovery even more. She went from 11.5 pounds down to 7 pounds!
In early April, mom did not know what to do and had made an appointment with Dr. Staph to put her to sleep. It was a very sad day. Mom went to Dr. Staph's office crying, and then she could not do it! Dr. Staph said that the last resort was to put a feeding tube in her to see if we could get her some nourishment and get her to recover, though he thought she was too far gone already.
Misty came home from Dr. Staph's, and Mom opened the window to her room at home so she could smell the fresh air and watch birdies. Birdie therapy is always a good thing!
From here on out, Misty was in and out of the Dr's office for 3 months! She even had her own personal room there since she was so scared of all the other animals! The food through the feeding tube made her sick and she would vomit, so the Dr. had to prescribe an anti-nausea pill which mom had to crush in water and inject through the tube a 1/2 hour prior to each feeding. Mom also had to feed her liquid vet food through the tube 3x a day!
But, after a long haul, Misty finally was getting better in June! I think she was enjoying the special attention she was getting from mom! Dr. Staph thought it was time to stop feeding her through the tube and see if she would get hungry enough to eat on her own. It took just a day, and she did it! Misty ate by herself! Mom was SO excited! Almost 4 months of nursing and thousands of dollars, but it was all worth it! Misty was going to be ok, at least as long as she could survive on one kidney.
Misty was SUPER excited to be well again, so she made mom get a cake for Dr. Staph and all the people who helped her get well at the vet's office. Dr Staph said that she would never have gotten well if it had not been for the daily care that my mom provided for her. We love our mom for saving Misty!
Misty will be 13 this year. We hope she is with us for many more years to come!