Keeping Billy Alive
Two years ago, a critical situation badly handled and maybe caused by his regular vet forced me to race through an Upper East Side rush hour to get him into triage. Since, discovering and then alleviating a condition that put Billy in crisis too often, surgeons at AMC operated twice, both times successfully. Now, a feared follow up problem, a severe urinary tract infection, a UTI, delivered the worst risks we’d been warned about from his last surgery.
Making that statement clearly was important because the second alternative we heard about, after the transplant, was “a humane solution,” that is, ending Billy’s life now, chemically and painlessly. But the reason: “You may feel you’ve already spent a lot of money on medical expenses, and the best we can offer now is an extension, maybe just a few weeks, not a cure,” wasn’t a good one for us.