Just a quick update on Buddy. Cardiologist confirmed he has congestive heart failure. She gave us some meds to help give us a little more time. Prognosis is about 1-2 months to live, maybe a little longer if the meds don't cause other problems. The main treatment is a diuretic which dries out the moisture that's getting into the lungs, but the dryness will not be helpful to his chronic kidney failure.
I'm grateful to be given a little more time with my Buddy friend. We now get a short window to love him up and say goodbye.
The cardiologist was super amazing. I had an intense migraine the entire time at the vet office. While waiting, I turned off the lights in the exam room and turned on the xray viewer light. Even that was too much so, had to wear my sunglasses. It was Awful. I've met a lot of people who don't get it, but this doc totally did. She told me she had a migraine the day before and couldn't come into work. Her kindness to me was such a git. The tears I cried on the drive home were more about being seen and cared for well by the vet, than about the prospect of Buddy's upcoming death.
Feeling grateful more than sad right now. Gonna be loving up the Budster all the way to the end.
Thank you all for the purrs and prayers. I feel seen and known by you all, cuz I know you get what it's like to face the impending death of a beloved furry friend. You all are a gift.