After looking into the other clinic available for the MRI, there's a waiting list just to see the neurologist. That would mean that the actual MRI would only be scheduled after the Holidays. I finally got a call back from the neurologist at the previous clinic I went to. She called me yesterday and I explained to her that I do not want anything else done other than the MRI. I told her that I can pay the $3000 for the MRI but I cannot afford a $10,000 vet bill because she suddenly decides that other things need to be done. I asked a few questions regarding the appointment and procedure and told the doctor that I prefer to bring Oreo on the morning of the appointment and wait for him all way. She agreed that what I suggested is fine. I am concerned about putting Oreo under anesthesia but I know that we have to in order to do the exam. The doctor said that she is not worried about the anesthesia as Oreo is healthy otherwise. Still... I worry. I hope there are no other complications. I am petrified to make the wrong choice for him.
The date of the appointment for the MRI is on November 14th. I'll have a few weeks to get mentally ready for it and Oreo will have some time to rest before putting him through more stress. The appointment with the Animal Communication Specialist is on November 12th. I am glad it's before the MRI. I am hoping she will be able to give me some insight and maybe some helpful tools in order to keep both Oreo and I calm that day. I am so worried that something will happen or that he doesn't really need it and I'll be putting him through madness for nothing. I just want to do what's right for him. The neurologist said that she can dose Oreo for the Phenobarbital on the day of the MRI as well. He would otherwise have to go back to his regular vet and do it there beforehand. It's probably best everything is done at once so he has the least amount of stress possible. Oreo is awful during blood tests so it may be better to have it done while he is sleeping on the day of the MRI. That way there's no back and forth again also. I think having a bit of time before the test will also help to see how he does for a few weeks with no added stressers other than Pudding. Oreo has not shown any signs of other seizure activity since that last one on the 4th of October.
I am really looking forward to speaking with the Animal Communication Specialist. What she does is really intriguing. She is known around the province for what she does and she even teaches her profession. She has worked with many animals of many different sizes and species. I really hope that she is able to connect with Oreo and help him to feel more at ease. I am sure I will learn a few things as well. I've been reading articles about her and watching interviews. She seems like a very special lady and people from around the world come to her for consultations. Oreo won't have to go anywhere for the consultation either. Everything is done at home so that he can remain comfortable.
Oreo has been getting back into the swing of things slowly but he's still not bouncing around like he normally does. I really miss seeing him play like that. I know he probably gets pretty pooped out from Pudding chasing him around so he may not have the energy for bouncing. Regardless, I hope he will be able to enjoy himself that way again. I've been doing my best to try and help him but sometimes I just feel like my best is not enough. I love him so much adn I just want him to be OK. Thanks again to everyone who has been following for all of your support, generosity and kindness. I'll keep updating the blog weekly as we approach the MRI date.
Tina Modugno is a children’s illustrator from Canada. Tina loves all animals, kids books and cartoons! She currently resides in Quebec with her husband and four cats!