When I went to pick Charlie up at the vet’s office they told me that Dr. Poteet was in surgery. But he’d asked that I wait so he could talk to me. I knew he had performed x-rays.
So I sat with Charlie in my lap. I was the only one there aside from the two women who work behind the desk, Misty and Mary.
Finally the vet came out and took me to look at the x-rays. He said the collapsed trachea is worse.
I asked him which was the most worrisome right now: the collapsed trachea or his heart.
And he said the collapsed trachea.
We discussed stents that can be put in for collapsed trachea, but he did not advise it. Dr. Poteet said sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t.
Charlie will be 14 next month. I don’t want to put him through that.
I know the air around Charlie must be clean and purified with some moisture. Which is why I have the cool air humidifiers and two air purifiers.
Yesterday Dr. Poteet gave him bronchodilator pills, Theophylline, that I’m now giving him twice per day.
He said that Charlie seems to be happy and that’s all that matters now. Keeping him from getting excited and overheated is the goal.
Tomorrow he will go to acupuncture and I will discuss what Dr. Poteet said with Dr. Wallace. And I’ll ask her if there’s anything more she can do to help Charlie.
I will keep you updated.