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My new doctor

19 Apr

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A mild expletive escaped my lips as I read the letter. My doctor was writing to inform me that she is moving from internal medicine to immunology, and I would have to choose a new preferred provider.

I went through this last summer with my vet. I had a big decision to make then: choose a new vet at the clinic I’d used for ten years, or go somewhere completely new.I see my vet more than I see my own doctor so this was a very big decision to make.  I opted to stay at the same clinic, but  go with Dr. Klau, the new vet hired to replace Dr, Davies. I knew I could always move on to a new clinic if he didn’t work out. So far, my experience with Dr. Klau has been excellent.

I hate going to the doctor myself. I see my own doctor once a year, but only because I have to. They have this thing about renewing my asthma medicine without seeing me. Choosing a new preferred provider was a little different from choosing a new vet. I am a part of a big HMO, so I had several locations to choose from. I went online and looked through the list of doctors accepting new patients. I studied their pictures, looked where they went to school, researched which clinics they work at, read about their hobbies.Then, I went online to look at ratings. Everything and everyone is rated these days, so I eliminate a few more. I reread their profiles and finally whose one.

Today is the big day: I have my first appointment with my new doctor after school. Although the process was a little different , the outcome of this appointment is the same as my first vet visit: I can always move on to a new doctor if it doesn’t work out.

 

 

When you’ve eliminated the impossible…..

13 May

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In  The Sign of the Four, Sherlock Hlmes says to Dr. Watson, “When you have eliminated the impossible,whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” 

Fiona became incontinent a few weeks ago. She started drinking a ton, then, consequently, having accidents if I didn’t get her to the door as soon as she woke up from her many naps. She used to drink nothing all day while I was gone. Suddenly her bowl was dry and the floor was wet. She woke me up multiple times through the night drinking, then asking to go out.

My brain leapt straight to kidney failure, of course. Fortunately, my vet, Dr. Karen Davies,  took a more scientific approach. She took urine, she took blood. And it all came back normal enough for a 13-year-old basset who had a tough first 8 years of life. Perplexing. Not a UTI, not Cushing’s disease. Maybe diabetes insipidus?

We had planned another urinalysis for Saturday, but my very scientific vet called the internist at the lab that ran the urinalysis. When we ran the first one, Fiona had been on Clyndamicin, an antibiotic, for an ear issue. Dr. Davies asked the internist how long  Fiona should be off before we did a second test. The internist recommended two weeks, then mentioned that excessive drinking could be an unusual side effect to the drug.

Last week, I noticed that Fiona wasn’t drinking as much. As the week wore on I slept longer, her water bowl looked untouched when I got home, and there were no puddles on the floor. Dare I hope?

On Saturday, Fiona saw Dr. Davies for her monthly acupuncture appointment. We talked it all over and we think the internist might have been right. I’m keeping an eye on things of course, but, for now, I’m hopeful that we’ve solved the mystery.

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Acupuncture week 2

27 Oct

I had a great sleep last night, and so did Fiona. She had her second acupuncture treatment yesterday. She only knocked one needle out. Last week she knocked out 3 or 4. She slept really well after the first treatment. In fact, we had 4 nights of really great sleeps. Fiona frequently walked through the night for a drink, to go potty, to pace. There was a lot less of that.  She did well on our walks. there was less stumbling or tripping over her own feet, and the pace was better.

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The other weird thing that happened was that 2 of her many cyst erupted. Usually these are nasty, oozy and take a long time to heal, but these were straight-forward and seem to be healing already. She is already on antibiotics for a bacterial skin infection, and has 2 more weeks to go, so I am hopeful that acupuncture and antibiotics will help these along. I asked the vet if acupuncture could be helping her body heal the cysts and she said maybe but would ask her sister, who is an acupuncturist.

Our first week has left me hopeful. When we got home yesterday, she had a snack and then slept. Last night she slept through my tossing and turning.  I am curious to see how Fiona’s  health plays out this week.

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