The vet called me around 12:30 today to tell me Fidget was ready to come home. They said he was really perky, and eating*! They said we could come by either around 2:30 or between 4:30 and 6, because that's when the vet would be able to talk to us. I called David, who had an appointment with a dermatologist in Bethesda today, and we agreed we'd get there during the latter time period. The vet is in Springfield and we're in downtown DC, so we *had to leave town no later than 4:00, and that was pushing it (locals will know why the dreaded mixing bowl). David ended up picking me up at work at 3:30 and we headed right out.

Got there too early to pick him up, so we went into the Outback that is two doors down from the clinic and grabbed a quick dinner, then went back to get Fidget. The doctor repeated everything he'd told me over the phone yesterday, and said they've put Fidget back on prednisone, since that seemed to be helping. They had given him an enema, among other things.
Everyone there already knew and liked Fidget. (No surprise there!) They brought him out and he was *so* glad to see us. David settled the bill while we waited for the doctor to talk to him.

$1800.
We had left a $300 deposit on Sunday, so we "only" had to cough up $1500 today. Yikes! It's worth every penny to have Fidget back, but yikes! again. I'm kind of surprised the Amex card didn't burst into flames when they swiped it.
While we were talking to the doctor, a huge storm moved into the area, so that by the time we left it was raining so hard we could barely see the car. We went and got into the car anyway, and the first thing Fidget did was scarf up a piece of turkey jerky we'd tried to get him to eat on Sunday. We had to sit there for a while to wait for the storm to blow over enough to even get on the highway, and when we finally did get on the highway, traffic was moving very slowly. For while we were being hailed on, and David got all nervous ("hail means tornadoes!" "not always," I replied) but eventually the storm moved off from on top of us, and we made it home without further incident.
When we got home, Fidget didn't want any dinner :-( and wasn't even interested in the leftover chicken and hamburger from the Outback. This is somewhat alarming, but they probably fed him this afternoon and he doesn't want any more. I hope. They're getting a call back if he doesn't eat tomorrow.
Tomorrow night we're going to pick up Toby's cremains; it'll be two weeks. We're already feeling emotional about this.

It took our last dog five years to go through $13,000 in vet bills. Fidget and Toby have managed that in six months. Anybody want to buy a kidney?

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Woo hoo!! I am so glad that Fidget is home and I will continue to hope and pray that it was just that he ate at the vet today and so he isn't hungry now. I have been waiting for an update and hope to continue to hear another happy one tomorrow.
Your vet bills just blew me away but I wasn't overly surprised... My Rusty spent $2000 in 2 days when he had to go in to get his broken leg fixed up -
2 plates and 6 screws later, he was walking again and it was worth everypenny, but boy oh boy did that money hurt us for a while. I'm sorry to hear about the vet bills but thrilled to hear that Fidget is doing better. You, David, and Fidget don't need any more sadness.
Shelley

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Yikes is NOT the word I would use. I feel your pain. Kevin's totals over his lifetime were awesome (and easily a nice used car). But I am thrilled he is home again and will hope that his eating improves. The pred should hwlp with that.
Tomorrow night we're going to pick up Toby's cremains; it'll be two weeks. We're already feeling emotional about this.

Yes. Still makes me cry to think about it, Kevin. That chore is an awful reality-slap. I am thinking of you both. Go easy tomorrow.
Deb
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Hank the Tank
We had left a $300 deposit on Sunday, so we "only" had to cough up $1500 today. Yikes! It's worth every penny to have Fidget back, but yikes!

(snip)
It took our last dog five years to go through $13,000 in vet bills. Fidget and Toby have managed that in six months. Anybody want to buy a kidney?

I admire your priorities.
The vet called me around 12:30 today to tell me Fidget was ready to come home. They said he was really perky, and eating!

Here's to Fidget continuing to feel perky & continuing to eat!

And here's to steady employment for you & David and no more big ticket emergencies!