I am sponsoring this fundraiser for my friend who recently lost his furry child, Scarlett, to kidney disease. He wanted to wait till all the insurance money came in for he had pet health insurance on Scarlett. He wanted to apply all payments received before this fundraiser was post. His balance for medical bills is $2,100.00. This is anything the insurance did not cover which were the deductibles, office exams, consultations and the cremation of Scarlett.
Scarlett suffered from Shar Pei fever 3 times since October 24, 2017. She was first diagnosed with kidney disease back on October 27, 2017. Since then, labs were done many times on her to check on her kidney function. The labs got worse and then got better and then catastrophic to where her kidneys would not filter the toxins in her body any longer and her numbers were off the chart. During her illness, Thomas had her at the ER three different times including AVS in Orlando.
Fast forward to Monday 04/30/2018, my friend Thomas had to make a heartbreaking decision after speaking with a Doctor at the Florida University Small Animal Hospital located in Gainesville, Fl. He was in the parking lot of his vet in Orlando who could really not help Scarlett anymore. The vet had suggested that he take her to this hospital for they were equipped to do kidney dialysis there. The vet had called the doctor in Gainesville and had all the medical files for Scarlett photo copied for Thomas to take with him to Gainesville, Fl. Thomas called the hospital in Gainesville and spoke with the doctor who was waiting for Scarlett.
The doctor was very honest with Thomas which he appreciated. She told him what to expect. During the conversation, she did tell him that she has never seen a positive outcome for a Shar Pei yet. She also stated that if there was protein in the urine, she could not fix that. There was a lot of protein in the urine. Scarlett's Albumin was at 1.9. Thomas knew that the kidneys were not filtering the toxins from her body and the dialysis would only be a temporary fix. He was told during the conversation that she would be admitted into the hospital and that she would have a very small port installed to do the dialysis. They would also install a feeding tube into her to get nourishment into her for she had not eaten for 10 days. They would also be tending to the other issues of black stool and ulcers, etc. They had a 20 minute discussion on the phone and he was told that she would be there at least 2 weeks and they would see if her kidneys would function at all. He was warned that she may not make it while there. This broke his heart and he did not want to be cheated of some time with her.
He returned to the vet while there in the parking lot and asked the vet if he could make Scarlett comfortable for one more day so he could spend one full day with her for she was in emergency room after emergency room and the AVS Hospital for a week if not more where he got to spend very little time with her. Even when he was speaking with the doctors at AVS Hospital and making plans for her to be admitted there, he insisted that he be able to visit with her on Sunday. The doctor told him that they do not allow it and this is unheard of but a special provision was made for him ahead of time, so they were going to honor it. He was told that he could only visit with her for 15 minutes on Sunday while the doctors were making their rounds.
The vet gave Scarlett a Cerenia injection so Scarlett could keep water down and Thomas gave her the Carafate to line her stomach with some coconut water at home. The vet did not give her any sub-q for he said she was water logged from having her kidneys flushed and continuously being on IV fluids to flush them. The vet made arrangements with Thomas to have her put to rest the next morning at 11:30 AM.
Thomas took Scarlett home and spent the entire day with her. He took videos and did what she enjoyed doing the most, watching people. He had her on the front porch and on the back patio. He sat with her and loved on her.
On 05/01/2018, Thomas took her for her final walk. She loved to walk on the vital course but she was too weak and could not walk. He carried her on her final walk and set her in the grassy area and once again let her do what she loved to do, watch people. He took her leashes off of her for the first time for he knew she was to weak to run. She either laid or stood at this point. She is seen in her last video standing and not moving much. His heart was and is broken. He loved Scarlett with all his heart. This was his pride and joy, his furry baby.