The News Is In...
...and it isn't very good. I had Vashti's records sent over this morning to the top cat internist in New York. She and our vet both agree that while Vashti has been feeling better because of the treatment she's receiving, her kidneys have actually continued to deteriorate markedly over the past few days. There doesn't seem to be much that can be done about that. Their consensus is that she has a few months, or perhaps as long as a year. It will come down to how well she responds to treatment, how quickly her kidney failure progresses, and that ever-moving target, "quality of life."
In the meantime, we get to bring Vashti home tomorrow. In the midst of everything, I'm still overjoyed that we will have Vashti with us again. And she will let us know if and when it all gets to be too much for her.
Of course, doctors aren't always right about these things. A dear friend was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given six months to live. That was three years ago, and he's still with us. Miracles abound, and I will continue to pray for one.
I will also pray that God blesses each one of you who has been here for us during this time.