Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Yet Another Skruffy Update—Anchorage Ultrasound
Yesterday (Monday) our Soldotna Vet, Dr. Meezie Hermansen, was still concerned about one blood result…Skruffy’s Red Blood Cell count has continued to decline, while everything else leveled out and got better. For instance, her blood sugar is down to 125+, and we reduced her insulin to 2 units from 3 twice per day. Her White Blood Cell count is coming down, but still high from the the combination of pancreatitis and her still healing anal gland. She suggested that Skruffy have a high density ultrasound, and the best machine and the best Vet to do it was up in Anchorage at the Anchorage Veterinary Clinic and Animal Hospital, the Vet is Linda Chang, who just happened to graduate from the same Veterinary College in Colorado as Dr. Hermansen, though a few years before her. (They have a ultrasound machine in Soldotna, but it is not as good for what was needed.)
We have been staying at the Diamond M Ranch RV Resort (park), and extended Monday morning for two more days. It is a 300+ mile round trip to Anchorage, a good 3 hours each way. We left at 10 am for a 2:30 pm appointment, and stopped for gas at Fred Meyer (30 cent discount due to our rewards card, $2.39 a gallon), and then we stopped by Soldotna Animal Hospital to get our Amazon Package for the blood sugar tester for Skruffy, then we got to Anchorage an hour early. They got is in right on time, and Dr. Chang did a wonderful job explaining Skruffy’s test results.
We continually see signs of the “old Skruffy” coming through…like when we were leaving the Clinic in Anchorage today and a Doberman walks in…she gave that Doberman a good barking at. Now this Doberman could have had Skruffy for lunch…but it just looked at her, she trots out of the place like, “Take That!” Yep, Skruffy is coming back!
Tomorrow we go back to Fred Meyer for one night, so we can get clothes washed, and groceries bought before we go to Homer on Thursday. We have reservations for the 1sth through the 5th…but we might check in a day early.