Monday, June 13, 2011

I may have to sell a kidney

This is one of our dogs, Rags.  He's 12 years old now and has cost us a bundle in the last year.  Last summer he had to have surgery to remove a tumor off of his stomach.  Following that, he had something weird happen where one of his ears filled up with blood and after draining it a couple of times, we finally had to have it quilted together by laser in order to prevent it from reoccurring.  He now has one fat ear and one thin ear.  In the fall, he tore an ACL in one of his legs and had to have surgery to repair that.  (Note to self:  Ask how much a major surgery is going to cost before saying, "Do it.") Last week, his kidneys shut down.

Old age ain't what it's cracked up to be even when you're a dog.

After a couple of days in the hospital, our vet was successful in getting his kidneys functioning again (and sucking a bunch of money out of our bank account, in the process).  She tells us that if he responds to treatment and a special diet, he may live another  9 months to 2 years.  We dodged a bullet with him this time.  On Monday night, I thought we were going to lose him.  He's a great dog, we love him and are happy to still have him around but if he keep this up, I may have to sell a kidney to pay for all of this. 

Anybody know the going rate for a healthy human kidney?  Do you think I should post it on Craigslist? 

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