Yesterday she had an EKG which looked OK.
They listened to her heart again and the tech had some concerns when listening to the left side of her heart.
They did another X-ray.
This time you could see that her heart curved out more on the left side.
The vet "squared" off the X-ray?
I don't completely understand that but it's a way to see if her heart is too large from too much fluid? I guess.
Evidently it wasn't fluid but a weak heart muscle on her left side.
She is now on 2 different medications.
They said that it was good that I was home when it happened and that if she hadn't gotten some oxygen...well, she might not have made it.
(I will never feel guilty about hitting the snooze button again.)They also think that the heat from last weekend could have stressed her.
It had been in the high 90's.
They asked if I had air and I told them I have window air-conditioners but hadn't put them in yet. I said that I knew that it had gotten as warm as 86 degrees inside at one point but I had the ceiling fans going plus 2 other fans. Also most the time everyone was outside on the patio in the shade of the Weeping Willow. (Truth be told, I had kept a very watchful eye on Blue because he's so big but everyone else seemed fine, mostly snoozing on the coolness of the bare floors.)
They said that it was lucky that this was discovered NOW and if it had gone undetected, she might have only had a few more months.
At this point, I got very upset but they calmed me and reminded that it HAD been found.
So, one of the medicines is supposed to strength her heart muscle and stop further damage.
There's nothing that will make it all better.
I'm supposed to not let her stress too much and remember that she can't tolerate any hot days.
I was told to remember that she's like an 80 yr old woman who can't take the heat.
and then they said to remember, that even though she can be kept out of the heat...
She's still an 80 yr old.
I went back through my photos and most of them always had Ruby as part of the "herd".
I took some yesterday of JUST her and when I loaded them up in the computer, I found myself very surprised at how white around the face she's gotten.
Time flie by so quickly.