Saturday, November 23, 2019
Things are moving quickly.
Everything accelerates. Four vets appointments. Bobs stomach fine but the kidneys failing. Fluid around the heart. 3 kilos of weight lost in as many days. Spasms. Tonight he's in the emergency room on a drip. The prognostication daunting. We'll fight as long as it takes but there's one unassailable rule - No pain. Our duty of care.
An unchanged cast of characters. Three wonderful local vets and the gentle team of specialists at the clinic in Toulouse. The receptionist who unasked goes to the supermarket and buys 'The Font' a lunchtime sandwich. A promise from the youngest vet that someone will check on Bob through the night - the family fellows first ever time away from home alone. There is something noble in the kindness of strangers but their sense of duty and obligation is equally remarkable.
Sophie who stays at home with Angus is completely distraught. This is something we hadn't expected from a girl who treated her brother with long suffering impatience. Tonight she has to be carried in from her spot by the gate - the place she always waits for him. She howls.