After my last post, Charlotte was progressively getting worse. We continued keeping contact with our vet, and even took her back for another visit, but when Charlotte started showing signs of paralysis we knew it was time to see the surgeon. Luckily, one of the best vet neurosurgeons in the US was located right here in Orange County, so off we went.
We got to the surgeon on Saturday and they immediately told us she needed to stay with them until the neurosurgeon got back from holiday on Monday. It was so sad not having her with us, but we went and visited her on Sunday.
Yesterday was the day of her surgery and everything went well! The surgeon was even able to do some preventative measures to help make sure this doesn't happen again. She will completely recover and be back to her old self very soon!
We've learned a lot through this whole process and this was a very personal, emotional road for us. Charlotte is like our child to us, especially since it will be years (or a decade?) before we do have children. We were faced with the decision that no pet owner ever wants to be faced with: surgery or the other option. We've been told by people, co-workers and people we love, that they would have chosen the other option, but for us it wasn't even an option. Yes, the surgery was very expensive. And trust me, it's not easy paying for it. Yes, some people may think that we are foolish for choosing it, but we couldn't put a price on how much joy, happiness and love Charlotte brings to our lives.
I still remember the first day when I rescued her. That night I looked her in her eyes and told her, "we're going to be together for a long, long time. For the rest of your life." And I meant that; and through all this I knew it wasn't her time to leave us. Perhaps if it was cancer, or perhaps if we had children, or if we had to go into debt, or if she was a little older we could have done the other option. But for us now, this was the right choice.
And with that, I'll leave you with some of our favorite photos of Char:
The day I adopted her. Summer of 2004, I was about to be a junior in college.
Hanging out on my bed in my college bedroom (ah my hair! lol) The magazine reads Feb 2005.
On our wedding day Sept 2007 "Charlotte, don't worry you're still my first love".
We always have someone who loves us to greet us when we come home.
She loves sitting on top of the hill and watching the cars drive by. Look at that smile!
No, she's not snarling, that's an underbite. And we love it!