Fighting back tears of our own, we assembled an estimate generously on the low side. He had a lot of questions, and it took him a few weeks to come up with the money but he arrived today for Maggie's surgery as planned. This time he needed his walker to get to the building. As usual, he chose the seat closest to the door and we attended to him at his seat. He waited while we ran some blood tests, to make sure Maggie was healthy enough for surgery. It took many assurances that we would take good care of her, and an equal amount of promises to call as soon as surgery was over and he made his way back to the car. Where he sat and cried for several minutes before heading home.
I'm happy to report thatMaggie's surgery went very well. Both of her tumors were successfully removed and she was bright and alert in no time. We made sure to fit all her medications and costs into the promised estimate even if it took some adjusting.
When they called to let Maggie's owner know she was awake, he cried again. But this time tears of relief and happiness.