Re: [FH] Postscript: about Buttons-Angel
When you go in, ask them about the vitamin K and the euthanasia. The bill
is not consistent with what they told you and you should question it. In
fact, it might save you some time if you call ahead.
Good luck to you on your trip and with the bill.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Catherine Browning" <cebro@...>
Sent: Thursday, December 29, 2005 7:04 AM
Subject: [FH] Postscript: about Buttons-Angel
> Hi all,
> We should be collecting Buttons tomorrow, who passed away Dec
> 19th ... it's been very hot in Australia -- over 30 degrees celsius -
> - and I've been scared to leave her siblings to collect her,
> together with a 25 year old car which mightn't survive the heat.
> Tomorrow's going to be 38 degrees celsius -- in fact, all the days
> in the near future are going to be around that -- but I just can't
> leave her there any more so will be going in the early AM to
> hopefully avoid the heat.
> But we received the bill yesterday. It was expensive and more than
> we can afford, but it was approximately around what we were told to
> expect, so we've been figuring the finances to accommodate it.
> We were charged for:
> Fluids B: iv (standard setup)
> Actilyse infusion
> X-ray A: first plate
> Pathology (idexx): coagulation profile (CBC,
> B: PCV/TP
> D: Blood Glucose
> K: Biochemistry - part profile (1-3 slides)
> Lactate (first)
> Lactate (subs)
> A: Activated clotting time
> Hospitalisation B: 24 hours (level 2 SEAEC)
> Euthanasia A: standard
> Vitamin K (Koagulon) inj 10mg/ml - 1st inj
> Butorphanol Injection - 1st (ml)
> Now most of this I understand, though not the Euthanasia - we
> weren't asked if we wanted her euthanased and were told she passed
> away during treatment - so I'm hoping like hell that this is just an
> But what has me REALLY confused is the Vitamin K injection. You
> see, I thought that Vitamin E was an anticoagulant, and Vitamin K a
> coagulant. Since she had saddle thrombosis in both rear legs, would
> adding a coagulant be a good idea at that time?
> I'm going to ask for a copy of the report when I'm there tomorrow,
> but I just need to know what to ask. Should I be suspicious about
> ANY of the things I've been billed for? It's not the money I'm
> worried about, but rather the care she received while she was there.
> Thank you!
> Catherine from Australia
> Topsy-Angel, Buttons-Angel, Kitty, Patch, Claude, Tuppenny