About a month ago, I woke up to Sampson making weird, faint noises. I didn’t think much of it. I assumed he was dreaming, but when I tried to wake him up, he wouldn’t. I was confused and scared when I had to shake Sam to get him to come to but wasn’t having any luck.

I thought he was gone.

Sampson finally did come to, disoriented and confused. That same day I reached out to my vet in town, where they did some blood work. The test results found traces of “Cushing’s Disease,” so they wanted us to come back for more tests. After the more advanced blood work, it sounded like Sampson did have “Cushing’s”. The vet recommended that I connect with MU to see if they could provide a direction for the next steps.

This week, we made the journey to Columbia to visit doctors with the Veterinary Health Center at the University of Missouri.

The doctors there were incredibly friendly and kept in constant communication with what they were doing and the pricing.

The doctors at MU weren’t convinced that Sampson had “Cushing’s”, so he was fitted with this fancy heart monitor and backpack. Sam had to wear it for 24 hours, and so since that time has passed, we have shipped it back, and we await more details.

It’s been a confusing month, but I know Sampson is in good hands and seeing the best care. Thank you for the prayers, comments, and more. I know he sure appreciates it, as do I.

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