Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Turns out, Khloe doesn't have a bladder problem but she does have a problem. Khloe has what is called vaginal stricture with secondary vaginitis. After they did an ultrasound on her abdomen and it was normal, they did a vaginal exam. It showed a very small narrowing or stricture about 2cm into the vagina. The dr said her opening is so small, his finger wouldn't fit but he ended up pulling some mucus out, so they used a swab to see if there was an opening and when they pulled it away, she had an excessive amount of mucus that was found beyond the stricture. The she has follicular vaginitis......bumps inside caused from irritation. The cytology showed inflammation, but no bacterial infection. They have sent the mucus to the lab to be cultured.
They said the vaginal stricture is most likely the cause of her clinical signs, with a constant build up of mucus, from the cells lining the vagina causing pressure and making Khloe uncomfortable, giving her the urge to urinate when her activity level increases. And when she's active, it causes the mucus to begin to release, which also makes her uncomfortable. Surgical repair or removal of the stricture is needed.
The dr said it's like cutting a muscle like a tendon to relax......he doesn't think that will work and thinks more than likely she will have to have the vagina filleted open, so they can create a larger opening and remove the stricture. Once she heals she will have to go back through housebreaking and hopefully can lead a normal life without diapers.
I'm a little stressed over finances. Her visit today was $1027 and surgery will cost between $1500 and $2500.........I sold everything of value when my dog Kodak had cancer surgery, so I am trying to find ways to raise the money. Due to what I do for a living I'm not allowed to hold a secondary job. My savings is depleted....suggestions welcome!