Aurora is sitting on my lap, purring, content and ALIVE thanks to the amazing team at Stratham-Newfields Vet Hospital. After an emergency surgery using the safest anesthesia available (isoflurane), Aurora developed a lethal (and rare) condition known as Malignant Hyperthermia (MH). I have read about this since her diagnosis and have also spoken with several people who know of this condition and they are all amazed Aurora is still alive.
At her follow-up appointment when she was declared healthy and healing very well, I asked a bit more about what happened. I learned that SNVH always sets a timer to ensure they take a pet’s temperature every 5 minutes post surgery (this is SNVH's standard post-surgical protocol). They were having their weekly staff meeting but Aurora was in critical condition, so they moved the meeting to the break room which has glass walls that look into to the cages so they could keep a close eye on Aurora. In the middle of the meeting, during one of the 5 minute temperature checks, the nurse read Aurora's temperature and announced there was an emergency - her temperature was almost 106F. The vets and nurses rushed out of the break room and quickly reduced Aurora's temperature before this condition was lethal.
Without this level of monitoring, skill and swift action, our beloved Aurora would not be with us today. Many people have told me we are very lucky. Perhaps, but the care at SNVH is not about luck... the way they practice veterinary medicine saved Aurora's life.
I am eternally grateful to the dedicated and caring vets and nurses at SNVH for saving Aurora's life.