Thank you everyone for your kind words! I'm feeling much better today and have realized we just have to take it day by day and not get too far ahead of ourselves. It was just the one-two punch of things happening back to back that had me so down. Our two vets, who are both excellent, are currently consulting to decide what they think the best course of action might be.
Mabel, it's always nice to hear from someone who has had pet guinea pigs. I had no idea they were going to be so full of personality. I'm sorry you had to give yours up but it sounds like they did find a lovely home. And Izzi, you are right, they are very chatty, except around mealtime when they become downright demanding.
Carole, I'm so glad you seem have found the ideal balance for Laverne. It really helps when you've found a great vet and know your pet is in the best hands
Both vets we've been working with have been so compassionate and caring with both the animals and us humans, and I appreciate that more than I could ever properly express to them.
I'll be here for a bit doing some therapeutic virtual cleaning to avoid dreaded real world chores.