This is Carlos. Carlos is an amazing soul. I was lucky enough to meet him and get to know him and his family for the past few months. The moment he walked in through the door his energy and love for people made everyone at my hospital fall in love.
Unfortunately, he was being treated for oral melanoma and when I saw him it already was spread to his lymph nodes.
Carlos’ family went above and beyond to make sure he was happy, comfortable and being treated even though we knew it was a matter of time before we had to say goodbye.
Every time I saw him I didn’t know if it would be the last, so I made sure I got in one more pet, one more hug, and one more kiss.
I have only known him for a few months, but a few months is all you need to have a pet and family touch your heart.
I try my hardest to form connections with my clients and patients. The problem with this is when they pass, when they are sick we suffer. We lose a part of us that no one really understands. As veterinarians we want to save animals, but seeing a pet who has such a beautiful soul and know we can’t help breaks you.
My goal for him was to give him the love that he wanted when he came in, was to make him comfortable, and to be there for his family during this time and after.
This is why I do this. To be there to support the families, to give the life I can to a family member and to know while I can’t save them all I can still make an impact.
There are cases and families that stick with us and this is one I will never forget.
Carlos, you are so loved by everyone you came in contact with. _________________________________________________________
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