George got to come home yesterday. He is improved enough that they thought he would be better off with us than at the vet. So he is eating a drinking a little and acting a bit better. Tomorrow we get to learn how to administer subcutaneous fluids... which he will need a few times a week for the rest of his life.
As much as I was upset about losing George, I do have to wonder about the expense and effort of this for the rest of his life. But at the same time, I just cannot have him put down when he is acting so much better and the vet says he could have anywhere from a few weeks to several months of good-quality life.
So... I guess we're going to learn some veterinary skills. And George will be getting more well-travelled. We have several trips coming up that we can't/really don't want to cancel. But we don't feel like we can leave George to fend for himself with the other kitties - even though it's just a couple of days each time. So George will be travelling with us. We'll see how that goes!