I took Captain in this morning for a recheck. Knowing the procedure, the tech took him out of the carrier and took him into the back where he'd get an X-ray and the fluids drained from his chest.
While they were doing that, I chatted with our petsitter for a while and the owner of the clinic.
The doctor came into the front and said "come back with me, I want you to see something". My heart dropped.
She said the X-ray looks good! And she showed me the side by side with the one taken last week. His lungs are clearing up! There was more dark space in this picture than the one last week. She said she was really happy to see this, she even double checked to make sure she had the right dates on them and sure enough, he's getting better. She drew a little less fluid off this time and she showed me the syringes with the fluid and it was really watery. She said this was good, this would make it easier for the body to reabsorb.
And she said that even though he's breathing hard, he hadn't lost any weight! This was his third visit and between the first and second visit, he'd lost two pounds.
This was all good news.
She said "so, we can try for two weeks until his next checkup, unless something happens".