I took Ernie to the internal medicine vet specialist today. He tested more extensively for tick diseases, where Ernie's blood is sent to North Carolina for testing (results in 2 weeks); for LUPUS (lupus!) and other autoimmune diseases, took his blood pressure, which is a more complicated process for animals that uses a Doppler radar than the standard human cuff, and also put him on an ACE inhibitor (turns out he is slightly hypertensive and the medication does also help glomularnephritis, the kidney issue he has). He still doesn't know exactly what's wrong with him, but I feel like we are on the right track. He goes back in three weeks to follow up on the medication and have (another) abdominal ultrasound. We may end up living in a cardboard box under the Ben Franklin, but at least Ernie will be healthy! Poor poor puppy. He is so cute it hurts to look at him sometimes.