Lei I missed your posts. I'm so glad to hear your baby is going to be okay, although I would have passed out over that bill! You're right though - you do what you have to do for them.
I just got back from the vet with my little Suki. She's been diagnosed with a condition called Stomatitis, which is basically a severe inflammation of the gums. It looks like she might actually have lost some teeth as well. She's been a little touchy around her mouth for a little while, but had gotten better. Then, Thursday night, I heard her yelp like she'd been stepped on. By Friday morning, she wasn't eating and she was drooling and giving out little yelp-y cries, which made me cry too. I was finally able to get in to the vet today and it looks like we'll be going in for another visit to have her teeth checked. Of course, they'll put her under and charge me some HUGE amount of money, but if she gets better, it'll be worth it. They may have pull at least one tooth out since it looked pretty bad. I felt so bad for her and I wish she was the kind of cat to let you brush her teeth, but she just isn't.
*SIGH* Has anyone else had a cat with Stomatitis? From what I've read (and I had to stop reading because it was freaking me out!), it isn't curable, but it can be managed.