I am glad to hear your kitty is doing well!
It would not hurt (no pun intended - did not mean to use THAT phrase
) to bring her the vet as soon as you can afford it just to make sure there are no lasting effects that will hinder your kitty in the future.
And I can't pass this up so pls indulge me;
" vets have gone the way of doctors ethics"
I am a doctor and I would never turn ANYONE away. I practice in Canada mind you and specialize in pediatric oncology - hematology (I see some AIDS patients as well) so that means GP's or other specialists refer very ill children to me. And except for their own accomodation, other incidentals and some prescriptions, most Candians - depending on what province they reside in - are covered for their health care. I recently had a young patient whose family and neighbours raised money so her parents could build ramps for a wheelchair she needs to use but they had no other bills. In our province, if I contact the Minister of Health, he can use what is known as "Ministerial discretion" to ensure all the prescriptions are paid for if thge family does not have supplemental insurance. And many provinces pay for scripts until a child is 16, 19 or 21 - depends on the province and then they likely have other coverage for their scripts and other health needs, say O2 at home for example.
I have heard horror studies of the US though so I think I know what you mean. That said, many of my colleagues in the US hate HMO's because they say they end up with someone working for an insurance company determing what diagnostic procedures and even tests they feel their patient needs. That would frustrate me to no end!! So before you blame the docs - and yep, admittedly no profession ios perfect - I would look to the insurance industry. (I am not too happy with pharmacutical companies either but that's another matter - there is a great book out by Marcia Angell, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine about how some drugs have been devleoped purely for profit and not any ethical consideration.)
I also am fortunate to have a great vet. Have you considered pet insurance? You might want to read both sides of that issue before you spend money on it tho - many things like vaccinations are not covered.