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Wednesday, 04/16/2003 - 11:04 AM PDT
The topic: Waiting for the vet to call

Wednesday, April 16, 2003 I'm waiting for the vet to call. I took Lucky in yesterday afternoon for bloodwork. Her ears are still bothering her and this weekend I started her on amoxicillan and gave her more of that ear ointment she'd gotten a few weeks earlier. I also administered fluids on Saturday and Monday. Which didn't leave me much, so I had to get more.

A couple of weeks ago, Brian did some work at the vet's house and we traded it out. So, we got money off of Lucky's visit when her ear problem was first diagnosed, but there we still had a credit so I used that for fluids and more needles. While I was in picking this stuff up Monday afternoon, I mentioned the problems I was having with Lucky and because of her age and her earlier diagnosis of early renal failure, I figured a complete blood panel would be a good idea. We made the appointment for yesterday.

Surprisingly, she'd only lost an ounce. I have been trying to get her to eat all weekend, even got baby food for her. She ate sparingly. She'd started to feel better yesterday, so the antibiotics were doing something to help her. The vet checked in her ears and she was very uncooperative. He thinks he saw polyps in there. So, he said we'd treat this systemically. She's on a much stronger antibiotic and a steroid to help reduce the size of the polyp. He's supposed to call today with the blood test results. Besides the regular blood tests, he's also running a thyroid test, because he thinks he felt a lump on one of her glands. If there is something wrong, hopefully we've got it early enough to treat her. I admit the kidney thing has me scared. I'm sure it was because of the ear problem (now I'm sure), but this weekend, I kept flashing back to Rusty and how he was really unsteady on his feet on his final weekend. But Lucky's breath doesn't smell like his did. Her's smells like normal cat breath. These blood tests aren't cheap, but like I told Brian last night, if there's some underlying cause for the problems she's having, it would be better to get to the root of it than to have to keep bringing her in every couple of weeks.

Saturday, Brian went up to Ranchita for the weekend and I spent all day Saturday cleaning house. Vacuumed every room, washed the floors in the bedroom, hallways and family room. I even pulled out the sofa and loveseat to wash under them and pulled the recliner into the middle of the room to wash under it. I took the screens out of the dining room and family room windows and scrubbed them with hot water and Simple Green (they were really nasty, besides the normal dust and dirt, the cat urine has also done a number on them), then took them outside, hosed them off and let them dry. Then I washed the inside of the windows. Which I have to do again, because they've since been sprayed. *sigh*

Hahahahaha! Annie is really wound up right now, she's running back and forth across the top of the desk and trying to chew on cords. She's scratching at the piles of paper under my keyboard. I like seeing her like this, she's so cute. I'm glad she's feeling good.

This weekend I also bought a new heating pad for the officecam chair and no cat will lay on it. So, I just cheated and sprinkled catnip on the chair. Katie is in it right now.

If anyone is in the Atlanta area, there's an FeLV positive cat who needs a home and soon. He's being kept at the vet's office, but $$ for boarding is running out. I understand he's a very affectionate cat, strayed and is recovering from many fight wounds. He was supposed to have been PTS last week, but because he responded so well to antibiotics, he's gotten a reprieve. His name is Foster and you can respond to his rescuer here.

When I talked to my mom this morning, she said that one of the cats she cares for (one left behind when her owner moved) was really cautious the other morning and this morning, is having a hard time walking. Mom has heard the coyotes and believes that a coyote got a hold of this kitty. I told her she'd best take her in to the vet. But I don't know if she will or not. If Screamer doesn't show any improvement, I'm sure she will. I hate coyotes.

I just called on the tortie, she's doing fine, she's still as feisty as ever. I guess they had to clean out her cage this morning and she let them know how unhappy she was to be there. Well, at least she won't smell like fresh surgery when she's released back out front. I asked if they'd tamed her down yet. I guess not.

I hate coyotes.

I sold my first "make your own" puzzle this weekend. It is a gift for Mother's Day and there was a request of "no label". So, the recipient doesn't know what the puzzle is of. I'm sure it will be a nice surprise. I sent it out Monday.

The WeightWatchers is going well. I lost seven pounds my first week. Fifty-four to go. It's turning out the WW food isn't all that bad, I guess. I bought a bunch of them last week, so that I don't have to fix something and figure out the points. The banking of unused points is nice. I weigh on Fridays, though, and weekends are a point heavy for me. That breakfast out is killer. Good thing I can pull on the bank throughout the week. But it was explained to me that this is one of the plusses of the point system. That I can still live my life, just be a lot more careful about what I eat the rest of the time. Last week I bought some new shorts at CostCo as an incentive to keep up the good work.

Well, I still haven't caught up with my paperwork from before the taxes (I'm such a procrastinator) and I really would like to get it out of here. So, I guess that's my schedule for the remainder of the day.

Update: 2:50 Well, the vet finally called. The news isn't good. It isn't good at all. It's her kidneys. Her BUN and creatinine levels were over twice that of March 2002. One was 113, the other 8.2. *sigh* But her white blood count was 43,000, which means she has a pretty bad infection going on in her system, too. We're starting fluid therapy, 120cc three times a week, same as DeeJay. He wants me to bring her in next week for retesting. Hopefully the antibiotics and fluids will help to bring the levels down.

Say a little prayer for this tiny girl. She's our oldest now. We got her in '87 at the side of a road. I'd like to have her around for more years.

Replies: 8 comments

Sending lots of good thoughts and keeping Lucky in my prayers!

Posted by Bobbie @ 04/16/2003 06:44 PM PDT

Keeping Lucky in my prayers.. I really hate kidney disease. :(

Posted by granny @ 04/16/2003 08:53 PM PDT

I remember reading Lucky's history on my very first visit to your lovely site. Love to Lucky from me and Sushi.

Posted by Paddy @ 04/17/2003 04:41 AM PDT

My prayers are sent to Lucky and you she is in the best home she could have good luck. B

Posted by bcatsrmine8 @ 04/17/2003 07:15 AM PDT

Thinking of you and Lucky and keeping you in our prayers from me, Romeo,Digit and Sam.

Posted by Melanee @ 04/17/2003 08:03 AM PDT

Hope Lucky is feeling better soon, and that the rest of your family is also doing well.

Posted by Rebecca @ 04/17/2003 06:10 PM PDT

Dear Lisaviolet,
I will continue to pray for Lucky. I hope she will be with you for some time to come.
Thank you for including Foster's story. It was very thoughtful of you,and is greatly appreciated. :blush:

Posted by Muffaluffagus @ 04/17/2003 06:51 PM PDT

I hope Lucky gets better! I have a "touch and purr" Tortie named Maggie who thinks she's half dog playing fetch and catch all the time. Maggie, Sammy, Leo (all cats) and I hope your Lucky feels better real soon! :)

Posted by Lisa @ 04/18/2003 01:20 PM PDT

lisaviolet is fifty something, married with no kids, takes care of lots of cats, likes taking photographs, loves Southern California weather and spends altogether too much time avoiding her responsibilities.

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