Itchmo Forums for Cats & Dogs Brought to you by Itchmo: Essential news, humor and info for cats, dogs and pet owners.
August 11, 2020, 08:05:13 PM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
News:
 
   Home   Help Search Login Register  

Go To Itchmo.com: Read the latest cat, dog and pet news, pet food recall info, product reviews and more — updated daily.


Pages: 1 ... 5 6 [7]
  Print  
Author Topic: Prayers please for my dear Snoopy Sally  (Read 22511 times)
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
BW
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 2779



« Reply #90 on: March 27, 2012, 12:51:32 PM »

Ned, Merrihart, and Soo,   well, we are back from the vet, and snoopy is back with me again!!!  I was so fearful of what she would say.   She gave him lactated ringers, and the pain shot, and his cortisone too.

She also put on a smaller gauge needle on the pain shot, just to see if the med would pass through it, and IT DID!.  And she answered my questions about giving the shot.  So that means the next time I might have to do it, the needle will not look so barbaric, and I might not be as frightened.  She also said I didn't really have to do the draw back, and could just push it in.  She said that what med I saw remaining in the syringe may have been the tiny bit that always remains, from being in the hub due to the design, so perhaps what I injected into the  2nd side was just air.  Anyway, I'll have a smaller needle next time.  20, instead of 18 or something like that, don't recall exactly.

AND even tho they injected the ringers today, I brought home my own bag which is already set up, and they used one of my Terumo needles to do it, so  that will work, and I have instructions that I can put in 100 twice a week when necessary.  All I have to do is put on a fresh needle when I do it.   If I get nervous about how much, I can do 50 4 times.

Now these Terumo needles are about 1 1/2 or 2 years old, and have been sitting in their box, in their plastic wrap etc. so I think they should still be as good as new, but the tech had  trouble getting it in, and had to  do a second try.  I don't understand that, Terumos are supposedly sharper and easier to insert, I always found them to be.
She said that she must not have pulled up the tent far enough. hmmm

If age, sitting in their own box, in their own individual plastic wrap, could have an effect on the needles  please let me know.

The vet said that his skin wasn't all that bad, but of course I got in 8 syringes of food yesterday, the last few with extra water, and his skin did look better in her office than it had yesterday when it just seemed to STAY UP!!.  Maybe the midnight feeding, did the trick, AND I saw him drinking some water early this morning too. Plus, I gave him another syringe before we left for the appointment today. 
Phew!!!  I feel like I dodged a bullet again!

I really appreciate the support when I was so anxious last night.  I actually took half a tranq and a 2nd bp pill when my bp was 185 and I was afraid it would go higher.  I can't risk another 225.  Smiley
Sooo, thanks again for plowing through my lengthy message and your patience with me.  I guess this one is pretty long too, sorry about that.

Logged
merrihart
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 4767



« Reply #91 on: March 27, 2012, 03:07:09 PM »

Oh, I'm so glad he was better this morning.  The fluid regimen is what I had for Bucky this past year.  Bucky did well on it, even got a little better kidney values.

 Kiss for Snoopy and {{{{{hugs}}}} for you.
Logged
lesliek
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 11150


Trooper,Remy & Fragile


« Reply #92 on: March 27, 2012, 03:21:45 PM »

This is wonderful news ! I'm so glad Snoopy is home with you again & doing better ! The smaller needles should make it easier for the fluids & pain meds & the needles being 2 years old should not matter as long as they were sealed. On whether to do 100 ml twice a week or 50 4x, see how he does with it. If he struggles holding him still longer, or the heavy 'pouch' that forms bothers him go to the 50 4x weekly. Otherwise it will probably be easier on you to do twice. If Snoopy gets really bad about the fluids, you can do it with a syringe. But the syringe & the needle for it are both large & its hard to push. You would need 2 hands for it.
 Please try to take care of yourself as well as your son and Snoopy ! If you start getting too upset, try exercise or a calming bubble bath. Sometimes a cup of hot chocolate helps too !
Logged

"the world's most inept extortionist"
Mandycat
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 5617


« Reply #93 on: March 27, 2012, 04:29:50 PM »

BW,
Glad that the vet visit went well.  Your needles should be fine.  The most common reason for a needle being difficult to insert is that the bevel of the needle is not facing UP when the needle is inserted. Easy for even a vet tech to not pay attention and see that the needle position is wrong.  Her excuse was no doubt out of embarassment for not getting it right with a client watching.  If you remember to watch for that, you should have no trouble inserting the needle, especially using a Terumo. 

It sounds like you are taking excellent care of Snoopy.  Try to relax and take care of yourself as well. 
Logged
mikken
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 590


« Reply #94 on: March 27, 2012, 04:32:16 PM »

Sometimes you just get a dodgy needle that is difficult.  Happens.  I'm sure the needles are just fine.

Logged
Soo
Sr. Member
****
Posts: 390


« Reply #95 on: March 28, 2012, 08:44:56 AM »

BW, glad to hear that Snoppy Sally is home with you again and doing well.  I am no expert in needle, so can't give you any advice there.  But I assume it should be fine, if it's still in original package and had not been tampered with.
Logged
bug
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 4905

RIP little angel Katey


« Reply #96 on: March 28, 2012, 10:39:28 AM »

See? Look at everything you've managed to do. And he's still there with you because you had faith in yourself to get it done. I think you'll be OK with the Terumos. They don't have an expiry date and steel doesn't dull until it's used. Glad to hear he's well hydrated and has his pain meds.
Logged

My little babies, you'll always be in my heart. Mom will see you later. Look after each other, ok?
BW
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 2779



« Reply #97 on: March 28, 2012, 05:22:08 PM »

Bug, Mikken, Leslie, Mandy, and Merrihart, thank you all so much, your advice and help are invaluable. I'm glad my Terumo needles are still ok, and the lactated ringers are hanging in the livingroom, so I won't have to worry about his being dehydrated again.
Soo, I am glad you have not had to deal with needles, but if you ever do, I know you will do what is necessary.

He is mad at me at the moment, I just had to syringe feed him, and he is sick of the AD.  I syringed some FF cod, sole, and shrimp too, just for variety, and he doesn't resist that as much.  he has been sleeping most of the day, and is meatloafing now with his eyes closed.  He does have energy tho, he jumped very quickly out of my arms when i finished the last of the AD. 
I was pleased that he ate more of the Purina Indoor kibble this morning, some out of both little dishes, maybe a teaspoon out of each, and a few pieces of Life's  Abundance too. 

I gave him some cod, sole, and shrimp in a little dish and he licked at the juice, just a little bit, but he seemed to enjoy it, and then licked a tiny bit of the  meat.  not much, just a few licks got into him, but that is more than ever before!  Up till now, he wouldn't even put his nose near the dish.   So I think that is a really good sign.

Thank you all so much again.  Bless you all.

Logged
BW
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 2779



« Reply #98 on: March 29, 2012, 10:11:59 AM »

Gave him 1 syringe of food about noon, and then I gave Snoopy some lactated ringers today at about 1 pm.  he was very dehydrated, and I feared it might be time.   He was excellent and it was extremel easy to do, it all came back to me.  An hour later, his back skin was SNAPPING BACK, which pleased me a lot.  and then an hour or so later I gave him 3/4 syringe, because he wanted to get down and I didn't want to stress him when he was feeling so poorly.  I fear it may be close to the time, either today or tomorrow, because he vomited 2 times last night, and is very lethargic today with a far away look in his eyes.

I wish I had given him ringers yesterday, when his skin was staying up, but he had just had 100 the day before, and my instructions were 100 twice a week, and I feared it was too soon. Oh well, he had them today and his skin is snapping back fine now, BUT he seems to feel pretty miserable.  He can climb up onto the sofa alone, but is just meatloafing there.
Soooo, I am thinking take him to the vet today instead of tomorrow, or see if we can make it through the night and go tomorrow, but I do not hole out any hopes for the weekend.. AND what good would one more day do, if he doesnt' feel well now.  I am waiting to see if he perks up a bit................
Logged
JoMax
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 1523



« Reply #99 on: March 29, 2012, 10:38:55 AM »

my thoughts are with you at this difficult time - sending love & light
Logged

"I can think of many ways in which I would become a better person if I were more like my cats. But I cannot think of a single way in which my cats would be any better for being more like me."  A.N.Wilson
bug
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 4905

RIP little angel Katey


« Reply #100 on: March 29, 2012, 12:19:52 PM »

BW, you are being attentive and I know you're looking for the signs that he is ready to go. Only you can see what he's telling you. And no, one more day won't make a world of difference for a condition that is palliative. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Snoopy Sally.
Logged

My little babies, you'll always be in my heart. Mom will see you later. Look after each other, ok?
lesliek
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 11150


Trooper,Remy & Fragile


« Reply #101 on: March 29, 2012, 03:24:32 PM »

Thinking of you both and wishing there was a way to make this easier for you  Kiss.
Logged

"the world's most inept extortionist"
catbird
Administrator
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 9410


Never underestimate the power of crazy cat ladies!


WWW
« Reply #102 on: March 29, 2012, 03:28:10 PM »

My thoughts are with you and Snoopy Sally too, BW.  I know how hard this time can be.  I hope that you both will find comfort.
Logged

The problem with cats is that they get the exact same look on their face whether they see a moth or an axe-murderer--Paula Poundstone
catmom5
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 1524


« Reply #103 on: March 29, 2012, 04:10:11 PM »

Keeping you and Snoopy in my prayers.
Logged
catbird
Administrator
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 9410


Never underestimate the power of crazy cat ladies!


WWW
« Reply #104 on: March 29, 2012, 04:57:35 PM »

Please see
http://itchmoforums.com/memorials-and-support/snoopy-sally-has-gone-to-the-rainbow-bridge-t13635.0.html;msg217184#new


 Cry Cry Cry

Logged

The problem with cats is that they get the exact same look on their face whether they see a moth or an axe-murderer--Paula Poundstone
Pages: 1 ... 5 6 [7]
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Copyright 2007 Itchmo.com: Read the latest cat, dog and pet news, pet food recall info, product reviews and more — updated daily.
Powered by SMF 1.1.21 | SMF © 2015, Simple Machines | Sitemap