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« Reply #90 on: May 12, 2019, 01:30:52 PM »

I was just seen by two docs and am pleased to report there’s no sign of spreading infection.  They think all the areas that hurt now are from twisting my hand and arm to look at the wound a hundred times a day and I’ve irritated a lot of things.  It seems to be healing well- no palpable lymph node, redness, streaking, edema, etc.  they just took an X-ray gave me a tetanus shot and I should be going home soon with a splint to keep the arm and hand still.  They also think I have carpal tunnel from the computer but that’s a whole other problem I didn’t even know about.  Glad to be going home soon to Mabel.  Thanks everyone for all your support. 
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« Reply #91 on: May 12, 2019, 02:09:56 PM »

That’s such a relief!  You still need to keep an eye on it, okay?  Did they give the tetanus in the same arm?  The last time I had a tetanus shot, my arm was so sore for 10 days!  I couldn’t even use it.  I sure hope you don’t react the same way, but just know that it’s possible.  Ugh. 

Very happy you get to go home! 
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« Reply #92 on: May 12, 2019, 03:26:51 PM »

Thank you. Smiley.  They put it in the same arm unfortunately.  Guess I can take Tylenol if it becomes painful.  What a relief though.  I’ve been on edge since Thursday knowing how bad those bites can get, and worrying about Mabel’s care.  Now I can relax.  When I got home she was up in a dining room chair and all the chicken I left in the bowl was gone.  Kind of suggests that maybe she only has an appetite problem with RC gastrointestinal canned !  Smiley.  If only it were that simple.
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« Reply #93 on: May 12, 2019, 04:53:57 PM »

Thank you. Smiley.  They put it in the same arm unfortunately.  Guess I can take Tylenol if it becomes painful.  What a relief though.  I’ve been on edge since Thursday knowing how bad those bites can get, and worrying about Mabel’s care.  Now I can relax.  When I got home she was up in a dining room chair and all the chicken I left in the bowl was gone.  Kind of suggests that maybe she only has an appetite problem with RC gastrointestinal canned !  Smiley.  If only it were that simple.

I was hoping that it was the same arm, at least you’ll have one functioning arm. Tongue   But it might confuse the issue regarding where the pain is coming from, lol. 

It’s good news that Mabel ate while you were gone.  Go, Mabel. Smiley

Please keep us posted.
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« Reply #94 on: May 13, 2019, 03:12:59 PM »

Glad everything went well at the ER. And good girl Mabel for eating the chicken!

Best wishes for continued uneventful healing.
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« Reply #95 on: May 14, 2019, 02:04:43 PM »

Tomorrow is Mabel’s dental recheck and internal medicine consult at Penn Vet.  She’s been off buprenex for a couple days now and seems to be doing okay and back to being feisty.  Smiley. I also picked up mirataz from her local vet but haven’t tried it yet.  Not sure what they’ll do tomorrow and didn’t want to introduce a change the day before.  One thing I’m curious about is if I start using it will Mabel get dependent on it and won’t eat at all if / when it is discontinued?  I don’t think I would be comfortable with that.
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« Reply #96 on: May 15, 2019, 09:42:09 AM »

I'm glad she's feeling better and off the buprenex. Hope the recheck goes well!
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« Reply #97 on: May 15, 2019, 03:38:52 PM »

Good news.  Mabel had a great check up today.  Her mouth healed very well.  I’m waiting on lab results from internal medicine now.  When we got home she ate half a can of food!  Smiley  I was really pleased to see her eat that much after fasting.  If I only feed her every 8 hours that may solve the whole appetite problem.

Keeping an eye on my hand still.  I seem to have some tendon pain on top of the hand and through my wrist. It comes and goes though.  If I rest the hand completely it gets better but it’s very hard to rest it.  Don’t know if all the pain is from me irritating it or if a tendon sheath got nicked and bacteria traveled.  Still no redness or swelling but lots of “deep” discomfort.  Might have to go back to er if it don’t improve.  Sad
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« Reply #98 on: May 15, 2019, 04:25:42 PM »

Yay Mabel Smiley.   Were you able to talk about any of your questions about increasing the prednisolone?  Maybe they want to see how she does after the dental.

I have no advice about your bite, I know you’ll keep on top of it.  Wish I had more to offer!  Hang in there, we’re here for you.   Smiley
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« Reply #99 on: May 15, 2019, 05:39:27 PM »

Thank you.   Smiley  They are not really recommending any changes to anything just yet pending the lab results. I should know sometime tomorrow what the treatment plan will be.  They also got the cytocentesis to follow up on the blood/crystals also.
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« Reply #100 on: May 16, 2019, 01:17:30 PM »

Great news! Mabel’s T4 was 3.3  I just need to monitor and periodically recheck her at this point.  Her urinalysis also looked good.  Will know the cobalamin level in about a week.  I’m so glad that I never started Methimazole weeks ago thanks to everyone here urging me to be cautious and confirm the diagnosis.  I131 would have been a disaster but they would have probably confirmed.  So now it’s a matter of just getting her to eat more RC canned. She’s back to nibbling today instead gulping half a can like yesterday
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« Reply #101 on: May 16, 2019, 02:45:06 PM »

Great news! I'm so happy she's doing better now!
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« Reply #102 on: May 16, 2019, 04:09:21 PM »

Thank goodness you heeded the suggestions to be cautious and not start treatment with the methimazole.  Mabel may or may not eventually become hyper-t, but that doesn't appear to be the case at this time.  Just monitor her, and if the T4 increases significantly in the future, you know that Penn can do the thyroid scintigraphy scan to confirm a diagnosis so there is no doubt.  I am so happy that she seems to be doing much better now!   Smiley
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« Reply #103 on: June 07, 2019, 06:29:36 AM »

How is your bite wound?  Hopefully you’re all healed up by now.  How is Mabel doing?
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« Reply #104 on: June 08, 2019, 11:43:49 AM »

Mabel has been doing well on hills i/d stew wet food, cobalequin, pepcid, and prednisolone every other day.  She’s eating good but has lost some weight on wet food only.  No litter box problems.  Thank goodness I listened to everyone here and did not try to treat her thyroid.

My hand is still not right after three courses of antibiotics. While I don’t have a fever, and it looks good on the outside,  it still hurts on the inside.  Getting an mri next week.  I’m also supposed to go to physical therapy.
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