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« on: August 16, 2019, 08:28:29 PM »

Hi there,

Please let me apologize for posting and then suddenly dropping out of site.  For four days the assumption was that Chami had lymphoma.  I wasn't handling it well at all.  To be honest, Chami was suddenly in such bad shape that I didn't know (two weeks ago) if she would even make it through that weekend.  The day I posted about SubQs was right after taking Chami back to see a different doctor who did some tests and found that Chami had a UTI, periodontal disease and blood levels very similar to kidney disease - and that it might not be lymphoma after all.

Now, I realize being told your baby has a UTI, periodontal disease and possibly kidney disease is not exactly good news, but I was just so elated there was a good chance it wasn't lymphoma, I had about 24 hours of pure happiness... and that is when I found the excellent instructional video series on how to medicate your cat and posted.

Of course right after that, reality set in and I became a total basket case.  I don't know - I found myself researching and having anxiety attacks and anything I would read would completely overwhelm me.  And so for my sanity, I decided I had to take a step back and just focus on getting Chami enough food and getting in her SubQs properly.  I've really been a mess.

Thank you, Alex, for posting that update for me.  I had been worrying about my Itchmo family and just leaving my post unanswered but just didn't have the energy or clarity of mind to post.

Okay.  Drama finished.   Tongue

While I have lost a bunch of weight  Tongue and haven't slept well for two weeks  Roll Eyes  , Chami has been responding wonderfully to the SubQ.  Even with the amount of fluids I'm giving her, she's still drinking an unusual amount of water.  Nevertheless, she's peeing (a ton) and pooping (well), she has a good appetite, and best of all, she is acting her usual silly self.  It's so awesome.

Chami and I went to the clinic today to get another round of blood tests done.  

Two weeks ago vs today:

Weight 7.67 pounds --> 8.38 pounds
CREA    5.1 --> 2.0 (.8~2.4 is normal range)
BUN     63 --> 40 (16-36 is normal range)

The doctor was happy to see Chami looking sooooo much better (like, night and day better to me).  There was no more bad bacteria in her urine test but to be safe, gave her another antibiotic shot (the ones that last 2 weeks).  I am to continue giving her 90 ml of fluid morning and night for the next 2 weeks.  I asked about getting a heart function blood test done and the doctor said that he felt Chami's heart sounded strong and well and didn't feel it was needed.

In two weeks Cham and I will go back to the clinic for another round of blood tests and also an X-ray to compare it to the one she got two weeks ago (the one that showed her stomach and intestines filled so full of air that they were 4x the size they should be - the one that resembled lymphoma).

I'll probably need to stay away from cat-related forums and sites to allow myself to function semi-properly.   Tongue  Is it my age?  Good grief, man.  I am exhausted.    Undecided

Thank you for keeping Chamster in your thoughts and I'll be sure to come back in 2 weeks to update.

Okay, going to go take a nap now.   Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2019, 10:48:11 PM »

Big (((hugs))) for you and Chami. I am so glad she is doing so much better. Don’t worry about posting. Your baby is sick and that’s more important. Just try not to get overwhelmed ( I know that’s the hard part)!  Kiss :-*for Chami
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2019, 11:00:06 AM »

I’m so glad Chami is doing better! I feel you on the whole bit about reading and getting overwhelmed by what’s online and getting swamped by stuff. [also learned the hard way that trying to get by on 4 hours of sleep does not go well for my sanity or coherence  ...  Tongue Cheesy ] Just focus on taking care of yourself and Chami! Don’t ever worry about posting—you know we are always sending you love and hugs and will be telling you to get more sleep or kitty lovin’ time instead.  Smiley Kiss
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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2019, 05:30:07 PM »

Where is the happy cry emoticon?  Thank you guys.  <heart emoticon>
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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2019, 03:39:04 AM »

I am glad Chami is feeling better....I hope that she continues to improve. ((hugs))...
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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2019, 01:14:12 PM »

   "I am exhausted."  Yeah, I know that feeling too well.  I'm so glad that Chami is doing better, and I hope things have settled down for you, too.  I get nervous stomach and anxiety just when Kozy has a hairball, lol, so I totally understand what you're talking about.  Big hugs, deep breaths!   Kiss
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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2019, 07:11:22 PM »

Thank you guys.

Now that Chami's been on SubQs for the past nearly 3 weeks, you would never know anything is wrong with her.  Seriously.  She looks and acts like her usual self.

I am finally starting to live in the present and have been able to eat and sleep better  Tongue  .  Boy, anything extra though takes me to Overwhelm City.  I thought I'd leave the carrier out in the room so that Chami could get used to seeing it since she'll have to be in it again next Saturday - I knew she'd be scared of it and avoid it at all costs... and what does she do but sleep in it.   Cheesy

What do I know about cats.   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2019, 05:40:04 AM »

Sending you big hugs !! It does get overwhelming when they are sick . Glad Chami is doing so much better & of course she slept in the carrier   Grin
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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2019, 04:42:46 PM »

Great she is feeling better. Not surprised about the carrier, I keep all my carriers out to be used as beds and they all love sleeping in them. It really helps with putting them in the carrier if I need to take them to the vet.
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« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2019, 09:25:34 PM »

I am so glad to hear Chami is doing so much better and that you are able to relax a little.
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« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2019, 08:14:37 PM »

So glad the Chamster is doing better. It’s funny she goes to sleep in the carrier! That’s a great idea.
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« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2019, 01:47:04 PM »

I took Chami for her checkup yesterday.

The day before yesterday, someone peed on the carrier that I'd left out.   Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy  Those smartypants cats.

Chami is doing fantastic.  She obviously feels very good - very spunky and energetic, and she has a good appetite.  The doctor was happy to see her looking so well.  The 90ml morning and night seem to be a good amount for her.  He gave a physical and since her tummy motion felt really good and she was not constipated at all (since a kitten, she has the tendency to be constipated) he felt an X-ray was not needed. 

Weight 7.67 pounds --> 8.38 pounds  -->  8.47 pounds
CREA    5.1 --> 2.0 --> 1.8 (.8~2.4 is normal range)
BUN     63 --> 40 --> 47 (16-36 is normal range)

Although her BUN reading went up slightly, he wasn't worried about it and said there would be small waves like this.  (On a side note, I read online that cats who eat a raw diet can have higher BUN readings.)

So ultimately, the doctor feels that Chami likely does have kidney disease but that at this time it is fully under control.  I'll continue doing as I've been doing and take her in for another checkup in a month.

I feel really relieved and so happy to see Chami acting like such a goofbutt, scrambling all over the cat tower as I jokingly swat at her flanks.   Kiss
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« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2019, 02:09:55 PM »

August, I'm so glad to read that Chami is doing so much better! Hopefully everything will go smoothly now.
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« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2019, 06:48:55 AM »

So glad to hear Charmi is doing so much better.
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« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2019, 08:08:01 AM »

Yea good news.
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