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 on: August 16, 2019, 10:48:11 PM 
Started by August - Last post by NedF
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

 on: August 16, 2019, 08:28:29 PM 
Started by August - Last post by August
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

 on: August 16, 2019, 04:09:58 PM 
Started by NedF - Last post by NedF
Happy Birthday Stormy! I can’t believe you are ten years old today! It seems like only yesterday you were a tiny kitten that I could hold in one hand.  Kiss Kiss

 on: August 15, 2019, 05:29:37 AM 
Started by August - Last post by lesliek
Thank you Alek0 ! Glad to hear Chami is doing well  Smiley

 on: August 13, 2019, 11:27:47 AM 
Started by NedF - Last post by GKit
Oh cool! Glad to hear that.

 on: August 13, 2019, 11:26:27 AM 
Started by alek0 - Last post by GKit

 on: August 13, 2019, 11:25:55 AM 
Started by August - Last post by GKit
Appreciate the update, alek0. I’m glad Chami is doing better!

 on: August 12, 2019, 05:48:09 PM 
Started by August - Last post by NedF
I'm glad Chami is feeling better! Thanks for keeping us updated Alek!

 on: August 11, 2019, 10:19:10 PM 
Started by August - Last post by alek0
Just to let everyone know that I am in touch with August and Chami is doing better, looking better and behavior is back to normal. Fluid amount is indeed a bit higher than usual practice, but she has confirmed it with her vet (90 ml per session, two sessions per day) and she is monitoring Chami carefully. Since Chami is doing better and absorbing the fluid, I guess this seems to be right amount for her.

August will post after she knows more after the next check up, and when things are a bit more settled down. She just didn't want everyone to worry hence I am posting an update, and she thanks you all for the help.

 on: August 07, 2019, 06:54:27 PM 
Started by NedF - Last post by NedF
Good news! All babies have left their nests safely. The landscapers didn’t come this week so the babies were able to practice leaving the nest undisturbed.  Smiley

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