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Author Topic: My Darling Beloved Sylvester Has Died  (Read 16681 times)
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« on: September 13, 2009, 12:14:52 AM »

I'm not really looking for help, but he's NOT dead yet, so i think this is the thread.

I hurt so bad right now. Silly is in the animal hospital where he’s been since Thursday. They don’t know what’s wrong with him, their guess seems to keep changing. I will have some justified anger about that later, but for right now I have to deal with the likely hood that my best friend of more then 12 years is almost certainly dying. Three of the 4 medical professionals did not believe he would to make it through the night. 1 doctor largely urged me to euthanise him. I refused. (He did not appear to any of us to be in pain, but both Dr’s think whatever is wrong has progressed to far to cure). The 2nd doctor suggested trying a new drug that has little chance of working, but as any chance is better then none…..

I don’t want to get too much into anger & pointing fingers right now. Suffice it to say, the BELIEF where he is now is that the symptoms we’ve seen for the last 2 couple years that his vet thought were ibd & allergies were actually the beginning of what we’re seeing now. On Thursday, his vet wanted him seen immediately by an internist. The only one in my city had no opening this past week. My vet sent me to a 24 hour hospital 50 miles away that was SUPPOSED to have a 24/7 internist. Someone neglected to tell someone that person was on vacation until Monday. It also concerns me that this hospital while high tech & with nice people is horribly understaffed.

Right now it doesn’t appear we have the time to wait until Monday (or Tuesday to get results of more in depth testing back). Guessing diagnosis have ranged from fatty liver syndrome to liver lymphoma to a brain tumor. There is no question he is near death. The Dr’s fear is that by the time we figure it out, it will be too late if it isn’t already.

I’m just writing this in hope of feeling a teeny bit better. Usually if I hurt, Sylvester makes it better. That’s not an option right now. In fact, he needs me worse then I need him right now. Both times I’ve visited him, he has perked up; in fact dangerously low blood sugar recovered while I was there tonight with no treatment. If he’s still alive, I may try to sleep at the pet hospital tomorrow night.

At any rate, I hurt bad. I just can’t imagine life without my baby. At least the hospital hasn’t called, that’s good news. This all happened pretty sudden. There’s been variations of his usual symptoms for the last few weeks, & a new uti, but as late as Tuesday this past week, his vet & I mutually cancelled his Thursday apt, thinking it wasn’t necessary. The next day he stopped eating completely & I was at her doorstep when she opened on Thursday.

From what I understand, if he makes it through to Monday, we’re looking at a miracle.

Thanks for listening, I hurt very badly & I don’t know what to do with it. I know I can’t kill my best friend. I am praying for a miracle (I was told a dog that they thought was dead on the operating table came back to life tonight), but unfortunately expecting the worst. I just can’t see home without Silly.
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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2009, 02:57:34 AM »

Geff, sending up some heavy-duty prayers for Sylvester - and you.
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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2009, 03:28:36 AM »

Thank you Meowli.

If a mod wishes to move this to the memorial thread, Sylvester passed away at aprox 4:30 AM.
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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2009, 03:34:55 AM »

I am so sorry. Rest in peace sweet Angel Sylvester. He's now free to run and play without any pain.
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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2009, 03:54:54 AM »

So sorry Geff. Rest in peace little one. 

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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2009, 04:04:13 AM »

Geff, I am so very sorry for your loss.    Cry  {{{hugs}}}

Rest in Peace, Sylvester  Kiss
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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2009, 04:19:19 AM »

Geff,
I know how hard you have tried to figure out Sylvester's health problems - and you couldn't have done more. The depth of your pain simply reflects the depth of your love for him.

I'm so sorry that Sylvester didn't make it through to Monday. Sometimes they have to go to the Rainbow Bridge to be healed.

Please come here when you need support, comfort or simply someone to listen. I'm sure right now your grief is raw and all-consuming. Time will help. I found that talking helped me, too.

Lighting a candle to guide Sylvester to the Bridge . . .
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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2009, 04:51:48 AM »

At this point, I think I'm more in shock then in grief. The worst is probably yet to come. Thanks to all for your prayers. I want to believe that kitties have a soul, & all I really prayed for even before he was gone, was that he would be taken care of. He was a very special guy & I still can't imagine living without him. I hope my other 2 long term kitties are waiting to greet him in kitty heaven & that all 3 of them will be there for me someday if there is such a thing.
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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2009, 05:22:07 AM »

Oh Geff,
I'm so sorry that you greet this day without your very much-loved boy, Sylvester.  All of us here know of your loving care, and how much you both went through to make his life a happy one.  I know how you searched and experimented with foods that would suit him, and nursed him through rocky episodes.  It must feel very empty, after so much attention and devotion to his care.

I simply can't deny the soul of a cat.  I don't think anyone who has shared their lives with cats, can.  I think their souls are kept alive through our memories, until we can rejoin them.  I believe such innocence in life must surely be watched over, forever after.

Peace and comfort and love to you and Sylvester, always together in your hearts.
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« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2009, 05:27:18 AM »

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss of your dear Sylvester.
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« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2009, 05:36:50 AM »

Geff
My heart goes out to you - all you are feeling is so hard and so real - the only consolation I have had is knowing that all these different feelings - shock, grief, anger, disbelief, desolation - are, as catmom said, because we love so deeply.  To which I can only add : - And because we had such joy in the love and sharing of such a special life & soul.
Keep posting whenever you feel to, and keep sharing your wonderful Sylvester's life & spirit.  I truly think that the support I have found here has been all that has kept me going.
I will light a candle for him.  I think all their spirits are out there, waiting & complete - you will sense Sylvester's around you & know this.  You are both in my thoughts.

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« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2009, 05:56:22 AM »

I'm so sorry that you have lost your best friend, Geff. Please take comfort in the thoughts that you will meet him again later when the time is right.

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« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2009, 06:18:12 AM »

Oh, Geff, I am so, so sorry to hear this. Cry  I will always remember Sylvester, and how hard and patiently you worked to find safe food that he could eat.  You were truly a devoted pet parent to him. 

My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.  I wish you support and comfort in the coming days.
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« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2009, 06:26:39 AM »

Geff I am so sorry to hear this. You tried so hard to find answers and safe food for Sylvester. I know he will be waiting for you. Hugs and prayers coming your way. Hoping for happy memories of your time together soon.
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« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2009, 06:42:20 AM »

Oh no!  Geff, Im so sorry!  I know how much time and care and effort you put into finding foods that Sylvester could tolerate.  I feel so bad for you.  You did everything you could with the info you were provided.  Sylvester knows you were doing everything you could to help him.  My heart goes out to you.  Godspeed dear Sylvester   
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