16353Re: [FH] Question - coping
- Apr 27, 2004Janice,
I really have to echo Linda. Simba had RCM and I was
not away from him for more than a few hours from the
day he was diagnosed. I had a couple trips planned
that my boyfriend went on without me and I worked as
much from home as possible. I eventually left my job
(within a couple months). It was worth it and I have
no regrets. My priority was to spend time with Simba
and to take care of him. I would do anything to have
my little boy back and that lifestyle of sticking to
the house. We had many special moments during that
time that I will treasure forever.
Others, even family and friends would not see changes
in his condition, I could not think about leaving him
with someone else. I was lucky to be in a position to
leave my job and my boyfriend (live in boyfriend) was
very supportive. Those times when I did have to go out
for a few hours he worked his schedule to be home for
Simba. Between the two of us we rarely left him alone.
--- Linda Fischbach <fischbl@...> wrote:
> Janice, I know others will have different ideas, but__________________________________
> we haven't slept away
> from our home since 1998. I have had several sick
> cats during that time.
> Since Mittens has had CRF and HCM I haven't been
> away from him for more than
> 6 hours (this can be difficult since town is an hour
> away). I also get up
> during the night to feed him. But it's worth it
> -- he's doing great.
> But, we really don't have any family, my friends are
> on the internet, and
> are very happy at home; that makes a big difference.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Janice" <autumncat@...>
> To: <email@example.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2004 8:54 PM
> Subject: [FH] Question - coping
> Hi all.
> I have been trying to keep up with the conversations
> going about friends and
> partners being supportive.
> Has been an interesting read.
> What I would like some feedback on is how do you all
> cope with everyday life
> and the commitment to your HCM cat and treatment.
> I mean - Kirby was diagnosed last July. He gets
> pills every AM & PM - and
> sometimes inbetween when needed.
> Do any of you travel or take vacations? How do you
> do it?
> My husband and I used to like to travel a couple of
> times a year for some
> sort of vacation - and sometimes to friends for an
> overnight or weekend
> visit (we have friends in VA and we live in PA now).
> Since July we have felt tied to our home. I went to
> a cousin's MA wedding
> in October without my husband - he stayed at home to
> pill Kirby - by
> himself - which is difficult.
> We took Kirby with us for my father's 70th birthday
> and New Years (same
> day) - but that didn't go real well and we came home
> Now, my hubby has a business trip to Orlando coming
> up and I can't go with
> him as planned. I can't pill Kirby myself - so my
> parents are coming down
> to stay with me - I also don't like being home
> I feel guilty leaving Kirby (like for that wedding)
> and worried something
> will happen while I am gone. I really know how to
> read Kirby - and whether
> he needs extra lasix or spiro. Others who don't
> live with him everyday
> probably won't see the changes.
> Anyway, this was a bit of venting, I guess - but
> also a request for some
> coping ideas or mechanisms.
> Kirby: Male, probable Maine Coon, born approx. 4/92,
> diagnosed 07-2003 at 11
> yrs of age with restrictive HCM (and CHF)
> Current condition & meds: 13.5 lbs. (down from high
> of 18lbs), enlarged left
> atrial size (stable), atrial fibrillation w/periodic
> ventricular ectopathy:
> grade 2 murmur, Diltiazem 30mg � tab 2x/day; Lanoxin
> .125mg � tab every
> other day; Lasix 12.5mg 1 tab 2x day (up to 3 per
> day if needed); Enalapril
> 2.5mg 1 tab 1x/day; B Vitamin � tab every other day;
> low dose aspirin 81mg
> 2x week; Spironalactone 25mg � tab as needed; adding
> Atenolol 25mg � every
> other day for 2 wks (to increase gradually) -
> administered via pilling.
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