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16353Re: [FH] Question - coping

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  • Bonnie Brown
    Apr 27, 2004
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      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.
      > Linda
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: "Janice" <autumncat@...>
      > To: <feline-heart@yahoogroups.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
      > early.
      > 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
      > alone.
      > 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.
      > Thanks!
      > Janice
      > 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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