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5821Re: [FH] Update on Tibs: Thanks to all

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  • Jan
    Jun 1, 2002
      Good news!


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: vickitequila <vel75@...>
      To: <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Saturday, June 01, 2002 4:18 AM
      Subject: [FH] Update on Tibs: Thanks to all

      > Hello again, I just wanted to let you all know about the last few
      > days and thankyou all for your support and advice. Some of you even
      > emailed me individually and I've been really touched and encouraged
      > by your support.
      > I took Tibs to the vets again and asked her about all the
      > alternatives you all mentioned. She offered me alternative meds but
      > told me in her opinion he would react badly to them again - the
      > stroke was caused by the stress as much as the pills - and that
      > though he was doing much better after the stroke (just a wee wobble
      > in the hind legs) she was very concerned that he wouldn't last
      > another week left how he was. His heart rate was extremely rapid.
      > Surgery was also a very high risk from the anaesthetic but all
      > options weighed, it was really his only chance at recovery. She
      > later admitted to me she hadn't expected him to survive.
      > Anyway, it broke my heart but I agreed to the surgery. They removed
      > the over-active part of his thyroid. The vet told me later that
      > she'd never seen one like it; it was 4 times the size it should have
      > been. It turns out we got there at the right time. Against all odds
      > he was stable and came through the surgery - when I picked him up
      > that night you'd never have thought he'd been through all that! He's
      > got a nasty looking scar and they cut some of his whiskers off by
      > mistake when they shaved his neck, but otherwise he looks just fine.
      > I've told him its a Beckham cut but he's still not happy with his
      > new do!
      > Anyway, he's home and happy and his heart rate is still high but
      > dropping. We can't give him post-op meds because of the stress
      > factor, so I'm just taking it easy and keeping it very calm around
      > the house. (No hoovering 'cause he's scared of it - what a great
      > excuse!) He's had his check-up and he's making very good progress.
      > We just need to keep an eye on his calcium levels now, but I'm
      > hoping for no more complications. I'm just happy to have him home.
      > I asked about the cod liver oil and they told me there was no toxity
      > in them at all. He's been taking them for years since he had a
      > problem with his coat and fur falling out. He takes hormone
      > supplements to help him with that too. I've stopped giving him them
      > for the time being though and I'll definately look into it further.
      > Thanks to everyone for your support and prayers, I'm sure they've
      > helped!
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