5821Re: [FH] Update on Tibs: Thanks to all
- Jun 1, 2002Good news!
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From: vickitequila <vel75@...>
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
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