Re: [FH] What a week on list -- I hope some good news will be of cheer
- Yea Merlyn!!! Thanks for the great news. Take care
Wendy and Tiger
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From: Dana Rulf (merlynsmama)
Sent: Friday, May 02, 2003 10:21 AM
Subject: [FH] What a week on list -- I hope some good news will be of cheer
We've had quite a week on this list, and I've been saying prayers and
sending good thoughts daily for each and every cat here. We've been
overwhelmed with caring for Merlyn this week, trying to get him
stabilized on his new meds, so I am sorry I have not had the chance to
post individually to you all.
But our week was not in vain:
Merlyn had his chest x-ray check up this a.m. One week ago today he
was diagnosed with pulmonary edema. Today, after a week on Lasix (a
low dose because Merlyn is also CRF), the improvement was so clear,
even to my very untrained eye, and the fluid left is around the heart
and lungs, not in them anymore.
Even Merlyn's creatinine level was back down from last week to a 3
(normal range .6 - 2.4). His BUN isn't great (49), but that's
probably due to the non-renal diet he's been eating for the last week.
He refused any kind of renal food (and I"ve tried 6 different kinds)
last week, and in my desperation to get him to eat ANYTHING, I went to
the store and bought 8 different kinds of canned food. Our vet, Dr.
Mike, said it has become a quality of life issue for Merlyn, and if
regular old store-bought is all he'll eat, then so be it. After all:
a renal diet doesn't do any good if kitty won't eat it! We will likely
add phosphorous binders in another couple of weeks.
Our vet is so pleased overall, and so are we! Merlyn is feeling so
much better all the way around, too: he actually woke me this a.m.
asking to be fed, wolfed it down as though he hadn't eaten in weeks,
then went through the house checking things over, even chasing a dust
bunny on the hardwood floors... mentally he is much better as well: he
is taking such an interest in Life again!
So, for anyone's kitty battling both diseases, take heart. We've seen
progress and you CAN juggle them.
So, we are keeping the regimen the same and will re-evaluate in a few
more weeks. I know there will still be some bad days interspersed
with the good, but I feel like we have Merlyn back on an even keel for
the time being.
Thank you to all who sent prayers and good thoughts to Merlyn -- I
appreciate it so much, and they obviously worked!
Take care, and kiss your kitties from us --
Merlyn & Tully
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