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  • Carol
    hi all, I m cross posting this to my 3 groups we re on the most, so if you ve gotten this more than once, sorry for the duplicates. Snowball has taken a
    Message 1 of 5 , Sep 3 11:55 PM
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      hi all,

      I'm cross posting this to my 3 groups we're on the most, so if
      you've gotten this more than once, sorry for the duplicates.

      Snowball has taken a relapse in her condition this past week. She'd
      been doing pretty okay since mid June. We kind of got a good
      combination of things going (acupuncture, Chinese herbs, food,
      supplements), and her spewing went way down, and she was actually
      feeling like her old self again. That is until last week. All of a
      sudden she's throwing up again and not eating hardly at all. She's
      so tired and lethargic and always looking nauseated again.

      We were doing really well, with the acupuncture once a week, but
      then my vet went on vacation for 3 weeks and Snowball didn't have
      any treatments in that whole time. She did okay for the first two
      weeks, then the third week is when she started backsliding. By the
      time the vet came last week, Snowball was already feeling pewey
      again. Last week's acupuncture didn't help much and we had to go the
      whole holiday weekend w/o any help, because my acupuncture vet
      wasn't around at all to come back an see Snowball.

      We finally got an appointment today and Snowball wasn't very
      cooperative like she usually is. Well... aside from her
      pancreatitis flaring up again, the vet found that Snowball's teeth
      are in pretty bad shape I guess. I've not even thought to look at
      her teeth in all this past year that she's been dealing with the
      pancreatitis and her other issues (CRF, IBD, HCM and HyperT). The
      vet said her gums are red and swollen and raw and she's got a lot of
      plaque on her teeth.

      But that's not the worst part... and I have a hard time even writing
      this... the vet said she thinks she saw a small mass on the inside
      of her mouth when she was looking at her teeth. Those words cut
      through me like a frozen knife. I've lost two babies to oral cancer
      in recent years, Ducky in 2005 and Muffy in 2006, and I just can't
      have this happening again. I'm just stunned. I can't even think
      straight right now.

      So we're going to call tomorrow and have her mouth looked at. I'm
      not sure if we're going to go to the specialist internist or the
      regular vet. And that's a whole other problem. We stopped going to
      our regular allopathic vet in June after Snowball had that horrible
      seizure from a drug interaction with her Tapazole and the
      Mirtazapine he gave us. It wasn't just that instance though, this
      has been coming for a long time...us wanting to find someone else,
      because our confidence in this vet has been sorely dwindling over
      the past two years....but that's a whole other long story.

      So we need to find a new general vet, and at this stage in
      Snowball's illnesses, that prospect scares me...going into a new
      relationship with a new vet with all her problems. I just am
      cringing thinking about the stress this is putting us all through,
      us and her...for her, a new place and new people. But we have to
      find someone else, we just don't trust our old vet anymore.

      So our acupuncture vet said Snowball really has to have her teeth
      cleaned ASAP...but we're worried about her kidneys, her heart,
      pancreas...having to be knocked out for a dental... I'm just sick
      inside thinking about it.

      So tomorrow we'll call around and see about finding someone to see
      her. I think we'll probably go to the internist that we went to last
      year. She was nice and was very gentle with Snowball.

      Anyway, I know you all are dealing with a lot of your own stuff with
      your babies, but when you're saying your prayers for them, could you
      include Snowball in there too? I really want her to NOT have oral
      cancer... this just can't be happening again, please!

      Thanks everyone.

      hugs to all,
      Carol and Snowball and the gang
    • amanda
      Oh Carol, it`s sad that Snowball isn`t feeling well again, but as far as I know accupunture can help alot with cancer too!! My husbands an accupunturist and
      Message 2 of 5 , Sep 4 4:01 AM
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        Oh Carol, it`s sad that Snowball isn`t feeling well again, but as far as I know accupunture can help alot with cancer too!! My husbands an accupunturist and last year he cured a friends oral cancer! so please keep up that along with any other treatments you choose, I wish you all the best and send you all my healing vibes and prayers for Snowballs speedy recovery!! hugs ,prayers and purrs Amanda and Silver chan.

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      • Peggy Ledger
        Vibes are on the way! Peggy in NYC From: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com [mailto:feline-heart@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Carol Sent: Thursday, September 04,
        Message 3 of 5 , Sep 4 7:12 AM
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          Vibes are on the way!



          Peggy in NYC



          From: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com [mailto:feline-heart@yahoogroups.com] On
          Behalf Of Carol
          Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2008 2:55 AM
          To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: [FH] Snowball needs prayers please



          hi all,

          I'm cross posting this to my 3 groups we're on the most, so if
          you've gotten this more than once, sorry for the duplicates.

          Snowball has taken a relapse in her condition this past week. She'd
          been doing pretty okay since mid June. We kind of got a good
          combination of things going (acupuncture, Chinese herbs, food,
          supplements), and her spewing went way down, and she was actually
          feeling like her old self again. That is until last week. All of a
          sudden she's throwing up again and not eating hardly at all. She's
          so tired and lethargic and always looking nauseated again.

          We were doing really well, with the acupuncture once a week, but
          then my vet went on vacation for 3 weeks and Snowball didn't have
          any treatments in that whole time. She did okay for the first two
          weeks, then the third week is when she started backsliding. By the
          time the vet came last week, Snowball was already feeling pewey
          again. Last week's acupuncture didn't help much and we had to go the
          whole holiday weekend w/o any help, because my acupuncture vet
          wasn't around at all to come back an see Snowball.

          We finally got an appointment today and Snowball wasn't very
          cooperative like she usually is. Well... aside from her
          pancreatitis flaring up again, the vet found that Snowball's teeth
          are in pretty bad shape I guess. I've not even thought to look at
          her teeth in all this past year that she's been dealing with the
          pancreatitis and her other issues (CRF, IBD, HCM and HyperT). The
          vet said her gums are red and swollen and raw and she's got a lot of
          plaque on her teeth.

          But that's not the worst part... and I have a hard time even writing
          this... the vet said she thinks she saw a small mass on the inside
          of her mouth when she was looking at her teeth. Those words cut
          through me like a frozen knife. I've lost two babies to oral cancer
          in recent years, Ducky in 2005 and Muffy in 2006, and I just can't
          have this happening again. I'm just stunned. I can't even think
          straight right now.

          So we're going to call tomorrow and have her mouth looked at. I'm
          not sure if we're going to go to the specialist internist or the
          regular vet. And that's a whole other problem. We stopped going to
          our regular allopathic vet in June after Snowball had that horrible
          seizure from a drug interaction with her Tapazole and the
          Mirtazapine he gave us. It wasn't just that instance though, this
          has been coming for a long time...us wanting to find someone else,
          because our confidence in this vet has been sorely dwindling over
          the past two years....but that's a whole other long story.

          So we need to find a new general vet, and at this stage in
          Snowball's illnesses, that prospect scares me...going into a new
          relationship with a new vet with all her problems. I just am
          cringing thinking about the stress this is putting us all through,
          us and her...for her, a new place and new people. But we have to
          find someone else, we just don't trust our old vet anymore.

          So our acupuncture vet said Snowball really has to have her teeth
          cleaned ASAP...but we're worried about her kidneys, her heart,
          pancreas...having to be knocked out for a dental... I'm just sick
          inside thinking about it.

          So tomorrow we'll call around and see about finding someone to see
          her. I think we'll probably go to the internist that we went to last
          year. She was nice and was very gentle with Snowball.

          Anyway, I know you all are dealing with a lot of your own stuff with
          your babies, but when you're saying your prayers for them, could you
          include Snowball in there too? I really want her to NOT have oral
          cancer... this just can't be happening again, please!

          Thanks everyone.

          hugs to all,
          Carol and Snowball and the gang





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        • Carol
          hi everyone, I m cross posting again, I just don t have enough energy to re-write things more than once. I wanted to thank you all so much for all the prayers.
          Message 4 of 5 , Sep 4 6:02 PM
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            hi everyone,

            I'm cross posting again, I just don't have enough energy to re-write
            things more than once.

            I wanted to thank you all so much for all the prayers. We've been
            having a bad day today. Snowball threw up her breakfast, then just
            now her dinner too. And today she's started coughing. I'm not sure
            what that's all about. It almost sounds like hairballs, but she
            doesn't get anything up. She stretches out her neck and does this
            cough that sounds like horking up a hairball. The first time was at
            4am and then again tonight, just before she threw up her dinner,
            what little of it she ate anyway, and there wasn't any hairball in
            it, just the little teaspoon or so of food she ate and her coQ10
            capsule. It hadn't even melted yet. That spew she did only about 20
            minutes after she ate.

            Tomorrow we're going to the internist to have them look at her. I'm
            just praying for any kind of good news. As long as we're there and
            they have to do a blood panel, we're going to repeat her fPLI/fTLI
            tests for her pancreatitis and see what they are. We haven't done
            them since last January, so I figured as long as they were going to
            torture her with a needle, get it all done at once.

            I still haven't decided what regular vet to take our guys to yet.
            I've been researching vets all day today and a lot of the ones that
            people are telling me about, we've already been to in the past and
            not liked. We live in the south bay area of San Francisco
            (Cupertino), and there are tons of vets here, but over the past 20
            years, we've never found one that really had it together for our
            guys, except for one that we went to in the mid 90's. Unfortunately
            she retired to have a family in 2002, so we've really been without
            someone we really liked ever since.

            I'm really scared. I'm in that "don't know what to do" mode and feel
            helpless.

            Thanks again for the good thoughts and prayers. Tomorrow I guess
            we'll know more and I'll let you know. "Sigh"... for months I've
            been writing to people trying to offer hope and sending good
            thoughts and lighting healing candles...now I find myself needing it
            too. I guess that's just the way the world works...you just never
            know what's going to upset your "happy medium".

            hugs,
            Carol and Snowball and the gang
          • Gina Fayne
            I am just reading this and your earlier post...I am so sorry for what you and Snowball are going through. I have a 6 year old female (non-heart) with chronic
            Message 5 of 5 , Sep 5 7:42 AM
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              I am just reading this and your earlier post...I am so sorry for what you and Snowball are going through. I have a 6 year old female (non-heart) with chronic constipation/obstipation and secondary acute pancreatitis.  We have almost lost her 3 times to the pancreas and have had countless less severe bouts.  When it happens, we have found that a complete fast (food and water) for 24-36 hours brings her out of it better than anything.  If the vomiting (sometimes as often a 8 times an hour) gets out of hand, then we take her in for sub-q or intravenous fluids.  She also goes totally hypothermic when she is in the midst of an attack, so keeping her warm is of utmost importance.  Is this something that Snowball experiences, too?
              I hope her test readings are hopeful and both of you are in my thoughts.
              Gina

              --- On Thu, 9/4/08, Carol <carolroars@...> wrote:

              From: Carol <carolroars@...>
              Subject: [FH] Re: Snowball needs prayers please
              To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
              Date: Thursday, September 4, 2008, 9:02 PM






              hi everyone,

              I'm cross posting again, I just don't have enough energy to re-write
              things more than once.

              I wanted to thank you all so much for all the prayers. We've been
              having a bad day today. Snowball threw up her breakfast, then just
              now her dinner too. And today she's started coughing. I'm not sure
              what that's all about. It almost sounds like hairballs, but she
              doesn't get anything up. She stretches out her neck and does this
              cough that sounds like horking up a hairball. The first time was at
              4am and then again tonight, just before she threw up her dinner,
              what little of it she ate anyway, and there wasn't any hairball in
              it, just the little teaspoon or so of food she ate and her coQ10
              capsule. It hadn't even melted yet. That spew she did only about 20
              minutes after she ate.

              Tomorrow we're going to the internist to have them look at her. I'm
              just praying for any kind of good news. As long as we're there and
              they have to do a blood panel, we're going to repeat her fPLI/fTLI
              tests for her pancreatitis and see what they are. We haven't done
              them since last January, so I figured as long as they were going to
              torture her with a needle, get it all done at once.

              I still haven't decided what regular vet to take our guys to yet.
              I've been researching vets all day today and a lot of the ones that
              people are telling me about, we've already been to in the past and
              not liked. We live in the south bay area of San Francisco
              (Cupertino), and there are tons of vets here, but over the past 20
              years, we've never found one that really had it together for our
              guys, except for one that we went to in the mid 90's. Unfortunately
              she retired to have a family in 2002, so we've really been without
              someone we really liked ever since.

              I'm really scared. I'm in that "don't know what to do" mode and feel
              helpless.

              Thanks again for the good thoughts and prayers. Tomorrow I guess
              we'll know more and I'll let you know. "Sigh"... for months I've
              been writing to people trying to offer hope and sending good
              thoughts and lighting healing candles...now I find myself needing it
              too. I guess that's just the way the world works...you just never
              know what's going to upset your "happy medium".

              hugs,
              Carol and Snowball and the gang


















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