Re: question; weak legs, but not thowing clots - Pretty Girl at ER again
- Hey guys -
Although my attention is also with the national tragedy, I still have to
help my kitty. That's why I'm turning to you guys again. She spent the
night in ER last night and is still there. As most of you know she has CHF,
had fluid on her lungs, etc in the past and had to have it tapped, had
hyper-T.....and is on ton of meds. About Tuesday or Wednesday she started
to be constipated, but could finally go. Then Wednesday or Thursday she
seemed to have just runny diarreah that got everywhere she went. Wednesday
or Thursday, I came home at lunch and she was actually on the bed (she now
uses a box near the bed to get on the bed). She had not done that on her
own since we got back from A&M. Well Friday at lunch I came in to check on
her and she seemed to be in a ton of pain from things being such a mess
under her tail (swollen...) I had already cleaned her off. She seemed to
walk a bit wobbly, but I thought it was from her being in such discomfort
under her tail. I went ahead and took her to the vet about 1:30 pm and
picked her up about 6 or so (when he finally had a chance to look at her
closely). He said to give her two ccs kaopectate for the diarrea and try
to get her temp up as it was at 96 degrees. (Apparently they start dying
at 95 and 94 degrees...) (She could still walk a bit then, because the vet
gave her some vitamen stuff on the roof of her mouth because she had not
been eating much the past couple of days. She jerked her head from him and
walked into her pet carrier. (My sweet baby). Took my baby home, wrapped
her in a towel, and made her eat about 20 or 30 ccs as she is down to 3 lbs
3 ounces (used to be a 6 or 7 lb kitty). Then put her on top of a
sweatshirt that was on top of a heating pad (turned on low and then turned
off every so often so as not to "cook" her). Then put a sweatshirt on top
of her to cover her. She started lifting her head a bit later so I put her
in the bedroom on a towel (covered) near her food, water and litter. Left
her 5 or 10 mins and came back. She was determined to get back to the cold
tile of the bathroom floor (which is actually where the water and litter is)
and she had knocked over a waterdish and was laying in the spilled water.
Picked her up, warmed her up again and sat with her. Called A&M. The said
to see if her back legs were weak compared to the front. I stood her up.
she tried to walk with front paws and back legs went down. They said get
her to ER to be safe. (About 9:30 pm) At ER learned she has her pulses in
back legs so it's not a clot, but she is dehydrated (from the lasix and the
other potassium sparing diuretic). They put her on oxygen and are iv'ing
her fluid at 1/4 to 1/2 maintenance after conferring with A&M. Does anyone
know what this could mean? By the time she got to ER her temp was back to
100 degrees and later (early this morning was 100.5 degrees (should be 101).
Could she just be exhausted from lack of fluid and the diarreah?
Don't know if I should drive three hours to A&M or not.
I hate this. Hate it hate it hate it. I can't stand to watch her die. She
is just too sweet. Before the stupid ER even knew if she needed meds they
stuck a catheter in her and CUT HER SKIN (allegedly skin) on her neck near
her JUGLAR!!! What incompetence. I hate them and she is there right now.
They actually had to give her stitches for it. This vet is horrible also
(so far as his bedside manner anyway).
Mom came up now. So we are going to see Pretty Girl and try to decide if we
should take her to A&M or what. I'm almost afraid she just needs to come
home and rest. I just don't know. Anything like this happened to you guys?
I'm so sorry to ramble. Thanks for being such great people. I could not
have made it this far if it was not for you guys. I rely on you guys more
than the vets.
P.S. I have a call in to her regular vet that saw her yesterday, but he is
with a patient. Probably won't be til after noon when I hear from him I'm