An intro of sorts
- Hello to you all!!!!
I'm so very glad that I have found this site. My name
is Amber and I live in Melbourne, Florida with my four
Willow, my youngest, 4 year old British Shorthair was
diagnosed with HCM last August. He had a well cat
checkup in July and within a months time lost 10% of
his body weight, became lethargic, and limped. A
complete checkup found him to have a gallop heartrate,
a heart murmur of III/VI. Blood work indicated a high
CPK among a few abnormalities. Also, was diagnosed
positive for heartworms!!! He was referred to an
internist who did a EKG and blood pressure. He
thought the blood pressure was high and was worried so
he put him on Amlodipine. Well, between the time of
his primary and his intern, Willow lost another 10% of
his body weight. He developed an allergy to the
amlodipine with hyper salivation and glossal
ulceration on his tongue. So, for three-four days he
didn't eat and the internist refused to see him.
Returned a very unhappy camper to my primary.
Willow's guardian angel~~~a dear friend~~~told us to
go to another clinic in another county. So we
did...by miracle I was seen by the only veterinary
cardiologist in the state of Florida who has cardiac
clinics in different places in Florida but whose
general practice is in Gainesville. Willow was then
put on Atenolol and has since been doing great. Also,
CoQ10...but I've been lax about giving that to him.
He has an appointment today with his primary.
Hopefully everything will check out.
A bit about me...I'm in my second year of veterinary
nursing school....this past term has been hideous but
I managed to get through. And am in a summer school
class. To say the least, Willow has been a case study
for me a few times. I was so worried about my child
last November I even sent out a huge internet prayer
of sorts for him...and the responses back were
wondrous. I also, know this is why he is here
today...so many people I didn't even know lit candles,
sent reiki energy, and prayed for my little brave
scoop of love. The internet can be such a beautiful
thing!!! Yes, I'm a bit eccentric but I'm fun!!!!
A good internet source is by Willow's cardiologist...
Looking forward to meeting all of you and learning
bunches of great new stuff!!!
~~Amber * >^..^<
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