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Re: [FH] My Difficult Week

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  • Laurie Stead
    Wow Lyn I m sorry you are dealing with so much at once.  I hope Milli continues to improve.  Wow Josh - that is so scary.  No explanation for collapsing is
    Message 1 of 12 , Sep 9 4:26 PM
      Wow Lyn I'm sorry you are dealing with so much at once.  I hope Milli continues to improve.  Wow Josh - that is so scary.  No explanation for collapsing is the worse. I brought my non-heart kitty to every single specialist under the sun to try and determine what caused his "episodes" of  rear limb ataxia and dizziness.  No one could explain it.  Thankfully nothing has happened in awhile but it's always there in my mind... something caused it but I guess we could really drive ourselves crazy worrying so I try not to (at least not all the time haha).

      I hope this week is a lot calmer for you.  Wanted to also THANK YOU as you are always there to lend an ear and offer your experience to the group... even when you are dealing with so much at home.  That takes a special kind of person :)

      Laurie and Boo



      From: "elfinmyst@..." <elfinmyst@...>
      To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, September 9, 2013 3:58 PM
      Subject: [FH] My Difficult Week

       
      Hi friends,
       
      The last ten days I have lived at the vets.
       
      Milli, (HCM and hole in heart)  went into heart failure. Stomach breathing, rate over 40 were the symptoms. She had a terrible ear infection which antibiotics weren't touching and we had to give a single steroid dose. Unfortunately she went into heart failure. So now she is on:
      vetmedin 3.75mg twice day
      atenolol 5mg twice
      plavix 1/4
      frucimide 20mg twice
      spiro 7mg twice
      fortekor 5mg twice.
      antibiotics
      coq 30mg
       
      Back to the vet tomorrow but she has recovered and is doing well. It's always good to catch it early. Not sure where to go from here though, she's on top dose everything.
      -------
      Josh, my 17yr old HCM cat collapsed suddenly. Rushed to vet thinking was the end. Vet said slight temperature, let's see how he goes. Came home, had stinky diarrhoea and has been fine since! Not every emergency is heart thankfully.
      ----------
      Arthur, 4 years old, went for his acupuncture:) A nice trip, he loves it.
      ----------
       
      Gus.. where to start.. 4 years old, 2 sisters with HCM. Wheezing and coughing. Was on antibiotic and steroid for suspected asthma. Been like this 4 weeks. Today was hacking and choking, so he had the works, Xrays, throat swab,  alveolar swab, bloods, polyp on tonsil removed, a HUGE quantity of mucus moved from back of throat/nose, allergy tests.  Waiting for results, but not sure if mucus like that fits asthma now.
       
      Sorry for long post, it's just been one heck of a week!!
       
      Lyn
       
       
      __

    • nicole harris
      Hi Lyn Oh my, poor you and kitties! I really feel for you. I thought I'd had a tricky week and that's just my one puss. To be going through that with
      Message 2 of 12 , Sep 10 2:12 AM
        Hi Lyn

        Oh my, poor you and kitties! I really feel for you. I thought I'd had a tricky week and that's just my one puss. To be going through that with all those kitties must have been so very difficult. And you've been here so much for me and Tc when all along you were having a terrible time of it.

        I'm so pleased to hear that Milli and Josh are recovering. When do Gus's results come in? And as for Arthur - so sweet that he loves his acupuncture.

        I'd like to say thank you so much for all of your support and advice these past days and I really hope you and your kitties have a much better week.

        Warm wishes
        Nicole x x x


        From: elfinmyst@... <elfinmyst@...>;
        To: <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>;
        Subject: [FH] My Difficult Week
        Sent: Mon, Sep 9, 2013 7:58:06 PM

         

        Hi friends,
         
        The last ten days I have lived at the vets.
         
        Milli, (HCM and hole in heart)  went into heart failure. Stomach breathing, rate over 40 were the symptoms. She had a terrible ear infection which antibiotics weren't touching and we had to give a single steroid dose. Unfortunately she went into heart failure. So now she is on:
        vetmedin 3.75mg twice day
        atenolol 5mg twice
        plavix 1/4
        frucimide 20mg twice
        spiro 7mg twice
        fortekor 5mg twice.
        antibiotics
        coq 30mg
         
        Back to the vet tomorrow but she has recovered and is doing well. It's always good to catch it early. Not sure where to go from here though, she's on top dose everything.
        -------
        Josh, my 17yr old HCM cat collapsed suddenly. Rushed to vet thinking was the end. Vet said slight temperature, let's see how he goes. Came home, had stinky diarrhoea and has been fine since! Not every emergency is heart thankfully.
        ----------
        Arthur, 4 years old, went for his acupuncture:) A nice trip, he loves it.
        ----------
         
        Gus.. where to start.. 4 years old, 2 sisters with HCM. Wheezing and coughing. Was on antibiotic and steroid for suspected asthma. Been like this 4 weeks. Today was hacking and choking, so he had the works, Xrays, throat swab,  alveolar swab, bloods, polyp on tonsil removed, a HUGE quantity of mucus moved from back of throat/nose, allergy tests.  Waiting for results, but not sure if mucus like that fits asthma now.
         
        Sorry for long post, it's just been one heck of a week!!
         
        Lyn
         
         
      • Mandy
        Dear Lyn Sorry to hear your having a bad time of it lately, but good to hear Millie has responded well to her treatment, you say she s on maximum dose now, can
        Message 3 of 12 , Sep 10 6:39 AM
          Dear Lyn

          Sorry to hear your having a bad time of it lately, but good to hear Millie has responded well to her treatment, you say she's on maximum dose now, can this be reduced over time? And fingers crossed for Gus's results x They are very lucky cats to have such an observant Mommy. hope your ok after all this Lyn?

          Take care
          Mandy x

          --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, nicole harris <nmhharris@...> wrote:
          >
          > Hi Lyn
          >
          > Oh my, poor you and kitties! I really feel for you. I thought I'd had a tricky week and that's just my one puss. To be going through that with all those kitties must have been so very difficult. And you've been here so much for me and Tc when all along you were having a terrible time of it.
          >
          > I'm so pleased to hear that Milli and Josh are recovering. When do Gus's results come in? And as for Arthur - so sweet that he loves his acupuncture.
          >
          > I'd like to say thank you so much for all of your support and advice these past days and I really hope you and your kitties have a much better week.
          >
          > Warm wishes
          > Nicole x x x
          >
        • Jordan
          Oh my Lyn!! I am so sorry to hear all this. When it rains, it pours . . . doesn t it? We will be sending up lots of paw prayers for you and the
          Message 4 of 12 , Sep 10 8:41 AM
            Oh my Lyn!!    I am so sorry to hear all this.   When it rains, it pours . . . doesn't it?    We will be sending up lots of paw prayers for you and the furkids.  
             
            Regarding Gus and possible asthma . . . my Sheba (heart kitty) also has feline asthma and she does have a lot of nasal discharge.  But she is also a flat faced himalayan.  
             
            I have extra Flovent inhalers Lyn.   I am happy to mail one to you if you like to try them to see if they help Gus.  Sheba's  response to treatment confirmed her asthma diagnosis  (along with chest Xray).
             
            Please let me know,
             
            Jordan and Sheba
             
          • keycmv
            Lyn - I hope that when the rain stops, a vet hospital drought ensues. Thinking of you, Carol and Gump
            Message 5 of 12 , Sep 10 9:29 AM
              Lyn -

              I hope that when the rain stops, a vet hospital drought ensues.

              Thinking of you,
              Carol and Gump

              --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, Jordan <thegapgal@...> wrote:
              >
              >
              > Oh my Lyn!! I am so sorry to hear all this. When it rains, it pours . . . doesn't it? We will be sending up lots of paw prayers for you and the furkids.
              >
              > Regarding Gus and possible asthma . . . my Sheba (heart kitty) also has feline asthma and she does have a lot of nasal discharge. But she is also a flat faced himalayan.
              >
              > I have extra Flovent inhalers Lyn. I am happy to mail one to you if you like to try them to see if they help Gus. Sheba's response to treatment confirmed her asthma diagnosis (along with chest Xray).
              >
              > Please let me know,
              >
              > Jordan and Sheba
              >
            • elfinmyst
              Hi all Thankyou for all the lovely thoughts and best wishes. Milli went for her follow up and her breathing rate is better. We are cautiously reducing the
              Message 6 of 12 , Sep 10 12:38 PM
                Hi all
                 
                Thankyou for all the lovely thoughts and best wishes. Milli went for her follow up and her breathing rate is better. We are cautiously reducing the lasix and keeping the vetmedin dose up. But she also had a temperature today, so had some metacam and is currently eating and eating!
                 
                Gus, waiting for all the results to come in. Should be the next few days and we'll get answers. I saw his xrays and the donuts on them!
                 
                :) Lyn.
                 
              • marianna.mayer
                I call those holes or starburst images on the lungs...you call them donut holes...regardless of what they are called, they are terrifying. What is the
                Message 7 of 12 , Sep 10 1:14 PM
                  I call those holes or starburst images on the lungs...you call them ''donut'' holes...regardless of what they are called, they are terrifying. What is the suspected cause and/or treatment? In my Izzy's case it was simply referred to as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (ipf), searched the US for specialists to advise, found no treatment available.
                   Marianna

                   
                  Hi all
                   
                  Thankyou for all the lovely thoughts and best wishes. Milli went for her follow up and her breathing rate is better. We are cautiously reducing the lasix and keeping the vetmedin dose up. But she also had a temperature today, so had some metacam and is currently eating and eating!
                   
                  Gus, waiting for all the results to come in. Should be the next few days and we'll get answers. I saw his xrays and the donuts on them!
                   
                  :) Lyn.
                   
                • elfinmyst
                  Hi Thankyou for all the suggestions. It turns out Augustus has Pseudomonas. We re waiting for the tonsil polyp biopsy and allergy results and then starting
                  Message 8 of 12 , Sep 13 4:33 AM
                    Hi
                     
                    Thankyou for all the suggestions. It turns out Augustus has Pseudomonas. We're waiting for the tonsil polyp biopsy and allergy results and then starting his Marbocyl antibiotic injected daily. My vet is also looking into a possible nasal drain tube where the antibiotic can possibly go straight into the sinus but it's looking unlikely to be asthma. I know this is off topic, but a lot of you wanted to know.
                    Milli is doing well on her lasix, now reduced to 10mg twice a day and has recovered her heart failure and was shouting at the vet again this morning when she went with a snotty cold! I wish we could fix her middle ear infection though, she's still on antibiotic and metacam for that.
                     
                    Lyn:)
                     
                  • Jordan
                    Glad to hear your fur kids are recovering Lyn. We love them so!! We will keep you in our paw prayers. Hugs and kitty kisses, Jordan and Sheba
                    Message 9 of 12 , Sep 13 9:29 AM
                      Glad to hear your fur kids are recovering Lyn.   We love them so!!  We will keep you in our paw prayers.
                       
                      Hugs and kitty kisses,
                       
                      Jordan and Sheba
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