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  • reallyrosiebooks@aol.com
    I have been meaning to write more detail post to you all who have been so encouraging but I have been wiped out by this not to mention the meds keep changing.
    Message 1 of 9 , Jun 26, 2002
      I have been meaning to write more detail post to you all who have been so
      encouraging but I have been wiped out by this not to mention the meds keep
      changing.

      After Tysons blood came back high on the kidney test (92 or 94) they cut half
      of his meds and he continues to do well. Now they want to remove the lasix
      since that can be damaging to the kidney. I am worried about this because he
      responded so well with lasix. He will be at the vets this weekend because
      unfortunately I have to go out of town for a wedding and bar mitzvah that I
      would love to not go to but they are big ones and I really need to. He will
      be monitored while they take him off the lasix and that is important. They
      said if the lungs start filling up with fluid again they will try to extract
      before they put him back on the lasix. Lets hope that the medicine works and
      that he won't need the lasix and that his kidney number comes down. I am
      trying to be more positive but still very scared.

      I am having difficulty getting him to eat his special food and his taurine
      (suppliment which I crush in his food). I mix his old food a little with the
      new food. They are going to try some other food at the vet this weekend.

      He does continue to eat, drink, pee and poop and seems to respond normally to
      us. I have given him so much love and so many hours of petting and kissing
      and he is enjoying it. I even bought a polaroid camera and have been taking
      pictures.

      It is a rollercoaster right now and I guess this is how it will be. I will
      take a rollercoaster anyday to have some more time with Tyson and that he is
      not suffering and is comfortable.

      My biggest hurdle at the moment is getting through this weekend. I feel as
      if he thrives partially because of his strength and personality but also
      because of the love he feels. Will he do worse when we are not around. Or
      will he get some needed rest and medical attention which he needs too. I
      feel better that my other cat and dog will be at the vet also so he won't be
      alone if the worst should happen.

      I will be gone from Friday morning to Monday afternoon so it won't be long
      and I hope I have better news to report upon my return (one being that he did
      well, is breathing well, and the blood work comes back with better results).

      I look forward to interacting with you all upon my return but will read
      emails tomorrow as well.

      Hope all of you and your loved kitties are doing well.

      Heather

      ROSE
      (aka.Heather but
      too many Heathers makes it confusing!)

      "Tomorrow is a fresh day, with no mistakes in it."
      - Anne of Green Gables
      Forever Kindred Spirits


      [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    • cookielu1999
      Heather, Yes it is a torturous roller coaster ride, but you do learn to hold on for the duration and you get stronger the longer you ride. Do have hope! Hope
      Message 2 of 9 , Jun 26, 2002
        Heather,
        Yes it is a torturous roller coaster ride, but you do learn to hold
        on for the duration and you get stronger the longer you ride. Do
        have hope! Hope is powerful, hope picks you up and carries you
        through to the next day and makes every moment precious. Do have
        hope. In my book a prayer or two doesn't hurt either.

        I too started snapping lots of pictures of Miss. Orange when she was
        first diagnosed. In fact I went out and got a video camera too.
        Orange's situation began in a very similar way to Tyson's.

        I'm glad you found this group. As you already know, the
        wealth of experience here is invaluable. I only recently found the
        group too!
        Hugs,
        Maria, Miss. Orange & Button
      • Mike & Linda Irrgang
        you need tohave a vet you really trust and then you have to trust her/his best judggement calls...it s hard but once you have that special relationship you
        Message 3 of 9 , Jun 27, 2002
          you need tohave a vet you really trust and then you have to trust her/his
          best judggement calls...it's hard but once you have that special
          relationship you will be able to accept, (not the best word) the hard
          decisions that you will have to make with your kitty and your vet....it's a
          hard road but hang in there....it isn't as hopeless as we all thought
          initially when hearing the hcm diagnosis....there is alot thata can be
          done.....

          linda and the boys

          -----Original Message-----
          From: reallyrosiebooks@... [mailto:reallyrosiebooks@...]
          Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2002 10:27 PM
          To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: Re: [FH] Need to have hope....but really afraid


          I have been meaning to write more detail post to you all who have been so
          encouraging but I have been wiped out by this not to mention the meds keep
          changing.

          After Tysons blood came back high on the kidney test (92 or 94) they cut
          half
          of his meds and he continues to do well. Now they want to remove the lasix
          since that can be damaging to the kidney. I am worried about this because
          he
          responded so well with lasix. He will be at the vets this weekend because
          unfortunately I have to go out of town for a wedding and bar mitzvah that I
          would love to not go to but they are big ones and I really need to. He will
          be monitored while they take him off the lasix and that is important. They
          said if the lungs start filling up with fluid again they will try to extract
          before they put him back on the lasix. Lets hope that the medicine works and
          that he won't need the lasix and that his kidney number comes down. I am
          trying to be more positive but still very scared.

          I am having difficulty getting him to eat his special food and his taurine
          (suppliment which I crush in his food). I mix his old food a little with the
          new food. They are going to try some other food at the vet this weekend.

          He does continue to eat, drink, pee and poop and seems to respond normally
          to
          us. I have given him so much love and so many hours of petting and kissing
          and he is enjoying it. I even bought a polaroid camera and have been taking
          pictures.

          It is a rollercoaster right now and I guess this is how it will be. I will
          take a rollercoaster anyday to have some more time with Tyson and that he is
          not suffering and is comfortable.

          My biggest hurdle at the moment is getting through this weekend. I feel as
          if he thrives partially because of his strength and personality but also
          because of the love he feels. Will he do worse when we are not around. Or
          will he get some needed rest and medical attention which he needs too. I
          feel better that my other cat and dog will be at the vet also so he won't be
          alone if the worst should happen.

          I will be gone from Friday morning to Monday afternoon so it won't be long
          and I hope I have better news to report upon my return (one being that he
          did
          well, is breathing well, and the blood work comes back with better results).

          I look forward to interacting with you all upon my return but will read
          emails tomorrow as well.

          Hope all of you and your loved kitties are doing well.

          Heather

          ROSE
          (aka.Heather but
          too many Heathers makes it confusing!)

          "Tomorrow is a fresh day, with no mistakes in it."
          - Anne of Green Gables
          Forever Kindred Spirits


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        • Mike & Linda Irrgang
          ditto on the doc trust message!! linda and the boys ... From: Pam Vojtas [mailto:pam.vojtas@datacore.com] Sent: Monday, June 24, 2002 10:08 PM To:
          Message 4 of 9 , Jun 27, 2002
            ditto on the doc trust message!!

            linda and the boys

            -----Original Message-----
            From: Pam Vojtas [mailto:pam.vojtas@...]
            Sent: Monday, June 24, 2002 10:08 PM
            To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
            Cc: reallyrosiebooks@...
            Subject: Re: [FH] Need to have hope....but really afraid


            I second Melody's view. This may be off topic, so some of you should
            stop reading, but it may apply to the medical profession in general: 2
            years ago I lost my wonderful sweet Grandmother to cancer at 95 1/2. At
            every turn in dealing with the Drs in the last 6 months (she was only
            supposed to make it through the first weekend, a Dx based solely on her
            age), all I heard was the usual "she's lived a wonderful life" story.
            But I knew my she was as sharp as a tack and could wear me out walking
            at the mall, so instictively we fought on. After about the 3rd month, an
            internist told me that Gramma may may not be able to eat again, and
            said, and I quote, "starvation really isn't such a bad way to go". I
            found a new Dr after that :) ) But those Drs very words about
            starvation hit me when Maggie wasn't eating, and I wasn't about to
            accept this Bull*^*^% again.

            Well, Gramma *did die* - guess that is the real truth, but she was
            happy till the very end (peaceful and I'm glad I was there) and I had a
            whole new prospective on death, dying and living. She had many happy
            months beyond the original prognosis. Now wth Maggie in a similar
            situation, I still believe attitude is everytihng (in the Drs, in you,
            and in your loved one). The biggest lesson to learn is trust your gut -
            if it doesn;t sound right, it probably isn't! And get a Dr you really
            like and trust .

            ----- Original Message -----
            From: Melody Woods <mailto:newoods@...>
            To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com <mailto:feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>
            Cc: reallyrosiebooks@... <mailto:reallyrosiebooks@...>
            Sent: Monday, June 24, 2002 8:49 PM
            Subject: Re: [FH] Need to have hope....but really afraid

            Join my list caring for older kitties
            caringforolderkitties@yahoogroups.com
            <mailto:caringforolderkitties@yahoogroups.com>
            You'll see how older kitties
            are beating the odds

            My heart/ crf cat is 22
            We are battling hard for her.
            .not saying its easy at all..
            its a thrill a minute
            .but she is here AT 22

            suggestion seek
            vet specialist
            more
            confident around older animals
            and their prospects.

            most especially
            seek more help as
            regular vet may be affecting you
            by his
            negative attitude

            watch for muted suggestions
            from him or anyone else which will go

            Well
            he/ she had a good life already so maybe you should
            think about...etc etc

            if you hear that from your vet..seel
            second opinion

            you will have a steep learning
            curve for about a month
            if you want to help kitty the most ..you obviously love kitty
            ..........you can do it




            ----- Original Message -----
            From: "reallyrosiebooks" <reallyrosiebooks@...>
            To: <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>
            Sent: Sunday, June 23, 2002 11:03 PM
            Subject: [FH] Need to have hope....but really afraid


            > I just found this group tonight and boy did I need it. My 14 year
            > old cat, Tyson, who is the sweetest most mild mannered animal I have
            > ever come across has been diagnosed with CHF this week. It began with
            > heavy breathing last weekend. I took him to the vet whose first
            > statment is "this is not good". Let me preface this by saying I love
            > my vet and have a long experience with him as well as most of my
            > family members. We took an xray and found fluid on the lungs. We
            > started lasix and another heart medication and the doctor tried to
            > prepare me for the worst and prepared me of the possibility that
            > Tyson could die at home (which is where I prefer him to be). We took
            > him home and within hours saw improvement in his breathing. By the
            > next AM his breathing appeared pretty normal and he was animated and
            > happy. He has never stopped eating or drinking and acted fairly
            > normal (except in hindsight a little quieter over the past week). So
            > now that his breathing was better my husband and I felt a little
            > relief because at least TYson was comfortable now we needed to find
            > out why the fluids. THey tested the fluids and ruled out cancer.
            > Than they did an EEG and a ultrasound and said the heart was pretty
            > bad and increased his meds to include another heart med (forgive me
            > meds are in the other room and I don't have them memorized yet) along
            > with baby asprin. They also took blood. Tyson continued to act
            > good, ate, drank, and was getting friskier. Than the news that his
            > kidney or liver (I am numb and trying to recall the details that just
            > happend today) levels were high (normal I think being 10/12 or
            > so...Tyson is 94). The vet said this could be from dehydration or
            > the other meds being new in his system and we would retest the blood
            > this week.
            >
            > Each turn the vet seems very stoic and sad which made me feel as if
            > there is no hope. I don't expect miracles and realize 14 is elderly
            > but what I wouldn't do just to have some more time. I was starting
            > to cope with the heart issue but now the kidney results put me in a
            > tailspin?
            >
            > However the vet tried to have me focus on the positive that Tyson is
            > reacting well and acting good. He decreased the new heart meds in
            > half and said to pay attention to his breathing if it increases than
            > up the meds again. So far so good and breathing is still stabalized.
            >
            > He said we will focus on the heart right now and monitor the kidney.
            >
            > So this is where I am at. I have been, as you all have, through the
            > emotional rollercoaster of coming to terms with the possible loss.
            > My husband (who had this cat from birth....) is handeling it well. He
            > says he will enjoy each moment, each lick, each cuddle and keep
            > postiive that he will do well for some time and deal with the what
            > ifs when they happen.
            >
            > After days of crying and deep depression I am going to try to tackle
            > this same philosophy. Show him love, make him feel safe and
            > comfortable and enjoy each moment.
            >
            > In the meantime I bought a polaroid camera and have been snapping
            > away and while at the vet had the office artist sketch a pic which
            > she will watercolor and frame to keep him with us always.
            >
            > I thank you for listening to this long email and hope to find comfort
            > in your responses.
            >
            > Good luck to all of your and your loved ones and I am going to sign
            > off and lay on the closet floor with Tyson for a bit before bed.
            >
            > Heather
            >
            >
            >
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