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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:
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      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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