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Re: [FH] Re: Lil Lady still listless

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  • cindy mitchell
    We had ultrasound on Friday, X-rays every day this week. There is still something there despite fluid being drained off. I believe that is why they suspect a
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      We had ultrasound on Friday, X-rays every day this week. There is still something there despite fluid being drained off. I believe that is why they suspect a mass. Wish we knew for sure--that would sure affect treatment plan at this time.


      Cindy and Lil Lady
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Jonathan Rosenberg
      To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
      Cc: Feline-CRF-Support@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thursday, January 30, 2003 1:46 PM
      Subject: RE: [FH] Re: Lil Lady still listless


      Do they suggest an x-ray?

      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: cindy mitchell [mailto:cmitchell@...]
      > Sent: Thursday, January 30, 2003 14:39 PM
      > To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
      > Cc: Feline-CRF-Support@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [FH] Re: Lil Lady still listless
      >
      >
      > Today both vets seem to think there is a reasonable chance that she
      > has a mass in her mediastinum chest area. The fluids pulled off her
      > chest did not show evidence of cancer but that is not definitive.
      >
      > Cindy and Lil Lady
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: Myra DeTate <mdetate@...>
      > To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Thursday, January 30, 2003 12:30 AM
      > Subject: [FH] Re: Lil Lady still listless
      >
      >
      > When I brought Bob home from ICU - he weighed only 7 lbs - a
      > skelton - I was so afraid he would die alone I slept on the floor in
      > the room I had confined him too. Cause as weak and as anorexic as
      > he was - he would have dragged himself down the stairs to hide
      > somewhere. I kept a log - so I could keep track of meds and times
      > of assist feeding and even urination and bm, or even if he got up to
      > drink water. I assisted fed him a teaspoon or so every 3 hours day
      > and night, he needed a lot of time to sleep and recover. He was
      > also on antibiotics, which make me feel awful so I figured he did
      > too. He ate on his own once after 3 days and then seemed to begin to
      > improve each day. I continued assisted feeding for at least 2 weeks
      > to make sure he was getting enough nutrition. That's when I let him
      > out of his room. I know he was very tired of my constant attention
      > but still purred and enjoyed being brushed. Then I noticed him
      > grazing at the dry food dish and I knew he was really starting to
      > feel better. I think it took Bob a month or so to gain back a lb
      > and feel better. But Cindy - you have to know in your own heart
      > what you can do for Lil Lady. If it is time for her to cross the
      > bridge - if she is suffering not just uncomfortable or tired - then
      > you and she will know. We are sending healing thoughts of love,
      > peace and wisdom.
      >
      > Lots of Kitty Kisses,
      > Myra and Bob
      >
      > --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "cindy mitchell"
      > <cmitchell@c...> wrote:
      > > Despite everything, Lil Lady still seems very listless, not happy,
      > andnot comfortable for the most part. The chest tap was successful,
      > and her chest looked good this morning on x-ray. She still has not
      > eaten a bite. She is getting dilaztiem, benazapril, and lasix.
      > >
      > > For those of you wiht cats with crf and hcm, how long did it take
      > for meds to show improvement.
      > >
      > > I am just now realizing how incredibly lucky (blessed) we have
      > been to have Lady feeling well and comfortable for almost every day
      > of her two plus years since crf diagnosis. She looks pretty bad
      > now, seems she is losing weight before my eyes. With the fluid off,
      > she was down to 7.75 pounds, lowest I ever remember in her adulthood.
      > >
      > > Sorry for rambling. I was thinking a few minutes ago, after the
      > last assist feeding and meds of the night, that all I am focusing on
      > is her meds, foods, blood pressures, etc. and I am having no quality
      > time with her. I don't want her last days like this, but I don't
      > want to give up either. How do you know what to do?
      > >
      > >
      > > Cindy and Lil Lady
      > >
      > >
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