Monday, March 25, 2013

Esmay


Well Esmay is doing fine.  She's not all that thrilled about getting the antibiotics she has been given - and considering she didn't have any bacteria in her urinalysis, I have no idea why I'm giving them to her.

As a reminder, she was surrendered to the shelter at 13 years of age and started drinking and urinating excessively while up for adoption.  She went to the vet and the UA had lots of protein, blood and glucose in her urine.  A BG was in the 350 range.  She was diagnosed diabetic with a secondary urinary infection because if it (very common for diabetics who have a lot of glucose in their urine)


She was diagnosed on the 18th, came to my house on the 21st.  I don't believe she had insulin given to her by the staff... but they did give her the antibiotic.  When I got her home I tested her blood sugar and it was in the 50 (which was very low) it slowly rose until it leveled out around 70 - anything under 100 is not diabetic. I am so glad that she was sent to me, because if anyone had injected insulin into her body while she was in the 50 range (heck even at 70) it would have killed her.  I don't use that term lightly.  Maybe someone would have been around to see her go into hypoglycemic shock and been able to do something about it, but there is a real possibility that even if they had been aware of it that they couldn't have been able to counter the insulin.


So now we really only have to deal with this ear of hers.  Poor thing.  Reading through her history she has had several bouts with discharge from that ear, and I have no doubt that what ever is causing it (it is suspected polyps - which makes total sense to me) made her scratch her ear so badly that she damaged it causing a hematoma.  (no spell check, I do not mean tomato!) which means that the area between the inside and outside of her ear is inflamed - generally when it happens it fills with blood (and sure, it can often look like a tomato but that doesn't mean I meant tomato)  Often fixing it means surgery, and if there is a polyp in there, they can take that out as well.  Doesn't mean that is what is next for her, but that is a possibly - but not until she's done her antibiotics, so she's here for a few more days - unless she never forgives me for pilling her in which case she'll go back sooner and be stuck in a cage so she can't hide from who is going to medicate her..

I do want to say that I'm really loving her eyes, they look a bit like really cool marbles..



20 comments:

  1. Esmay does have very pretty eyes! She is in good hands with you, even if she does not necessarily appreciate it.

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  2. Gorgeous girl. You know how I love the oldsters. Robyn's Spanky and your Esmay on the same day (with a Norman purring beside me)? Purrfect :)

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  3. She is gorgeous and her eyes are just striking.

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  5. Those eyes are indeed beautiful. I hope everything goes well for this pretty girl!
    xo Catherine

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  6. we are so glad she ended up with you - we know she is in good hands. good luck with the pills....and the ear. Kisses to you Miss Esmay!

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  7. She is a sweetheart! So glad the insulin mistake was not made. Perhaps that's why she was not sent home with the insulin, but if so that should have been noted--how many other foster homes have the capacity to test blood sugar in a cat? I wonder that she doesn't have a yeast infection in her ears, though a polyp is also possible. A tortie, a tortie...

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    1. she was sent home with insulin. I just refuse to give it with out testing - and this is a prime example of why. I've offered to teach anyone who wants to learn how to test..

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  8. Bless your heart for caring for her. She is GORGEOUS. I could stare at her all day and be fascinated by her coloring.

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  9. What a lucky girl that she ended up with someone with the experience and know-how to test her!

    She has really gorgeous eyes, I love seeing them close up.

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  10. Esmay is a real lucky kitty to have come to you!

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  11. she is a beauty and I agree lovely eyes

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  12. Esmay is so lucky you rescued her :)

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  13. She is a lovely girl - I hope she's feeling better soon and is able get her ear dealt with. I'm sure she'll find a forever home....who couldn't love that face?

    Good thing you were willing to take her in. I shudder to think what might have happened after the misdiagnosis.

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  14. Esmay really is a beauty and her eyes are quite luminous. Purrs and hugs from the kittes at The Cat on My Head, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

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  15. Esmay, sweetie, you might not agree right now, but you landed in a little slice of kittie heaven. Just relax, and enjoy all the pampering.

    She is gorgeous.

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  16. She's one lucky kitty to have gone home with you as a foster mom. Maxie had a polyp, and we have another cat at the shelter with the same. It's sad that shelters opt not to spend the $$ to get this fixed....

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    1. She is lucky she is at a shelter that will.

      I just realized that all of my photos basically hide her bad ear.. I'll have to see if I can't get better photos..

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  17. Beautiful eyes indeed! She's lucky to have you. :)

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