Friday, June 8, 2007

Bad Day for Em

Yesterday/last night/ this morning was NOT a good one for either Em or myself..

The trip to the vet went ok, and that night she was fine. Thursday morning she was a little off.. her nose was a bit bloodier than normal. I had been using the eye drops.. so maybe those, or maybe I forgot a dose of her prenisone, but what ever the reason, by Thursday night Em was having a hard time breathing, had blood coming out of both of her nostrils and was pretty miserable. Didn't want to eat, didn't want to cuddle, just wanted to lay there and wheeze / snore / cough / sneeze. I upped her dose of pred thursday night to 7.5 mg, and gave her an appetite stimulant, and some fluids, and some more antibiotics. All night she lay there with her nose pointed to the ceiling, swallowing hard and wheezing.

This morning she didn't seem any different. I gave her another 7.5 mg dose of pred, more appetite stimulant, and more antibiotics. I felt horrible pilling her as she was having a hard time breathing. I gave her the yummiest food I could for breakfast.. but she could barely eat it because she couldn't smell it and every time she leaned down to take a bite everything shifted and she'd end up coughing / sneezing. The coughing got so bad I was sure she was going to vomit..

Somehow I left for work. I left her locked in the bathroom so she would have access to her food and no one else would sneak in with her and eat it all up (Muffin) I hated leaving her locked up, even though she has a nice bed in there, and her pee pads and her food.. but she was fine. Came home and walked in on her using the pee pads.

Her breathing is much better.. but she's a little dazed. She wants something, but she doesn't quite know what it is - or maybe she does, and I just can't figure it out. She is a cat of little brain, and even smaller needs.. food, love, food, and now a walk outside have always made her a happy camper. Nothing worked..

The fluids last night brought her BGs down to 104 this morning. She wouldn't eat breakfast with out a good helping of dry food, so I tested her when I got home, and she was in the mid 300s.. so I gave her some insulin then. I wonder if I shouldn't be giving her fluids twice a day.. 1/2 in the AM and 1/2 in the PM to help flush things out.. *shrug* no idea. Em is being a huge mystery to me right now.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous6:32 PM

    I have been reading your blog on and off for several years and just had to comment on this one. My poor kitty died in December after a year long bout with intestinal lymphoma. I had worked in a vet hospital for 3 years and insisted to myself that I wasn't keeping him alive just for me and he wasn't suffering as long as he kept eating and could sit on my lap and purr. He also exhibited signs of always wanting something. Waking me up crying in the middle of the night for what? He had food, pain meds, pets, what did he want? I think he was asking me for help to end his suffering and I didn't listen. I came home one day and he had stroked out and was unresponsive, drooling everywhere and barely breathing. I had to rush him to the vet at 1am to be euthanized. I wish I had made the tough decision a week earlier. I never even got to say goodbye since he was so out of it and miserable by the time it happened.

    I'm not implying your poor Em is at the point you need to let her go yet but try to understand if that's what she's asking you for. Is that what they are asking us that we just can't see?

    My sympathies are really with you. I hope having some kittens around and the rest of your furry family helps to ease your heartache.


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