June 9th, 2008

butterfles

talked to a different vet today

I called my grandma this morning around 8. She said he ate quite a bit of formula this morning. He was hungry. And that he has been walking around the cage. She hasn't witnessed any more seizures but I don't expect her to.

Then I called Cole, hoping to talk to Dr. Hegenauer. He's not in today but the girl told me that Dr. Winter(s?) could call me. She called a few minutes ago and we discussed the kitty. She said that looking at how he was found and the signs he was showing, it did sound like a head injury and that it's hard to treat that in a small kitten. I told her that the seizures had lessened in intensity over the course of the couple days and asked if that was a positive thing and she said yes. I wasn't sure if it made a difference or not. She said the problem with seizures as a result of head injury is that they can be permanent. She also told me that her son had had a head injury about 10 years ago and that a lot of what you do is wait and see because head injuries can be very unpredictable. She did say that it would help for her to see him and that she would like to try putting him on a steroid temporarily. But that, again, I think is difficult for a kitty so small. I think it's less successful.

I'm trying not to get my hopes up.
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I didn't witness any seizures today

My head hurts terribly so I'm going to make this as concise as possible I think.

Kitty had his vet appointment at 2 today. I was a few minutes late. As I was driving away from the house I saw a bird flapping in the road so I called my grandma and picked him up and took him to her. She put him in my former bedroom until she could get out her bird cage. She thinks it's a grackle. He's really pretty. Black with purple iridescence and dark blue on his head and neck.

Then we were held up with some construction on the highway. Stupid construction.

We finally got there, and were shown to a room. We saw the lady doctor. Dr. Winters. I like her more than Dr. Peters. She said she thinks it's a head injury. He shows signs of it. He turns in circles. His brain kind of gets stuck on it somehow I think. He may have some vision impairment. If he does, it could be temporary or permanent. She said it was good that his seizures had been less frequent and less severe and that it was good that I hadn't seen any today. I didn't see any for the rest of the afternoon while I was with him either but at that point I had only been with him about 40 minutes. Still that was better, even then, than the previous day and the evening before that. She is putting him on a daily steroid shot for the time being. I'll bring him in to get it in the afternoon. It's supposed to help reduce swelling further and promote the start of healing in the brain. She said that in a very young kitten, since the brain is still growing and developing, there is more possibility of the brain repairing some of the damage. But there is also risk of some serious long term damage. Aside form seizures, which could be a lifelong problem, there is also a possibility of blindness, memory problems, mobility problems. All sorts of things and you can't really predict it because head injuries can be so mysterious and unpredictable. She said it will have to be a take it day by day kind of thing. He's still at a 50-50 kind of chances at this point. But she did note the good things.

He had his shot today and will go back tomorrow at 2:45 for his next one.

He ate a bunch. When we got back from the vet's, he had a bunch of formula and then later he had some tuna and cat food and then some more formula. He had some water too. When he was done eating and drinking (all with aid from me) he mewed and mewed and mewed and just kept walking in circles over and over and over. And then he peed on me. But I had him on my lap at the time, so it makes sense. Then after a bit, he calmed down and went to sleep. My grandma said he did that earlier when he had to pee too. Cried and circled, then squatted, peed, quieted, slept. He sleeps a lot.
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  • 10:09 Kitty still with us. been journalling about it. Have another vet appointment today at 2. #
  • 12:58 off and running. g-ma's, vet, g-ma's. #
  • 19:28 have dreadful headache. home then to sleep. kitty updates in journal. night. #
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