renal failure (?), causing anemia
bun 179 (normal < 30)
creatinene 8.9 (normal 1 or 2)
white cells slightly elev
red cells slightly decreased
hermatocrit slightly decreased
He's being treated with subQ fluids & antibiotics, since the elevated white count suggests an infection somewhere. Waiting to get results for the genetic test for polycystic kidney disease. Trying to keep him eating and get him feeling better.
Hoping for a kitty miracle.
All good vibes, thoughts, and well wishes appreciated.
It hasn't been very much, but he has eaten! He had some more tuna, and he licked some gravy off of some fancy feast. And he ate about 1/3 of a can of some sort of ground chicken gooshy food. It's something fancy I got from petsmart when I was trying to get BartholoMEW to eat something in his last days. I will probably look into getting more. I don't remember how expensive it was. It doesn't smell gross like most gooshy food.
Last night, he almost licked some tuna. Which doesn't seem like much, but it was the most interest he has shown in a plate in front of him since Wednesday morning.
Today he was seeming a little feistier. He meowed on the way to and from the vet. And tried to jump down from the table when he was getting his fluids.
He didn't fight me as much on the formula, which was good. So I think he got a little more than he has been.
Then I went to work and came home to find that he had dumped over his water bowl and made a big mess, AND, he ate a tiny bit of tuna! And then, he ate a tiny bit more! I gave him a little formula after he nibbled at the tuna for a bit. But then I accidentally made him make a little pain mew when I touched his fluid pocket. Maybe it's a little sore.
He goes back for more fluids in the morning.
I tried to get cheek swabs to send off to the lab for the Polycystic Kidney Disease test, but he doesn't have much saliva right now and all I got was a little blood. It was too late to get it to the post office today anyway, I suppose. So hopefully better luck tomorrow with it. I gave him a little water. Then he threw up. Which seemed to open his poke wound on his neck from where the doctor tried to get blood earlier and so he dripped some blood. My poor baby. :(
I thought he had worms. He's lost some weight, and someone threw up a worm on my bed a while back. So I kinda figured they all had worms. But he has gotten thinner and thinner and so Wednesday, I gave him some worm medicine and then watched him to make sure there would be no reaction or anything. It was then that I noticed that he didn't really eat anything that day and didn't really drink. And he seemed pretty dehydrated. So I forced some water down him with a syringe and confined him to the pink bathroom.
Took him to the vet yesterday. She gave him subcutaneous fluids. Had a hard time feeling his kidneys. She could only feel one of them and said it felt weird. Small, lumpy.
Took him back today for more. She tried to draw blood but he doesn't have enough blood pressure. So more fluids today, more scheduled for tomorrow. She was able to feel his kidneys today, they both feel small and lumpy.
She mentioned that Polycystic Kidney Disease was a possibility. The blood work will tell us more, as would probably xray/ultrasound.
He's still not eating or drinking. So I'm forcing formula and watered down baby food with a syringe. He's not too into it. But he needs it!
I'm worried about my baby. :(
Send good vibes his way.
It looks like (from my official google research) there may be a genetic test available using a cheek swab to determine if it's PKD.
I'm feeling so sad right now. And I'm stuck trying not to get all weepy at work.
He just declined so much in the last day. And I figured I would have to make plans to have him euthanized later today. I even left messages with the vet. But I couldn't skip work and I hated having to leave him so much. I just wanted to be there with him scratching his head and neck. He liked having me there and I hate that he had to be alone at the end.
I had a friend go check on him and he told me that he was gone. That he was stretched out and his eyes were closed, as though he fell asleep and didn't wake up.
I know that I gave him a better last 5 months than he would have had otherwise. He wouldn't have had *any* more time otherwise... But I feel so guilty that I didn't do more. Didn't do a better job. Didn't spend more time with him when I *was* home. :(
I'm worried about BartholoMEW. He hasn't been eating much. He hasn't
even seemed very interested. I gave him some tuna last night and he
barely even touched it! And, unlike usual, he hasn't been meeting me
at the sliding door with his mournful sounding waaooows! I think it
has only been a few days. I hope so. I'd hate to have him feeling
unwell and me not noticing because I'm so busy working that I'm not
around more than a few minutes here and there.
I will probably need to get him in to see the vet. He tries to drink
but takes a few swallows at a time and starts making that weird throat
noise he was making back when I first got him. I wondered then if that
was something to do with how thin and underweight he was because when
he started to fill out a little more and get stronger, that stopped.
He does seem thinner again. Poor kitty! :(
Today is the day I start to bleed! Woo hoo. :/
So I feel gross and unpleasant. Though less pained than I did before I gobbled down that 600mg ibuprofin. That helped a great deal. I still have pain, but it's more bearable. I suppose I should try starting the day for real then. I've had my coffee. I've fed the cats, scooped the litter boxes, and emptied the dehumidifier. The house is still a mess. But it's overwhelming. There are so many things that need to get done that I get discouraged and don't end up doing any of it.
Went to see Captain America last night. I was all excited when I heard a wilhelm scream.
It's hot today.
Seriously, I had some idea of what I was going to write, but then my grandma called and I talked to her for a while. By the time we got off the phone, I forgot whatever it was.
I'm between my second and third iced coffees for the day. After that, perhaps I ought to try making some iced tea. Switch it up and lessen the caffeine a little. How is Chai iced? Seems like it would be good. I think I'll give that a shot. At worst, I'll hate it and not do it again.
Had book club last night but I don't know if any of us finished the book. I didn't even start it. But we had dinner and socialization and that's always good! And thanks to Heather, I have some things to wear to the new job! Yay, Heather! :D
Kittenface just knocked a bunch of stuff off of my desk. This is a sign that she is naughty, and that I need to clean the desk.
I should go start my tea so it can start cooling. Double strength? So that ice and cream don't dilute it too much? That sounds about right. Can you make tea in cold water? I suppose that probably wouldn't work too well.