July 12th 2012 6:58 pm
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We had an ultrasound done this afternoon and I wanted to let you know how it went. There is a bit a good news. The fluid that seemed to be throughout my abdomen appears to be only encasing my kidneys. There is a lot of fluid around my kidneys, so on the x-ray at the ER it looked to be throughout my abdomen. This is good news because my regular vet told us that anytime older cats get fluid in the abdomen, it’s not good news. There is usually another disease present. Cancer or she also said FIP could be a possibility. FIP can show up in older cats because our immune systems are weaker. This really scared Mom.
This fluid around my kidneys could be from a kidney infection or from advanced kidney disease or cancerous cells. The vet who did the ultrasound, Dr. K, wasn’t leaning as much toward cancer, but anything is possible. She took out some of the fluid to have it analyzed and we’ll get that information in 3 - 5 days. We’ll be able to tell if there is infection or if there are cancerous cells.
This fluid made some things a little difficult to see during the ultrasound, but Dr. K saw most of my organs. The issue with my kidneys was what was most obvious. Mom feels a little better today because she was thinking the worst after what Dr. T told us about cats with ascites (fluid in the abdomen). She was very scared about FIP or cancer. But now we have hope that maybe it’s a kidney infection.
I still have serious kidney disease and my kidney numbers are up. My BUN really jumped up. It’s 166. That’s very, very high. My phosphorus jumped to 9.8 which is also very high, but my creatinine didn’t go up as much, it’s 3.2. Maybe these numbers are elevated more because of whatever else is going on in my kidneys and perhaps they can come down again and I can feel better. Dr. T was very surprised I still was interested in food with these numbers. She said I was a “strong, strong boy.” I do love my food.
We still need to figure out why my heart is showing some enlargement. I’ll probably be getting another echocardiogram from Dr. Brown, the cardiologist. I need sub-q fluids, but we need to make sure my heart can handle them.
I’m really tired, weak and lethargic after all this. I gave Dr. K a lot of lip and I was even biting Mom as she was helping hold me during the ultrasound. But I couldn’t hurt her too bad because I only have one tooth and the little ones left. Geez, I mean, I’m an old guy and they had me laying on my back for so long doing weird stuff to me. Plus they shaved my tuxedo again. I had to give them as much lip as I could. I did eat at the vets in my carrier after they were done. I hadn’t had anything since 11 pm the night before so I was hungry.
Dr. K wants me to start on an antibiotic right away, even before we get the fluid analysis results back.
Thank you again for all the purrs and concern for me. I felt a little bad about having this happen during a happy time, but I felt all of the purrs and love and it really helped.
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hi my Dear Dear friend....bravo for starting you on antibiotics right off. There is a shot that's alot easier on the tummy that I get. Could you get that?
What about Ren-avast, Gumpy? Would you want to try that?
Vets say scary things. Mom says she listens, then takes a deep breath and remembers to breathe...we're here, Gumpy, tough little cats, and fighters.
lots of love from me and the others and many many purrs and loves from all of us.
I admire you so much! You are so tough and so brave! Lots of love and purrs from us.
Gumpy did your mom give you that pain med tonight? You could really use it especially after being poked. Love you Gumpy! Did you feel me there holding your paw through the whole thing? I hope so.
Gump, I am so glad you are eating and overall feeling well....as the vet said, you are a strong boy......keeping paws crossed that it is just a kidney infection and nothing else....btw congrats on being COTW.....woweee......
Hi Alex, yes, you were there holding my paw! It helped me. Also when you snoozled me that helped me relax! Thank you, sweet angel girl.
Hi Bella, I have to take a specific antibiotic which is a pill (Zenequin), but I'm good about taking pills when they're wrapped in something good like cream cheese (yum). Mom has heard of RenaVast, but isn't sure. I'm taking quite a few supplements to support my kidneys though. That is a really good reminder for the pawrents to breathe! Such a wise mom you have.
Thank you, sweet Bella, for the purrs and love.
Hi Skylar and Harley, thanks!
Oh I forgot, Mom is going to give me the pain med. But that stuff tastes nasty. She wants me to eat a little something first. Thanks for reminding Mom about the pain med.
Good sweetie, I want you to have a comfortable night since you've been feeling so lousy and you had a long day. I'm glad my snoozling helped you to relax, that was my goal. Nice job on trying to bite everyone btw, MOL. Nothing wrong with having SPUNK!
Hey Gumpy! Can you hear all the purrs coming your way from the West Coast? We love you so much and want you to feel better, buddy! Giving lip and being interested in food are good signs ~ keep it up buddy!
Purrs, purrs, and more purrs!
Yes, I hear the Calipurrs! Thank you buddy!
MOL! You are too funny! Sending you mega Calipurrs!
With what you've been thru you should be allowed to give them all the lip you want. We're purring up a storm for you.
What a rough day my ole friend. so glad you still wanna eat and they FINALLY let you have some food really it's bad enough you feel yucky and now they wanna withhold your food.
love and purrs from all of my family too
We just got here, after meowmy got home from her job, and read this.
Gumpy we are purring hard that it will be something fairly easy to deal with...as in 'just another issue'...
We are sad to know you aren't feeling well, but we also know all is being done that should be. We sure hope you have a quiet and restful night.
Gump sorry you arnt feeling well. Concats on your cat of the week though! You deserve it with all these bad things happening to you. I hope you feel better soon.
Purring like mad for you Gump!
I'll keep on purring for you!
WE are still praying for you too Gumpy ~ keep fighting my furiend. lots of gentle hugs
I'm purring for you mate that the test results are good.
You are my hero, Gumpy! You keep fighting (not your mom,necessarily~MOL! As your vet remarked you are strong!!
Mega purrs that the test results are good!
Gumpy, this news sounds more encouraging! Hugs, my friend, and keep strong!
Hi Gumpy! So good to hear that you continue to want food AND that you are giving out major cattitude! Chomp!
We'll keep purring fur you!
Love, Fluffy & Alex.
Poor Gumpy! I'm purring for you and for your mom. My mom sends lots of strength and love and hope
We're purring and purring for you, Gumpy. We sure hope the fluid comes back as an infection and nothing more. Stay strong, and keep on eating!
Hey Gumpy! All your angel pals are purring for you. I just wanted to let you know that girls like it when your BUN is elevated, so as Rocky Ann would say - put your BUN in the air like you just don't care . . . . .
MOL MOL MOL!!
Happy times, sad times, we'll always be here for you buddy, no matter what. If you needs my purrs, you know they are always yours. We loves you buddy.
You are a fighter and strong..so keep on fighting and eating that is a good sign! We are purring for you...and we know our angel QT is watching over you.
Misha and I are watching over you sweet Gumpy.
We are all purring that you feel better soon.
Molly and Misha
Gumpy, be of good courage! Mez and my bruffer and sisters be all purring like crazy. Take it easy, eat good stuff, get some strength back.
MOL Calvin and Rocky Ann are toooo funny hehe put your bun hehhhaaahee in the air like you don't care MOL (walks away holding sides from laughing)
That is a funny one about putting your bun in the air like you don't care.
Hey, I'm a small guy and I should have a little BUN!
I don't need to be too bootylicious and have too much BUN.
Just joking around...
Hi everyone! Thank you all for taking the time to stop by and for your purrs and caring comments.
I'm gonna plan on staying strong. I'll let you know what we find out with the fluid test.
MOL we love ya and are pulling for you praying for good test resultls
Purring & praying for you sweet Gumpy!
Hugs & kisses,
Glad the news was better than expected, Gump! We're still purring for you here. Hope the antibiotics kick that infection out of there.
We're always purring 'n purraying so hard for you, dear Gumpy~! We love you and know you will stay strong~! Yes please keep us updated and sure hope those antibiotics do the trick~! You know I'll always be watching over you~!!
Love from alla us,
Smokey Joe, MILO, MALLEE, SAM, 'n cuz Tim 'n Zig