July 7th 2011 6:25 pm
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As soon as I smelled my little brother, I knew: he had been visiting the dreaded Uncle Dr. Kraft.
About a month ago, Artie’s bad arm started swelling. So my humans followed Uncle DK’s instructions and iced it as often as Artie would allow (not very often). The swelling would go up and down but was mostly up. Then a small sore/scab developed on the arm and a couple of days ago, the sore started oozing. Throughout it all, Artie has continued to act like a maniac and hasn’t slowed down on any of his crazy kitten antics. Uncle DK said that Artie might already have some nerve loss in that leg, which is why he doesn’t appear to be in pain when he jumps, runs, and walks around on it. Now it has an infection. Uncle DK said we can give Artie meds, but unless he is permanently confined, he will continue to stress that leg, which will continue the inflammation/infection cycle.
On Monday morning, my humans are taking Artie in to have his bad leg amputated. My female human has read many stories about kitties who have lived happy, active lives with only three legs but she is still very scared. She is worried about Artie being in pain or scared/depressed after his surgery and about the adjustment period.
Oh dears. We are so sorry to read this. We will be purring for your family and for Artie especially when he goes to have his surgery. Keep us all updated, we know he will pull through and have a wonderful life, there are many kitties on catster who are tripods and very happy and healthy despite it.
Sending Artie purrs.
Uncle Dr. Kraft will take good care of Artie and make sure he has pain medicines and everything to make him as comfortable as possible while he heals. I bet with Uncle Dr. Kraft's good care, plus lots of love and attention at home while he recovers and adjusts, Artie will be just fine. He'll probably amaze everyone at how quickly and how well he adjusts. He's pretty amazing already!
I posted in the Purr List about Artie's surgery (on page 283). If I got anything wrong, you could leave a post to correct it: http://www.catster.com/forums/Get_Well_Soon/thread/664516/283
We're purring for all of you!
we haz posted two links ta two veree good friends who may be able ta offer yur mom sum help N add vise
we will be purrin for artie.......he WILL be OK......
http://www.catster.com/cats/4761 91 kitteh: KC
http://www.catster.com/cats/774348 kitteh: roo
hilda...pee ess another friend's page....
mom used copy N glue on de links N forgetted to punch paste on sweets page....
http://www.catster.com/cats/552314 kitteh: sweets
Thank you all for the kind words.
Ashlynne, thank you for adding my little brother to the purr list! I'm sure he'll need all the purrs he can get.
DTOTT, thank you for the links! These kitties make me less nervous about Artie's future.