April 19th 2011 9:53 am
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Mommy finally got some time off from work so she was able to take me to see a neurologist, four hours away from us. (There are only four veterinary neurologists in California!) Surprisingly, the doctor didn’t agree with my regular vet that I have a spinal cord injury; He showed my x-ray to the staff radiologist, and the radiologist also said he didn’t see any significant abnormality in my spine. The staff was nice at the neuro-vet; one of the techs brought me a bowl of water, and when the other tech took my temperature and said I had a lower than normal body temp, she brought me a baby blanket. The neurologist spent close to an hour with me and asked Mommy several times if she had any questions for him; He wanted to make sure that her questions were answered. Mommy was really impressed with the level of caring. (Me...not so much...I didn't like being held in funny positions.)
The neurologist determined that my front legs are also compromised, although not as badly as my hind legs. He said the problem could be due to any number of causes, from injury to bacterial infection or a virus, and could even be FIP or lymphoma. :-(( and he said that the problem could be in my brain rather than my spine, but there’s no way to know for sure without conducting a Myelogram and other tests. He gave Mommy a printed estimates for all of the tests they might run. It’s very discouraging that for diagnostics alone, the cost would run between $1,208 and $3,086, and no way of knowing yet how much the treatment would cost depending on what the tests show. There’s still about $1,000 in my auction fund, but I’ll need to hold another auction.
Mommy won’t have the time off from work to take me back up there until school lets out in June, which gives her time to start another auction....Maybe we’ll have this one run two or three weeks instead of just one week. The vet also gave me a prescription for Prednisone that I will take for a month in decreasing doses (1/2 tablet twice a day for a week, then 1/2 tablet once a day for one week, and then 1/2 tablet every other day for two weeks).
So that’s where we stand now. The manly diaper cover that Mommy ordered for me arrived in the mail. I am NOT a happy camper wearing the diaper, but at least that allows me to be on the bed without having to be swaddled in an old towel or pee-pad. Daddy is just as unimpressed with the diaper as I am; He said, “I’ll give him six months, but then that’s it if he isn’t better!” Hopefully we’ll have answers and a prognosis long before six months is up.
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Oh Vern, we just don't know what to say. We love you so much buddy. Please know that we're all purring for you and we just simply can't believe that it could be something so horrible that's wrong with you. I refuse to believe it. We'll help with anything you want, just let us know!
Thank you, Finnie! You and your family are wonderful caring furriends.
You're welcome Vern! We're not going to give up purring for you! We're just NOT!
toss de boomerang at that vet, there be nothin wrong with yur brain.....ggggggrrrrrrrrrr....
we hope sum bodee can figure out what EGGS ACT LEE is wrong sew yur mom noes what direct shun ta at least turn
sorree ya gotta thru all this buddy
peace out N rock on, dont forget ta eat yur trout .....
Me and my whole family is purring for you Vern and for you to have smart and good doctors!
We're purring for you buddy. We don't know which vet you went to, but one of those vets is awfully close to where I live. If you and your mommy visited that one and ever have to come back feel free to stop by here for a break before going home if you need it! That sure is a long ride in the car. 4 Hours! Yikes! I don't think I could do that without crying like a crazy kitty. If you have another auction be sure to let us know, we'd be happy to donate some catnip bunny kicker toys to the auction for you!
I'm with the Trout towne crew on this one....even if they don't like chicken.
Look, Vern and Vern's mom.....mommy said she never met a neurologist yet she liked. :) She has a word for it that I can't repeat here except in catenese: HISS!
Don't let this get you down. You have come through so much. We aren't sure about this vet you saw....
But we are purring for you. We are also sending you special purrs and prayers.
Vernie, you hang in there. And please, please know that we think the world of you. Tell your daddy he oughta admire a spunky little guy like you. Mommy knows a little goggie who wears diapers and get around well. And he is going to do a 'walk' to raise money for kids. So we gotta look at what we got going for us...and my catness, you are ORANGE!!! I'll share my chicken with ya anyday! Go Vernie! Go Vernie! Go Vernie! Go Vernie!!!!!
Love ya man.
MOL! I love the Tabbies, they always cheer us up! Well, my momma's neurologist is DA BOMB! He's helped her so much with her headaches and he's one doctor who cares more about his patients than making money. So they're not all bad. And I'm sure this vet isn't bad, but just because he THINKS that's what's going on, doesn't mean it is! Like Finney said, we refuse to stop purring and hoping. you've come through so much and it's not for nothing. No way!!! You are a strong, inspirational little guy who we all just adore!
We will continue to purr and pray for you Vern...we also refusing to stop purring for you to get better.
Wes all here bees purring hard for yous, Vern!! Yous gets better, and soon!!
Sending you lots of purrs and hugs sweet boy.
Vern, we are purring very hard for you to get thru this and feel better! You are such a little trooper and we all want you happy and healthy!! Power of the Paw coming your way!
Hugs and purrs,
Simon & Reuben(an angel)
Sending you lots of purrs Vern.
My Bridge family is Purring hard for you, Vern! We hope they find out exactly what is going on and how to treat you!
Vern you are so special we love you too and we are purring hard and loud for you a real life miracle.
Purrring for you! Do not lose heart. Crossing my paws that there will be a good healing answer.
Purrin for you litta Vern. Hope we get sum gud news from yoo!
Vern we are all purring for you sweetie. Gets better!
Love, Kibbles Family
Aw little man... My family is purring for you and me and Missy are sprinkling our angel dust over you. Mum says she has a spare canvas just waiting to become a portrait of somecat or dog for your auction. Mum will email your mum with details xxx