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Ethan's Efforts

Cardiologist Visit

October 25th 2011 8:54 am
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I did go to my cardiologist last week. Results were not the best so my mom had to wait to think about all that was said. We & the doc were pretty surprised when we found out how things were. We had all hoped I'd be doing real well. In the 4 months since my last appointment, I went from moderate to severe in my heart enlargement. So it seems my med was not working too well for me. I did improve from a 3 to a 1 on my heart murmur at least. We are trying another med but it can sometimes be bad for the kidneys. Since mine are already compromised, I have to go in 1-2 weeks for labs to look for any worsening of the kidney values. Hopefully there will be none & I can continue with the med. My blood pressure was still normal but I am having double & triple beats in my heart rhythm. I am also now at high risk to throw a blood clot so am on a blood thinner for that. :(

Then Dr H decided to do full body x-rays & ultrasound to try & see why I keep having digestive problems. Yikes- she found all kinds of stuff wrong! Most are nothing to worry about at this point at least. There was nothing found like tumors or IBD & my system looked normal as far as digestive tract goes. I do have fluid in one lung (added another med for that!) and a nodule on the back of the other lung. My liver is enlarged. I have small kidneys & one of them is deformed. Of course you already know my heart is deformed with having an extra chamber.

While it all sounds pretty bad, amazingly enough, so far I feel good. I am playing, running, just being content & happy. Maybe some purrs would help keep that going as I think those purrs from you guys is what is helping now. Oh for those with a medical mind my official diagnosis on the cardiac problems is HCM/left ventricular dysplasia/atypical endomyocardial RCM in addition to the CRF.

Mom is very worried so maybe a couple of purrs to calm her down? Thanks!


Purred by: Lisa P

October 25th 2011 at 11:39 am

Wow Ethan! What a lot to deal with sweetie! I'm so sorry all of this is happening. We can't blame your momma for worrying and we'll be happy to purr loud and hard for you.
Purred by: Laura W

October 25th 2011 at 12:03 pm

dood...sorree for de crappy ree port :(

N we will spare mor N two purrs ore purrayers for ewe; we will send a bazillion N two along with sum blessings oh st francis...we hopes de doc can gets all this stuff fixed N ewe N yur mom can get bak ta chillaxin N eatin trout....


dude k, boomer, dai$y, tuan N sauce
Purred by: Laura W

October 25th 2011 at 12:04 pm

pee ess: tuan iz knot a new kitteh...just TUNA who canna spell !
Purred by: Gunnarr T (Catster Member)

October 25th 2011 at 12:09 pm

Peekie and I are purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrring for you as loud and as hard as we can. We will ask our angel sister, Missy Mups, to sprinkle some magic dust on you and your mom too. It sure can't hurt.

Gunnarr T
Purred by: Ka - zar 1.6.1998 to 25.2.2014 (Catster Member)

October 25th 2011 at 1:05 pm

Sending a full throttle purr your way mate. Also keeping everything crossed for you that things get better.
Purred by: Sally Maria (Mama's Angel) (Catster Member)

October 25th 2011 at 2:27 pm

Wow Ethan, you sure have a lot on your plate. I know how hard it is to balance meds and different conditions. The medication I took for my leaky heart valve was not good for my kidneys, but I guess our pawrents have to weigh the pros and cons and hope for the best. I hope your new meds help you to feel good inside and out. Sending lots and lots of purrs for you.
Purred by: Hilda (Catster Member)

October 25th 2011 at 3:18 pm

Purring hard for you and also for your Mom!
Purred by: Beepers - Our Handsome Angel (Catster Member)

October 25th 2011 at 7:33 pm

Mega purrrrrs for you and for your mom, Ethan!
Purred by: Mouse, Precious Angel Kitty (Catster Member)

October 25th 2011 at 8:28 pm

That sounds like a lot of icky stuff. Tests are scary because they can look inside of you and find all kinds of things to worry about. But you are happy and enjoying life, and that is the name of the game.

We are purring for your mom and hoping the people find the right combo of medicine to help you the most.

Mouse and Family
Purred by: Kazumi Joy Oct '01 - Dec 19/15 (Catster Member)

October 26th 2011 at 7:43 pm

Lotsa purrs coming your way!
Purred by: Tigger ~ Loved Forever (Catster Member)

October 26th 2011 at 11:23 pm

Dear Ethan, we are sending extra purrs to you!

Tigger and Family
Purred by: (My Angel) Colette (Catster Member)

October 28th 2011 at 1:41 am

Sending lots of purrs. We know what a tricky balancing act it is.

I suppose the way to deal with all this right now is what Mom is doing with both me and Samsara (with her CRF). Enjoy one day at a time. Take the necessary precautions but try not to let the future get in the way of the present.

Congratulations on your COTD honor, sweetie!



Ethan - Sweet Angel


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