April 30th 2013 8:11 am
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Well the news from the cardiologist was not the best. I have Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy. In most heart murmurs the valve does not shut completely and some blood leaks out. With HOCM my mitral valve is not closing because it is obstructed. What has it obstructed is the thickened heart wall. I was put on Atenolol. The obstruction can be decreased or even eliminated with this med. However the disease itself is not curable. I am in early stages and at the high end of normal for the thickening of the heart walls. The grade of heart murmur is slightly varied but is listed as grade 3/6. My left atrium is not enlarged as Ethan's was. I have weak femoral pulses. So not enough blood is being pumped to my legs due to the murmur. My mom said we will stay positive that I will have many years ahead of me. I go back in 2 weeks to see if we should raise the dose of Atenolol.
My cardiologist said she was very sad about Ethan. She talked to my mom about him some. Then she took me back for my tests. They let me loose in the echo room & I proceeded to nose into everything I could find! I was running about the room & checking everything out. That worried my cardiologist as she said usually if we cats do that then we are not willing to be still for the echo. But she said I was wonderful & cooperated fully!
Everyone there was fussing over me! They said how gorgeous I am. It sure makes your day. When my mom opens the top of my carrier for someone to visit me, I pop my head up like a jack in the box. MOL! I am a very curious boy.
Please send a few more purrs that the med does its job for me. Thanks so much. Thanks to my mom for helping me write this as I haven't much idea what it all means.
Love & purrs,
Purring my most special healing purrs for you, Tristan.
Tristan this is so UNFAIR!! Well, you be good & we's gonna purr LOTS fur ya.
Novi & Ingen
We're ALL purrin' fur ya Tristan~! 'n Ur mom 'n doc know'z what'z best fur ya 'n take da medz, dey will halpz~! We knew U'd be a really good boy at da Vet's~! 'n yeah Ur really hansome, we all agree~!!! Big hugs~!
Sending you lots of purrs sweet boy
We are still sending lot's of Purrs Your way everyday.
Novi is right..this is so unfair. You are just a youngster. I am sending angel strength purrs that you legs heals up well enough that you can get around without your ACL.(lots of people and animals do)
Plus the whole family is purring for your heart health sweetie. I will ask mommy to send prayers too. You are in great hands,Tristan and things just have to turn around for you.
Lots of love and purrs,
Molly and family
Big purrs coming your way. My sisfur lived to be 17 with a grade three heart murmur. Purring you'll do the same!
Me and my family send you lots of special purrs that your medication works and you have many many more years with your family. Us angels will be watching over you especially your 2 angel brofurs...you will just have to learn to take it easy and don't over do it.
We all love you and praying for you Tristen
I send you butterflies from heaven
QT and family
This IS so UNFAIR! I had hoped that the news would be better, but it really could be a LOT worse! I was encouraged by what Monster said about his sisfur living to be age 17 with a heart murmur. This means that with good care, and you not overdoing it, you could live to be a golden age also. I know your mom will do efurrything pawsible to take good care of you, and see to it that the best pawsible doctor treats you...she's the BESTEST mom! MOL! Please do what yer mom says, take yer medicine and don't overdo it...stay calm. I will keep you in my purrayers, and hope for de best! Take care sweet boy!
We are all purring really hard for you, little buddy. You just have to get better very, very soon.
We are purring for you. We wished better news.
But let's hope the medicine can help control things for a long time.
Hugs to you and Mom.
We are adding our purrs.
We are purring hard for you, Tristan! You are a beautiful boy! The news might not be the best, but we hope the medicine works for you, especially since you are in the early stages.
Tiger and Tiny
Sending purrs for you, Tristan! Ragdolls are kinda prone to cardiomyopathy, my Mom says, so the vet checks my heart out carefully every time I see him. But we are lucky that there are medications now that can help. Hope it does the trick for you.
We are purrin' up a storm for you Tristan and sending lots'a love to your Mom.
Platelicker and PurrFamily
Sending lots of purrs your way and also for your mom!
Loads of extra-special Tonk purrs heading your way!
More Ragdoll purrs com'in your way little buddy!
It's horrible you have to go through this, and that your momma has to go through it when I reminds her of Ethan so much. The only comforting part is knowing that because of your momma's experience she knows what to do.
I can just imagine that beautiful head popping up out of the carrier. What a wonderful Jack-in-the-box surprise!
Purrs at ya!