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woohoo! FUR

June 21st 2013 3:52 pm
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My furs are growing in really well. My leg is not nekkid, but little peach fuzzies. I am walking much better too. I still sway my hips bigtime, but that is from my hips having no sockets. I am holding that back leg straighter - not crouching as much when I walk. So Mom feels it was really successful! I go to see Dr. West in a week or so & she will decide what steps to take next. Momma says that if I have to have another surgery, she wants it before my year renewal so there is not another deductible. So far the insurance has paid their portion for my prelim xrays! Mom is submitting my surgery bills now. It took them a while cause it changed from PurinaCare to 24Pet Watch. As long as the premium is paid they cannot drop us, and cannot refuse a pre-existing if it was paid for before. That is why Momma was worried about my legs - that they may decide it is pre-existing. So hopefully they will process this one faster. Keeping paws crossed. THen they will offer a renewal from their company. We are kinda stuck now, cause to change companies, they won't pay anything for Smitty's teeth or my leg.
Momma has been calling me Mr Sassafrass lately, cause I am getting a bit fiesty, which is good. Now I just gotta not hiss at The Dad...working on it....
Have a good weekend all! I know I will!

 

struttin' mah stuff

June 5th 2013 2:45 pm
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I got my stitches out on Monday. Doc says things look great & I can walk around, but still must try not to go up & down stairs. I really want to go down to the landing so I can go out on the screen porch. Momma says that this weekend she will carry me out there & I can nap while she plants her flowers. No more CONE! Seriously Momma said that I went from being depressed to a happy kitty. I was strutting around the kitchen with my tail up & I vibrate the end at Momma when I am happy. Hopefully I may not need surgery on that hip. Dr. West says it is a long road, and time will tell if I need it - we will know in a few months. I came home and ate like a pony! I wasn't really eating alot with that stupid cone. So now Momma said all I have to do is rest & heal & behave. I will try my best! My incision is healed so well, you could hardly see it! & my furs are growing in some. I got a couple of bites of chicken today. Momma said that it is good for growing bones. I spent almost all day Monday after we got back grooming all the spots I could not reach with that cone on. I wore myself out! But I am as sleek as I can be for now. A couple spots are still hard for me cause my leg hurts a little bit, but not bad. I was even able to work on chewing up my NipStick that I was saving. No word from the insurance company yet, but Momma was able to get CareCredit so at least that helps anyways. Thanks you all for keeping me in your purrs & thoughts. Keep em coming, cause it aint over yet. I will probably have my other knee done and not sure about my hippybones. But right now, I am one happy kitten!

 

getting sassy

May 30th 2013 6:57 am
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I felt pretty good yesterday. Momma took my cone off for a while, and before she realized it, I was licking my owie & pulled 2 stitches out. The wound is closed & not red or anything, I am healing very fast, and I go in Monday to get the rest out. Needless to say, the cone is back on to stay. I think I just got so excited to groom myself that I got carried away. I was even strutting for a few steps to show off. Momma says that means I must not be hurting as much- which is good because I had my last dose of pain meds this morning. Momma posted a couple pictures of my owie & nekkid leg. Does anyone know why they would shave a spot on my back near my tail? Mom is just curious. Maybe for a type of monitor or something...
I want to thank everyone for the gifties & well wishes, they helped so very much.
Back to update in a few days!

 

getting sassy

May 30th 2013 6:57 am
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I felt pretty good yesterday. Momma took my cone off for a while, and before she realized it, I was licking my owie & pulled 2 stitches out. The wound is closed & not red or anything, I am healing very fast, and I go in Monday to get the rest out. Needless to say, the cone is back on to stay. I think I just got so excited to groom myself that I got carried away. I was even strutting for a few steps to show off. Momma says that means I must not be hurting as much- which is good because I had my last dose of pain meds this morning. Momma posted a couple pictures of my owie & nekkid leg. Does anyone know why they would shave a spot on my back near my tail? Mom is just curious. Maybe for a type of monitor or something...
I want to thank everyone for the gifties & well wishes, they helped so very much.
Back to update in a few days!

 

resting easy

May 29th 2013 10:31 am
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I have been a good boy. I have been sleeping alot, but I come out during the day for a while,and I walk slow, but my leg seems straighter. Momma sets me up on the small table with a rug that is next to the cat tree (the rug is thicker & cushier than the tree) while she is sitting at the kitchen table. I doze & look at the birdies. She took my cone off for a while too, and I only licked my owie 1 time. I was more interested in grooming my fur in all the places I couldn't reach. I get the stupid cone put back on though if she is not watching & at night time. I go Monday for my stitches to be out. Mom took a few pictures but she has to go on the laptop puter to post them as they are downloaded on there - she will do that later on. I get visited when one of my family sits on the cat tree - I get a sniff or two in. Even Maizy stopped by to see me. Momma says she was looking for me when I was at the hospital. We get along good because I don't pick on her like my big brothers do. So far so good!

 

home finally & a ddp? yahoo!

May 25th 2013 5:09 pm
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I came home this afternoon. I have this stupid cone thing on my neck & it keeps getting in my way, and I ended up getting my leg caught in it - but Momma says I have to keep it on for a while. My leg is all nekkid & I have a shaved spot on my back near my tail...not sure what that is for. Mom was nervous this morning, because when she called at the hospital they told her I was running a fever, and that I had gotten upset when a tech tried to check me & I tried to jump out of the cage, and when the tech stopped me, I bit her. So Mom had to bring my rabies certificate in to show them that I had my shot & I was just upset. My fever came down - the Dr said sometimes the medicine or stress can cause it. I am glad to be home though. Everyone gathered around my carrier to sniff me, and then Momma took me into her room where it is nice & quiet. I have a soft bed & my favorite green rug, and a potty box with low sides, and my water & FOOD. I did not want to eat at the hospital, so I ate my full I can tell you. Momma held the dish for me cause I can't eat so good with this stupid cone. She said something about trying to find a soft one. Once I kind of relaxed I slept alot. I had dinner & my pain medicine, and Momma sat on the floor with me & petted me for a long time. I purred so loud because I am glad to be home. I was afraid that maybe she left me there! But she said "my Feefer I would never leave my sweet baby - I just want you all fixed" So I will do my best to be good & not try & pull my cone off, and I will sleep because Momma says that is good medicine. Now lets hope the insurance will pay some (total $2800 for one gimpy little leg) Oh the one lady said "by cuddle kitty" to me when I was leaving. I think it was the same one I bit, so she was not mad at me. THank you for all of your purrs, they helped me alot. Momma will update soon. She was trying to take a picture of my owie, but I was not cooperating, so maybe later. sleepy,owie, purrs, Felix

 

whew! one down ?? to go...

May 24th 2013 4:47 pm
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Dr. West just called. Felix is awake & recovering nicely & his pain is being managed well. He did good - she said they were able to stabilize his knee & there was no damage to the cruciate ligaments. He has 2 pins in his knee. She commented on how sweet & little he is, and said the techs & the anesthesiologist even remarked how sweet & cuddly he is. That's my Feefer-kitty! I will pick him up tomorrow & then try to figure out the best place for him to rest. I do not have small kids, so it is pretty quiet around here (unless the hockey game is on ahem The Dad is a big Blackhawks fan)
Thanks for your purrs & hugs - they helped so much. I will post either tomorrow or Sunday how the Feefs is doing. :)

 

at the hospital

May 24th 2013 11:28 am
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Felix is having his knee surgery today. The vet was wonderful & explained so much. She wants to try the conservative approach & just do his worst knee, in hopes that it will help his hip bones align a bit better. She says he may or may not have to have the hip done - it is a wait & see when his knee heals. I would rather do it one at a time also - it will give him a chance to heal in between. The tech that came in to get Felix was so nice too - he says he is a cat person & was giving Felix kisses on his head. So I feel very good about them. Dr. West will call me later & I can get him tomorrow. Keep the paws crossed!

 

so blessed

May 23rd 2013 7:57 am
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I cannot even tell you what your thoughts for Felix mean to me. I did a bit of checking, and the 2 places I did find that you can apply for a grant are so short on funds, they will only accept if you pet has a life-threatening illness. While Felix is in bad shape, it is not life-threatening, so no go there. Another place I found you can make a fund-raising page, but they take 7% of any funds. I am still looking at things. I am not sure they will do any surgery on Friday, because Felix is on anti-biotics for his UTI. At least I will get some ideas. I stopped looking his conditions up, because it made me feel even more terrible for him. He just finished a course of Onsior which is like ibuprofen, and the vet gave me tramadol for him. I just don't want to drug him up either. I was thinking I would try that at night to help him sleep. You know through all this, he is still so sweet, and squeaks at me for his lysine treats. I also will try to apply for Care Credit. I did once before when Tig had his blockage, but for some reason I could not get it at the time.
I am so overwhelmed with how great all of you are. You guys are what is helping me feel like it will be ok. I know there are other kitties that have severe illnesses, and are going through so much & surgeries & treatments -and I am not comparing it to what Felix has, but it did throw me when even the vet said she never saw anything like it. I am going to try & see if I can photograph his xray & post it on here. Not sure if it will work... anyways, thank you again for your support, and I will keep you posted.

 

to the vet we go

May 21st 2013 11:27 am
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I have an appt on Friday. What I did find out, is that the place I went also has a 3rd location in the city, much closer, and that location is part of the University of Illinois Vet School. I am hoping that may mean reduced prices, and it is an excellent school - my daughter went there for Animal Science & Environmental Science.

I am thinking that the insurance may not kick in. Since he was born this way, I have a strong feeling they will consider it a pre-existing condition. Their goal really, is to not pay if they can see a way. I paid a fortune for Tig's illnesses, and he cannot even get insurance. I had thought by getting it for Smitty & Felix, I would be a step ahead. They did cover some of Smitty's tooth removal, so that made my bill less.

A few pals have mentioned about possible fund raising, and while I am a very proud person, and "take care of my business" I may need to ask for any help, I have no clue what this will cost, but I have no idea how to go about it. If anyone can give me any ideas on this, it would be great. I am not on FB though.

I am to fast him on Fri, because they may be able to do 1 surgery same day.

Just knowing how much you all care - I cannot tell you how much it means to me, and for my Feefer-kitty.

 
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