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Elliott Orange's Asthma Adventures

Birthday Musings...

February 23rd 2006 5:57 am
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Yes, its my birthday, I am two years old today... and what an eventful two years its been.

The first month or two were spent in an apartment where a man threw us across rooms and at walls, yelling all the while... Luckily, my siblings and I were resilient and acrobatic!

Then, my mother and my siblings and I were rescued by my human momma and taken to a new home - with STRANGE cats already living in it! THAT was a challenge at first - not as much for me as it was for them, I have to say.

Then, my brother Max moved out to a new home, although my other brother Oliver is still with me. At about a year old, I started coughing more and more often, and having difficulty breathing. I became very lethargic - afraid to play or exert myself for fear of passing out or having a breathing attack.

Eventually, my human mother noticed that I was hacking more often than was seemly - and we went to the vet. They took x-rays and listened to my lungs... they suspected asthma...

But first, they gave me antibiotics and sent me home?? A few days later - I almost died from a very severe asthma attack - I was turning BLUE! That was terrible and scary - but I was given some inhaled meds that helped keep me breathing. The vet then determined that I had a collapsed lung from the respiratory distress - and its collapsed to this day.

Finally, my mother insisted I be prescribed inhaled medication for asthma! And I've been doing well ever since. After just a week of the inhaled steroids, the attacks stopped. Now, there's only an occasional cough which is treated with my rescue in inhalor.

Over the past year, many cats have come and gone from my house to new forever homes - but I always get to stay. I'm a permanent resident, along with my brother. We try to make the rescued cats feel at home, we play with them and welcome them.

My female friends in the house just had surgery this week, in preparation for finding a loving, new home...

Things are going pretty well - I've had alot of excitement in my two years, and I have alot of friends to cuddle with and play with...

Happy Birthday to Me!

Elliott Orange


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