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Doctor visit tomorrow!

July 29th 2009 2:45 pm
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Tomorrow I am going for another recheck and horrible poking at the vet.

We will see if my kidneys are still ok and whether I might need another thyroid treatment or not.

Wish me luck, along with the four people it will take to get my blood!


Still Hyperthyroid :-(

June 1st 2009 9:07 am
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Oh my cats, I can't believe this. After all my the money and time spent on my radioactive iodine treatment in February, I am STILL hyperthyroid three months post-treatment. The vet called Mommywith the news this morning, and she is quite upset right now. I definitely am feeling better and the levels are lower than before, but I am not cured.

This was a known risk because my thyroid level was so very high, and I got the maximum dose of radiation. Even though we knew this might happen, it is still very, very upsetting and frustrating

Aside from the obvious upset about me still not being cured, there is the astronomical expense if a second treatment is needed. With all the pre-treatment work needed (x-rays, blood, etc.) it comes to almost $2,000 per treatment.

Mommy will talk to the Radiocat people today or tomorrow to see what they recommend doing next.

Tears of frustration,


Results from vet

May 29th 2009 6:59 pm
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Well, we have some results from the vet but not all of them. The two things we needed to see were 1. If my hyperthyroidism is cured and 2. If my kidney function is still ok. (Hyperthyroidism can mask kidney disease and then the kidneys can fail when the thyroid is cured.)

For question number one, the answer is maybe. My thyroid is down to 3.9 from 18, but that is still on the high side of normal. I remember that the Radiocat man-nurse named Ron told me that they gave me the maximum dose of radiation, and I might need another one. Anyhow, the thyroid level can vary due to normal fluctuations, so they sent my blood out for a different test that will tell us for sure if I still have hyperthyroidism. We get the results on Monday.

As for my kidneys, everything looks normal on bloodwork. (In fact, the blood results showed improvement in kidney and liver function since just before I had my therapy.) My urine indicates a couple of levels that are slightly off, but they are no worse than last time, and they are to be expected in a 15 year old mancat. No one is worried about my kidneys at this time. However, I had white blood cells in my urine, which indicates the presence of infection, so I have to take pills!

The best news is that I gained two pounds since my therapy, so that made everyone very happy. Also, my heart murmur is gone now. (I had a grade 3 murmur that was associated with the thyroid problem.)

Kiki has to take the same pills, as she has a UTI as well. Fun for the people for two weeks!

Thank you to everypurr who sent me pmails to check on me and gifties. I love all of my friends on Catster dearly.


Mancat on a leash???

May 23rd 2009 8:22 pm
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Who ever heard of a big fierce mancat like me walking outside on a leash? Well, I found out that Taz, who is quite the man about town himself, walks on one in his garden. So Mommy got the idea to put that contraption on me!

It's not as good as when I was a nearly homeless traveling cat. Then I could go anywhere! But I did not mind it much. I did mind that the contraption was covered in pink flowers!

Maybe tomorrow we will try again, Mommy says. We tried it once a very long time ago, but I was not that into it. I did better today.


I had the barfies today

April 27th 2009 8:16 pm
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Today I had the barfies. :-( It made Momma worry even more than usual. She is always fussing over me and asking Daddy..."Do his eyes look bright to you? Is his fur ok? Do you think he is sick?' It really gets old after a while!

But after I barfed I did feel better and went right over to the food bowl for a refill like usual!

Well, time for Momma and me to cuddle and fall asleep for the night.


False alarm!

April 5th 2009 9:59 am
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I have never seen my Mommy make such a big fuss over me as I have lately.

I am allowed out of my room now, but only if I am a good boy. I go days with no accidents, and then I poop and pee on the floor again. When I am out of my room, I am still very mean to the new cats. (I am the meanest to the most scared ones. Some are showing me they are not afraid anymore and I mostly leave them alone.)

But I really gave Mommy a scare on Friday when she returned home from work to find I had not eaten my food. She was beside herself with worry. Daddy was summoned to help Mommy see if I was ok. She checked my gums and to see if I seemed dehydrated. Both of them said I seemed fine, and I was meowing my head off to be fed. They wondered why I was meowing my hungry meow since I did not eat my food.

Mommy got an idea and tried a different flavor of food, and I inhaled it! Mommy was relieved that I was just being fussy and was not sick. She is scared to death about my kidneys since my radiocat treatment. I have extra motivation to eat now since Mommy only gives me the flavors I like now, and she says if I don't eat then I am getting taken to the animal hospital right away. Ok, then! Eating it is!

All this attention comes in handy when you are hungry, but it's annoying when it does not work in your favor. My claws were totally overgrown, and the doctor keeps telling Momma that he will have to sedate me to do my nails (I don't tolerate sedation well), and the Radiocat people did not want to do it either. Finally Mommy decided that it had to get done no matter what, and so she wrapped a towel all over me and handed me to Daddy. He held me while Mommy clipped. They only did the front this time but promised to do it again to the back! And now that they did it themselves once, I think they think they are going to do it on a regular basis now!

And while I was rendered powerless, I got kitty wiped too! I am not sure I like all this attention, but I like getting the food I want whenever I want it!


Robot and purrs

March 30th 2009 4:32 am
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As Kiki mentioned, Daddy got our mommy a robot to help clean the house. Believe me, she needs all the help she can get.

Mommy named the robot John Henry (Fans of the Terminator show will know who he's named after!) and his job is to clean up all the litter crumbs and tumblefurs all over the house.

I must admit, he does a very good job. He does a way better job than Mommy or Daddy, but that bar is not set very high! MOL! You can program him to run while you are at work and have your floors all clean when you come home. I am worried about what this will mean for our naps. He sends everycat into hiding.

Anymeow, we recommend the iRobot Roomba for anyone with a Mommy who needs help cleaning.

Speaking of help, please purr for my friend Alfie. He is having tummy troubles again. As for me, I am doing a little better with my housebreaking and fighting problems. I still have a long way to go. Also, I got very sick Saturday night and threw up A LOT. But once it passed, I seemed to be ok and was fine all day yesterday.


I am home!!!

February 27th 2009 4:49 pm
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I am home! Yiiiiippppeeee!

I did not understand why Ron, my man-nurse woke me up from my nap today to stuff me into my carrier, but when he carried me into another room, I found my Mommy waiting for me. She said it was time to go home.

The car ride was much longer than I am used to, and I kept wanting Mommy to pet me. I meowed a lot, but finally I put my head down to snooze.

We finally got home, and Mommy gave me a Feast that was Fancy and turned on the electric blanket on the guest bed for me. I am supposed to stay confined to one room, but I am practically breaking the door down to get out. This is not going to work out!

Also, I made a pee-pee in the guest room. In the litterbox! Yay me!

Thank you for all of your purrs. We will catch up with our thank yous over the weekend. We will know in three months if this treatment cured my thyroid. Also, I will be visiting the vet regularly before then to make sure we are not losing any ground with my kidneys.


Update from Radiocat

February 24th 2009 11:22 am
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Hello Catsters! This is Mouse's Mommy. He wanted me to let you all know when there was any news on his condition.

He got the treatment around noon today. It's just one injection administered under skin, like a vaccine.

His nurse, Ron, just called and said Mouse is doing fine. He even added that he seems to be "getting into the spirit of things" and was taking a nap the last time Ron checked on him. He will keep checking on him and call again tomorrow morning and every morning until he is home.

Thank you so much for all of your purrs! The danger for Mouse will be when his thyroid is regulated and operating normally, which will occur over the course of a month or so, because that is when any underlying kidney disease might manifest itself. (Hyperthyroidism masks the kidney problems because it sends more blood to the kidneys and makes them appear to functioning better than they are. When the disease is cured, some cats come down with kidney symptoms...sometimes lethal.) Mouse was showing signs of compromised kidney function even with the hyperthyroidism, so we are super-worried.

But we will all keep our fingers and paws crossed for Mouse, who I am not ashamed to admit is my favorite pet ever! He has such a great personality and we adore him.

Thank you to all of Mouse's friends and Catster family for their love and support.



Tomorrow is the day

February 23rd 2009 4:43 pm
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Tomorrow is the day I will get radiocatted.

Mommy will drive me to the special medical center for treatment of hyperthyroidism in felines on her way to work. This is also called Radiocat.

I will be in the hospital until Friday and no people or cats may visit me except my human man-nurse because I will be radioactive. Mommy wanted to send me with my pinkie blankie, but they said they can't return anything I bring, so I will have to settle for a towel.

Tonight I will get spoiled and cuddled and slept with and cried over.

Mommy talked things over with my doctors and also the treatment center and decided with Daddy that this is best, even though it might unmask a kidney problem. Mommy told my doctors that they must be super-aggressive about monitoring me after my procedure so we can catch any kidney failure immediately. I will get checked every few weeks at first.

If this works, my furrriends, I will be cured. Cured. It's so much to hope for. This last week since I had to stop taking my pills I have been feeling very poorly and misbehaving all the time. I have peed, pooped and sprayed the whole house. I meow constantly, and I am comforted only by food or snuggling.

I hope so much I have can get my life back now.

Thank you SO VERY MUCH to all of you that have sent pmails, gifts and rosettes. I love you all.

Special thanks to my beautiful Valentine Princess Inky and her sister Sky for their pmails. Thank you to my dear cousin Hazel Lucy for taking time to check on me and add me to the purr list even though she herself is slightly unwell. Thank you to Samoa, Kingsley and Sissy for your pmails.

Thank you for your rosettes Hazel Lucy, Lucy & Sally and Family, Taz, Wally, Buddie (special healing rosette!), Kingsley and Family, Muppet, The Drifter and Family.

Thank you to dear Wally and Hilda for their special gifts.

Love to you all, and I will be back on Friday.

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