February 24th 2009 8:38 pm
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Thanks furrr your un-ending support and love and purrrrrrrs!
HERE IS AN UPDATE ON MY HYPERTROPHIC CARDIOMYOPATHY (HCM):
Today I went back to the vet because it has been almost 9 days without me having a bowel movement. They wanted to make sure I was not compacted or to see if my heart was too weak for me to make the effort, in which case I would need an enema to help me out (Ugggggggggh). They did an X-Ray and saw that I do have food in the colon but it's no too backed up. They took a blood test and found that my Potassium is so low and I am dehydrated from the Lasix. So now I'm on a potassium supplement and a feline liquid laxative. This should resolve my problem soon. PAWS CROSSED! The vet said that from the X-Ray he sees that my LUNGS are finally free from fluid -- YAY! -- no more Pulmonary Edema! But I still have my enlarged heart muscle disease (HCM) and Pericarial Effusion (fluid in the sac surrounding the heart). My legs have been very weak as well. I cross my font paws over sometimes to stand straight up and my back legs are lowered. I sit down when I pee in the litter box instead of squatting or standing like a boy *embarrasing*. But the vet said with the Potassium Supps. that I will get vital electrolytes and energy back and this should improve!
BETTER MEWS & BABY STEPS: Since I have been home, all in all I am making progress: Mommy notices that I am gaining interest in grooming my face and paws. I am sitting by the sliding glass door of the balcony like I used to do to bird-watch. I am gaining my appetite and started eating dryfood crunchies again (I accepted only wetfood up until 2 days ago). I am sometimes laying down on my side or back which shows that my breathing is way more comfortable and free. And I even tried to bite Taylee playfully yesterday morning. I am still a little wobbly and don't walk around much, but All the other stuff is progress and thankfully shows my will to go on, that has EXCEEDED my mommy's expectations! That's the Power of the Paw and Purrrrrrrrr! I LOVE YOU ALL! WHISKER-KISSIES >^..^< SAMMY
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