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I had to move on today...

March 30th 2009 4:00 pm
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My poor Shadow left me today. I had to let him go. He was feeling ok, until today. He was not quite himself. I held him in my arms as he left and for quite a while after. I love him and miss him along with his brother (from another mother) Caesar, and Tiger, my boy for almost 20 years. I love you Shadow, andwe WILL be together again.


An update on Shadow from his mommy

March 26th 2009 11:57 am
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Hi everyone. First of all I want to thank everyone for their well wishes and rosettes and gifts that you are sending to my sweet Shadow boy. Last week I took Shadow to the vet, and he had lost a pound in the two weeks since his last visit, and his face was more swoolen. It was assumed that the cancer had really gotten the best of him, and his pain meds were increased.

I just wanted to update that he is still here with me. If the swelling increased it is only a small amount, and he eats pretty well, so that he (in my estimate) has put a couple ounces of that pound back on. He sits in the window, eats his favorite foods, (although he is a bit pickier, but I just give him a new can whenever he rejects an old favorite!) and spends a lot of time with me on my lap. Sometimes he even goes to the cat tree, scratches on it, and climps on up! I am giving him lots of TLC, and I monitor him for any signs of pain or discomfort. When he starts to itch I give him a bit more meds. So far, so good.

I figure that I am at least blessed enough to be home with my boy, to be able to do this for him, and not back to work. I wish with all my heart that I was blessed enough to have him cured of this horrible disease, but that is also the dearest wish of so many of us on Catster and around the world, with loved ones sick with cancer, that I am unfortunately not alone. I will give any update if there are any.

The only thing I am doing now is taking each day as it comes, buying more pain meds, fillet mignon, shrimp, cod, and his favorite canned food. I have resigned myself that Shadow may not have much longer, but he has today, and probably a few more days after today, and with the help of God, more than that. Although I am facing this terrible thing, I still can not get my head around the fact that he will be gone, and gone soon. I just can't picture it. I dread it, and can not imagine that I will have to drive him to the vet for a final visit where he will not come back, except as a box of ashes. I have two boxes up on the mantle already, one for Tiger, who I lost in 2001, and one for Caesar who I lost about a year and a month ago. I can't believe that my poor Shadow will be up there soon. At the very least, I have him today.


Update to all my TRAMA and DRAMA!!!!!

November 13th 2008 10:50 am
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Ok, so the vet trip was not that bad. My mommy explained what was going to happen to me, on the way to the vet as she always does, and she was RIGHT! The vet just looked me over prescribed some medicine, and I was able to go home and have a can of Fancy Feast in no time! The doctor now has me on Prednisone 10 mg 2 times a day (a larger dose) and also on doxycycline 50mg once a day. That is in addition to my kidney pill and my blood pressure pill! My mommy tells me my lip looks better ALREADY, and she hopes and prays that by her birthday in Dec., that I am all healed, off the meds, and am able to take the awfull collar off! She is so thankfull to God that there was NO SIGN of cancer in the biopsy, and that my tooth extraction went well! She is also so very relieved that the problem with my lip, and mouth and swoolen tonsil is able to be treated with medication, and that it will be resolved soon!!!! She promised to get me NEW TOYS so I can play as soon as the collar is off! YIPPIE! Thanks so much for the well wishes and concern that everyone is showing me. It is a great comfort to my mommy and me! We'll let you know when I am all through with everything, and back to my old self!



June 27th 2008 2:50 pm
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I am awake (but groggy), and doing well. My Mommy promised me that I could come home today, but the doctor felt it was best for me to stay overnight. My incision was oozing at first, but that has stopped. I am not sore, as they gave me pain meds all the time to be sure I am not uncomfortable. I didn't have to have another tooth out, but the operation was pretty extensive, so I will need to heal for aWHILE. I know that my Mommy will thank everyone personally, but I want to thank everyone for the kind words and purrrs! I'll let you know how I feel after I get home. I think my Mommy said that she will put Seth in the kitchen overnight at first (he usually hisses at me when I am at the doctors, and come home), and that way I can sleep with Mommy with no hassles!


I have to go back to stay at the doctors AGAIN!!!!

June 25th 2008 6:49 am
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My mom is telling me that I have to go in and have another operation thing again. She said I will go in on Thurs. night (June 26) so they can give me TLC, and then on Friday morning I will have my operation to remove this cancer thing ONCE AND FOR ALL! (hopefully). I don't want to have to be away from mommy overnight EVER again. Who is going to sleep by her head? Seth doesn't know what he is doing, and he'll try, but he won't do as good of a job as I do!!!!!! Then he will be hissing at me when I get back home for about a week! Like he doesn't even KNOW WHO I AM!!!!! I wasn't so rude to him when HE was hospitalized! I know I am the BETTER cat! Wish me luck everyone. I wish I could just stay home with mommy, and I know she wishes the same thing! - Shadow


The results of the biopsy are in....

April 23rd 2008 12:21 pm
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The Vet called my mom, and it was a tumor. It was malignant, but it is the type that stays pretty much in one place, and once it is removed it is considered cured. They need to keep an eye on the area, to be sure that it does not come back. They say that they have margins, but they are small, and so it will need to be watched. If it reoccurs, it may be a problem because it is on the lip area, and there isn't much tissue there to remove, w/o affecting the function of the mouth. Oh well, it could have been much worse, so my mom is grateful that it is not. She is also very grateful to everyone on Catster for the well wishes, and puurrrss and prayers. Thanks so much! Now I just need to get these darn stitches out!


I keep forgetting to start my diary...

March 19th 2008 10:29 am
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I have been through a lot! I guess I should start at the beginning, but I think I would rather start backwards from today! I feel pretty good! I went to the vet yesterday, and this is the second time that it was pretty easy! I got my blood pressure and my weight checked. My blood pressure is down now. It was originally 235 or so, the last time I went in was 182, now it is 168. My mom gives me 2 pills one to get the blood pressure down, and on to help my kidneys. I HATE having to take them, but I have to admit that I actually feel better now that I am on them! I try to wiggle away form my mom, and I sometimes walk away form her when she has that "pill" look in her eyes, but I can't be too hard on her, as I guess she is trying to help me. It is working my blood pressure is down, and I gained a pound, and they are PROUD of me for gaining weight! (COOL!)
It all started when I was throughing up all the time last September. My mom took me in right away, and they said I had peiodontal disease, and they took my blood (OUCH!). The next day the results must have been bad, because she rushed me in to the vet, and they kept me for a few days. I felt pretty sick. They put something in my vein and I had to stay in a cage with the thing in my leg. I started to feel better, and was able to go home on a Saturday. The vet said that my blood levels were EXCEPTIONAL. I guess they were in some values over a hundred times what they should have been, but after treatment, they were good enough to go home! The bad part was I had to switch to this food I am not crazy about! It was not as good as Fancy Feast. Anyway I had to come back 2 weeks later, and the vet said my levels were all well within normal. They said it was the best possible outcome that they could have ever hoped for! A month later they were even better, and my anemia also corrected itself. It seems like my kidneys are ok. My mom has to keep a close eye on me, but between me and you Dear Diary, I actually like the extra attention (except for the pills), I always wanted a home and love, and I sure have that here. It beats being outside, even with the free food handouts I was getting! Well I tell you more later Diary. I need a nap. I have to keep healthy for my mommy!

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