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update

August 8th 2013 7:22 pm
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Got some good news - my annual echo on my heart is good news. My cardiologist says that it is unchanged from last year, and that means that it is a bit better now than when I was first diagnosed in 2009! Now, still the puzzlement & momma is kinda ticked. The panel for tick borne diseases came back negative - excellent. So now Dr says that the neurologic exam she gave me today is showing improvement, and my eyes are a teeny bit better. So that is leading her towards an inner ear infection - which to know for sure I would need a skull xray but would need to be anesthetized. What has momma ticked is that when she agreed to have me asleep for a FULL BODY XRAY that it would include my skull right? especially cause the inner ear infection was brought up before. Well momma says no way with the xray - why should she pay for me to be asleep again? and if it is getting better and I am to be on Baytril for another 2 weeks - we will wait & see. The cardiologist mentioned that the other thing it could be is high blood pressure. Dr would not take it today because I was too upset & had too much done & it would be a false high. It does not matter if I go in next week, I will still be upset. Plus they seem to kinda act like there is nothing else but to run there every other day. Momma does have to work & has other appts. So her theory is that if the baytril is supposedly working we will wait & see. On another note, I went downstairs to go potty & 1 box still has the old litter (ran out) and I came up sneezing & watery eyes again. So maybe the infection gets irritated by the litter. Who knows - Momma is exhausted trying to figure this out & I sure am too. After the 2 weeks, then there will be a re-evaluation, maybe try another opinion. We are sure glad that at least I know that aside from this I am a pretty healthy dude, and that my heart disease is well under control. So momma says let's focus on all the positives, and not worry. I am just glad I don't have to go back to the doctor for a little while!

 

triple scoop!

August 7th 2013 12:25 pm
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Wow a triple Scoop-o-Tig DDP! Thank you for the sweet gifts & thoughts. I haven' found any piddle out of the box today (so far so good) Now his eyes are a little watery, but not to the point of teary. The 3rd eyelid kind of didn't seem as bad last night. I dumped all the boxes & scrubbed them with dish soap & hot water as I usually do, but this time I poured a little vinegar in & rinsed that out. I put them outside to dry in the sun. I had to use some Fresh Step because I was not feeling well yesterday & could not get to the store. I am taking the full container of the TidyCat with the silver lid back to Target. Going to try the Sweet Scoop - it is just hard with 5 boxes/4 kits - lots o litter to buy at a higher price. If it works though, I don't care. Other than that, he has sneezed only once yesterday (3-4 sneezles in a row) & once today. Still haven't heard about the last set of blood tests. He goes for his heart ultrasound in the morning, which I hope will show all is well - I NEED that good news. Maybe this will end up as some fluke reaction to the stupid litter....I was using the walnut litter along with TC, but that just got too expensive. I have used the blue lid TidyCat for years - then they didn't have it at Target, only this stupid silver lid one with Glade fragrance. Funny thing is that it does not have a strong smell to me, but maybe it is something in that fragrance...well - I will post once I have his results tomorrow. hugs from Tiggie's momma

 

ddp 2 days in a row! & a heartfelt thanks

August 5th 2013 11:24 am
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Thanks for all the great ideas & helpful suggestions you have been giving me & Tig. I truly do appreciate them all. There really is no change after 3 baytril - but I will finish them & see. I am hoping that it just resolves itself. King Henry, I am going to check Tufts. I get the newsletter too, I have the copies for a couple years, gonna start pouring through those. Platelicker - I am at that point of just waiting & seeing. I mean it does not seem to me that he is hurting - I can rub his belly (a favorite place he likes pets) and touch his feet & he is fine. I wonder if he was just hypersensitive & ticked off at the vet or maybe because the tech always scruffs them to hold them - I don't know. I haven't even used any perfume myself the past few days - trying to eliminate ANYTHHING. I am pretty environmentally conscious thanks to my daughter, so I really do not use chemicals to clean - the one green cleaner I use, I have used for YEARS without problems. I have no carpets,I use a de-humidifier in the basement to keep the dampness or any mold at bay. I bought new blanket for my bed, but I did wash it before it was on the bed. Tig LOVES it as it is soft & fuzzy - I will even wash it again. He has peed in a few spots other than the litter box - so I wonder if it is that...I am going to get some of the litter I was using before - or unscented if I can find it (not so easy) - and then going to hope it was something that easy...

 

making a list & checking it twice

August 4th 2013 11:17 am
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Tig's momma Renee here
thank you all so much for your thoughts. I am so frustrated right now. I am glad of all the things that are negative, but I know my cat, and something is wrong. While I like this vet, a few months ago, she insisted he had arthritis in his spine & wanted to do the adequan shots. I did not have $ due to Felix, so I didn't do it. Well, per this xray, he has NO arthritis. Sometimes I feel like I am only seen as a dollar sign. And yet, I understand the method of ruling things out. She does seem truly concerned about her patients. And basically said she doen't know what it is. I did not think to ask her about something in his head. I dont know if they do skull xrays. But with his blood normal, I would think something would show. He has had 2 baytril now, and he was pretty hyper last night. His 3rd eyelids just go from normal to a little bit showing to covering half his eye, and it is random. I myself do not see any weakness on his left side, she is saying his reflexes are slower when she uses the hammer thingie, and when she does the neuro exam. But maybe they were always like that, as he never had a neuro exam before. I did not put the Revolution on him Aug 1st. just in case. I am going down the list to see ANYTHING that has been different around here the past month. (I am a pretty boring everything the same kinda person) It is not like I don't want to take him to a specialist, the funds are going quickly, and I hate to put him through some invasive test. I will finish the baytril & he gets his echo Friday, and I will see by then. I truly appreciate all the ideas & suggestions. Keep em coming! thank you so much.

 

toxo negatory!

August 2nd 2013 4:13 pm
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Dr Lebbin just called to happily report that Tig tested NEGATIVE for toxoplasmosis! So now we wait for the other screening to see if it is bacterial or some other viral thingie. If nothing comes of that she is talking referral for a mileogram or spinal tap...anycat have either of these done? hoping that the meds help

 

everlasting frustration continues

August 2nd 2013 3:38 pm
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well, I was not so cooperative this morning to get an xray, so Momma had to leave me at the vet, so she could give me some "happy gas" to relax me & take the pictures. I was showing a lot of pain & sensitivity in my spine area & abdomen. Mom got me this afternoon hoping for some answers...

Here's what it is NOT:
asthma, allergies,cancer or ANY kind of tumor (yay), arthritis, foreign object, cold, pneumonia - my xrays show clear - my heart is a bit enlarged, but that is normal for my heart disease. Nothing shows,NOTHING.

Here is what it still could be:
toxoplasmosis (results STILL not in) vet is leaning towards this though, a tick borne illness of some sort (yes I have Revolution applied every month, but apparently it is not fool proof), something I picked up from walking on the new sod, some protozoan infection or bacterial that is in my spinal fluid.

Here's what we know: Blood work FINE, urine work FINE, xray FINE. Still having bouts with 3rd eyelid, neuro exam is showing some weakness on the left side. I am getting hypersensitive about my spine, tummy & feet. No fever. I sneeze & rub my nose. I did have an accident outside the box, but I am eating.

Doc has put me on 2 medicines, baytril if it is a bacterial infection & clindamycin antibiotic. She ran a tick pathogen blood test. She is leaving no stone unturned, (and mom's wallet open...) sorry but it ain't cheap to find out nothing...

So while momma is glad about all the things it is not...it would be good to know what it is. Thank you my friends for all your thoughts. I start my meds today, and I will keep you posted once we know anything from the vet.

purrs, from a worn out Tiggie & momma too

 

to the vet I go

August 1st 2013 3:28 pm
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I go in tomorrow morning, to see what the vet thinks about this whole thing. Hopefully my last test result will be in. I still am having an issue, so there is something going on - just gotta figure out what. Vet mentioned doing a full body xray - but I dunno - mom is convinced it is in my head (noooo not like THAT) but either my sinus or ears or chest. Don't really see the need to xray my butt...momma has a scanner she can copy it for that matter! mol! Gonna ask about asthma & Horner's - everything. Will update when we get back. The good thing though is aside from the sneezing & face rubbing & eyelids, I really am acting quite fine. I screamed to go out on the screenporch, and for my dinner, and climbed on momma to lay across her shoulders (she says I am a kitty-stole) and yeah I HANG on too. But she doesn't care if my claws are pinchy- she loves me anyways, and I purr in her ear so I am sure that helps!
Then NEXT week I will have my regular yearly echo test to keep an eye on my heart - once that is done, I am good to go til next year (paws crossed!)

 

here is what I am doing - any thoughts?

July 28th 2013 4:00 pm
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here is the list of symptoms in case anyone has any ideas..Tig has been sneezing here & there. This morning he kind of was snorting like trying to clear his nose.Friday he seemed like he was trying to get up a hariball, but nothing came. I did find one a few days ago - the first he has NEVER had a hairball & he is 5. He rubs his nose with his paw but not constantly. He has shaken his head sometimes too. His eyes are not runny or red, just the 3rd eyelid. His nose is not wet either. I looked at his teeth, but I do not see anything. Vet looked at them Friday & did not say anything. If it was something bad like a nasal tumor or something wouldn;t it show in his blood test? I keep telling myself that so I don's start worrying even more. I really don't know whether to get him back in tomorrow or wait til Friday. Vet said it was ok to wait. I was hoping the toxoplasmosis test result would be in by then so he doesn't have to have a bunch of xrays - but maybe he should anyway..I am so very confused & worried about him I don't know what to do =-what the right thing is. When vet did the neuro check his left side was a little slower to respond, but how do I know it wasn't always like that? I just keep wondering if it is an ear or sinus thing, that would explain alot, but he has no discharge anywhere or fever. I will look up Horner's Syndrome. I don't know what else it could be...When he looks at me I am heartbroken for him. He seems miserable but yet he is acting pretty normal. aargh I just want all 4 of them healthy all at the same time!

 

the mystery continues...

July 26th 2013 12:37 pm
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well - all my blood work & urine tests are fine. Vet says nothing is sticking out signaling anything off. I already had a recheck appt for Friday next week, so she wants to do a whole body xray to check for anything showing in my spinal area...she is very thorough and starts at the top to be able to check off all the possibilities (= even more $). Hopefully by then the toxo results will be back too. Vet even said it could be a weird manifest of an inner ear infection. So momma has to monitor my temp cause if I spike a fever, they want me on antibiotics right way. So it is good news, and yet still a puzzle. I am eating & all just fine...but the 3rd eyelids are still showing. of course momma will do whatever is needed - I just don't want it to be anything really really bad. But thinking positively if it was, it would have shown something in my lab tests. So see Jasper? your angel powers are working already! Thanks my friends.

 

seriously...does it ever end?

July 25th 2013 7:40 pm
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I went to the vet today. Over the weekend my third eyelid started showing & by Monday it was over half my eye. The vet had no open appts until today. Mom started me Monday on some lysine - figuring it might be allergies. It is better than it was & is real good in the mornings, but seems to worsen by night time. Doc thinks it might be neurological, as I am showing some weakness on one side - not alot, but something. My eyes are not inflamed or irritated so she does not think it is allergies. So my blood was stolen along with stuff I leave in the litterbox to check for any kinds of virus or parasite that could be causing this. Even though I go outside on a harness, vet said it is possible to pick something up. I don't wanna give up my walkies! I stand nice & still to get my harness on & I love to roll on the patio & doze on the warm concrete in the sun after I patrol. So far at least the poopie came out negative - blood work results tomorrow. I even got tested for toxoplasmosis which takes 7 days. Mom is upset that it is her fault for letting me go out on my walkies if I caught something. But part of the reason she does is that I love it so much & it keeps me calm - which is a good thing for a heart kitty. Plus - with heart disease, well - without saying it, momma wants me to have a happy life for as many years as I will be here - which I plan to be alot! Vet said my heart sounds good & my echo test for that is in 2 weeks. So at this point doc didn't want to give me any meds until she knows what is going on. Here's hoping that everything is negative & it just goes away....we all just need a break round here from bad crummy news. purrs please? they always help just in case! Jasper - get ready for guardian duty my friend!

 
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