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hutch0
Date: 2009-02-01 01:14
Subject: state of the cat
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The news through the week wasn't terribly hopeful. Kuron's red-cell count started to pick up, but only fractionally, and his kidneys started to shut down. We went up to the RVC to visit him on Wednesday evening and the doctor told us that one of his kidneys had started to work overtime to compensate, and though his red-cell count had risen again it was still not a huge advance. Apparently, for whatever reason, his white cells have started to attack his red cells.
The doctor said, basically, that we were down to two choices. We could either have him put to sleep, or they could give him a transfusion and send him home, where we could keep medicating him in the hope that he'd improve.
Well, we thought about it. But he seemed a lot brighter and he was playful. If he'd just been lying there in distress it would have been different, but we asked the doctor to arrange the transfusion.
He had the transfusion on thursday evening, and we went up there yesterday afternoon to pick him up.
And he's in pretty good shape, as might have been expected with billions of fresh red cells hurtling around his body. He's been shaved in a lot more places, including around the eye that was swollen up, and now he looks a bit like Bill the Cat. He's a little wobbly on his feet still, but he's been in a cage at the RVC for almost a fortnight and, while the cages up there are really roomy, I might be a bit wobbly under those circumstances.
Now. Things are still very serious. At the moment the red cells he got from the transfusion are still there. Presumably they're being attacked by his white cells, though, and the count will be going down. His survival is predicated on blitzing his immune system, which has its own dangers. The hospital have given us a big bag of medications. He gets more steroids. He gets antibiotics. He also gets an immunosuppressant that we have to keep in the fridge and give to him while wearing gloves.
We are conscious that this really is the last throw of the dice, and if it doesn't work he's basically come home to die. The doctor says the effects of the transfusion should last until the middle of next week, and he has to have a blood test towards the end of the week. If the immunosuppressants don't work, there really is nothing else we can do.
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2009-02-01 02:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Kuron. This is a very difficult time for you and Bogna emotionally, and there just aren't words enough to offer comfort when one of our beloved four legged family members start to fail health-wise. You have my sympathies, Hutch.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-01 22:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
We kind of prepared for this last year when he came down with inflammatory bowel disease and lost so much weight, but it seems that every time we get one thing under control something else pops up. Any minute now he's going to come down with a plague of locusts or something.
We're trying to be realistic, while being hopeful at the same time. Many thanks for your good thoughts.
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pds_lit: Snoozling Pucca
User: pds_lit
Date: 2009-02-01 03:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Snoozling Pucca
Give him a cuddle and scratching behind the ears for me.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-01 22:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Will do.
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jmward14: butterfly
User: jmward14
Date: 2009-02-01 05:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:butterfly
Sending lots of love and good wishes to you, Bogna and Kuron. Duzie's doing his bit too. Big healing hugs, Jean Marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-01 22:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks, Jean Marie. Give Duzie a big hug from us, too.
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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2009-02-01 22:36 (UTC)
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Will do. Big hugs, Jean Marie
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Kat: Alice
User: artykat
Date: 2009-02-01 05:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Alice
Oh, lots of love and good hopeful wishes from us, here, as well. Alice and Phoebe add their kitty thoughts as well. I'm so sorry -- this is painful for you both regardless, and I hope that Kuron surprises everyone and makes a wonderful recovery. *tearful hugs*
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-01 22:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Bless you. We have our fingers crossed.

Edited at 2009-02-01 10:03 pm (UTC)
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teacher_bear
User: teacher_bear
Date: 2009-02-01 05:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am so sorry...
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-01 22:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's not over yet; where there's life there's hope.
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mylefteye
User: mylefteye
Date: 2009-02-01 09:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Give Kuron a squeeze for me. I'm keeping my fingers crossed the little guy can turn it around.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-01 22:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I will certainly do that. He's surprised us before.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-01 21:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Many thanks.
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