Thanks so much for all the kind comments, emails and tweets as well as the very nice Facebook comments. As you know, Madison is still in the hospital on an IV that is rehydrating him and providing him antibiotics quickly. He has a cone around his head which keeps him from biting off the IVs and he is resting nicely. His progress report came back very hopeful today. He actually had some real food this morning, is very alert and even gave up a purr to the Vet who checked in on him. I called again this afternoon and he was resting nicely with no signs of extreme lethargy. They main Vet Doctor will be in tomorrow and will have another check on Madison in the morning and yet another final one in the afternoon. The plan is I will pick him up at the end of the day. (paws crossed) Many of you have asked what the exact problem is with Madison. Although the Vet cannot be 100% sure of everything, this is what he thinks is going on:
- Madison picked up an infection (maybe even two) from regular everyday living
- Vet thinks one is a urinary tract due to white blood cell counts being high
- Due to Madi's age, his FIV is kicking in and preventing his body from fighting off what would be a 'no biggy infection' for many kitties (please note, his AGE is more of a factor than the FIV. I will follow up in a blog post about why I will still adopt FIV+ kitties and am so glad I did!)
- Hospital stay with IV seemed like his best option due to his lack of apetite and any potential problems getting pills down and keeping them down
- Hosptail stay also seemed wise due to his lack of water intake and high risk of extreme dehydration (IV rehydrating now)
- Vet felt a lumpy squishy in Madison's belly, which he THINKS is stool and not a mass (this is uncertain at this time)
- Vet believes Madison's Rainbow Bridge friends are not ready for him just yet, and that is why I wanted to get him as comfortable as possible fast (he could be here a while longer!!! :<)
All of this is the optimistic outlook for Madison. I have much hope, but also know to be cautiously realistic as we progress. I want to thank the folks who emailed me and encouraged me to get a second opinion on Madison and his condition. Having that support and continued feedback really helped me know I was making the right decision in speaking with a few people.
Abigail is very confused and keeps looking for Madison. She stampeded the front door when I came in this morning from being out at the store. She looked behind me, and all around for Madison in his carrier. She keeps meowing and then pacing. :<( That is a little hard to swallow, but I have hopes she will see her brother tomorrow, happy and healthy.
I know how hard having a sick pet can be and the stress can be overwhelming. If I offer any insight on this journey, I hope to encourage more people to talk about what is going on with them and their pets. Don't try to carry the stress and decision making process alone. Feelings of guilt, anxiety, frustration, sadness and indecision can be overwhelming. A supportative community of people is key for me in this journey. I am so thankful for my kitties, but I know without the blogging, tweeting, emailing and local cat/pet community I have around me, I would not be as good of a pet parent. It takes a Village…….. Thank you so much again for the support. Words cannot express how helpful it has been. But I know you know….. so no explanation needed – just a simple purr and wag should do.
Lisa, Madison and Abigail