Madison Update II

Hi guys,

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

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34 Responses to Madison Update II

  1. ellen says:

    I am so glad to hear that Madison is doing better! As a person who has been owned by FIV+  cats ,admittedly age  does make things a tad tougher. Gosh it is hard getting old as a human!
    Paws crossed for him!

  2. Hi there, just stopping by from the Blog Hop. I'm your new follower and I'm wishing you much success with your blog…come see me sometime too! :)Crystal

  3. admin says:

    thanks Crystal – heading over to say hi now!

  4. admin says:

    Thank you so much for the kind words Ellen, your tweets and friendship mean the world to us!
    Have a great week,
    Lisa, Madi and Abi

  5. OMC this post brought me to tears, you express your feelings so beautifully and with everything you have going on, the fact that you are taking the time to update all of us just means the world to me (and ALL OF US!)
    I was marveling at how alert Madison's eyes look in that photo. I am greatly encouraged by what the vet has to say, I think that is an extremely positive update and I am hopeful that Madison is going to pull through this!
    I think he looks darned good in that photo!!
    I agree with you about sharing what is going on. When Cody was sick in December it helped me beyond belief to share my fears and everyone was so comforting.
    We are all here for each other and that is a BEAUTIFUL THING!
    Much love and continued purrs and prayers!
    Caren, Cody and of course Dakota too!

  6. Admiral Hestorb says:

    This is  angel Admiral Hestorb  and Katie's mom.  I am SO very glad to know you DID get the other opinion and that he is in the hospital.  I know Abigail is worried and unhappy but as you said, her brother will be home soon.  
    I truly don't know how I could have coped without my Twitter and blogging kitty furriends when Admiral was in the last few months of her stay with me.   The loving support was constant and true.  The purrs, prayers and love were just what Admiral and I both needed.  When she went to the Bridge, Twitter Anipals escorted her with Pepi SmartDog to the Bridge, and they stayed to comfort me.  I was bereft.  So, I am glad to know you were rallied round and no surprise.
    Love and hugs and Purrs to all three of you.

  7. admin says:

    Angel A.H. we still think of you so often; you are such a bright spot when you are able to visit. Thank you for coming into leave a comment. Katie is filling a space for your mom, but you will never be replaced. Thanks so much to all three of you for the kind words and support. I know you know…. how important a community is. -thank you.

  8. admin says:

    Thank you so much Caren, you are such a consistent warm person! We love your comments and enjoy Cody and Dakota and the adventures you have with them.
    I remember when Cody was sick, it is actually bookmarked on my bar so everytime I come to your site I go right to that page. It reminds me how precious healthy pets are and how scarey it can be when they get sick.
    Thank you for stopping by, see you again soon.

  9. joanietorre says:

    So very happy to hear of the good care Madsion is getting. Hugs to you both and Abigail too:)

  10. Brian says:

    I am so very glad to hear such a positive report.  We are all sending purrs to Madison.

  11. pizzajohn07 says:

    So happy to hear madison is doing better

  12. admin says:

    thank you so much John!

  13. admin says:

    thank you Brian!!

  14. admin says:

    hugs to you as well, we are so thankful for your support.

  15. Louise says:

    the support of the animal community is one of the greatest gifts that i know of.

  16. RumpyDog! says:

    I have Madison, Abigail and you in my prayers!

  17. Ingrid King says:

    Things definitely sound more hopeful today. Sending lots of good thoughts and healing energy to Madison. You're in my thoughts.

  18. I'm so glad to hear Madison is eating and purring!  Sending the BIGGEST purrs of comfort and encouragement to all of your family! *head butts Abigail*

  19. Alcoa's mum says:

    What you are going through is exactly what Alcoa and I went through the end of last year.  She is  a spunky little girl though and the vet said the exact same thing – it's her AGE (she is 16 going on 17 this year) that was the most impact, NOT her FIV+ status, which, while did play a role was not the defining factor.  I am lucky to have a vet that specialized in FIV+ cats.  He really likes Alcoa and Alcoa always plays nicely when she has to go in for her checks.  Keeping you and the babies in my thoughts

  20. admin says:

    Thank you so much, I feel like we are kindred spirits with kitties that are both the same age, FIV + and yet we know that FIV kitties can live happy healthy lives. Your support means so much.

  21. admin says:

    thank you so much!!

  22. admin says:

    Thanks Ingrid, paws are stepping in the right direction so far!

  23. admin says:

    xoxox Rumpy xoxoxo

  24. admin says:

    I couldn’t agree more, it is one of the best things I have ever stumbled upon.

  25. Great news! We continue to send positive thoughts your way.
    Michelle, Alice, and our new family edition, Arya
    Yes, we have a new kitty.  Stop by Cat Thursday this week for her official introduction!

  26. admin says:

    ooohh new kitty on the block! I can’t wait to meet the lovely Ayra.
    Madison will be so excited too.

  27. Jo says:

    So glad to hear he is doing better. You are right about talking about what is going on in your pet’s life and your’s. I know having such a great pet community to tap into is reassuring and gives you a place to let out all the frustration one might be having.

    Hope Madison gets to come home tomorrow.

    Have a Chittering Good Night,


  28. Cindy Brooks says:

    Happy to hear some good news about Madison! Hope he keeps getting better and stronger!

  29. admin says:

    thanks Cindy!

  30. admin says:

    thank you so much Jo!

  31. jmuhj says:

    So glad to hear the good report on Madison! and to know that Abigail will have her sweet brofur back with her soon.  You may want to ask the vet about in-home IV hydration; (s)he can teach you how to do this.  It is very easy once you learn how.  I always put my little CRF girl in her carrier, with the top open, to administer the IV.  This kept her stationary and made it much easier to give the fluids.  Continuing *PRAYERS* and healing thoughts of wellbeing going out for Madison! 

  32. Sending all of you lots of love!

  33. Admiral Hestorb says:

    I have learned that Madison has  gone to the Rainbow Bridge and I send my love and purrs to you and Abby. It is such a sorrowful time and I hope both you and Abby will be good to yourselves and snuggle with one another.

  34. admin says:

    Thank you so much Carol and Kate!
    I know you have been through the same with Admiral, they are missed.. not forgotten.