I received a number of questions so I thought I take this sleepy Saturday afternoon to explain:
I have been off and on for the past 2 or 3 weeks because my cat took a turn for the worse. He’s alive and kicking but extremely ill. A few months back the veterinarian stated that J- had congestive heart failure (CHF) so he was treated for that. However, here was a little more to the story. J- kept seizing. So I took him back in and found that in addition to CHF he has chronic renal failure (CRF). CHF, CRF …believe me these acronyms do not make it any easier for a dyslexic like me.
As I mentioned earlier the first vet after several thousand dollars was completely off on the diagnosis. The prognosis was that J- was not live out the night. That was 7 months ago. About 5 or 6 vets later I took J- to a recent transplant to the area whose sister and I happened to go to law school together. Mixed with some holistic stuff we were able to dissolve the clot in his legs but he still wouldn’t or couldn’t walk. As I suspected months ago J- had stroked out. I was treating his heart condition which was actually a symptom of the real issue – his kidneys failing.
I don’t think J- will ever walk again. Normally this is about the time I would consider putting him down BUT he’s not in any pain. J- has always been very intelligent and the stroke does not appear to have changed his mental state. Oh, he’s a little annoyed because he can’t jump up on anything or sit at the window and watch birds.
So J- and I took a plane trip to arguably the best animal research hospital in the country. I wanted confirmation about stroke. They were amazed that J- was still alive. His heart is gigantic, the entire left ventricle is clotted AND the brain scan showed numberous mini-strokes. Did you know having kidney failure makes you more susceptible to a stroke?
At this point I realized and was advised that J’s situation has to be treated agressively to prevent any more strokes and possibly decrease the size of the heart. The protocol requires nearly 24-hour monitoring so I adopted a poly-phasic sleep schedule. I sleep 30 minutes every 6-hours. Now don’t get excited. This does not mean that I am taking phone sex calls 24/7. To help pass the time and not break my sleep pattern I play Evony.
J- is fed a small raw food meal every 4-6 hours and receives blood thinners and anti-clot medication at opposite times. Bottom line is that J- can go tomorrow or 10 years from now. My part in this is assuring that he is clean, fed and safe.
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