Capturing memories 

😻“Mom took my cone off so I could feel normal for a minute and do my water drinking thing. Yeah this is how I drink my water” 😼

Her condition isn’t any better. Still no solid answer. Another vet appointment coming in the next few days since her cocktail of meds (prednisone and basically amoxicillin)to get the infection under control and reduce inflammation are almost done. We now wait to see what our next steps could be to further a diagnosis along.

But her health is failing. She is now noticeably losing weight from not eating much, albeit slowly. She is in a cone almost 24/7 other than moments like this or meds time because she wants to lick for days to get out, stop whatever the lump is. Her lumps get lesions that bleed and hurt. She is cleaned with surgical scrub twice a day and slathered with neosporin. She is miserable. She is a dignified, proud, independent little lady who is now restricted, supervised and just wore down.

Hopefully we can get the skin biopsy done asap now and see where we stand. Keep the thoughts, prayers and healing coming her way. She is a little fighter 😼

 

Tuesday, the day after Monday

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Captains Log: Monday 04/08/2019

I don’t have a photo from the vet visit but they shaved Tinka’s belly, including her scab, taking it off. She still has inflammation and at this point it’s no longer being called a hot spot. She has a serious infection, may or may not be the C word creeping back. There are other things it could be, but with her history? Apparently the wall between the mammary gland that was removed for her mammary cancer removal and the next one was very very thin and cells may have spread. But right now she has too much inflammation to take a skin sample for biopsy to see. Right now all we know is that she has a lump and a couple small lumps that are inflamed and STILL, very itchy. 

She came home with an anti bacterial surgical scrub (she has to be cleaned twice a day). Neosporin after the cleaning as a topical anti bacterial fighter. Clavamox/Amoxicillin pills (antibiotic) that she takes twice a day And she is back on Prednisone (anti-inflammatory steroid), starting twice a day for three days then weening down for about 2 weeks again. Add that to her twice daily Hyperthyroid pills and whew that’s a lot 😓 Plus she is still subjected to wearing her Elizabethan Collar (cone of perpetual shame). 

😉 We are keeping an optimistic outlook though (of course after the couple of hours of anxiety prevailed). She’s home, she’s resting after the trauma of shaving her belly with ZERO sedative. She’s a fighter and we won’t stop fighting for her. 

Suffice to say the though, the day was a wash as far as April challenges go. And I allowed that. My head was spiraling from the vet visit and all my planned April Challenge activities were scheduled for after the vet visit. What I did do was neurotically came home and cleaned. And that can be as therapeutic as exercise and meditation at times. But after being at the vet about an hour talking about infection, scabs and bacteria, cleaning just seemed what I needed to do. 

Before bed the hubby and I had to do our first scrub of her belly and first round of a whole lot of pills to pop down her throat. We fumbled along nicely and got the job done. Now time to let her rest. Goodnight 

 

Captains Log: Tuesday 04/09/2019

It’s early Tuesday morning, about 6ish. Tinka Belle seems to be feeling better, more active this morning. Even more cuddly. I think the razor burn from getting her belly shaved is starting to calm down, and so is she. She seems more herself whatever that means at this given moment. But for now, I’ll take it!

I let my April challenges slide the last two days, one for the sake of fun and one for the sake of, well, just not wanting to do it. But today is Tuesday, a new day. Time to dust off all the negative juju from yesterday that claimed the day and refocus.

Captains Log: Signing off, for now. 

Healing – It’s A Process

So right before I started blogging again BOTH of our feline furkids came down sick. We’ve been going through about a month long treatment plan for both of them. A month in and I wanted to give an update on their progress and get you up to date on our “kids”,  Loki & Tinka Belle.

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Loki

When Loki first found us, we thought he was a she. And “her” name became Faith. On the first vet visit we found out she was a he and thus was named after the trickster Loki. Loki came to us as a stray and was a terrified little guy. He would not walk on the carpeting, he feared it. So he just jumped from piece of furniture to piece of furniture till he made it to wherever he was going. Window ledges were also challenging for him. He just never quite had the cunning feline personality most cats have. He was and still is unique 💙 He no longer has a fear of carpets and can now navigate window ledges but he can still be a bit jumpy. But he is loved so much and he loves back like crazy. This is our lap cat! He’s actually pouting in this photo because I was taking his photo instead of holding him. 

Loki was diagnosed with severe Irritable Bowel Disease last month. He is on high doses of Prednisone and is permanently on a special diet. He occasionally now gets probiotic mixed with his food. He is now doing fabulously thank you! We are nearing the stage where the vets will start reducing the amount of Prednisone he’s taking. But, his disease was so swift and severe he will likely be on medication for life, it’s just seeing what dosage he needs at this point. 

But he’s now a much happier (even if he looks kind of emo in this photo) and healthier these days! He’s about 11 or 12 years young 💙
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Tinka Belle (aka the diva of the house)

Tinka also came to us as a stray. Our neighbor brought both Loki and Tinka to us after finding them on the street. Tinka was found living under our neighbors graandma’s porch. The man that lived next door to grandma was planning to poison her. So instead, she came home to us. She was and can still be a handful. She came to us very feral. She hated humans, did not want to be touched, ever. 

It turned out Tinka had (has) Hyperthyroidism which made her very fearful and feral acting. Made her skittish and un-trusting. But sadly, she was diagnosed with it 10 years after she came to live with us. And during that diagnosis it was also discovered she early stage feline breast cancer.  Our little girl is a fighter though and she survived breast cancer surgery which also included some cancer reoccurring preventative mammary gland removal. She was put on a beta blocker and blood pressure medicine for her Hyperthyroidism and we now have to watch very closely for lumps. But her MRI looked clean. Now about 6 months later, she is off her beta blocker and soon her blood pressure meds will be reduced and perhaps eventually be completely taken off of 💙

Last month somehow she ended up with a hot spot on her belly that grew huge in days. We thought we had some serious food issues because she stopped eating or coming to me. But it turned out she had this large hot spot that she was tearing apart on her belly that was just growing and growing. It was a massive infection on her teet that spread to another teat. Now let me tell you after her surviving breast cancer and her and I going through all the healing from TWO huge incisions down her belly, her teets being infected was a terrifying diagnosis. And it still is because she is still in the healing process and we don’t really have a clue what the infection is or was. But anyway, she was given an antibiotic injection and Predisone to take at home for a vigorous round of treatment and healing. She has slowly been weaning off the Prednisone this week  and her recheck is actually today. Two days ago I thought another hot spot was forming but realized (and the hubby confirmed) it’s actually her HUGE scab starting to pull away from her skin leaving very irritated pink skin underneath that will likely scab up again just smaller. But no lie, her scab is thick and at least an inch long. You can kind of see it in the photo and if you scroll down I outlined the scabby part (it’s next to the black patch of hair on her belly). 

So we shall see where we are at her recheck this afternoon. I’m optimistic that whatever the infection was, was not related to the big C word at all 💙

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It’s a HUGE Hot Spot!