Thursday, September 20, 2012

Squashies Update- Days 4 and 5

Tuesday night was a scary night for us. Squashies' PCVs (Packed Cell Volume) dropped to 8.  We held our breaths and prayed that the blood from Matt and Keeter of Blood Donors of MU CVM would get here on time.

By Wednesday morning, our girl was in pretty bad shape.  But at 8:30 am the FedEx truck pulled into the ER driveway, and Keeter's whole-blood was unloaded.  Shortly after they were hung and dripping into Squashies.

At 10:30 am the packed red blood cells (PRBCs) came in from Michigan.  It was decided to store these cells, in case we needed them later.

Dr. Kurtz said it would be best for Squashies to come home, so she would eat better and to give us some time to be with her while we waited to see if the Prednisolone can recover her mature RBC generation.  (We can't do a marrow test until she gets a little stronger.)

By 6:30pm, with a PCV of 21, Squashies was ready, and so were we.



After a bath, waiting to be discharged.


Crawled into mommy's lap, waiting to be discharged.


In her SleepyPod, waiting for Doctor Kurtz.

Riding home, watching daddy.

We have noticed some differences in her behavior. We are hoping that it from exhaustion and the Prednisolone and not from oxygen deprivation.  But she seems pretty happy to be home.

Last night was challenging. Squashies doesn't have a lot of energy so we have to be vigilant that she will not fall, and can get where she needs to be (food, water, liter,) without risk or stress. We set up the my office with all the things she needs, and offered her food and water every hour or so. I cried because I'm horrid at pilling her, and she gets mad at me. We're all just doing the best we can right now, in the hope that she will be better eventually.

Thanks to all our furends for purrs, grrrrs, calls, emails, tweets, FBs and connections. We have a shot now... We are happy to have our little girl here with us.

39 comments:

  1. I am continuing so send big bunches of healing purrs to Squashies! Please keep us posted.

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  2. We hope Squashies continues to get better. We're purring.

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  3. Poor baby, continued purrs and purrayers for her, and for you too.

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  4. We are holding all our toes and sending the hugest purrs out for Squashies to get better. We are sure the vet stay was stressful for her. Mom sympathizes about the difficulty of giving pills and other similar things. Big hug!!

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  5. Thanks for the update. We'll continue to keep Squashies in our prayers.

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  6. Poor Squashies......we are continuing to send HUGE purrs.

    Ask your vet if you can crush the pill - it would be easier to hide that in canned food or even baby food (just make sure the baby food has no onions in it).

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  7. We are keeping our purrs going for Squashies and hope she improves with the transfusion and the medication.

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  8. Poor Squashies. She's been through a lot lately, but we're hopeful she will get better. She is certainly being looked after.

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  9. We love you Squashies and we are sending you purrs like crazy. Ask you Mom, crazy is easy for us.

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  10. continmewed blessings oh st francis two ewe squashies; he can due sum pretty way sooooper kewl stuff :)

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  11. Darling Squashies!! Please please please get better! Hang on in there sweetheart! Mum and dad and TK love you and so do we so you must must must get better!! :-) Take care
    x

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  12. Our hearts and purrs are with you. Post when you can. We know it's more important that you just be with Squashies & caring for her.

    All our loves,
    Ms. Stella O'Houligan
    That Woman

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  13. I have cried too trying to medicate my little Admiral with her so sick. I know that pain and it is so hard to bear. But you can and will do and have done and will continue to help her every day. She knows that.

    Love to you both always.

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  14. Sending (((purrs))) for Squashies to get better <3

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  15. Squashies, we all hope you get better! I stopped by to thank Keeter and saw that she is a curly cat, too! Harley and I are sending our best healing purrs.

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  16. Can you get pill pockets? They worked great for Fin. We are purring over here.

    Also Prednisone can make you a little off in humans.

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  17. Still sending POTP and lots of good vibes in your direction. Hope you feel better real soon.

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  18. Sending, purrs, purrayers, and healing thoughts your way. Thanks so much fur the update. Good luck. XOXO

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  19. We are purring very hard for Squashies and hope she is feeling better soon.

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  20. We are sending purrs of health and healing to Squashies (and you), and hoping for the best!

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  21. Lots of purrs and hugs from our house to yours. We hope Squashies will be better soon.

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  22. I was wondering how things were going. Have you tried hiding the pill in food or a pill pocket? (They don't work with my critters who eat around the pill.) If you'd like me to come up and show you how I pill kitties, I'd be glad to stop by. Don't think of bringing poor Squashies over, she has been through too much as it is! Call if you'd like me to come by.

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  23. It is encouraging news!!! We are still hoping for her full recovery :-)

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  24. My dear girl, I'm sorry we haven't been here before now. We've seen on Facebook how you're doing and we've been purring for you even tho we haven't been by yet.

    We're going to keep up the purrs till you're 100% my dear.

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  25. Oh gosh, I can;t believe I haven't been here. I have just been busy with my sick doggie. Glad to hear the blood got there in the nick of time. We sure hope she is doing a little better now. We sure are sending tons of purrs and the donks are crossing those cute hooves of theirs. You just have to get better Squashies. Lots of kitties and peeps are here to support you.

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  26. Oh, sweet girl, we are purring so hard for you! We know your mommy will do everything in her power to help you. (((hugs)))

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  27. It's great to hear Squashies is happy to be home. We keep purring and praying for her recovery.

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  28. Don't mind me, I am just dropping off more purrs and prayers.

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  29. Purrrrrrs Purrrrrrs Purrrrrrrs many purrrrs from all of us! Give her a kitty kiss for me. She must be so happy to be home, hopes she feels better soon.

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  30. We're so hoping sweet Squashes is better soon. We're still purring and purraying for her.Mom gotted me when I was 8 yrs old. Now I'm about 14.
    xoxo Kassey

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  31. SQUASHIES!!!!! You look good! We are purring andpurringour hearts out for you!

    We don't pill well either, so Meowm smashes up our pill and puts in a bit of food. Maybe you can try that. Just enough food so that the pill gets down.

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  32. lOVES AND PURRS COMING TO YOU ALL FROM MADI AND MOM

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  33. We're happy that Squashies got her blood - she sure looks bright-eyed in the pictures. Many, many purrs for all of us!

    Sasha, Sami, & Saku (Mom Eileen)

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  34. We're purring loud and hard for Squashies. We hope she is feeling much better soon.

    Thank you for your kind words about Tamir. We will miss our very special ManCat but know he lives on in our hearts.
    The Florida Furkids and Mom Sharon

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  35. Just wondering how things are . . .

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  36. I cant believe I missed this update! We're purring and praying that everything is going well! hugs from all of us!

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  37. Thank you for the update. We are glad she is home; that is the best place to recover. Thank God you found donors--we hope they help her feel better. I must say she looks pretty good in those photos despite her being ill. Continued purrs from us.

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