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And I was worried about a flea infestation or at the most - a tapeworm. I never thought I'd be thanking a couple of fleas for possibly saving my cat's life. Dakota has what veterinarians call
Short long of it: benign tumors on the thyroid gland(s) whacking out her metabolic rate and affecting all her major organs.
In order to 'cure' her, Dakota is going in for radioiodine therapy.
She will have to be kept in the hospital for a week, in quarantine I guess, well because she's going to be radioactive until her body can expell all the radiation [or at least most of it] through her urine and stools.

I can't see her for the week she's in there but will get daily calls on her progress.Once she's home I must 'limit my contact with her' for up to a month because there will probably be residuals of the poison they're injecting her with to save her life still floating around inside her.

It's weird and so worrisome how just over night her 'normal' activity now seems suspicious and sickly. She's lethargic, seems unsteady on her feet and appears to be frequenting the litter box at an alarming rate.

I have to wait for the vet's referral to reach the "Nuclear Medicine for Animals" facilities and them to contact me.

::blink:: I'm going to have a radioactive cat. "RADIOACTIVE CAT" Sort of sounds like a Cartoon SuperHero doesn't it.

Oh man, am I going to be broke. The therapy is a thousand dollars But she's worth every penny.

*wibble* :o( My poor little doodlebug.


So now I wait for the call and take it from there.

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without_me
Dec. 28th, 2004 07:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, honey! *sending good good thoughts her way and yours*
chootoy
Dec. 28th, 2004 10:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks you! I really appreciate that!! I'm going to keep them in a jar and use them as needed. :o)
jcssexitary
Dec. 28th, 2004 07:08 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking good thoughts for you....
chootoy
Dec. 28th, 2004 10:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you sweetie. I'm kind of in shock considering she was only going in to get checked for fleas/worms. I don't think I've really processed it yet. If you should hear a loud explosion and/or meltdown off in the distance, that'll be me when this all sinks in.
chrismm
Dec. 28th, 2004 07:23 pm (UTC)
Oh no! How scary! Me and Daniel are sending along hugs and good thoughts. Poor Dakota!
chootoy
Dec. 28th, 2004 10:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you C!!! *huggle* to D! I'm going to keep your good thoughts and hugs in a jar and use sparingly.
ms_nerd
Dec. 28th, 2004 07:32 pm (UTC)
OH honey!! Oh, sweetie I'm sending good vibes to you and Dakota!
chootoy
Dec. 28th, 2004 10:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Hope you survive the 'laws
lovecat10036
Dec. 28th, 2004 08:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, no!! Poor kitty, poor choo! Lovey and I send our best for a speedy recovery for your babykins. Nuclear Medicine for Pets, eh? Now I've heard everything. But you're right, they are worth every penny.

::HUGS you:: ::PETS Dakota::
chootoy
Dec. 28th, 2004 10:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the hugs!!! Dakota loved the ones I shared with her. She loved the pets too!

Yeah, "nuclear medicine".
She's going to frickin' glow in the dark.
crashcat
Dec. 28th, 2004 08:50 pm (UTC)
*a pox on hyperthyroidism* ack
Doodlebug and Mummy are tough little cookies. You're both going to come out on the other side of this, and enjoy snuggles for a long time to come. Karma's going to smile on you, my dear. You're always everybody else's angel - it's about time you started getting some of the good in return. I just wish I were closer to help you with the practicalities of all this. Please know that if I could do more, I would. Meanwhile, I'm just a call away if you need a shoulder, 24/7.

*huggles and purrs*
chootoy
Dec. 28th, 2004 10:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the comforting words.
You're dealing with Crash's health issues and still you have time to comfort me in my advanced state of lather.
You being a call away is very comforting!!
Dakota loved the huggles.
strandia
Dec. 28th, 2004 08:53 pm (UTC)
Poor little kitty! And poor you! *hugs you*

Thank goodness there is an effective treatment, even if it makes your kitty radioactive - ack! Maybe she can have a comic written about her.
chootoy
Dec. 28th, 2004 10:36 pm (UTC)
Hey sweetie. I'm kinda numb and wigged out about it all at the same time. I'm sort of sitting in limbo until the Facility calls me - they're on Fir and Granville - that's your neck of the woods isn't it?

Yeah, it's weird and scary to think I'm going ahead with letting people inject radioactive iodine into my baby! *meep*

She'll make a beautiful night light.
picksthemusic
Dec. 28th, 2004 09:03 pm (UTC)
Oh honey, I'm so sorry to hear that! *hugs you and pets Dakota*

I'm sure she'll pull through with flying colors! I'm here to support you if you need it, babes.

*hugs again*
chootoy
Dec. 28th, 2004 10:39 pm (UTC)
I'm sure she'll pull through with flying colors!

Oh sweetie! I hope so too!!! Thank you so much also for being so supportive! It really means a lot!

Gonna store the hugs in a jar and take them out when needed!

Congrats on the new kitty. A girlfriend for the Bondmeister!
bossymarmalade
Dec. 28th, 2004 09:58 pm (UTC)
Oh NO! Poor little Dakota. If there's anything I can do to help -- offer the use of the car, or anything -- just let me know. Poor baby boo, and poor you! *snug*
chootoy
Dec. 28th, 2004 10:44 pm (UTC)
::clings and wails::
I'm trying not to be a mess about the news but, the later it gets and the quieter it gets, the less I can ignore the catastrophic thoughts racing around in my head.
Sweetie, your generous and very welcome offer has set off the waterworks big time! I will email you instead of babbling here in public. Thank you. I don't know how I can repay you.

poofusgirl
Dec. 28th, 2004 10:26 pm (UTC)
::hugs::
chootoy
Dec. 28th, 2004 10:45 pm (UTC)
::holds on:: Thank you!!
gremmie_goo
Dec. 29th, 2004 12:14 am (UTC)
Oh darling! *hugs you and Dakota tight*

Me and Murph are sending good vibes and thoughts your way. If you need ANYTHING call me okay?

chootoy
Dec. 29th, 2004 08:59 am (UTC)
Oh sweetie! You're too adorable for words! Just you offering to help means more than you know! Thank you Orli and Murph for the hugs! Dakota loves them!

I hope you're feeling a little bit better today darlin'.
Are you managing to get anymore sleep? Have you had tests done yet? ::big huggles!::

If there's anything I can do for you please call!!
muncheech
Dec. 29th, 2004 12:15 am (UTC)
Oh kitty! ::sends happy soothing thoughts your and her way::
chootoy
Dec. 29th, 2004 09:00 am (UTC)
Thank you! Muchly appreciated from both me and Dakota!!!
trumpeterofdoom
Dec. 29th, 2004 01:51 am (UTC)
Oh no! That's awful, but at least you managed to find out what was wrong with her. *hugs both of you*
chootoy
Dec. 29th, 2004 09:01 am (UTC)
Thank you darlin'. We just have to wait now to get the call from the facilities so we can get her in there and treated.
lazydwarf
Dec. 29th, 2004 03:21 am (UTC)
My kittie also has that. We're going the pilling route instead of nuclear, cause I just can't come up with the money. It seems like something that happens pretty often with kitties and the vets know how to deal with it, which makes me happy.

*hugs* to you & Dakota!
chootoy
Dec. 29th, 2004 09:09 am (UTC)
Yikes! Oh hon! When was your cat diagnosed? ::hugs to you!::
Is kitty on the pills right now? How old is your cat? Man, I totally know what you're saying about the money. I'm blowing out a credit card to get this done. I have to. thank goodness I have room on it I wish there was something I could do for you and your little one!
I'm encouraged by all the literature that she'll be cured now I'll have to watch for signs of damage done to her other organs up to now.
You and your wee one are in my thoughts!
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turps33
Dec. 29th, 2004 07:49 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry, honey.

I wish I were close enough to help somehow.

*hugs to you and Dakota*
chootoy
Dec. 29th, 2004 09:11 am (UTC)
::hugs back:: Thank you sweetie. Your comments alone have helped more than you know. I'm going to go give Dakota your hugs right now!
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