Monday, November 06, 2006

Midnight Monday



Smudge knows something and he's not telling his Dad.

I had the consultation with Dr. Nick on Friday and he took me through Smudge's lab work and explained what was probably going on with Smudge's kidneys. For those who have gone through this before and have some idea what the numbers mean, Smudge's BUN level was 38.4 and creatine level was 563.

So we decided that Smudge would need to go into the V-E-T for 48 hour IV fluids to see if his kidneys would respond and bring his blood levels back down. Also, Dr. Nick wants to perform an ultrasound on the kidneys to make sure that there is nothing else going on.

This morning Smudge was taken to the V-E-T for a couple of days of IV Fluids. It was a very hard thing for me to do. But my reaction is not what I wanted to share with you.

Smudge knows.

He knows how sick he is.

As I was getting out of the shower to get ready to take him to the V-E-T, I noticed him sitting on the bathroom floor, his paws perfectly together, and his tail wrapped around the front of his body. This in itself is normal as Smudge has perfect posture and grace. But he had his head bowed down and his eyes closed. If I did not know better, I would have sworn he was praying.

What he was praying for, I will never know. Was it to get better? Was it for his sister Dolce to stop cannonballing him off the bed? Or was it for God to give his humans strength if he had to say goodbye? All I could think was that I was praying for the exact same things.

19 comments:

  1. We really don't know what to say . . .

    We are so hoping that Dr. Nick will be able to help Smudge get feelin' better very soon.

    And please know that we and our people have Smudge and your family in our thoughts & purrayers.

    Sendin' all of our best kitty thoughts, purrs and headbutts to efurrybuddy in Smudge's family. And wishin' Dr. Nick the best so that he can help as much as possible.

    Take care, Smudge - we're thinkin' 'bout ya!

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  2. We hope that the 48 hour vet visit will be successfull. Headbutts and purrs.

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  3. This is so hard. We also hope that the treatment at the vet's will help Smudge a lot. And we are sending our best wishes and purrs to help you all through this.

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  4. oh we so hope and pray that Smudge will respond to the fluids. and we pray for all of you too for all the strength you need

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  5. we're purrayin' fur those things too. an our Lady's eyes are leakin' all offur her desk. that's a gorgeous picture of Smudge, as always. he sure is a beautiful fluff!

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  6. We are purrayin' so very hard that Dr. Nick can help Smudge feel better, and for the rest of the family too.

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  7. You & yore fambly am in our purrayers Smudge. Puhlease get all way better at tha V-E-Ts.

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  8. Missy, KC, Bear and I are all praying for Smudge and family during this V-E-T stay.

    Cats are very wise.

    Please keep us updated.

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  9. Of course Smudge knows he's sick - he's a genius. What he doesn't know is that there are things to be tried that may make him feel much, much better.

    I have blocked out Heather's lab work numbers in my head, so I'm no help to you with Smudge's. The thing is, the progression of this disease is so different in every cat. My vet, very soon into the process, started trying to prepare us with her catchphrase, "You have a hard decision to make." It doesn't sound like your vet is doing that. He is suggesting a fight, and the tools to do it. Use them.

    Fight for whatever time you have left - every bit of it. That's what I did with Heather. I ignored the vet's "subtle" clues. I did the IV fluids, and the subQ, and in the end was feeding her whatever she'd eat purreed in the food processor and fed to her through a dropper - and I wouldn't trade a single day.
    ~ tammara

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  10. On the whole, cats are pretty perceptive...Smudge probably has a clear idea how he feels and will give you the cues you need. The rest of us will keep sending Mojo and prayers for him

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  11. Purrs for Smudge. I hope he does well! That's a lovely Midnight Monday photo too.

    Georgia sends her purrs too.

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  12. we are praying right along with Smudge. and with you.

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  13. Your last 2 paragraphs brought tears. I will also be keeping Smudge and you, his humans, in my thoughts and prayers!

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  14. Purrayers, purrs, headbutts, and sandpaper kisses for Smudge and the rest of you. Please keep us updated!

    The Monsters' and their Mom

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  15. We are purrayin fur Smudgey, too. An alla you up nort there, eh! Keep fightin; you'll know an Smudge will let you know when enough is enough. It's not ofur yet, not by a long shot.

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  16. Elegantly said. My Mom is crying too. We will pray for grace for Smudge and for you.

    Excellent Midnight Monday photo. I love it that all you can see are his eyes.

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  17. We're thinking of you too.

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  18. We are praying for Smudge and all of you as well.

    Hugs & purrs,
    FInny, Buddy & mom

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  19. We are praying for Smudge too. We hope the vet can get those numbers down and he can come home soon.

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