Friday, November 17, 2006

Not much to tell

I am sure everyone is wondering about the results of Smudge's ultrasound test on Tuesday. Dr. Nick gave me the results of the test and went through the medical mumbo-jumbo with me. He did not have a chance to talk to the other V-E-T who did the ultrasound so he was a bit evasive as to what the test showed. I don't blame him for that.

What he did tell me was that the left kidney was not in good shape. The right kidney is in a little better shape but still showed signs of some damage. Dr. Nick indicated that the damage was probably caused by some sort of infection that Smudge was able to fight off but not before it ravaged his kidneys. He took a urine culture to see if this was still an issue.

Smudge also has an enlarged ureter on his right kidney that was probably caused by a small urolith (kidney stone) that is partially blocking the ureter. Dr. Nick said he was not sure if the urolith caused the infection or if the infection caused the urolith. Unfortunately, the only way to remove a urolith in cat where I live is surgery. I wait to hear when that will have to be done.

I know none of this sounds very good, but there was nothing there that shouldn't be there. This means the problems were not cancer-related, which was my greatest fear. Besides his kidneys, all the rest of Smudge's insides looked normal.

PS: In case anyyone is interested, Smudge has now officially cost me more than my first car.

20 comments:

  1. Well, at least you know what is going on and how to help him.

    But about that first car, my dad never tires of telling me how much I owe him. Of course, just my presence makes up for it.

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  2. we're so glad there's no cancer an stuff! sweet fluffy Smudge - we're so sorry ya gotta go through all this, an surgery? yikes! yur wif people who love you furry much, so efurrything will be okay. purrrs!

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  3. by the way...duz you know our furrend Jack? he lives in Alberta too.

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  4. I am very glad that there were no signs of cancer. The very best of luck to Smudge on his surgery. I'll be sending good thoughts his way.

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  5. no cancer -that is very good. surgery - that is not so good, but maybe it will help him get better. poor baby. We will continue to purray for him and your family. - Meezer Mom

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  6. No cancer is very good. If it's just his kidneys, can they do dialysis? The Woman's sister had a cat that had to have that. They didn't have to do it as often as on people.

    She feels your pain about how much it costs. The Cat Who Came Before Me had a bad heart, and they had a year of lotsa hundred bucks a month... but we're worth it, right? Our furry little butts are worth every penny :)

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  7. David E. Francis11/17/2006 5:46 PM

    Thank you for the update. Glad to hear that there is no cancer and everything inside looks good except his kidneys. Surgery, no so good an outlook. Hang in there Smudge! Your friends and fans are thinking good thoughts for you. Take care, God Bless, Dee.

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  8. Another kittie with rocks inside him. Luxor had a kidney rock too. Glad to hear no cancer. Purrs.

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  9. just keep on top of it and do what has to be done - sweet Smudge will thank you! our sweet kitty that had to be Sub q'd - won't even suggest what he cost. first it was surgery for a thyroid tumor - turned out to be cancer that they though they got. didn't. so then he needed a radioactive iodine treatment. yes, we had a radioactive cat. then more surgery. then all sorts of meds and fluids for a long time. then the final surgery. then relief for him and heartbreak for us. please give sweet Smudge a kiss from me.
    -Edselsmom

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  10. No cancer is furry good. We's sorry Smudge still has trubbles tho. We hopes he can get helped wifout too much trubbles and wifout costin you anofur car's worth.
    Purrrrrrrrs,
    Sanjee, Boni, Mini, Pepi and Gree

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  11. Me and the boyz sent healing purrs in you direction Smudge

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  12. We are still keeping you in our hearts Smudgie. You are a tough little trooper and you'll be getting to feeling better soon with your nice dad's help.

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  13. It seems there's always bad with the good. Good thing there's no cancer, bad thing that Smudge still needs surgery. We're keeping you in our prayers. Nothing like the bond between a cat and a human and we're all worth it! Yur Dad's a furry good guy to be able to help you out.

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  14. Wow, poor Smudge. We are hoping he gets to feeling betters. Are they going to operate on him? If so, we are crossing our paws for him. We are sending you lots of Poiland Tribe good vibes and snuggles

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  15. We hope Smudge will be OK. Headbutts and purrs.

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  16. Oh lil Smudgie. What a trial you are having to endure. At least now you know exactly the direction to go in, and that it is treatable. I will keep all of you in my prayers during this period. I am sure that in your heart no amount of money can alter the love Smudge gives back to you.

    *Abby's Mom

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  17. Hi. We were very moved by the Tale of Devotion for Smudge. We had a much older Maine Coon kitty sister Precious who had kidney disease when she was 18. Mom, who never imagined she could do such a thing, administered the fluids for seven months. Precious didn't seem to mind at all and lived to be 19.

    Our mom has a friend who had a kitty that was on fluids for YEARS. He became thin, but he accepted his fluid treatment and lived happily for 5-6 years.

    Good luck with dear Smudge.

    ~J&B

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  18. We (Luxor and I) are sending Smudge our very best wishes, and also hugs to you!

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  19. How is Smudge?

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