Saturday, January 6, 2024
Please join me in welcoming Lucy to our family!!
She's a 4 year old, long furred tortie. Very soft, affectionate, and playful. And tiny, only 7 lbs!
She was very stressed in her home, with big dogs (one being aggressive toward her) living in basement, a baby and a new baby due today. Her kitty BFF passed away last spring and now her humans were needing to travel a lot to take care of aging parents. So, they didn't have the time to give her to help her through her stress.
Her people were very sad to give her up, but they recognize with everything going on in their lives right now, Lucy would be better off in a calmer home situation and preferably with other cats.
She's been having some chronic urinary issues, probably due to chronic stress.
She's currently acclimating to us and our home. Once she's comfortable with us and her space we will start introducing her to her new kitty friends.
Welcome sweet Lucy!
Saturday, December 2, 2023
I was recently going through old pictures when I remembered that it was a year ago in early November that Theo had his second brain surgery to remove another meningioma.
After the his first surgery years prior, I felt super grateful to have extra time with him, and now what is even more the case.
He's such a lovely gift. He still keeps us on our toes, as even with his advanced age, will still take advantage of every opportunity to steal food! We was going to town on the Thanksgiving apple pie the other day! Oh Theo!
We did get some hard news about him recently. In the midst of Oliver's final week, Theo was having a lot of problems, the result was a diagnosis of congestive heart failure. His vet and cardiologist removed a significant amount of fluid from his chest and abdomen. He's been feeling a ton better since then and his diuretic medicine is helping to keep the fluid from building up. However, the danger with such meds is the impact on the kidneys and the last two kidney values indicated them worsening. So, now we try to balance heart health and kidney health. Sigh.
Every new day with him is a gift. All extra time. I'm so grateful for him and his big, lovey personality.
Monday, October 30, 2023
Oliver crossed the rainbow bridge this afternoon. Letting him go was one of the hardest things I've ever done. He was such a beautiful soul, pure joy.
I will always miss you, my sweet boy. Thank you for being you and gifting me with 12 years of you. I love you always. ❤️
Sunday, October 29, 2023
It is with deep sadness that I must share that Oliver will be crossing the rainbow bridge tomorrow (Monday).
The lack of eating much food has led to significant muscle wasting, and now he's really struggling to get around.
I am overwhelmingly sad. This guy means the world to me. It's difficult to imagine life without him.
Nahum and Theo holding vigil. They know.
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Oliver is still with us and I am enjoying every minute with him, however, it feels like the end our time together is drawing near. My heart hurts saying this.
After another visit to his oncologist, it was determined that he was no longer getting a benefit from the chemotherapy drug, thus we discontinued it. He's now in hospice care and we are trying to make him as comfortable as possible.
He's not eating much, but more than he was his last weeks of chemo. The tumors are quite big, making it difficult for him to walk and stay balanced. It's really hard to see him have to work so hard at just walking. He's still super affectionate and wants to be wherever I am.
I've been trying to imagine life without being able to cuddle him, without his soothing purr, without his physical presence. So hard to imagine. My heart is breaking. How will I ever say that final goodbye?
Cancer sucks. Grief sucks.
Sunday, September 17, 2023
I haven't posted an update on Oliver in a while, I think because it's too painful. His health continues to decline. We are doing everything we can for him. We took him to Tufts to see an oncologist, which was helpful. They basically said there is not much we can do.
He is on a chemotherapy regime, Palladia. It seems to help him feel better. It's supposed to cut off blood supply to tumors and shrink them. He gets this drug on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. So, Sunday and part of Monday are the days when he has had the least amount still in his system and those are typically the days he looks the most uncomfortable and it's more of a challenge to get him to eat.
I have been taking him in weekly for exam and blood work, to monitor his status. Last week, his weight was up and the vet felt like his abdomen felt a little smaller. I was so thrilled to hear that. Then she called with the blood work results, his liver enzyme is elevated. With that effect the dosing protocol requires taking a week off from the drug. I'm terrified he's going to more rapidly decline over that week and never really rally.
It's so hard to know how he's doing by looking at him. I keep thinking his abdomen looks bigger and bigger (tumors growing) but then I wonder if I'm just imagining it. That's one of the reasons I'm taking him to vet weekly, to get more objective exam.
One thing I know, is that I'm so not ready to lose him. I'm really struggling to imagine life without him. He's such a joy, a gift.
I've been trying to work from home as much as I can, so I can spend every possible moment with him. He loves the extra attention, always wanting to be with me.
Our vet and the oncologist said his prognosis is grave, they estimated 4-6 months. That was in mid-July. Two months of that down, leaving 2-4 months. My heart is breaking anticipating what is coming.
He has been eating better. I give him many opportunities to eat whenever he wants. I'll get up in the night to give him chance to eat. Grateful he's still eating.
Continued prayers and purrs appreciated.