Thursday, November 25, 2021

Thankful for Theo!

 Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

It's been quite the year! Many challenges and many blessings. 

It has been a little over a year now that Theo had his brain surgery to remove a large meningioma. He healed without any problems and today, one would never know that he experienced such a big ordeal!

He gets more and more cuddly and demanding that he gets his "Theo time". 

Theo time in action

I can't figure out who is enjoying the Theo time more, him or me! Every time I get time with him, my heart is flooded with gratitude that we get these extra days with him. Last year with the brain tumor, it sure felt like we were losing him. He wasn't at all himself. The surgeon told us surgery could be 50-50, so it felt like a gamble. Each additional day with Theo feels like such a gift.

Theo is very much still Theo. All of his bold personality, his curiosity, his love for the dramatic.
 He brings us so much joy and love.

Curiosity drives him to do all sorts of crazy things.

At dinner time, he remains as obnoxious as always. He can be a bit anxious, so we recently bought him a Thunder Shirt. He immediately flopped over acting immobilized. Eventually, he got up but walking around with it on has been difficult. It's as if when he's wearing it, his backend doesn't quite work right. We are still working to see if he can adjust, I hope so, because I think it will help him tremendously. 

Even though he's nearly 13 years old, he still enjoys to play and be silly.

Theo and Nahum remain best friends forever! 
They love cuddling together and sharing tongues.

warming the buns!

Personal assistant

Theo has a come a long ways toward accepting Oliver. They both want the choice cuddle spots with me, so that sometimes leads to some tension, but Theo is handling it better. Slowly, Theo is learning to share cuddles with me and Oliver.

enough about me, time to sleeps!

Yah for a bonus year with Theo - I hope for many, many more!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful day of celebrating gratitude.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Update on Ms. Rose


Rose is back home from the hospital. She returned a day early. The hope from the parathyroidectomy surgery was that her calcium level would drop and remain steady in the normal range. Sadly, that did not happen. Her calcium levels remained at the high level they had been in prior to surgery. So, because there was no real change in her calcium level, she was discharged early. 

She's happy to be home and went right to the litter box and then ate a hearty dinner. She didn't eat much there so was pretty hungry. She let me love on her for a bit while she was safe under her blanket fort. She purred and purred. 

The plan is to keep checking her calcium levels as we await the pathology report from the growth that was removed. The internist noted what the results of that report will dictate our next course. She indicated that her calcium level is just over the edge of the normal range and if it stays where it is then she could probably have a normal life with no other intervention. But she recommended that we keep looking for what is causing the hypercalciumia. 

We are quite disappointed that this surgery didn't fix her hypercalciumia like we had hoped. I'm grateful to hear the vet's encouraging words though. 

Monday, November 8, 2021

Ms. Rose

Hello again!

Remember Ms. Rose?

She's still very, very shy and prefers for humans to not see her, and certainly to not touch!

Sadly, after ten years of nearly perfect health, this past year has been a hard one for her. Over the summer she had an anal gland rupture. She had to be crated for awhile so we could get easy access to her so we could administer meds and clean the wound. She wasn't thrilled about that, but she would often forget that she was terrified of humans.

She purred and purred as she enjoyed tummy rubs and check scratches! Whenever the hand stopped moving, she insisted on more!!

In getting her wound taken care of, the vet ran some blood work and found that her calcium level was abnormally high. Over the next many months she got more tests and we tried a medication to help with the calcium, but it didn't really work. So, a few more ultrasounds. The first one revealed weird things on her liver and other organs. The last one was of her parathyroid glands and it revealed a growth on her right parathyroid gland. 

Yesterday was her surgery, removal of the right parathyroid gland. The parathyroid was only 3mm, which seems small! The surgeon noted after the surgery that he wasn't able to separate the parathyroid and the thyroid as originally hoped, so she had right side thyroid and parathyroid removed. 

She is recovering at the hospital for most of this week so they can keep close eye on her calcium levels. The goal is for it to go down to normal range and for the other three parathyroid glands to compensate for the missing one. Not sure how having the one thyroid gland may complicate things - a question for the internal medicine specialist.

Nahum and Rose - BFF!!

After she heals from this surgery and the calcium level evens out, then we start looking at what's going on in the abdomen. She had been scheduled for exploratory surgery, with the vet thinking maybe she had cancer on the liver. I hope that's not the case, and now hoping it's something related to having had high calcium for a bit and that with normal calcium levels, everything goes back to being good. 

Purrs and prayers for a speedy recovery for Ms. Rose would be appreciated!