It has been a little crazy here, lately. Thanks for your patience and understanding. It is nice to have people check on me. Storms messed with our Internet/cable for the last couple of days. The tornadoes stayed south of us, but winds and heavy rains came, anyway. Today we are getting an icy/snowy mixture with the winds.
I was able to comment on some blogs while waiting in the vet's office, though. Annual vet visits here have been keeping me very busy. George is not due until Autumn. Stella just had her visit; Kenzie is coming up soon. But, this week it was "The Girls" turn, the girl cats, that is.
Chloe Jo is "stable". They removed the beginnings of more cutaneous horns. There were no other urgent issues, so she had her necessary shots. Grizelda is doing great and so she had her annual shots, too.
Maggie usually has one shot, and then a week or two later, the second one. Like George, she has serious reactions to vaccines given together. She was due for vaccines but needed a thorough exam. She has been not-quite-herself, lately. She has been sleeping on the heating vents, again, and glued to us when we are sitting or sleeping. She has asthma, but her snoring has increased and become very loud. The exam showed that her blood pressure was stable. Her heart sounded the same: very weak, but no changes. Her lungs sounded clear, too.
But, her throat and trachea sounded odd. Maggie is very cooperative, so Dr. S. tried to see into her throat, but she quickly developed severe cyanosis. So, they took films of her mouth, throat, and chest. She has a mass in the front of her throat. She is scheduled for an exploratory on March 14th so Dr. S. can do the procedure himself. She does not seem to be in distress at this time, so she should be fine until then. But, we are afraid of what they will find at that time.
There is no way of telling what the mass is. If the issue is polyps, we hope they can be removed with no further treatment issue. But, if it is something other than that, Maggie is in serious trouble. Her heart is too weak for general anesthesia. She probably could not survive the surgery or treatments. This is what makes this situation so very difficult.
Maggie is our senior family member. I have told Maggie's story; it is on my critter page. She helped raise Chloe Jo and Grizelda. And George. She has helped raise many kittens, and orphaned bunnies, as well. She readily accepted and befriended Stella. She was Kenzie's first real friend. Maggie accepts and loves everyone equally, without question. She is my girl, my assistant. She is my heart. That is why she is my profile picture; she is an integral part of me. Maggie is special.
Maggie, Grizelda, and Chloe Jo, Spring 2011