Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Stormy Weather


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

So, Maggie will have the exploratory procedure. Dr. S. will find out what the mass is, then we will have to decide what it means for her. Diagnosis, options, decisions; in that order. Please keep her in your prayers. She needs them. I know it helps, too. Hugs.

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  1. My thoughts and prayers to Maggie, and to you. Nicki and Derry are sending their purrs. We hope for the very best possible outcome. Hugs. ♥

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    1. Thanks, guys. That means a lot to us. Hugs.

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  2. My prayers fo everyone...sweet Maggie!

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  3. Dang, mega purrs, prayers, love and hugs to dear Maggie from all of us.

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  4. maggie...ewe has R purrayerz & de blessings oh st francis....we hope ta all de codz in de seaz thiz iz sum thin that can be....well, ewe noe...fixed....♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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  5. We send mega purrs to Maggie and hope whatever it is, it can be treated.

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  6. Beautiful Maggie I am yours to pray for you and to help love you through this.

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  7. I am praying for sweet Maggie, I know she is very special. XO

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  8. Purrayers & POTP for sweet Maggie.

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  9. Positive thoguhts for all of you - especially Maggie--good luck!

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  10. We have our paws crossed that whatever is ailing Maggie will be something that can be treated. Purrs and prayers for her, and for you all.

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  11. Prayers and purrs from here to there.

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  12. Aww Maggie is such a sweet girl! Just read Maggie's and Purrl's story. I'll pray for sweet Maggie and send positive thoughts<3 Murli sends purrs and paw hugs. Will keep all your furkids and you in my thoughts and prayers.

    I hope that there won't be any more storms, or other severe weather. May God watch over you all and keep you safe<3 Hugs!

    Natascha from freecatlady.wordpress.com

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  13. Annie, glad to hear y'all are ok. We had some severe storms and heavy winds in our area yesterday but it didn't last long and we were sparred. I hope Miss Maggie is ok. I'll keep her in my prayers. Hugs!

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  14. Always prayers for your gang when you need them, Annie! Sometimes even when you don't need them... :) Prayers and fingers crossed for Maggie.

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  15. Dear Annie, I'm so sorry about Maggie's health problems. She looks almost identical to my Missy. Such a smart kitty she was. Her mouth was full of cancer and she was put to rest by our vet as she no longer could eat.
    It's always heart breaking to see our pet ill and especially when it something very serious. I hope the vet will be able to give you good news.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Bill and Maggie and the rest of the fur family.
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  16. I am so sorry and hope that whatever the mass is, it's easily treatable. Will be keeping her and all of your fur babies in my prayers.

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  17. Oh sweet Maggie, you are most definitely in my prayers! As well as your loving mama who takes such good care of you.

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