Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Maggie's Health

 

Maggie visited the vet for a follow-up exam and a consultation. We discussed her tests, procedure, other opinions and options. She enjoyed the handling and attention. Ultimately, I was not as content as she was. I actually had to take some time to process this update, before sharing it here.

Maggie's heart is big. She proves that is her love of everyone. However, while her enlarged heart is wonderful emotionally, it is not a good thing physically. It complicates her other health issues.

The mass in Maggie's throat area is still there. It is actually in her upper respiratory tract, above her soft palate. This makes it extremely difficult to assess and remove. As it becomes irritated and inflamed, it swells. When the mass swells, Maggie's throat also swells. This comes with no warning, causing her to quickly become cyanotic.

Maggie did not improve with the medications but has not worsened, either. She is not a viable candidate for steroids because of her heart. Her risk is very high for congestive heart failure. This does not leave many options, but we will treat her symptomatically, as possible.

The only option at this point in time is to wait and monitor her breathing, heart, and the mass. Our intent is to keep her feeling good and comfortable. She will be assessed by the vet regularly for her heart and breathing. She will be closely monitored here at home constantly.

Maggie is my profile picture because she is an essential part of me. She is my partner in rescue, raising numerous kittens, bunnies, and whoever may need bottle feeding. Maggie is always right there to clean, cuddle, nurture whoever needs it. She raised Grizelda and Chloe Jo. She greeted Stella and made her feel at home. She continued to mother George, even after his siblings went on to new homes. She was an integral part of Kenzie's transition here. Maggie is important to all of us, loving us as we need it.

We love Maggie unconditionally, too. She will have whatever she needs. We will do anything within our power for her. Because love does that.

41 comments:

  1. Annie,

    I'm sorry to read of Maggie's health issues. It saddens my heart. I'll say a prayer for her. Pets are important family members. Keep us posted!

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. She needs your prayers. Hugs.

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  2. I, too, am sorry that more cannot be done. My thoughts and prayers to her and to you and Bill, and purrs from Nicki and Derry. We know you will do whatever is best for her. Sending universal Love and Light. ♥

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    1. Thanks for those special gifts of Love & Light. Hugs.

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  3. So happy Maggie is with you. No doubt ever that she will get all she needs with an extra serving of love... lots of love.

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    1. Indeed. Maggie gives it unconditionally. So do we. Hugs.

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  4. She will forever be your sweet beautiful girl.

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  5. Sorry to hear that the news was not totally great about Maggie. She has just the most loving face. Amarula, Zulu and Frodo send lots of love!

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    1. Yes. Maggie knows about cameras from her "Show Girl" days.

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  6. So sorry that Maggie is having all that trouble. She is very lucky to have you there to love her and help her through this. Such a good cat. Take care.

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  7. Even if things won't get much better, i do pray they get no worse.

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    1. Mimi, I know you understand. Thank you. Hugs.

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  8. Maggie; it's not much, but we offer St Francis' blessings to you; may he always be by your side; we've asked that he give you lots and lots of spare blessings.....keep them safe and use them when you need them the most....we are truly sorry the mews was not better ~~~~~ we know though that mom and dad and your family will help you 1000000000000000 purrcent ♥♥♥

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    1. Maggie thanks you all. She will keep those special favours close to her heart. HUGS.

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  9. We are so sorry the update was not a positive one and we send love and hugs to you and sweet Maggie. You are so right, that is what love does and we know you will take the best care of her.

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    1. Thanks, guys. Please remember her in your prayers right now. Hugs.

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  10. Gorgeous kitty. How old is she?

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    1. Thanks, John. Maggie P. is 9 1/2 years old. ❤

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  11. Sending hugs and purrs to you and Maggie. She's a beauty.

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  12. Oh, I am so sorry about this news about your sweet Maggie. Her face is so sweet. She clearly will receive the best care from you, and most importantly, love. I'll pray for her. Hugs.

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  13. Purrs from all of us for Maggie's continued comfort. It's really hard when you just can't do anything but watch. It's painful when it's your heart cat. Sending love.

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    1. Yes, Maggie is my partner. She brings us all together. Hugs.

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  14. I am praying for your sweet girl every day. I didn't realize she had helped you raise so many others. She is very special. XO

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  15. Dear Annie, I'm so very sorry for Maggie's serious health condition. I'm admiring your strength to keep up her care with the sad news that she isn't getting better. Maggie had a special job to do and I think it was a very important job. What a good assistant to you and a mother to the others fur babies she has been. She has a special place ready for her over the rainbow bridge when ever her time comes. You have both been blessed with each other love and caring.
    Warm hugs and prayers.
    Julia ♡♡

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    1. Julia, thank you so much. I know she was sent to me when I needed her. She really has been a key figure here. She is loved by everyone and is happy with that. Hugs.

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  16. Purrayers for you and your heart kitty - and the rest of your family too.

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  17. Dear Annie, I did get your e-mail, and I am sorry I have not replied. I so wish your news for Maggie could have been better, It is certainly the case that she is a lover and a nurturer. I can see how she requires 24/7 monitoring. It truly does break my heart for you and the remainder of the animal family and Bill. I guess from what you say about the location of this mass that there is no way to get a biopsy or draw some fluid from it. Your love and medical care for her will give her the longest and happiest life possible. I am sending all my love. You, Maggie and Chloe Jo never leave my prayers. 💖🌸 Janet

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  18. Gentle Maggie, full of love and sweetness, your mommy and daddy will do their utmost for you. And I know you know that and just rest in their love and care. And you can rest knowing that we here in the CB who know you and admire you and your siblings, each of them, also send you our true unswerving love and prayers for you, your siblings too and your parents. Mom and me...we've got your back Maggie.

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  19. Thank you for updating us on Maggie's health, Annie. We are sorry the news is not better. She is a special cat, for sure, and such a vital part of your family and so central to your life. I know you will do whatever is necessary to ensure she has the best quality of life. We purr and pray that life is long and happy. Love and hugs to you all.

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  20. I'm so sorry. What a tough situation. My heart goes out to you all.

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  21. Maggie sounds like such a blessing. It's unfortunate that she didn't improve, but it's encouraging that maybe she's stabilized for a while. She is in such good hands with you.

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  22. Maggie is so lucky to be in a home where she is loved and cared for no matter what. I know this is a difficult thing to go through as a pet parent. Sending purrs and prayers.

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  23. We're sorry to hear about Maggie's continued health issues. It sounds like she is in very good hands. We send lots of purrs...and the mom sends hugs.

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  24. So glad Maggie has you and you, her. Very lucky for both of you.

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  25. We are praying and purring for Maggie.

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  26. I wish her the best - she's a special cat (of course, they all are) and many have benefited from her existance.

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