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.