Wednesday, July 20, 2016

48 Hours

48 Hours

Your old stunning pal CK had a rough and trying day Monday although Tuesday was even worse. Lemme start at the beginning. Sunday night I was lethargic and I went to bed early. TW was awake with me all night because she knew we were in for a scorcher weather-wise and I wasn't feeling well. She was waiting for me to start coughing. We were both restless. I'd toss; she'd turn and so it went until about 4:15.

I hadn't made a move to get up and have breakfast so she took the initiative and prepared a feast of gut rot. I came in, sniffed and walked away. She brought it down the hall and I took a couple of laborious licks and then I went to sit on the windowsill and patrol as per usual. TW went back to bed but she couldn't get to sleep.

Her eyes went to me on the window sill and saw a sight that was worse than she could have imagined. I was sitting there and instead of coughing, my jaw was hanging open. I was open-mouth breathing. She panicked. She ran for the albuterol and Aerokat and thought she had me pinned against the window. It wasn't happening although I took a toke or two.

She fired up the ipawd to message Dr. D. Would she be in later? Could I come in later?

48 Hours
I know some would say if a cat is open-mouth breathing, it is an emergency and I should have been heading to the ER. TW knows me and knows I have asthma so she was willing to trust Dr. D.'s advice. Sure enough Dr. D. said to "shelter in place." Well, not in those words but she thought that moving me and bringing me in would add more stress and I'd really be an emergency case. She told TW to double down on my meds and she'd check in on me when she got to work.

All day I was sleepy and lethargic. Then the thunderstorm hit which sent me into a panic. Thunder and loud noises don't usually phase me but I got animated. I scurried into Pop's room and under his bed. No, that wouldn't do. I scurried back into the hall where TW was but she was visibly scared. I scurried into the dining room and hid under the table. TW followed me. Finally I scurried under TW's bed into my office. I say scurried because I was too sick to run.

TW had talked to Dr. D. a number of times during the day. After the storm she got a bug on and decided I had to be seen. She'd heard—she avoided googling it—too many things about open-mouth breathing being a sure sign of heart disease and wanted a firm diagnosis and x-rays.

During the day TW was also keeping Pop in the loop. By the time he called from the bus terminal, she was hysterical that I was dying. Once he came home I perked up. I started using my scratching post and following him around. TW still wanted to bring me in but she failed to bolt her bedroom door and I was once again UTB.

48 Hours
They bundled me off yesterday morning even though I fought like I've never fought before. Dr. D. tried to examine me and I hissed and growled. They finally got out the long orange gloves. I hissed and growled and just for emphasis I growled and hissed. I was brought in the back to the torture chamber. By this time I was so stressed, I started to cough and wheeze. I was going to be subjected to radiation. I wasn't going peacefully. With one swipe of my mighty paw, I took out TWO x-ray technicians. When I stopped to rest, they zapped me with an almost lethal dose of the radiation.

The initial diagnosis of asthma was confirmed by the x-rays, which were, of course, stunning. You read that right. Even my insides are stunning. Dr. D. didn't find any fluid around my lungs but a radiologist will have the final say on the size and shape of my stunning heart.

Yes, I've gone through a lot in the past 48 hours. This weekend it's supposed to get scorching hot again. TW is hoping that the pred will keep my asthma in check. I will beat this like I took out those technicians. Oh, and I sat in Pop's lap in the waiting room. Not really, but he actually put my PTU on his lap. #Pathetic

Thanks to Dr. D. for taking the time to explain everything to the peeps and for letting them ax a ton of questions about my health. The Secaucus Animal Hospital is an AAHA accredited veterinary hospital. Do you go to an accredited vet?

35 comments:

  1. Oh, boy that's a hell of a 48 hours CK. We're purring for smoother days ahead!

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  2. You sure have been through the ringer and had us all very concerned. I don't blame TW at all for being hysterical, I would be too. I watch Mudpie's breathing like a hawk. Paws crossed that the radiologist agrees that your heart is in tip top shape!

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  3. Wow, how awful! I'm glad you came through it all okay, but how stressful for you. Although I have to give you props for taking out the techs. I try to love everybody, but I have a sneaking admiration for that kind of ferocity!

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  4. My poor sweet little darling. I am so proud of you that even in your weakened state you gave those criminals a good going over with your mighty paw. I am sorries more hot weather is coming, but I hope you are able to stay cool, calm and collected. The bafftub is usually coolish, as long as the peeps don't go turning on the water or nuffing. XOXOXO

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  5. Dat doesn't sound like any fun. Sendin ya purrs.

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  6. We got the purrs and pawrayers going for you CK! Keep fierce, girl! Let those vet techs know who's boss!

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  7. CK - you have no idea how much your buddies are worried about you and cheering you on.

    Get better OK?

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  8. Dang, CK. That was a seriously rough two days, but we are glad you came out of it okay, and in true stunning fashion. Hugs!

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  9. We watch the weather channel in the mornings and seen there were some really bad storms headed to your city. When TW first posted about you not feeling well I thought maybe it was due to the storms coming and you were sensing it.
    I was wondering if you were thinking about Hello Kitty and thought something like that would happen to you.

    I am sure happy you have a staff that loves you and will go to extremes to keep you healthy. Bet those vet techs will respect you authority next time they see you!! BOL!

    Hope you get to feeling better.

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  10. You sure went through hell CK but we're glad you're okay! We were pretty worried about you when TW told us on FB you were feeling bad. Sending purrs that you remain well!

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  11. Aww, CK, I hope the week gets better for you. And of course your insides are stunning! I wouldn't have thought any less. Poor TW... hope she's hanging in there!

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  12. Oh gosh, what a rough 48 hours for everyone. I'd panic if I see open-mouth breathing, too. It's sweet your pop put you on his lap, in PTU. I can imagine your insides being stunning. I hope the radiologist will confirm your heart is stunning, too!

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  13. Thank goodness you are feeling much better CK and hope your heart and your insides are both stunning.

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  14. ck....we iz buzzed happee that: yur heartz az stunning az ewe; that thoz techz took a tumble; that yur vet iz total lee awesum; that st francis can & will stand bye will blessings oh plentee; that ewe R stunning even in timez oh stress N we hope ta cod perch & mackerull ya due knot haza nother az ma a tack ♥♥♥♥♥♥

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  15. Oh CK you poor thing and your poor pawrents!!!!! Glad you got it under control and pray there is nothing wrong with your heart too.......I sure it is just your asthma!! Sending you (((hugs))) and love and wishes for a cool down catchatwithcarenandcody

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  16. Purrs and hugs to you CK. We sure know how scary asthma can be. Tell TW I answered her message please.

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  17. That was a rough time. At least you let the technicians know how you felt about it all.

    Sarah and Shadow

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  18. Oh CK we's just so glad dat you be okay. Dat's da bestest mews ever. We's not have those accredited VETs 'round here, but pawrently they be against da raw food diet and purrobly wanna give every vacc. known to man, so it's like all da VETs 'round here are. MOL We's still sendin' purrayers.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

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  19. I am sorry you had such a tough time and that TW was so scared for you too. Good job taking out 2 techs despite how sick you were. Doesn't the air conditioned condo make it seem like the weather isn't so bad? I will pray you get through this next batch of heat without feeling sick at all. Snowball and KaTwo are from the Secaucus shelter and I think they went to that vet hospital too.

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  20. Wow, what a strenuous 48 hours you had. Sure don't want to be in your place but you beat the cwap outta the asthma and the techies. Stand proud my friend. You behaved awesomely.

    Shoko

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  21. I am sorry you have been through so much, CK. I haven't been able to keep up to date with what is going on lately because of our crappy internet. My mum got changed over to her new provider yesterday so hopefully our internet woes are behind us and I can keep my purrs for you up to date.

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  22. We're glad you're doing better, CK. That was a pretty rough 48 hours.

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  23. Wow, that's no fun at all. We're glad you're feeling better, and we keep purring for you. Purrs

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  24. That sounded real scary, CK. Granny's dog had asthma too, so she knows where you are going through. Healing Pawkisses and purrayers to make you feel better <3 <3 <3

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  25. WOW CK......what a 48 hours you and your family have had! Bottom line is though that you're alright thank heavens. Asthma is no fun....but you're in good hands (even the ones with orange gloves on!). Rest up girl......

    Hugs, Sammy

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  26. We hope you are feeling better - what a nightmare for you and the peeps! Sending love and hugs to you all.

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  27. We are here for you. Dang those techs so glad you gave them what for

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  28. OH CK! Sending #HealingPurrs and gentle ((HUGS)) - hope you're feeling better soon! PurrPurrPurrPurrrr Luv yoo my furiend!

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  29. Oh boy, CK, what a scary thing! We are so glad you are better. Paws crossed that this coming heat wave doesn't bother you.

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  30. Hope everything is going better today. What terrible timing- a thunderstorm happening when CK was already stressed out.
    xxoo

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  31. Oh CK, how very frightening for you and your humans. I'm so happy you have improved. M sends HUGS to TW.

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  32. I hope you are feeling better efurry day. I would come visit you, but then--could you put up with my occasional flea? I will try my furry best to keep them to myself, darling. What do you say??? I'm firing up my tunnel! XOXOXO

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  33. C.K., hope you are now feeling right as rain. Sounds like Dr. D. took good care of you. We go to an AAHA Hospital, and would trust a vet that isn't accredited. Keep us posted on how you are doing. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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