Re: Jake

Nancy A. Schmall ( (no email) )
Sun, 14 Feb 1999 11:35:27 -0600 (CST)

Laurie,
Thank you so much for your kindness. Sometimes I think I put way too much
love into my cats, but I do think (in my case, at least) that they do
somewhat represent children. I have never had any, so my "motherly
instinct" and nurturing personality all zeros in on my cats. I hope you
get your computer soon.

I'm glad too,that this list still brings you comfort over losing Precious.
I lost my Panther last May, and while it was a horrible time and very
difficult to let go, this list made a huge difference--just knowing how
much everyone cared and wanted to help. . . and never said, "It's just a
cat."

Laurie, you're a special person--I hope you and Shadow will stay with us a
long time.
Nancy

On Sun, 14 Feb 1999, Laurie Davis wrote:

> Nancy,
>
> I know exactly what you mean. Precious has been gone over 2 months now and
> I still come to the list for support and healing. I would have never
> guessed that this list could bring me such feelings of comfort, faith and
> belonging. I don't think anyone could have a better support group. I hope
> you have a good week. I'll be thinking of you.
>
> Laurie
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Nancy A. Schmall <schmall@comp.uark.edu>
> To: felvtalk@MailingList.net <felvtalk@MailingList.net>
> Date: Sunday, February 14, 1999 10:51 AM
> Subject: Re: Jake
>
>
> >Thank you so much, Laurie! Having the support in this group of folks like
> >yourself really helps when we go through these hard times. Nancy
> >
> >
> >
> >On Sun, 14 Feb 1999, Laurie Davis wrote:
> >
> >> Nancy,
> >>
> >> You and Jake are in my prayers. He's come through rough times before.
> He
> >> strong and determined. Lots of love and healing vibes your way.
> >>
> >> Laurie
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: Nancy A. Schmall <schmall@comp.uark.edu>
> >> To: felvtalk@MailingList.net <felvtalk@MailingList.net>
> >> Cc: katseven@pcsia.com <katseven@pcsia.com>
> >> Date: Thursday, February 11, 1999 11:04 AM
> >> Subject: Re: Jake
> >>
> >>
> >> >Hi all,
> >> >Thank you so much for your kind messages of thoughts and prayers! They
> >> >are so important to me and help me through these bad times.
> >> >
> >> >As you know, we took Jake to an oncologist/internist in Tulsa yesterday.
> >> >She did a chest x-ray and ultra-sound. Her conclusions were these
> >> >regarding his aggressiveness (and more or less, his lethargy): 1) from
> the
> >> >ultra-sound it looked to her
> >> >like when his platelets were real low, blood may have leaked into his
> >> >bladder causing pain--he *had* a urinalysis a couple weeks ago,and my
> vet
> >> >found nothing. The internist said she'd talk to my vet about possibly
> >> >repeating the test--until then I could use Hills C/D diet even though if
> >> >they found some different crystals in the urine, it might mean a
> different
> >> >diet. The C/D wouldn't hurt, but it may not help; (2) behavior problems
> >> >stemming from being pilled twice each day, and going to the vet monthly
> >> >for immunoregulin shots--he may just have *had* it; (3) a brain tumor
> >> >which could be detected by a catscan which could be done by a
> neurologist
> >> >in Missouri. If it's a brain tumor, it could probably be removed
> >> >surgically. This option I've completely ruled out. I won't subject Jake
> >> >to the stress of even going to a neurologist, much less having surgery.
> >> >If he were otherwise healthy, I would probably do it, but with his low
> >> >platelets . . . the way it is, we'll be lucky to have him around many
> more
> >> >months. She did say if the aggression continues, we could try feliway
> or
> >> >something else.
> >> >
> >> >With all this, I decided to switch to C/D and start feeding Jake Iam's
> wet
> >> >food and mix in home-made protein (chicken, egg, yolks, liver, etc). I
> >> >also decided to cut back to once a day medicine and only the necessary
> >> >stuff with *one* another item (right now it's vit.c. and thymus in one
> >> >capsule). I won't bring him in to have monthly immunoregulin shots
> unless
> >> >his mood improves. I'll try subq at home *if* it doesn't stress him to
> >> >give him a shot (I have my doubts).
> >> >
> >> >I'm subtly trying to work healthy things that he will eat and drink into
> >> >his diet, i.e. putting aloe vera juice into the water, mixing his
> >> >interferon with liver, which he loves (making sure it's only 10% of his
> >> >diet).
> >> >
> >> >He'll have to stay on the prednisone, which I hate--but he'll bleed to
> >> >death if he doesn't. I've read where giving it every other day does
> less
> >> >to suppress his immunity. I'm going to check with the vet and see if we
> >> >could give a double dose every other day. Perhaps a miracle will
> happen,
> >> >and eventually we can lower the dosage.
> >> >
> >> >Sorry to make this so long. Any suggestions/input would be really
> >> >appreciated. Nancy
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >
> >>
> >>
> >
>
>

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