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06 March 2008 @ 01:53 am
Min update -- last chance kitty  
The thing that really irks me about diagnostic medical dramas is that they start off with something relatively innocuous, like asthma, then progress to more extreme probabilities, such as pneumonia and lymphoma, and then in the third act the tests come back and the chief medico (in this case Richard the understanding and sympathetic uber vet) breaks the news that it's not as he hoped and is in fact a carcinoma. At which point either a miracle cure is effected as the last crucial piece of information falls into place, or it becomes a maudlin exploration of death with dignity.

So, to be the bearer of bad tidings, the Min cat is down to her last thin hope.

It could well be a thyroid-based carcinoma, and, if it is, it may be one that responds well to radioactive iodine. Otherwise she has a few weeks to a month, maybe two at the very outside.

I didn't ask for percentages, because it either will or won't and there's really not much point playing maths for the next two days until those tests are back.

In happier news, she's at home and breathing quite well. As Richard said, it is bizarre that she has improved markedly over the last two days, and, aside from being near death, she is in excellent health. It seems extremely unfair. J and I are trying to be all jolly as she bounds up and down the hallway and leaps out from her hidey hole under the study bed to scoff salmon.

So we will be on constant kitty watch for the next four days, wait for news, and assess our options. In a worst-case scenario, we'll see about day boarding her at the vet next week so that she won't be alone if she has a bad attack while we're at work. I'm taking tomorrow of and J is taking Friday.

On Min's part, she is happy to be home and appalled that other cats have apparently been in her garden. She is hiding under her favourite bed and being a bit freaked out, despite the fact we have put the cat box away. She knows Things Are Afoot. I can see her keeping her Stoic front up so that any bopping on the head is delayed for as long as kittily possible. And of course, aside from the fact that her windpipe is being closed by cancer, she is in excellent condition. But she could do with a spot of luck for once.

As things are, we will be spending tomorrow in the garden, with the expensive salmon, and a water gun so she doesn't need to make any effort should stray cats appear.
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calanthe_fics on March 5th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
Oh dear. *pets you both with much affection*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 5th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks, dear, we rather need it.
women's lasers: harry potter - slytherin cleversarcasticpixie on March 5th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
As Richard said, it is bizarre that she has improved markedly over the last two days, and, aside from being near death, she is in excellent health. It seems extremely unfair. J and I are trying to be all jolly as she bounds up and down the hallway and leaps out from her hidey hole under the study bed to scoff salmon.

Oh, dear, I am empathizing SO HARD. Sylvie died during my second year at university, and I came home to see her one last time -- as soon as I got back into my parents' house, she started running up the stairs to my old bedroom in a way she hadn't done in months. They want to please us and keep us from worrying, I think... they sense we're upset about how they're doing, and they're trying to be as normal as possible.

/stops anthropomorphizing animals, sends GIANT HUGS to you and Mincat
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 5th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
Honestly, would it be too hard to look wan and feeble so we could alleviate some of the guilt if there has to be on-the-head bopping?

Poor old Sylvie, poor old Min. We both need the hugs, I'll pass them onto her with a bit more salmon.
parallel parking prodigy: ootp dracoempress_jae on March 5th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
oh sweetie...i'm so sorry.

i have to say that i admire you for being realistic in this situation and not playing the numbers game. i'd be a blubbering mess right now, banking everything on a 1% chance if my mother called me with morbid news about my Baby.

however, salmon in the garden sounds lovely. :)

*hugs tight*

Edited at 2008-03-05 03:49 pm (UTC)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 5th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
Lost too many friends, family and animals through the years to do the dashed hopes tango. It's actually less painful to start researching cremation costs and then to have a sense of wonder and glee should a miracle occur.

Meanwhile, it's salmon and all the expensive fabrics in the stash for prime-quality shedding her at kitty hospice. If she pulls through, I'll have created a monster.

Thank you for the hugs. They really do help. While I may not be the blubbering type, there is definitive welling.
down the hills and round the bendsnorton_gale on March 5th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about Min's continuing medical drama: the thyroid tumor is very common in cats, and I hope that's what it is as the radioactive iodine is very effective. At least she's happy at home now.

*gingerly pets Min*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 5th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
Gingerly is right! She's as crabby as a Singapore restaurant's menu! But she is having a wonderful time walking about and rubbing things: "Mine! Mine!"

The vet said that he thought it "Could well be" a thyroid tumour and that "It may then" respond to iodine, though apparently that treatment is immensely more successful in benign tumours than carcinomas. But she really is due a spot of luck.

Thanks for the pats, she purred.
down the hills and round the bendsnorton_gale on March 5th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
*sends lucky vibes from above the equator*

I know I am always asking you for photos, but do you have any pics of Min that you could post? I'd like to see what she looks like.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 5th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
I actually do have a number of photos through the years, and this has inspired me to put together a flickr account, which I'll do in the morning since it's after 3am here. But I'll see if I can find a good one and email it now. She is not really very pretty, but she is very engaging.

down the hills and round the bendsnorton_gale on March 5th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
Yay!

I know, it's getting very late for you. I was surprised to see your post at this time.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 5th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
Can;t sleep. Though I also can't think, so no useful work being done. Mega pic spam about to hit your inbox, give me five minutes.
Catscatsintheattic on March 5th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
Oh no... This is such a bad news.

*hugs you both*

Whatever happens: to make her days as full of joy as possible will surely help.

*more hugging*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 5th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you! That's our plan and we are sticking to it. We will either be the best kitty care centre if she can become Atomic Kitty, or else the heavenly hospice if radiation is pointless.
i can see your house from herewho_la_hoop on March 5th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
Poor Min cat! And poor you :( *offers large hugs*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 5th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
Offers of large hugs gratefully accepted and shared out equally with the Min. As soon as she comes out from under the bed. I;ve told her the vet is closed, but she's ignoring me.
Glitter Me Timbersciel_vert on March 5th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
Oh. :( *hugs* I hope she gets that miracle.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 6th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you. She had a great day and it was beautiful weather.
Shivshiv5468 on March 5th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
I am sorry. I hope Min has a happy day tomorrow
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 6th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
A tin of the good human red salmon, several hours in her favourite pot of miscanthus, then catching the last of the afternoon sun in a dirt patch. The perfect kitty day.
nahimanaemerald_dragon8 on March 5th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, you poor dears. *snuggles*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 6th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you, dear. Snuggles back to you and I hope tomorrow beings glad tidings for both of us.
beatnikspinster on March 5th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
oh man, I am so sorry. *toss* I'm sending you and Min as much luck as i can.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 6th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
*Catch!* Thank you, I will apply it liberally and keep my fingers crossed.
thadythady on March 5th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear that. I hope that she pulls through.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 6th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
Me too. Though, being sanguine, she has had many very good years and will go out without pain if there is no good news.
Libbylibby_drew on March 5th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
Ooh, poor kitty! :(
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 6th, 2008 01:37 pm (UTC)
She's being so cheerful and stoic, just glad to be back in her house and garden with her giant slaves.
Ann: stewie!dracotsosh on March 5th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry things are such roller coaster-like.
I hope things are going to be alright for Min. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the 3 of you.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 6th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Some luck would be lovely right about now.
Jaeenchanted_jae on March 6th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
Aack, poor sweeties--you and Min both. *hugs the two of you*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 6th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you, the hugs are comforting to all of us.
Vaysh Swiftstorm: D/H_touchvaysh on March 6th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
*hugs* You are in my thoughts. Cyberspace kitty-treats on their way.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 6th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks, vaysh. Min ignored the cyber treats in favour of salmon and kibble, but appreciated the thought. She points out that she ignores most things in favour of salmon and kibble.
This brilliant Tuesday in this lonely placeno_mad_skillz on March 6th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
Oh, no. :(

I'm so sorry--but aside from being near death, she is in excellent health sounds lovely, actually. I hope she stays "healthy" and happy and bouncy until her very last moment, however soon or distant that moment may be.

*pats all of you gently*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 6th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
She is in pretty good nick. We've even let her pop out for a quick nighttime ramble, just because it may be her last chance to rat and terrorise. And yes, if there's no hope, we'll keep her happy as can be until she starts to go downhill, and then a quick bop on the head!

Thanks for the pats. Fingers crossed it's a bit of time yet till any bopping is needed.
Dedicated Escape Artist: rainy day   Pic by: George Marxjadzialove on March 6th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
Oh, D, I'm so sorry. ::hugs you hard::

::hugs Min gently::

Sounds as if no matter which way it goes, Min is surrounded by love, and probably very happy to be home. Don't forget to take care of you---it'll be better for all of you if you do.

::hugs again::
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 6th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks J. Hugs are definitiely needed and appreciated. She's still a bit weirded out, but she had a good day today and will hopefully have some more before the end.

I have eaten so much comfort food this week that I am in danger of developing lactose intolerance or fat bastarddom before she shuffles off. Will cook something healthy tomorrow and go for a walk.
lilian_cho: Lilian for melilian_cho on March 6th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
=(

*hugs*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 6th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *hugs back!*
madchemist36madchemist36 on March 6th, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
Oh, let me just add my hugs and internet salmon to those already on their way.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 6th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
Cheers, dear! Every time I tell J there's more internet salmon, Min trots out with the look of 'Salmon? Did you say my favourite word? Is there some about to appear?'

If she lives, she will be very, very fat. And we may never convince her to eat cat food ever again.
lackofmendacity (Diana): red liplackofmendacity on March 6th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
0_o

Oh, that's horrible, and I had no idea the medical world was like that. :/ I'm glad Min's still bounding around though, and I'm sure she'll enjoy laughing at the stray cats being water gunned. :)

*hugs you gently*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 7th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
Cheers, dear. She has a tum full of fish and is still cheery. Poor muppet.