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climbing the wrong tree?

so five minutes after I leave a message with yesterday's vet (we'll call them PU) to fax records to my regular vet (we'll call them MPH), the vet from PU called to say his UA was completely normal: no blood, no crystals, normal concentration, nothing even to indicate that the slightly raised creatinine from was indicative of anything more than dehydration.

meanwhile, Santiago sits here with me unmoving, uninterested in food, and protesting every time I pick him up to check his bladder, which I will stop doing so obsessively now.

plan b: investigate intestinal blockage. did he eat something he shouldn't have? is it stuck in his GI tract? that's the next logical question, as although the urine is coming out, he has eaten very little and not pooped that I can tell unless that runny patch in the box I cleaned this morning was his. this could possibly be an expensive question. I have a follow-up appointment at MPH first thing in the morning but I am afraid of both the implications and expense of what his current lethargy and complete disinterest in food might indicate. :(

I will keep updates coming. meantime I am not sure what to do with myself. I am kind of hungry but kind of not. maybe a salmon burrito would be a good thing to stimulate both of our appetites?

I think I might nap for a little while first. klonopin makes me sleepy especially when last night only lent me unconsciousness from midnight to 6am.

this sort of thing stresses me out not only because my cat is sick but because I have to deal with the phone, with receptionists and doctors, with taxi drivers (sometimes), with my constantly problematic financial state, and with a huge upheaval in my routine.

all of this combined causes me to feel completely out of my league in Dealing With Life.



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Dec. 10th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
so that suspect kidney is likely just fine, and the problem may be in his intestinal tract? oh, poor santiago, and poor you. i'd be feeling overwhelmed too. i'll light a candle right now.
Dec. 11th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
yeah she said since the urine was so normal she's not worried about the slight elevation in the one kidney value, so now it may be a question of GI disturbance of one kind or another. of course the first thing I think of is foreign object obstruction because that is what I do: consider the worst-case scenario first.

I'm just like my grandmother. it's scary.

anyway it is also possible that he has a cat bug of unknown origin and that with a little tempting of gooey foods he might be persuaded both to eat and to pass what he eats normally.

thanks for the candle. much appreciated.
Dec. 10th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
Jupiter the fluffy b&w kitty and I are purring in Santiago's direction.
Dec. 11th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
thanks. :)
Dec. 11th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
Dec. 11th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
I know. it might not be as bad as all that though. have to keep my too-well-informed imagination from running away with me.
Dec. 11th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry about all this. It's such a helpless feeling to know they don't feel good and not be able to do anything about it. You are Dealing With Life just fine, anyone would be stressed and exhausted by this.
Dec. 11th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
thanks, Mary. I know I'm dealing with the necessary things ok, but yeah it is exhausting and I feel like I want my mom to bring me a milkshake and tell me everything is going to be ok.

er, that'd be the Platonic Ideal of Mom whom I'm needing right now. and warm tea would actually be better: it's still cold outside which means it is cold inside because that's how they build 'em in San Francisco.
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