December 11th, 2009



Santiago is eating. ssshhh.

we'll see what happens next. last night before we fell asleep I gave him a good long look because he seemed so painful in his abdomen that I was considering taking him back to the PU vet for a late-night emergency visit--which would have been pricey.

this morning he hopped off my lap, a little wobbly, used the litterbox (number one only--but number one!) and ate some canned food. now I have to watch him to see if he keeps it down. so he is a little brighter and eating a little and not growling when I pick him up like he was last night. he is still twitching his tail furiously like he is not comfortable though, and not yet purring when I pet him.

in a little while we'll be off to the vet I guess. I would like for someone else to palpate his abdomen and tell me what they think.

so. guardedly optimistic. I am typing with one hand as he is sitting in my lap resting on my other arm. thus he has actually kept his food down for 15 minutes!

::crosses fingers, knocks wood, throws a bit of salt over shoulder::

wish us luck!

so far so good..

Santiago and I are back from the vet, who could not find anything alarming in his abdomen by feel alone. he offered an ultrasound but since Santiago is eating and looking much brighter this morning, I am just going to keep my eye on him today and see if he continues to improve. he was very friendly at the vet, as usual, and made an instant fan out of the new guy who saw him (whose name I did, of course, immediately forget as soon as he told me. I remember his face very well though! young guy. I guess I'm getting along towards the age where lots of professionals will begin to look very young. when did that happen. oh nevermind. I know when it happened).

Santiago still hasn't vomited what he ate this morning, and his abdomen is not as tender, so I'm hoping it was some GI bug of some kind or that he ate a particularly disagreeable plant and that he is going to continue to improve. the vet's office is open tomorrow all day so we have some wriggle room for weekend problems. thank you all for crossed fingers and toes and paws. if you don't mind keeping them crossed a little while longer, I'd be very appreciative. As would Santiago: he has had his fill of veterinarians this week.

the total bill was not too bad, so your kind donations took care of today already. thanks! but if anyone wants to donate a small amount towards paying off the emergency bill at the PU vet I will thank you profusely. if you decide to do so, you can use my blog tip cup or just paypal to erik at eriktrips dot com.

I'm beat. I must go pick up some meds and food for myself and then I think today may be filled with lots of sleeping. soooo relieved he's feeling better. and determined that he stay that way! he's used up three of his nine lives now. I guess at this rate he'll make it to 15, which is not too bad, but since he is part siamese I expect him to sail right on in to 20 and keep going. but I'd rather not that he cause me to panic every other year on the way there. maybe he'll slow down as he reaches middle age. one can only hope.