Izzy is home! I brought her home yesterday after I spent an hour at the vet reading the giant block of all-caps text on the bottom of my invoice full of instructions for how to medicate and feed her. Then I learned how to give her daily subcutaneous fluids.
In case you’re wondering, that means that every day I get to jab a needle under the skin between her shoulder blades until she has a big ol’ fluid bubble there. I did it in the vet’s office under the supervision of the vet tech and I was awesome at it.
Then I did it at home and stabbed the needle straight through her skin and out the other side.
Fortunately, Alex noticed that I did that (“Hey! It’s leaking out of her!”) and I was able to fix the situation and properly hydrate her. Of course, this is after it took me, like, ten minutes to figure out how to attach the needle to the tubing.
Seriously. I’m usually quite the competent person.
I’m also pretty excited about the fact that I have all kinds of needles in my house. There sure aren’t any curious kids around here who would be excited to find them and stab each other or anything. Enter, locking box.
I’m pretty sure Izzy hates me based on her reaction to all the pills and medicines I’ve stuffed down her throat and the needles I’ve jabbed in (through) her. I think she feels better though. I hope she does. So many of you have told me kind success stories of long-living cats with renal failure. My sister also had a very wonderful cat that went through this as well, so I am aware of what’s coming.
It super sucks though.
She is still really sick. She is in renal failure and is not totally where she needs to be for maintenance yet. At this point I’m really just trying to keep her alive until her vet appointment on Friday when we’ll recheck her blood work. It’s very possible that we’ll be able to keep her happy for the long(ish) term, but it’s kinda touch and go right now. I just really want to make sure that my kids get some good time with her.
I appreciate all your kind comments and tweets. Thank you. I’ll let you know if anything important happens with her, but otherwise I think we’re just going to keep her here and concentrate on loving her and giving her a lot of nice chin scratchings.