The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Sinbad Update


He is doing better and the hourly vomiting has ceased.  Thank you everyone who have expressed best wishes for my little buddy.  I appreciate your words very much.

A couple weeks ago I took him in to have his teeth cleaned; not under any anesthesia.   The teeth cleaner guy detected a small lesion on an insignificant tooth behind his canine.  The vet suggested to have it removed for it could be sensitive in time and we know how an exposed tooth nerve can feel.  Yet in his check-up before the cleaning he detected a heart mummer in the little guy along with a rapid pulse rate and high pressure reading.  I was concerned about having put under for the tooth removal anyway, and the vet was concerned about his heart for the procedure and took a blood sample for testing.  The blood result showed he had a hyperthyroid.  Medication was given to get the thyroid under control before we proceeded.  Meanwhile we went to a heart specialist to have a sonogram done on his heart and see if there was any heart damage.  Fortunately his heart was fine; no thickening of the heart muscle.  We caught the hyperthyroid early on.  Whew!

A week or so into pill taking and we left on our road trip.  I planned to return in two weeks for another check-up and then proceed with the tooth removal if things had improved.  So again, it was good I had already long since decided to not go on our cross country trip.  Then this past weekend event took place. Back home and to the vet.  His pulse rate and blood pressure were at normal readings which implied that the thyroid medication was working.

Yesterday was good.  We've had only three pukes in the last couple of days.  Two had a leaf in the vomit. He's known for eating crap off the floor.  I think he must have been a goat in a previous life.  The third one was found this morning which is my fault for I left his kibble out all night.  He has a tendency to eat too much too fast then upchucks it.  I've always given him a tablespoon full of food at a time when he asks for it and have gone back to that regime.

Otherwise he is active, alert, is eating again and is his normal self...kind of.  We'll see how the weekend transpires.


13 comments:

  1. good! and i know thyroid meds can take a while to 'stabilize' too. hope it all works.

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  2. Lets hope it stays this way. Wish you the best.

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  3. Aside from the usual hairball, leaves and grasses were the typical culprits of vomitus with my two cats. So the leaves do not surprise me. I was just worried about poison or mushrooms or something. My dog got deathly ill a week or two ago, and if they could not have found anything causing it, it would have been the poison from the gardeners spraying stuff on grasses to get it ready for fall-winter. Those are not good for animals at all. But as it is, it turned out Freddy had his first diabetic episode, and that we can work with. He was throwing up all over the place too! I am glad Sinbad is doing well. Freddy is also doing well. Let our furbabies play!

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  4. Thanks for the update! So glad he seems to be doing better!

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  5. For my own greedy cat--mashing the canned food down on the plate forces her to eat slowly and lessens how much comes back up. Hope your is better soon.--hart

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  6. Oh boy, what you and Sinbad must be going through. No fun at all. All my best for a speedy and complete recovery.

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  7. My heart and thoughts are with you.

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  8. I'm glad to know your best friend is better!
    Take care! :)

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  9. Phew, glad Sinbad is getting better and I'm sure you feel better too John. Give him a pet and hug for me.

    Felicia

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  10. our pets become special beings in our lives; I know you will have been very concerned and anxioius. Hopefully Sinbad is now on the improve and progressively keeps heading in the good direction, ready for his next road trip with you John

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  11. The best news I heard all week. I hope he continues to improve.

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  12. Glad to hear Sinbad is feeling better. He had a full medical check I read, almost as I had last time in hospital. I had to look up the medical words you used in a dictionary, but now I understand what is going on in his little body. Hope he will stay with you for a long time.

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  13. Happy to hear things are looking up. I know it's been difficult and that Sinbad is a part of your family.

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