Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Day 5 - There are bad days and there are slightly not as bad days

She looked slightly better this morning when we visited her. Her ragged breathing has more or less diminshed as she had peed most of the water out of her lungs. She peed once yesterday afternoon and 2 more times when we visited her in the evening. And another time between 8pm last night and 8am this morning.

We were told she ate some of the k/d wet food on her own last night, which was a good sign.

She looked fresher this morning. Her once very pink nose had lost its colour since last Sat but looked slightly better now. A little dehydrated as they reduced the drip yesterday trying to flush the water out of her lungs.

The blood test done this morning showed slightly better results.

  1. BUN (10 - 30 normal): Off the chart (Sat 14 Jun 08); 180 (Wed 18 Jun 08). There was slight improvement but it was overall still very high. According to a website, we need to bring it down to 60 - 80 for a kidney patient.
  2. Creatinine (1.0 - 2.0 normal if I remember correctly): 19 (Sat 14 Jun 08); 10.9 (Wed 18 Jun 08). There was improvement but we still need it to be lower.
  3. Phosporous and calcium: Around 0.2 above the highest number of the normal range. It is not too much of a concern at this time.
The vet mentioned that there has been improvement but there is still a high chance that she might not make it. He will put her on the drip for another few days before doing another blood test. He is looking to treating her kidney failure first before putting her on some special diet to remove the stone. We know deep in our hearts that if Xin Xin ever recovers from this, her lifespan would have been effectively shortened. She would be a CRF cat from now on. But all that is secondary at the moment. We just want her to recover as much as possible and go home with us and spend whatever the number of years she has with us. We miss having her at home. We know she misses being home as well.

She is getting used to the routine of us visiting in the morning and evenings. And in between, we hope that she will rest as much as she can. And together with whatever treatment she is receiving, we really hope her kidneys will continue to heal as much as possible.

And thank you all for the best wishes. We will pass them on to our little girl tonight.

Update on evening visit:
She looked the same as when we left her at around 12 noon. She still has the mild runny nose, probably from a mild cold.

She looked alert. We were told she ate a little in the afternoon on her own but did not pee.

She slept for almost 45 min with her tiny head stuck to the crook of our arm. That was a good sign for us as she often does that at home. When she desires some comfort and sayang, she will seek us out and sleep on our arms with her head tucked into our palms.

And just as we were about to leave at 8.30pm, she stood up and peed. It was a lot of pee, and quite diluted. We will have to check with the vet if this is the desired result.

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Blogger ML said...

Hi. I read about Xin Xin and posted on the Pet Purrs & Purrayers Blog yesterday. Hopefully having every cat purring for her all day has helped.
Poor little thing, we feel so bad for her, it is good she has improved.
We will keep purring for her around the clock until she is able to go back home with her family.
Love and Purrs,

3:49 PM, June 18, 2008  
Blogger kuro.shiro.neko said...

hi xin xin, we all want you to get well and be home with the kxbc gang.

ksn household

4:11 PM, June 18, 2008  
Blogger auntie p said...

Glad things are improving for Xin Xin.

4:23 PM, June 18, 2008  
Blogger cat_aunty said...

Hang in there Xin Xin, we have enough cats going over to the bridge this month as it is. Please please get well soon, we still need you to be with us!!!!

*hugs and headbutts*

7:32 PM, June 18, 2008  
Anonymous Whicky Wuudler said...

I'm glad there's been some general improvements, especially getting rid of the nasty lung fluid. Little Xin Xin must be feeling better. A pinker nose and eating on her own are very good signs. Sending you more healing purrs Xin Xin xx

8:28 PM, June 18, 2008  
Blogger The Lee County Clowder said...

Glad to know Xin Xin is getting better. Come on, Xin Xin poodin. Keep eating & peeing, OK?


6:28 AM, June 19, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Xinxin understands. Keep encouraging her. She is fighting to get well. If she continues to pee and eat, it is a good sign. Slow but steady recovery.She is young...she can make it. Come on xinxin, if my kitkit can pull through at 17 years old, you can too. You have all our support.

However, I am worry about the lungs. The water must be rid from the lungs first. Then the kidney will be less stress....xinxin will be less stress too.


8:56 AM, June 19, 2008  
Blogger Katie & Da Katz said...

Weze purrin fur you xin xin... oh do gets bettur... xin xin, you are furry brave.

Psalm 91

Spunky Boo and Katie Too

10:38 AM, June 19, 2008  

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