Monday, April 18, 2005

Get well, Izzy Pop

I've spent the morning with my kitten Isabella at the U of M Small Animal Hospital. She took ill suddenly this weekend, and the doctors think she may have a liver problem or else some kind of neurological disorder. They're running tests to discover for sure, and we hope that she may have a surgery in the next day or two to fix the problem. For now, bear with me, but my mind isn't really so much on the Twins. Tomorrow may bring better news and a lighter state of mind. Think happy thoughts.

UPDATE (7:45 pm): She is responding well to treatment and the doctors expect that she may be taken home tomorrow afternoon. They need to run more tests to confirm the diagnosis, but they think she has blood poisoning from a liver shunt--meaning that the blood vessels did not attach to the liver during her early development like they normally should, so proteins and wastes have been bypassing that filter and building up in the blood. If her condition stabilizes at home over the next week or two, she may have surgery at the U to reroute the vessels and bring her back to her usual whirlwind self. She still has a long ways to go, but right now the prognosis looks much more favorable than it did even this morning.

Thanks, everybody, for your words of support.


At 4/18/2005 11:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FW, Our best wishes are with you and kitty.
--Batgirl and the BatKitties

At 4/18/2005 11:23 AM, Blogger SBG said...

FW -- Sorry to hear that. Lucy will be upset, too.

At 4/18/2005 1:56 PM, Anonymous Kristi said...

:( I hope Izzygirl feels better soon and the problem can be fixed with medicine or surgery. She's lucky to have found a good kitty home that can help her out! :)

At 4/18/2005 7:44 PM, Blogger Third Base Line said...

Get well, Izzy-cat! Kittens are NOT to be sick, it is absolutely not allowed!

At 4/18/2005 8:13 PM, Blogger Batgirl said...

Please keep us posted.

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