Monday, July 11, 2016
Hearts can break... Not hoarding related
Last night my 12 year old kitty who had the grand mal seizure this Saturday was unsettled and we did not sleep, she just snuggled and wanted petted. We finally feel asleep around 4am, and at 7am the neuro who she was referred to called and I needed to get her to their clinic in the next state by 9:30am. I made it happen, and my little one was NOT happy. At the neuro they discovered her BP was elevated above the frenzy she works herself into when travelling to the vet, confirmed her heart murmur, and discovered that her pupils were not dilated at an even level and thought she might have some sight issues.
His suggestion was that she could have a brain infection (unlikely, her platelets were low, but white blood cell counts and temp was normal) or have thrown a clot from her heart, had a stroke, or had a tumor. He presented a plan for $5,000 in testing that included sedation (risky for her at 12 with a heart issue) and included a spinal tap. I needed a moment to figure out whether to use a credit card, apply for credit, or figure out another option, and I called my vet who recommended coming to her. I paid my bill, and they gave me antibiotics, and I left.
When I arrived, the doctor had reviewed the information from the emergency vet this weekend and the neuro, and we discussed options. It is very unlikely it was an infection with no fever, and the likelihood it was a tumor or heart issue was high, and the fact that she was showing neurological symptoms was not good. The likelihood of her having another horrible seizure was not an if, but a when. And most likely would be soon. And what if I was at work, out of town, or in the hospital having my surgery? She discussed how the seizures would most likely be worse and could be excruciatingly painful, and paralysis could result, or other horrible things. Her recommendation was euthanasia. She is very reluctant to move in the direction normally, so I knew... I said goodbye to her and she went cuddled in my arms.
Now my other kitty and I start a life without her. I miss her so much. She was my love bug, and my special sweetheart. We did not have as long as I would have liked, but in the 10 1/2 short years we had, we loved multiple lifetimes. I have to hold on that, and when the time is right, I will honor her memory with adopting another special needs kitty. I owe her that much.
Hearts can break. I felt mine rip on Saturday during her seizure, and it shattered today at 12:30pm when she left my life.
She was the best. And I will miss her every day. I do not know what I did to deserve her and her love.