Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Gracie at Home

If you would like to light a candle for Gracie you can at the above link. 
 Gracie not feeling so hot after getting released yesterday. It was a very long 24 hrs for her.

 She is feeling much better today.

 Watching and sitting with me while I work.
 Watching her sassy little sister.
Brought Gracie home last night after a long talk with the vet. Prognosis does not look good but we have to wait for the results of the analysis of the fluids that they withdrew from her abdominal walls. She has a pleural effusion. Gracie ate when she got home and her breathing while a bit elevated was not alarming. My biggest challenge will be the pills since her Dad only has one arm. I worried about her overnight but she was there to greet me this morning and wanted breakfast. Food was something they could not get in her. Managed to get her pills down. It wasn't pretty but it got done. She has been bright eyed and she breathing is relaxed and she seems comfortable.She drank for her fountain. The vet and I agreed to treat the cat not whatever her underlying diagnosis will be. She will give us our cues as to how to proceed with her care. But today seems to be a good day, and I learned with Abby to take those and cherish them. So maybe for the next 24-48 hours we can suspend belief and pretend it is life as normal. The moment will arrive soon enough with reality. There are already preplanned posts for a bit. I will update on Gracie each day, but please keep her in your prayers and purrs. Thank each one of you for all the supportive thoughts they touch us, each one deeply.

49 comments:

  1. We're glad to see an update and to know that Gracie is eating and having a good day.

    Yes, that's been said over and again, hasn't it: Treat the cat, not the numbers.

    Continued purrs and purrayers to Gracie and to you all.

    (((Hugs)))

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  2. I'm glad she is doing ok at home. You are right--take it day by day and let her tell you what to do next. Treasure every moment. We are still sending purrs and gentle headbutts.

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  3. Thanks for the update. We are sending non-stop purrs and prayers to dear Gracie.

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  4. Oh, to be home!! I'm sure that in itself gave her a boost! I'm so happy to get an update. We will keep the purrs and prayers coming for as long as you need them. xxxx <3 <3 <3 We love you!

    Mom Julie, Tinker, Anastasia, Chopin and Angel Tom

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  5. We all hope beyond hope that there is a miracle in waiting and it's not as dire as it looks! we know that the probability is slim, but we still believe. we love you guys and know that Abby is watching over you too. much love and hugs, and know that we are here for you anytime.

    Curzon, Jadzia, and TSB

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  6. I'm so happy to hear an update as I was thinking about her and you last night. Glad the pilling worked. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you every day. One day at a time friend!

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  7. Hugs and purrs from myself and the Kats--Grace, you are special to us, you know.

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  8. So glad she had a good day. Sending lots if hugs and purrs. Anesha and Skipper

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  9. It's good to see an update. Treating how she feels and not anything underlying is always a good plan. And cherishing good days spent together is something we should all remmeber to do, every day. We're all purring loudly for Gracie over here.

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  10. A good day is a wonderful thing, we hope you have lots of them Gracie.

    Huge purrs still ringing out for Gracie here!

    Luff Mungo & Ape xx

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  11. Glad Gracie is home and eating. Hope you won't have too much trouble giving her meds. Hugs

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  12. Thanks for the update - good to know she's back in her home and getting extra loves. Enjoy and soak up every moment, I'll be doing the same because we just don't know how much time we get. more purrs and prayers coming your way - may the test results be benign!

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  13. Many hugs to you and Gracie! We hope that she can be pulled from this illness, and live life fully for some time to come.

    Here is a way that I can get pills into cats who are a bit difficult. I sit with them between my legs, and rest my hiney on them a little bit, squeezing my legs together so they can not escape. Then, I can grab their mouth and insert the pill. The vet might have pill poppers. If not, I like the ones that Revival Animal has at http://www.revivalanimal.com/Piller.html?sku=22656-795
    And Revival ships quickly. You might want to get several, just to have them around.
    These make it fairly easy to pop the pills into the back of the mouth. And trust me, I pop a LOT of pills into my cats over the years. Right now, I'm inserting 6 pills into 2 cats daily. I hope this helps.

    Luf, Us and Maw

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  14. Glad you are home, Gracie, and having a good day.

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  15. We are glad Gracie is back home in her surroundings and with you all making a fuss of her. We hope she will take her pills without too much fuss. Take care.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  16. I'm sorry to hear that Gracie is ill. I'm glad she's back home with you, though. Praying for good days ahead for you all.

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  17. We purr and pray that dear Gracie will have many more of these good days. glad to hear she is back at home.


    Mindy
    Moe
    Cookie
    Mike

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  18. It sounds like you have a wonderful Vet, Gracie. I love his advice and think it is very important. Happy, happy, happy you are home and breathing and eating and snooper-vising your mom. Many more big hugs coming you way - Jobi and Fisher

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  19. Thanks for the update - I am purring for LOTS more good days for Gracie!

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  20. gracie....St Francis said him iz runnin a two for one spesh ull two day if ewe knead sum healin purrz, him az 98,200 at reddy.....and him shipped em two ewe via de big brown mewving vee hicle...hope yur dadz feelin aye oh kay two....

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  21. Hey Precious Gracie...we are so glad your breathing is easier. You must have been very scared. Mom and I send you purrs and hugs
    Madi your bfff

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  22. It's a relief to hear Gracie is in the comfort of home and under your loving watch. Continued purrs and hugs are coming with prayers for positive test results.
    Re pilling. I find coating them in a little butter helps, gently keeping jaw closely and stroking under the chin downwards.

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  23. I'm so glad sweet beautiful Gracie is home and eating. Cherishing the good moments is so important. I wish I would've done that. I hope the pilling will get easier and I also hope there will be lots of good moments and a good treatment plan for her.

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  24. Glad to hear that Gracie is doing all right. And I have to tell you, GOOD for you for getting those pills down her. Well done. We sure send many many purrs and prayers for her. You deserve a miracle and they do happen. Take care.

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  25. I'm glad she's home, I'm sure she'd rather be there than at the vets. We're purring for the sweet girl! and for all of you. Hugs!

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  26. I am glad you have Gracie back home and that she is having a good day. We are sending lots of purrs and prayers her way.

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  27. Home is good. Pilled is good. Eating is really good! One day at a time is all we can do. big hugs xoxo

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  28. My heart goes out to you. I cannot begin to imagine what you have to be going through and poor Gracie. We are purring and praying for a more hopeful prognosis. xoxo

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  29. Sending our Purrs to Daddy and Gracie!

    Have you tried pill pockets? Fin loved them.

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  30. When it rains, it pours, doesn't it? Our chihuahua, Chi-Chi, just fell ill and was taken to vet. Vet doesn't think it is serious, but after last week, I'm a nervous wreck.

    We are praying for all of you and especially for sweet Gracie. I hope it gets easier to pill her. Sending lots of pawsitive thoughts and purrs your way.

    ((Hugs))

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  31. We are glad Gracie is home and that you get to make more memories together. We purr very hard that you get to make lots of memories :)
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure,JJ
    and Angels Tiger and Tillie

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  32. Je ne comprends pas toujours tout, je ne savais pas qu'il y avait un soucis de santé, alors j'espère de tout coeur le meilleur, merci pour les nouvelles, gros câlins Gracie, pensées,
    Laurence, Opale et SOnye

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  33. We too are Glad to see Gracie iz at home! We will keep sendin de loud purrayerz to Ceiling Cat to make sure he hearz!

    Kissez to Sweet Gracie ♥xoxo♥

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  34. Hugs for Gracie. She is in our thoughts. We hope she continues to be comfortable. Lee and Phod

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  35. Glad you were able to get Gracie to take her medication and that she had a good day. When we were trying to get pills down Lisbeth, somebody suggested the Greenies pill pockets and they worked great. We will continue to purr and pray for Gracie and for you as well, Debra. Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  36. I am glad that you got her meds in her and that she ate. Enjoy and treasure the simple things with her. Surrounding you all with love and Reiki light.

    Cats of wildcat woods

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  37. We're sending loud purrs and prayers to Gracie and to you.

    The Florida Furkids

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  38. We are purring for Gracie, and for you. Her response is hopeful, sometimes there is a temporary crisis, and I hope that is the case.She looks wonderful!

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  39. Sending healing purrz for Gracie. Hope her good days outnumber the bad.

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  40. We hope the cause of the fluids is an infection, and not what the vet suspects, so Gracie can be treated with antibiotics. We are so sorry you are going through this, we haven't stopped purring for you in months. Of course, Gracie is on our list too.

    We use the method of pilling that 40 Paws uses, and its just a matter of seconds. Once the cat is squished between your legs & facing away from you, pull the head back & the mouth opens naturally. Push the pill down the throat as far as it will go then clamp the jaws shut and stroke the throat until the kitty swallows. Quick and painless! Our mom wraps her legs around us so we can't even use our front legs! (Except she won't do this to MMM, you will understand why.)

    Purrs & headbonks!

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  41. Purring for you and Gracie to have a good tomorrow XOXOXOXOXO

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  42. Thank you for Gracie's update! Sending all the purrs and hugs we can! PURRS....

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  43. Sending lots of healing purrs for Gracie. Thanks for the update xx

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  44. I am so glad that she is home... sending lots of love & healing purrs

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  45. Deep strong rumbling healing purrs to both of you

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  46. Thanks so much for letting us know how Gracie is doing
    We are purring hard and will light a candle
    Timmy Dad and Family

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