Thursday, January 17, 2008

Misty's Story

As I mentioned in a previous post, Misty has some serious health issues in the past. She had an ongoing problem with a kidney that kept retaining fluids around it, which had to be drained regularly for a couple of years. Dr. Staph had to finally remove the kidney in late February 2006.

After the surgery, she had all kinds of complications including vomiting, not eating, blood counts were off, irregular heartbeat, fluid in the lungs, and was so frightened that this hindered her recovery even more. She went from 11.5 pounds down to 7 pounds!

In early April, mom did not know what to do and had made an appointment with Dr. Staph to put her to sleep. It was a very sad day. Mom went to Dr. Staph's office crying, and then she could not do it! Dr. Staph said that the last resort was to put a feeding tube in her to see if we could get her some nourishment and get her to recover, though he thought she was too far gone already.

Misty came home from Dr. Staph's, and Mom opened the window to her room at home so she could smell the fresh air and watch birdies. Birdie therapy is always a good thing!

From here on out, Misty was in and out of the Dr's office for 3 months! She even had her own personal room there since she was so scared of all the other animals! The food through the feeding tube made her sick and she would vomit, so the Dr. had to prescribe an anti-nausea pill which mom had to crush in water and inject through the tube a 1/2 hour prior to each feeding. Mom also had to feed her liquid vet food through the tube 3x a day!

But, after a long haul, Misty finally was getting better in June! I think she was enjoying the special attention she was getting from mom! Dr. Staph thought it was time to stop feeding her through the tube and see if she would get hungry enough to eat on her own. It took just a day, and she did it! Misty ate by herself! Mom was SO excited! Almost 4 months of nursing and thousands of dollars, but it was all worth it! Misty was going to be ok, at least as long as she could survive on one kidney.

Misty was SUPER excited to be well again, so she made mom get a cake for Dr. Staph and all the people who helped her get well at the vet's office. Dr Staph said that she would never have gotten well if it had not been for the daily care that my mom provided for her. We love our mom for saving Misty!

Misty will be 13 this year. We hope she is with us for many more years to come!


DEBRA said...

Oh what a wonderful story about Misty and we are so glad she is OK. what a special little lady she is.

Nice to meetcha Misty.

NinjaCat said...

Stay well Misty!! Big hugs to your mom for being so devoted to your care. Nice meeting you!!

Ninja & Brenda

Snowball said...

I think I am in love with your mum, JB. Cos she sounds like such a great mum who never give up on her fur kids. You are so lucky to have a mum like her.

The vet suggested for me to be PTS when my back was injured and became temporary paralysed too. She said that its most humane for me to be PTS cos she say that I will NEVER recover. But after a few months of accupuncture, I am able to walk again.

So the moral of the stories is, never give up until you have tried everything!!! Just trying is not enough, you have to think positive and believe that things will work out right and put your heart into doing what is needed to be done!!!


Daisy said...

What a wonderful story! I am so glad that your mom did not give up on Misty. That is a true tale of devotion.

Anonymous said...

Misty is very purrty. We are very relieved to hear that she has recovered. Purrs and more Purrs to your Mom! ::cheers:: =^..^=

Tybalt said...

Hurray for Misty!

I am so glad she has your mommy to take care of her.

Mickey said...

That is a super story! Your Mom is very good to you kitties and I can see she loves you all very much :)
I hope Misty has good health for a long time too.
Purrs Mickey

Nermal, Nico, Virgil, and Maggie said...

Thank you for sharing Misty's story with us. We all admire your wonderful Mom's love and devotion to her. We're so glad that she is doing well and purray that she continues to do so. And thank you for stopping by our blog! We always like to meet new people and are glad we made new friends!

Chancy & Ernie's Voice said...

Hi Misty, your Mom loves you so much. She is devoted to you. I am so happy you are going very well now. You are so beautiful.


Lorianna said...

My eyes were leaky reading this story, but I'm so happy Misty is okay now. My Kitty Billie will be 13 this year too! Your Mommy is wonderful to be so dedicated to her kitties. Thank you for sharing this story JB. :)
Hugs and Purrs,

Kaz's Cats said...

JB, your mom deserves a great big award for taking such good care of Misty. You are all very lucky kittes to have such a loving mom. Thanks so much for sharing Misty's story,


Gypsy & Tasha

Queen Snickers or Empress said...

It is nice to meet you Misty, you have a great mommy! It was also cool to meet you JB! Thanks for visiting!~Queen Snickers

Eric and Flynn said...

You have a wunnerful mum furr taking such good care of Misty. We hope she has many more happy years wiv you.

me...Fat Eddy said...

Yup, no doubt about you. You are lucky to have such a gret mom. And, Misty is really lucky to be strong enough inside to get better. Thirteen is still just young for a cat. My girlfriend Zippy is almost that old and she still has lots of "zip' in her. I hope you come visit me sometime.

SophieKitty said...

That's a great story. You get down with your bad self, Misty.

MedaM said...

That is a wonderful story about Misty who is very much happy to have you who love her so much. I am glad she is alright now. As for your mom; she is great and super mom!

Jan said...

We're so glad Misty is doing well now. We love to hear good news. It did take time and love to nurse Misty through all that, so your mom is evidently a nice lady.

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JB's Big World said...

Thanks everyone for all the kind words about Misty and my mom. We are lucky to have our mom as our mom!

Andrée said...

What a saint you are to do that for Misty. I am so impressed and it was a wonderful story to read. Inspirational. Keep well, Misty!

Anita said...

This fantastic history is an example of dedication.
Thank you for not giving up!!!

Cheri Wildcatwoods said...

Thanks for not giving up on her.