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07:13 pm: Giorgio Has Massive Renal Failure
I slept in the recliner last night because Giorgio had stopped being able to jump up. He wanted to sleep on the heating pad in the window and to drink from dishes in the sink (he always wants to do that) so he'd give a little soft complaint and I'd get up and lift him.

The vet called and told me his blood levels, which were amazingly high. She called an Internal Medicine Vet specialist and got me worked in -- I'm lucky, they're next to the library -- so I took Giorgio over. One of their general vets, Ken, took history and explained they'd take more sophisticated blood tests, start him on IVs and meds, including potassium. Apparently cats don't react to potassium riders; they've given me the most pain I've ever had.

Ken just called and the IM vet did the ultrasound. His right kidney is smaller than the other (so is mine and he's taking meds I've taken) and his kidneys look like chronic renal failure, which would mean he's been sick a couple of years probably and it's only just hit the point where his behaviour changes. His heart is fine so they've giving him massive IV therapy and will recheck blood in 12 and 24 hours. If his blood levels aren't significantly lower in 24 hours, then he probably can't be treated. If they do come down, I may have to get tips from James about subq fluid delivery. I can call anytime; I'll see if they'll let me visit tomorrow.

Shiva and Spirit were really unhappy that I left with Giorgio and came back without him. Me too.

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From:pameladean
Date:February 7th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
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Oh, gosh, I'm really sorry. I've done sub-cutaneous fluids for a cat, and of course it depends on the cat, but it's not terribly difficult. James has much more experience, of course.

Hoping for the best.

P.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 7th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
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Thanks. He's a lot less resistant to that kind of thing than the others are, so it may not be too bad. Always, when you pick him up, he goes limp. He doesn't say anything or push unless you hurt him.
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From:fgherman
Date:February 7th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
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My thoughts are with you hoping for Giorgio's recovery.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 7th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Felicia. :)
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From:the_changeling
Date:February 7th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
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oh No! Thinking positive thoughts. *think*
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 7th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
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Many thanks, Morgan!
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From:marykaykare
Date:February 7th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
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Oh no! We discovered Loki's kidney problems very very early, mostly by accident. It often is treatable, so here's crossed fingers and good thoughts for you.

MKK
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 7th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
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Thanks! I told them about how I was supposed to die and I didn't and that I had the same hope for Giorgio being stubborn.
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From:janetmk
Date:February 7th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
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Oh, I'm sorry to hear this. Poor Giorgio.

Fingers crossed.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 7th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
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Thanks so much, Janet.
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From:akicif
Date:February 7th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
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Arg. It's a bad week for flist cats - all the very best to you both!
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 7th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
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So I hear from Feorag. Many thanks!
From:dsgood
Date:February 7th, 2008 04:42 am (UTC)
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Hope and good thoughts!
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 7th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, Dan!
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From:karinfromnosund
Date:February 7th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
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I'm really sorry. Here's hoping for the best.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 7th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, Karin!
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From:green_knight
Date:February 7th, 2008 09:13 am (UTC)
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All available appendages crossed - I hope you still caught it in time.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 7th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
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He still isn't eating. I came home after I visited him and took back his favorite food -- snackies. Maybe that will work.
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From:firecat
Date:February 7th, 2008 09:53 am (UTC)
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I'm sorry. My sweetie nursed a cat with renal failure for a long time and was on a mailing list about it. Let me know if you want the info for the mailing list.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 7th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, I'll ask if I need it. James has been doing it for a long time, too.
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From:kip_w
Date:February 7th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
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Poor kitty. I'm glad he's more amenable to treatment than some. Best wishes, of course.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 7th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! He was very interested in walking on the floor when I visited him, but I thought they wouldn't want him to with the cath in. Turns out he could've, so I'll let him tomorrow, depending.
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From:skylarker
Date:February 7th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
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I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope the medication and treatment are helpful.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 7th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I really appreciate it.
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From:fledgist
Date:February 7th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
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I am so sorry to hear this.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 7th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, Fragano. Spirit has been looking for him all day.
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From:heleninwales
Date:February 7th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
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Oh, poor Giogio. Poor you. :( I hope the results are favourable and that he can be treated.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 7th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
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Thanks so much, Helen!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 7th, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)

Georgio

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Marilee,
I will continue to keep both you and Giorgio in my thoughts.
Doris
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 7th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)

Re: Georgio

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Thanks, Doris. I spent part of the morning talking to someone from the bookgroup who had a friend murdered recently. I called her to check in a week ago and she was just calling me back. I feel like a lump.
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