Wednesday, May 02, 2007

a scary day with some bad/good news


A note from Mom:
Let me first thank everyone for their continued support and good wishes. It means a lot to our whole little family.
I'd also like to apologize for the boys not posting very much; it's been a hard few weeks, but we finally have some news.
Buzzy has not been doing very well lately and the last week or so has been especially bad. He hadn't really eaten anything since Sunday, even though he's on an appetite stimulant. Then Tuesday he started to have a lot of difficulty breathing. Rushed him to the vet where they did an x-ray. Turns out the poor guy's chest was completely filled with fluid. There was so much that his lung capacity was at less than 1/4 what it should be. Dr. Wendy tried to do a chest tap to drain-off some of the fluid and get him some relief. But Buzzy was already pretty stressed by that point and was very "un-cooperative". Since sticking a needle into his chest was pretty dangerous to begin with, Dr. Wendy decided it was not safe to continue. She gave him a shot of lasix to help him eliminate some of the fluid on his own. Everyone at Dr. Wendy's was amazing as always, and did all that they could to get Buzzy (and Mom!) feeling better.
Jim is away on a business trip that he really does need to be at (got lots more vet bills in the future) and has been wonderful with the long distance support. But that did leave Buzzy, Meep, and a pretty wrecked Mom to get thru the night on their own. Little Meepster did his best to make me smile and he did a very good job. Poor Buzzy was just in no shape to do anything; he couldn't even get comfy enough to be able to fall asleep.
Today Buzzy seemed to be feeling even worse then he did yesterday. We had an appointment for an ultra-sound that was about 45 minutes away. Now I am the first to admit that I am not much of a driver under the best circumstances. But the thought of all that highway driving while trying to comfort Buzzy at the same time, was way to much for me. Luckily I found an incredible car service that took us to the appointment, waited for us, and then brought us home - you should have seen the receiptionist's face when Buzzy & I came in with a limo driver carrying the x-rays! (Now that Buzz has ridden in a Town Car, I'm not sure how he's gonna feel about our little Ford Ranger!)
The ultra-sound revealed that Buzzy does have a tumor growing right near his heart. It's about as big around as if you brought your forefinger and thumb towards eachother but left a 1/2 inch gap. So that is indeed the bad news. The good news is that the dr. is pretty sure it's lymphoma, especially given that Buzzy is FIV+. We have an appointment next week for a full cavity ultra-sound and an aspiration (like a biopsy) so that we'll know for sure. If it is lymphoma, we might have some treatment options. After those tests are performed, we have a consult with the oncologist to determine our next steps. (Thankfully Jim will be home for those, or I might have a break-down!)
With the dr's help, we'll try to determine what's the best thing for Buzzy. Of course we want to keep him with us forever, but we need to do whatever gives him the highest quality of life possible. There's only so much we can put the poor guy thru and hopefully this new info will help us figure-out what's best for our little boy.
Ugh - if you're still reading, my aplogies; I didn't mean for that to be so long and detailed. Thank you to all our blogosphere friends for always being there for us. We'll post more when we have updates.
Take care everyone. People, please give your kitties (or other critters) a big hug & a kiss, and kitties, please give your people a head-butt & a kiss.

48 Comments:

Blogger Riley & Tiki said...

We are purraying and purring for Buzzy.

May 2, 2007 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Derby said...

Buzzerbe that is not good news. We will get you on the Pet Prayer and Praise blog. Let's get the whole blogpshpere pulling for you.

Lots of purrs.

May 2, 2007 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger ML (Mary Lynn) said...

Thanks to Derby, this is posted on the Cat Blogosphere now (for Wednesday night). I'll post it again in the morning on Thursday as well so everyone can get the word.

And sweet Buzzerbee is in our thoughts and prayers, as is the rest of the family.

May 2, 2007 at 10:19 PM  
Blogger The Meezers said...

Buzzy, we is purraying furry hard for you - that there is treatment opshuns for you. We checks your blog efurry day for updates.

Our mommy says to tell your mommy to email us anytime (our email is in our profile) - she has been frough the cancer fing wif Ralphie, so she knows what a wreck it can make you and can gif you some encouragement and support.

May 2, 2007 at 10:58 PM  
Blogger Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

We'z purraying fur Buzzerbee and fur yoo guys too. Let's hope it's something that can be managed. When the cat that came afor got cancer mom and dad spent a squillion dollars on serjeree, radiationa and chemo. It gots dem an extra 14 months and dey sed it wuz worth the money. When da cancer came back der wuz nuffing to be done, when da pain gots bad and she din't want to do anything any more mom and dad did the best thing for her. No more pain and sickness for our Punkin.

May 2, 2007 at 11:34 PM  
Blogger momsbusy said...

we jus heard abouts yu guys when we visited the cat blogosphere. we will be purrayin fer yur family.

yuki & kimiko

May 2, 2007 at 11:38 PM  
Blogger Marie the Defender said...

I just visited your blog via the cat blogosphere. I'm so sorry that you are unwell. I hope you feel better, Buzzy.

In the meantime I purr for you. I'm Marie, and I'm new to this cat blogging thing.

May 3, 2007 at 12:28 AM  
Anonymous Cheysuli said...

Purrs. I am very sorry to hear about Buzzy's illness. Long ago my human had an Felv cat who had lymphoma. It's a tough illness and we wish you the best.

May 3, 2007 at 1:11 AM  
Blogger Hot(M)BC said...

Buzzy, we's sorry you's not feelin good at all. We'll send yoo lots and lotsa purrs n purrayers, and fur Meep and youre Mommy too.
PURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRS,
Sanjee, Boni Maroni, Mini, Pepi and Gree

May 3, 2007 at 1:17 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

I'm sorry to meet you under the circumstances, but I'm purrin for you. Mom knows exactly what you are going through, the kitty before me was FIC+ and developed cancer...
Tara

May 3, 2007 at 2:18 AM  
Blogger Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

we're all purring for you lots. we sure hope the VET can help you to feel better and have lots more time with your family.

May 3, 2007 at 2:39 AM  
Blogger Kimo & Sabi said...

We is sending lot and lot of purrrs and prayers to Buzzy!

May 3, 2007 at 3:40 AM  
Blogger Dragonheart said...

So sorry to hear about Buzzy. :( I will keep him in my prayers and send lots of healing purrs his way.

May 3, 2007 at 4:31 AM  
Blogger Daisy said...

Buzzerbee, I sure hope you get better soon. I am going to purr and purr for you.

May 3, 2007 at 6:12 AM  
Blogger Millie said...

45 minutes away - did you go to Goffstown?

Oh, both Jasmine and I (and Mom) hope Buzz improves. We are praying for you and sending positive vibes as well as lots of purrs and headbutts.

May 3, 2007 at 6:25 AM  
Blogger DEBRA said...

We will keep you and little Buzzy in our thoughts and nightly purrayers. We will continue to send healing purrs your way. All of us here are pulling for Buzzy.

Abby
Boo
Ping
Jinx
& Gracie

May 3, 2007 at 6:42 AM  
Blogger Parker said...

Puurs and Prayers. We are hoping for the best.

May 3, 2007 at 7:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hang in there. My cat Rowdy (she's also FIV+) was diagnosed with lymphoma two weeks ago (the mass is in her chest and was blocking her trachea). We started chemotherapy and the immediate change is amazing. She's able to eat and keep her food down. Chemo is expensive and I'm still not sure how I'm going to pay for everything, but I want to give her a chance. She's a sweet, amazing girl and I love her very much. So anyhow, what I'm trying to say here is, don't give up on Buzzy. Chemo can work. You are all in my prayers.

Pam and the kids

May 3, 2007 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger Emma's Kat said...

I will be keeping Buzzy in my thoughts and prayers!

May 3, 2007 at 8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I check on your site daily and even though I've never left a comment before, I have been really concerned about ya. Lots of purrs from Fishers, IN

Barbie, Twitch and Jack kitties

May 3, 2007 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

Aw, poor Buzzy. Hey, we want to know what is happening so you make your posts as long and they need to be. We'll be purring and praying for all of you.
Comforting virtual chin and ear scritches to Buzzy and a hug to you, Jim and Meep.

May 3, 2007 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger Big Piney Woods Cats said...

Buzzy, we are furry worried about you and our purraying our hardest.

May 3, 2007 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Finnegan & Buddy said...

Adding owr purrs and prayers for Buzzy and all of you.

Love Finny & Buddy

May 3, 2007 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Smeagol & Strider (Mystery & Gizmo too!) said...

We're sendin' purrs and purrayers for Buzzerbee, and for Mom, Dad and Meep too.

May 3, 2007 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger jenianddean said...

Buzzerbee ... stay strong. I know it's such a hard time you are going through, but you are in very good, loving hands. We'll be praying for you to get better and to get good news.
--Jasper, Josie, Huggy Bear, and Maggie

May 3, 2007 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger The Meowers from Missouri said...

dear buzzy--please get weller furry soon. we are purrin' an' purrrayin' fur peace and healing fur you an' yer whole fambly!! an' we are purrrayin' that this is a manageable thing an' that the v-e-t an' staff will be blessed with knowledge an' skill to bring you through this!!

blessings on you all--
the meowers

May 3, 2007 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger sammawow-china cat-willow said...

Oh, we just found out about Buzzerbee on the blogosphere and we are both praying and purring very hard.

Purrrs, China Cat & Willow

May 3, 2007 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Radcliff, Allie, Luna & Ozzie said...

We're sorry to hear Buzz is doing poorly. But it looks like there is still a little fight in the kittie if he was 'uncooperative' enough to keep the V*T from sticking him.

Healing purrs from all of us to Buzzerbee, and a group {{hugg}} to Mom, cause she probably needs one.

pppuuurrruuurrruuurrr

May 3, 2007 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger The Crew said...

We're so upset about Buzz! You guys were one of our first friends. We're purrin' for him.

The Crew

May 3, 2007 at 12:27 PM  
Anonymous Puff said...

Buzz, we are sending you our extra special purrayers and nuzzles. And some for your mom and Meep too.

Buzz's Mom, we know you are doing the very best for our friend Buzz. Mom says that sometimes it's hard being a kitty mom, but she knows how much you love Buzz and will make the right decisions regarding his treatment.

May 3, 2007 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger Scooby, Shaggy & Scout said...

We send snuggles and kitty nuzzles to all of you.
We are praying that Buzz improves and gives you many more happy years.

May 3, 2007 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger Max said...

Geez, Buzz, when you do something, you do it in a big way. I got paws crossed that they can treat your tumor and that it isn't too hard on you. This bites big time.

May 3, 2007 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger Karen Jo said...

I am so sorry to learn how sick Buzzerbee is. He still has plenty of spunk left in him, though. I hope that the vet can find a treatment for him that will make him well again. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

May 3, 2007 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger Fat Eric said...

Sorry to hear Buzzerbee is so ill. Sending big purrs and scritches to him, and Meep, and you. Let us know how he gets on. We are thinking of you.

May 3, 2007 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Cecilia & The 2Bs said...

Headbutts and Purrs for Buzz.

May 3, 2007 at 6:10 PM  
Blogger The Meezer Gang said...

We are praying for Buzzy! Get well soon, our friend!

May 3, 2007 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger THE ZOO said...

poor Buzzy we're praying for you and hope you feel better soon.

May 3, 2007 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger Magoo, Smudge, Bella & Dolce said...

Our worst fears came true. We have been coming by almost every other day to see if you guys had updated your blog. And now we know why. Dad was worried that it might be health stuff since you both are FIV+. We are purraying very hard for you.

May 3, 2007 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger Tiger Lily said...

I'm so sorry Buzzerbee is so sick. We'll be purraying for you all to be able to make the best decisions throughout this whole ordeal.

May 3, 2007 at 11:35 PM  
Blogger Lux said...

I read about Buzzy on the Cat Blogosphere, and just want to say we're thinking about you and Buzzerbee. Such a difficult situation.

:::crossing my paws:::

May 4, 2007 at 1:04 AM  
Blogger Chairman Mao said...

We saw your noos on the kitty bloggiesphere page, and we wanted to let you know that we're purrin' and purrin' extra hard for you, Buzzy. Sendin' love, hugs, hope, and healing vibes!

Chairman Mao, Brainball, Dorydoo, and Marilyn MonREOW

May 4, 2007 at 1:42 AM  
Blogger yao-lin said...

love and purrs for you. It is such an awful time when a beloved pet is ill. I sincerely hope everything works out for the best.

Lots of love

Yao-Lin, Mao and the humans xxx

May 4, 2007 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Catzee said...

I am so furry sorry that Buzzy is so sick. Purrs, prayers, an' tail hugs from me an' my family.

May 4, 2007 at 10:37 PM  
Blogger William said...

It's always so difficult when a kidlet is not feeling well because our moms and dads really don't understand our language very well. We do know they'll do whatever it takes, though. We're all thinking of Buzz in this hard time. Kissies to all.

May 6, 2007 at 11:12 PM  
Blogger DK & The Fluffies said...

We're still keeping you both in our thoughts! Be Well!

May 7, 2007 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger The Meezers said...

Hi Buzzy and Meep - we is just checking in to see how you and your mommy is doing. we is sending lots and lots of purrs your way.

May 7, 2007 at 11:11 PM  
Anonymous Lesa Hall said...

Buzzerbee and Meep are such special boys. What a fantastic and loving mom and dad they have. Thank you for being the best home that a Kitty Angels volunteer could ever hope for. We are praying for Buzz and think of you all often. Love from your KA friends

May 8, 2007 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger muffinmidi said...

My Mommy and I are praying for you.
Muffin

May 9, 2007 at 10:53 PM  

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