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Hobkin Update: Another Downswing

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Hobkin's breathing has continued to get worse again. He's wheezing and each breath is labored, and his appetite has fallen back to accepting only crickets and mealworms. We've put him back on continuous oxygen therapy. I gave him an early dose of furosemide (Lasix) last night, and I plan to administer subcutaneous fluids before I have to leave for work.

We're going through cycles of aggressively treating the fluid in his lungs with intensive meds at the vet's until he starts recovering, bringing him home to recuperate, seeming to be on the mend, and the fluid building up again. We need to find and treat the cause of the fluid build-up in order for him to get better, and we need to do that before his strength gives out.

Discovered that Hobkin still has all his teeth. Since the vet was only going to pull the one tooth if it was an easy and quick extraction, I have to assume it was neither. He didn't actually give Matthew a post-procedure rundown so I don't even know if Hobkin's tooth was all that bad. Apparently the vet office had a staff meeting right afterward, so the vet wasn't available for consultation. I find that quite frustrating.

Hobkin has a follow-up appointment on Thursday. I assume the vet plans to tell us what he thought of the tooth then, but Hobkin's not going to make it that long without another Lasix injection, preferably later this morning. The unspoken assumption was that the results from his blood work would be discussed then, too, but I'm hoping they'll be available before then. Also, the new antibiotic they prescribed for Hobkin tastes vile and Hobkin won't take it, even if it's doused in whipped cream. Need to find out if the pill form is any better and small enough to conceal in a cricket (that actually works with the furosemide tablets--and I'm so glad about that I don't even care about the eww factor). If not, I'm hoping they'll allow us to administer it as an injection at home. But they won't give us the furosemide in injection form for home use. FDA regulations. I'm also concerned about having to give Hobkin so much furosemide. It can cause an electrolyte imbalance, especially with Hobkin not eating properly, and they've also got him on prednisolone. And corticosteroids can cause an additive potassium-depletion effect in combination with furosemide. And while I can help offset that with subcutaneous fluids, the fluids that I'm injecting may just end up building up in Hobkin's lungs.

I haven't been able to sleep at all tonight. Worry and fear and stress don't make for peaceful slumber. Hobkin is curled up in my lap right now. He's so beautiful. His coat is thick and lush and soft beyond belief. When I hold him in my arms, it's like cuddling the warmest, softest stuffed animal in the world, but even better, 'cause the stuffed animal cuddles and loves me back. I've been watching him and listening to his breathing get more labored and the occasional wheezes in his chest become louder and more frequent. I look at him, my beautiful Hobkin, and I can't understand how he can be sick. And I listen to the small, distressed sounds he makes with every breath, and it breaks my heart.
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On January 26th, 2010 11:17 am (UTC), gillpolack commented:
Still thinking support your way. I wish I could think lots of energy across the miles, but i'm having a bit of an interesting week and am short of the stuff. I hope support and love for Hobkin helps. You've made me know him andc are for him through your blog and hearing about him hurting is just awful. May he pull through quickly.
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On January 26th, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC), faerie_writer commented:
Oh, Eugie, I hope, hope, hope everything goes okay.
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On January 26th, 2010 12:42 pm (UTC), elmwood replied:
I have followed and come to know Hobkin through your blog, too, so I will be sending all the positive energy I can to him and you during this awful time.
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On January 26th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC), threeoutside commented:
Oh, sweetie, I'm so sorry. *hug* Hang in there.

What we do for love...
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On January 26th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC), yendi commented:
You guys (Hobson in particular, of course) are all in my thoughts.
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On January 26th, 2010 02:02 pm (UTC), cathshaffer commented:
I'm so sorry to hear things are not going well again. You should definitely call the vet right away and find out if she has any more information for you. I know how you feel and have been through this many times with my beloved pets.
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On January 26th, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC), gardenwaltz commented:
just wanted to let you know that I have been following Hobkin's struggles and I am thinking of you all.
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On January 26th, 2010 03:01 pm (UTC), ericmarin commented:
*sending lots of supportive thoughts*
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On January 26th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC), j_cheney commented:
I'm so sorry.

We have a geriatric dog, and almost lost him near Thanksgiving, and it was so painful to watch him struggle. I'll keep thinking good thoughts for your baby.
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On January 26th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC), keesa_renee commented:
Ohhh, Eugie, I'm so sorry to hear that Hobkin is doing so poorly! I will keep praying for him. I know how precious he is to you. Do call the vet...perhaps they can help in some way! :hugs:
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On January 26th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC), ken_schneyer commented:
Oh, hon. So sorry.
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On January 26th, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC), nmsunbear replied:
Oh, I so hoped he was through the worst of it.
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On January 26th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC), queenoftheskies commented:
Still sending lots of love and healing thoughts and ::HUGS::. Hope Hobkin will be well soon.
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On January 26th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC), amysisson commented:
I feel that way about my kitties. It's easy to believe how much we love them, but I can't believe they love us back so much! I am sending my very best thoughts for you and your husband and your beautiful Hobkin.
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On January 26th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC), jean_roberta commented:
Keping my fingers crossed for Hobkin & his loving human family.
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On January 26th, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC), pleroma commented:
*hugs*
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On January 26th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC), domynoe commented:
oh :hugs:

poor baby. poor mama.
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On January 26th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC), miintikwa commented:
Sending you good thoughts.
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On January 26th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC), melindadansky commented:
*hugs*
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On January 26th, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC), melissajm commented:
Still hoping for him.
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On January 27th, 2010 02:50 am (UTC), jmward14 commented:
Hugs. Just hugs,
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On January 27th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC), shaolingrrl commented:
Oh...hell. I'm sorry. I also wish I was close enough to *do* something--run errands, clean house--whatever, so you can sit with Hobkin. I will just keep sending good thoughts.
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