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Hobkin Update: Ultrasound Diagnosis - Dilated Cardiomyopathy

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Heard back from Matthew. Hobkin's ultrasound procedure is over, he's awake and alert, and I can breathe again.

The good news is that the spot they saw in his lungs is gone now and his kidneys seem fine. The bad news is that he has dilated cardiomyopathy, which is a disease where the heart is enlarged and the walls of it have subsequently thinned.

Hobkin's long-term life expectancy isn't good. The disease is fatal. However, he may still have some quality time left with us. The vet couldn't give us a precise estimate; he said anywhere from days to months.

He's already on the meds he needs to be on—pimobendan, furosemide, and enalapril—and will be on for the rest of his life. My preliminary research has come up with a couple additional treatments (i.e., taurine and L-carnitine supplements) which I'll want to bring up with the vet as well.

Finally having a proper diagnosis eases some of the helpless frustration I've felt this last week, but knowing that Hobkin is indeed dying makes me anguished and tearful. I am grateful that it seems likely we'll have some time left with him, just not as much as I wish we had.
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On January 28th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC), mouseferatu commented:
Oh, sweetie, I'm sorry. :-(

I know you have people closer, but if you ever need to talk, you're welcome to e-mail, or even ask for my number. And while I know it's unlikely, let me know if there's anything I can do.
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On January 28th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC), kenakeri commented:
Oh no.
Fatal?

I'm so sorry to hear this.

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On January 28th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC), kittymel commented:
lots of love and hugs to you, your hubby and my favorite fluffy skunk
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On January 28th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC), terracinque commented:
Oh, this is sad. Poor Hobkin! But I know he'll go out comfortable and loved.
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On January 28th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC), ericmarin commented:
I'm so sorry his disease is fatal. *sending lots of supportive thoughts*
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On January 28th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC), elmwood commented:
That is sad news, and I feel for you all. As you say, knowing what to expect takes some of the helpless anxiety away. It's obvious that Hobkin is much loved and I'm sure that you will treasure the time you have left with him.
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On January 28th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC), j_cheney commented:
::hugs::
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On January 28th, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC), n_decisive commented:
I'm so very sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with you.
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On January 28th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC), raecarson commented:
Oh, I am so very sorry to hear.
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On January 28th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC), amberdine replied:
Oh no. :( Terribly sad to hear this. I hadn't said anything, but I was really hoping for the best.

You're taking fabulous care of him, though. Maybe he'll stick around a little while longer.

*hugs*
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On January 28th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC), threeoutside commented:
Aw, sweetie. I'm so sorry. But it's good that he's feeling better. <3 <3 <3 to you, Hobkin's daddy, and Hobkin. Every minute will be even more precious now. Give him a hug for me.
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On January 28th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC), dragonmyst commented:
I've been following Hobkin's plight closely over the past week. In fact the only reason I've been reading my flist over the past couple days was to see how he was doing. {{hugs}} to you guys and snuggles to Hobkins. I'm glad you have a diagnosis to work with now. {{huggles again}} You folks will be in my thoughts through this difficult time.
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On January 28th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC), whitecrow0 commented:
I'm sorry to hear this. I've been searching your entries out on my friends list these past few days, because I've been so concerned about Hobkin.
I hope he has more time than you think he does. He's such an enchanting little fellow.
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On January 28th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC), micheleis commented:
I'm so sorry, Eugie. *hugs to you and Hobkin*
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On January 28th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC), nmsunbear commented:
Oh no. I'm so sorry.
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On January 28th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC), pleroma commented:
*hugs*
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