Friday, June 25, 2010

Our sweet little Keiko...

Keiko resting this morning with Luna

Keiko was not breathing well last night around bedtime, it looked like she was hyperventilating. Needless to say I didn't get much sleep and ended up just getting up at 5am to check on her. She was lying on the floor in a place she never usually would be. I put her in her bed and she curled up to get more comfie.
I called into work to spend the day with her. She lied down on my lap a little while and slept on the couch most of the rest of the time. We took her to the vet for her breathing issues because she was also becoming very weak... She would go to her water dish and hover over it but not take a drink and just sit there like that.
The doctor gave us some special food to mix w/water and feed her w/a syringe. She really hated it and growled a lot... but now seems to be resting well after going to hide under the futon.

Trixi was concerned too, she layed down with her this afternoon on the floor...

Here is the letter from the doctor that was sent home w/ her meds that explains better than I could try to:

Keiko has become a critically ill patient in a very short period of time. She has developed additional fluid around her lungs, called pleural effusion, which is in creasing her respiratory rate and effort. The patchy infiltrates in her lung x-ray also look more abundant and denser today compared with the results from just 24 hours ago.
I am very concerned with the rapid course of her decline; based on her ultrasound she does have an element of cardiac disease but also there are abnormal masses within her chest cavity. I attempted to aspirate as much of the fluid as possible but was only able to evacuate approximately 4 cc. The fluid has ben submitted for analysis and we are hoping the official test result of the fluid analysis will steer us in a more definite direction... if this is cancer, an infection, consistent w/cardiac disease etc.
We also submitted a CBC to evaluate her red blood cell and while blood cell count. Results should be back Saturday, a toxoplasmosis titer was also submitted, results should come Saturday or Monday. She has been given Mirtapazine to help stimulate appetite and Clindamycin. This is an antibiotic that is used in the treatment of toxoplasmosis.

We'll keep everyone posted on her progress; thank you all so much for your overwhelming heartfelt emotional support as well as generous monetary support. You're all the shining light to comfort us in this difficult time =^_^=

34 comments:

  1. We are sending more healing purrs to Keiko and comforting purrs to everyone. We wishes there was more we could do. We will be unable to visit this weekend but will be thinking about Keiko and will check in whenever we get a chance.

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  2. From Mawm to Hooman,
    Thank you for filling us in sooner than expected, my heart is just aching over what you are going thru...the dr's notes helped too. I will write you more on FB but just wanted to say here on Keiko's blog that she couldn't have a better hooman and you have such a brave lil kitteh!! You both are still wrapped up in our hearts and warmed by all the purrrzzz. I hope others are able to donate to help out... (((Tina)))

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  3. I am so sorry this has become so serious so quickly...Poor, sweet, beautiful Keiko...I am leaving due to family illness/surgery (I have scheduled posts a week ahead so my blog will update everyday), but I will check as often as I can for updates on Keiko's condition and I will make a small donation before I go...Best of luck...I sincerely hope she will pull through this tough time...Sending positive energy, hugs and love...Jacqueline, Calle, Halle, Sukki

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  4. Poor sweetie. We are sending hugs and purrs your way. Deep purrs she stays comfortable and they find out what is wrong.

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  5. I sending very special healing purrs for Keiko. I am so sorry to hear she isn't doing well.

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  6. Oh my goodness--how quickly this is going. We are so sorry to hear this. We will purr hard for all of you.

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  7. We are purring and purraying for sweet Keiko. Love,
    KC & The Sherwood Kitties

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  8. We would be glad to sponsor an auction for Keiko's vet bills.
    I've been there and the donations are great, and they pay the bill, but it is the support from everyone that really helps you.
    I'll get back to you this weekend... what we do is ask if you or any one have items they would like to donate to auction. Everyone who wants to participate emails photos and descriptions of the items.
    We list them on our Furriends of the CB Auction blog. When the bidding ends, the transactions are between buyer and seller, but the payments are made to Keiko's Paypal.
    We have a contest to raise funds for Maxie scheduled for the fourth of July, and after that we have time to schedule Keiko's auction.
    You can email us about it at kc AT catblogosphere DOT com.
    Sending love and purrs to sweet Keiko and family.
    ~Mom ML

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  9. I am so sorry Keiko is not doing well... Please hang on Keiko... Please be strong little girl... Many purrs going your way :vibes:
    Happy Cat Family

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  10. Oh Mom ML, you are just the bestest human>>>what an amazing offer!! After you arrange it w/Keiko's parents, can you please let me know how I can help...I can probably donate something to auction & offset the vet bill. HUGZ to you!!

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  11. Just a quick note to let you know we are purring and praying for you, Keiko.
    Snuggles,
    Taz, Runt, Charles, and mommy, Anna in Illinois

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  12. My human and I are both very upset at how quickly Keiko has gone downhill. I am keeping my paws crossed that the test show something that will be able to help her.

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  13. We are so sorry that Keiko is so much worse and are purring and praying for her that the tests show what is wrong and she can be successfully treated.

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  14. Oh Keiko... we're both purring SO loud, we hope you hear us and feel much, much better. Purrs for your mummy too.

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  15. Continued MEGA purrs and healing Light to Keiko and to you all. Paws crossed for her....(((Hugs)))

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  16. Oh, Keiko, I am so worried about you, sweet kitty. Please stay strong, and try to eat! Harley and I are purring and purring and purring for you.

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  17. Oh little Keiko, we are so sorry you are so poorly, so we send you more rumbly purrs and love, also some hugs for your humans too.

    Whicky Wuudler

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  18. Keiko, we are so sorry that you got so sick. Being sick is no fun. Hugs to your Mom for taking such good care of you. We are sending you tons of purrs and prayers.We will keep our paws crossed for you too. Hang in there Keiko, they just might find something to help you.

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  19. Keiko - we are purring for you and your mom - how quickly this illness has progressed and affected her so much - we are hoping the tests are back quickly so that the vets can help her.

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  20. That makes all of our whiskers weepy wet here too. We are all purring and praying for sweet Keiko. We are thinking of you.

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  21. Oh, Keiko and Keiko's mom, we are praying and purring as hard as we can that you will be comfortable while the vets figure out how to help you.

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  22. We're purring loud and hard for Keiko. We hope they find out what is wrong and that it's something they can fix.

    Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

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  23. ::purr-purr-purr::
    sending loud strong purrs your way, Keiko. we do not want you to be sickies, please get better quick!

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  24. We are purring and purraying so very hard for Keiko. We hope the vet can figure out what is going on and Keiko can be treated. Stay strong, Keiko! We all love you!

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  25. we can't send green papers (obviously as someone here keeps taking all of TSB's *grunt* MOL) but we all send supermegahealingpurrs, cuddles, headbutts, nosetaps, and pets to the hoomin (yes, I may be a cat, but I like to pet TSB MOL). C'mon Keisha!!!

    Jadzia

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  26. We is purring furry furry hard for yoo Keiko!
    Luvs,
    Alla Us Hotties

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  27. Oh, Keiko, Willow and I are so sad that you aren't feeling well. We are sending over our strongest healing purrs to you.

    Purrrrrrrrrs, China Cat

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  28. We are all purring with all our might for sweet Keiko.

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  29. Purrrring & purrraying for Keiko and for her bean as well.

    ppuurrrrrr

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  30. I just read on Facebook that they had to let Keiko go, my heart is so heavy right now! Tina you're in my heart & thoughts, also please give Luna big hugz....both of you hold on tight right now xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
    Shelly & the M's

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  31. 'Kaika's mom here: we are so sorry your sweet girl is having such a rough time. We can truly sympathize, having had to deal with similar issues with our Tabbygail. 'Kaika sends gentle healing purrs to Keiko ...

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  32. This is shocking news! Keiko can't be ill? I've known Keiko for a few years now....

    We're sending our genuine purrs and prayers for keiko's recovery. I hope that the tests come back conclusive and point you in a successful and productive direction.
    xxxxxx

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  33. We are so sorry ... we just came from Keiko and Luna's Facebook page ... sending love and purrs to your family ...

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  34. I am so very sorry. This was so sudden and went so quickly that you must be in shock. I send hugs and Herman sends nosekisses.

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