Welcome to me
I don't remember when I was born, but it was between 1995 - 2000.
I was living at the local animal shelter (Mendocino County Animal Shelter) when I picked my current house mates. It was easy as pie. They came in to the cat room and I just walked right over to the man and climbed up on his shoulder and purred.
I have been living with them since 2005.
I also live with three dogs (Rain, Cali & Marlee) and three other cats (Big Kitty, Jester & Bramble) - I pretty much keep to myself but am a friendly guy-really.
On August 13th 2008 I was diagnosed with Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) - this is my story.
Most of the time my mom will be telling this story...sometimes I'll put in my two cents worth ;-)
See my lab results at the very end of my blog.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
3 Week Re-Check
Peeps went to the vet.
Here's what they say.
Weight = 9.5lbs - up from 8.11lbs in August.
Kidneys = very small and lumpy
- more than likely due to traumatic injury in past
Systolic blood pressure = 136
*most normal systolic values range from 110 to160 mmHg
Teeth = 1 tooth is badly infected
Blood work =
Aug 13/Sep 5 / Normal Ranges
BUN= 114 / 114 / 15 - 34 mg/dL
Creatinine= 6.1 / 5.4 / .8 - 2.3 mg/dL
Phosphorus= 10.2 / 8 / 3.0 - 7.0 mg/dL
HCT= 26.4 / 20 / 29 - 45 %
So, his numbers (BUN/Creatinine/Phosphorus) are not dropping low enough, fast enough for the vets liking.
His anemia is worsening - it's a non-regenerative version of anemia so iron supplements is not an option... only a type of hormone ( Erythropoietin ) replacement will help him with his anemia.
The vet is suggesting (heavily) a manufactured diet and Epogen, 200ml or sub-q daily, and 10 days of oral antibiotics.
I'm starting my research.
Here is my problem with this...
Peeps is eating really well, 2-3 times a day. His oral fluid intake is still really high/good.
He is much stronger this past 5-9 days. He is jumping up onto his bed, chairs, etc.
His weight has increased quite a bit (and it's not fluid) - he is acting like a normal cat - even the vet is amazed at his overall outward lack of symptoms in regard to the numbers.
Last night I heard Peeps meowing that "I have something to show you" meow. I took the flashlight out and sure enough - he had hunted, caught and was devouring a mouse!
His actions speak very loudly to me....but I am listening to the vet.
I'm trying hard to listen...to trust
Now playing: Glen Hansard - Say It to Me Now
Mr. Peeps' labs - a complete look
|Reticulocyte Count||0.7||0 - 1 %|
|Absolute Reticulocyte||37870||0 - 50000 / MM3|
|*an absolute Reticulocyte count greater than 50,000/mm3 of blood is considered evidence of regenerative anemia.|
|Alk. Phosphatase||10||0 - 62 U/L|
|ALT. (SGPT)||29||28 - 100 U/L|
|AST (SGOT)||25||5 - 55 U/L|
|CK||573||64 - 440 U/L||H|
|GGT||1||0 - 6 U/L|
|Albumin||2.9||2.3 - 3.9 g/dL|
|Total Protein||8.5||5.9 - 8.5 g/dL|
|Globulin||5.6||3.0 - 5.6 g/dL|
|Total Bilirubin||0.2||0.0 - .4 mg/dL|
|Direct Bilirubin||0.1||0.0 - .2 mg/dL|
|BUN||114 / 114 ||15 - 34 mg/dL||H|
|Creatinine||6.1 / 5.4 ||.8 - 2.3 mg/dL||H|
|Cholesterol||245 ||82 - 218 mg/dL||H|
|Glucose||79||70 - 150 mg/dL|
|Calcium||10.2||8.2 - 11.8 mg/dL|
|Phosphorus||10.2 / 8 ||3.0 - 7.0 mg/dL||H|
|TCO2 (Bicarbonate)||11||13 - 25 mEq/l||L|
|Chloride||115||111 - 125 mEq/L|
|Potassium||4.4||3.9 - 5.3 mEq/L|
|Sodium||150||147 - 156 mEq/L|
|A/G Ratio||0.5||.4 - .8|
|Indirect Bilirubin||0.1||0 - .3 mg/dL|
|Anion Gap||28||13 - 27 mEq/L||H|
|T4||1.9||.5 - 5.8 ug/dL|
|CBC COMPREHENSIVE |
|WBC||12.5||4.2 - 15.6 Thous./uL|
|RBC||5.41||6.0 - 10.0 Million/uL||L|
|HGB||8.2||9.5 - 15 g/dL||L|
|HCT||26.4 / 20 ||29 - 45 %||L|
|MCV||49||41 - 58 fL|
|MCH||15.2||11.0 - 17.5 pg|
|MCHC||31.1||29 - 36 g/dL|
|Neutrophil SEG||84||35 - 75 %||H|
|Lymphocytes||8||20 - 55 %||L|
|Monocytes||2||1 - 4 %|
|Eosinophil||6||2 -12 %|
|Basophil||0||0 - 1 %|
|Auto Platelet||410||170 - 600 Thous./uL|
|*Viewed microscopically - no feline hemotropic mycoplasmas seen/Neutrophils appear slightly toxic/Slight Howel Jolly bodies|
|WBC||0-2||0 - 5 HPF|
|RBC||None||0 - 5 HPF|
|EPI Cell||Rare (0-1)||HPF|
|Other||Lipid droplets present|