Saturday, December 23, 2006

update, day 2

Thank you so much for your comforting comments. I've heard others say that the support of the blogging world has been so meaningful to them, but I've never had such need of it as today and I must say, even though I've never met most of you, it really does mean a lot to me that you're reading and caring and praying.

Simba's left leg is a little stronger today. He can bear weight on it, although not without help because his right leg is still pretty useless. But he hasn't lost sensation, so all this is good news. The vet said if we're going to see any improvement, it will start during the first 24 hours, and if he does recover fully it will happen slowly. We may be in that situation; too early to tell.

He's very groggy, though, from the pain meds, and he's refusing food and water. He hasn't had a drink or anything to eat since yesterday morning, and he's not eliminating anything either. This morning the vet suggested that I withhold his pain meds, which are making him drowsy and also can upset his stomach, and see if he perks up and eats anything. He had them at 5 this morning, though, and they're 12-hour meds, so it won't be till this evening that we might see some improvement. Meantime I've found a little water bottle that I can use to squirt some low-sodium chicken broth into his mouth, and he will swallow if I do that although he doesn't like it when I do. And the vet said to try putting some peanut butter on the roof of his mouth so he'll lick and swallow that.

So, here's my sick little guy, ears down, eyes at half mast, nearly immobile in his bed. I considered not taking his picture, since he doesn't like it. But I want some pictures of him in these times, either as a memento if I lose him, or just as a remembrance if he recovers.

Please keep praying. Thank you so much.

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Anonymous said...

still reading and caring...good luck

Lynne said...

I thought about you guys all night. I hope everything goes well, I'll be praying for him. Please keep us updated.

Anonymous said...

I'm praying for you and Simba. I know how much he means to you... Poor little guy, I hope he feels better soon.

Barbara (Biscuit Girl) said...

We've been keeping you all in our thoughts today. Good healing thoughts.

Faith-in-Capitalism said...

I am speechless. There are times when words just don't express it. Poor little guy. He is in my thoughts and prayers. And YOU both are in my thoughts and prayers. So hard to see him suffer.

Faith-in-Capitalism said...

Dear Simba,

I hope you are doing better.

Your buddy Zeke