Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The good and the bad.

First the good.

First OB appt yesterday. The dr is great! My little one is measuring perfectly on target at 1.47 cm, with a beautiful strong heartbeat of 171 bpm. I HEARD IT!!! I cried. What an incredible sound.

Then I got to meet up with Cassandra from Baby Smiling in Back Seat! We were planning to go to this indulgent French chocolate place (because I'm a proponent of "dessert first"), but they went out of business. So sad. They hadn't updated their website, so we didn't know until we got there. So instead we went for a very nice dinner in Greenwich Village. It was such a pleasure meeting her in person. This had been tentatively planned since February. She thought I'd be pregnant, but she wouldn't be. Instead, we're both pregnant, she's 4 weeks ahead of me, and having TWO!!

Now the bad.

One of my kitties is very sick. He started throwing up (just fluid) Sunday, but I didn't think much of it. Cats throw up, and he seemed his usual self otherwise. But yesterday it continued and he became increasingly listless. Completely unlike him. He is usually the most energetic and affectionate cat. He loves EVERYONE! He'd make friends with a pitbull given the opportunity. By late last night I was really scared. Took him to the vet as soon as they opened this morning. He was very, very dehydrated. The vet suspects a bowel obstruction of some kind. They are hydrating him and running tests. An x-ray doesn't show any obstruction, but the vet said it could just be in a spot that is hard to see. His kidney function is okay. Numbers are slightly elevated, but that's probably just from the dehydration. The bloodwork they ran there came back normal, but we have to wait until tomorrow morning for the rest. I'm really hoping it's just a really bad furball, and that once he's fully hydrated he will pass it. The vet said that was possible, or it could be a foreign object and he might need surgery. I had to give them a $500 deposit today and was told that if he needs surgery, it could be around $2,000. But what can I do? He's a young cat (around 6-7 years old), and this could be a very fixable problem. I'm sad and scared.

My Mushy!

24 comments:

Andrea said...

I am so glad all is well with you and baby!!! I'll be hoping for Mr. Mushy to get well very soon (and relatively inexpensively). He is so cute!

Mo and Will said...

Oh Wow, Dora. congrats on the baby : ) you must be over the moon. sending healing thoughts to your kitty too. hope he recovers soon (and inexpensively : )

Mo

Beautiful Mess said...

YAY for a great heartbeat and loving your OB! Glad you and Cassandra got to have nice dinner. I hope your Mr. Mushy gets better soon!
*HUGS*

Billy said...

Hearing a heart beat - how exciting!!!

Hope Mushy will be O.K! (he's cute)

Jenn said...

So glad all is well with the baby but so sorry to hear that Mr. Mushy is not doing so well.

I am sure the vet is taking excellent care of him. I will keep him in my thoughts and prayers!!!

HUGS

Kristin said...

Glad everything is so wonderful on the pregnancy front!

Hope your kitty gets better on his own. If he does need surgery, I know there is a special line of credit to cover these surgeries and, the first time you use it, you have a year to pay it off interest free. I found that out when we thought our dog might need surgery.

Michele said...

Yay! The baby is doing well! So exciting!!!

So sorry to hear about your kitty. I hope he feels better soon and that it is nothing major.

Vee said...

Wonderful news bubs is doing great!.

I am sorry to hear about Mushy, I am hoping he will be on the mend soon. He is a cutey!

Joni said...

Congrats on the heartbeat! That sounds so wonderful.

I hope your kitty will be better soon.

Kami said...

That is super-duper good news about the baby. You are on your way!

I am sorry about your kitty though. I hope he heals easily and quickly.

Another Dreamer said...

The Ob appt is fantastic news.

But, oh poor Mushy :( I really hope they can figure it out and help him.

musicmakermomma said...

So excited for you and Cassandra - what a great experience. And hearing the baby must be the best. Hope your kitty recovers, and it isn't a big operation thing.

Cara said...

Oh Dora - I'm so glad you are so very pregnant!!! Mushy will be ok, just has to be to meet this little one!!

Niki said...

Yay Dora! Congrats on one healthy little bean with a strong h/b! :) I'm so sorry that Mr. Mushy isn't doing well. I will keep my fingers crossed that with increased hydration he'll be able to pass whatever is obstructing his bowel. (My mom and dad's cat just had surgery for a bowel obstruction and their other cat had one a couple of years ago.)

battynurse said...

I'm so glad that your OB appt went well. And so sorry about your kitty. I hope that he's feeling better soon and that he doesn't need surgery. Thinking of you. Hugs to you.

princessoftides said...

Glad all's well on the OB front. So sorry about Mushy. I really, really hope he feels better soon, and that you don't have to go the surgery route. It's so scary to have a sick furbaby.

Aunt Becky said...

I'm so sorry about your cat. It's so bittersweet when something so good is mixed with something so bad.

Cassandra said...

Lovely to meet you!

I was wondering about Mushy, sorry to hear that he's ill after all.

Those foreign objects are exasperating. I have a friend who's a vet, and he says he hates to give people the news after surgery that the reason their pet needed a surgery that cost thousands of dollars was that the pet ate something that the owner had left around the house -- the last one he told me about was a dog that ate a flip-flop.

Anonymous said...

Great news about the baby!

Sorry to hear about your cat though. If it turns out that he needs surgery(hopefully he wont) you may see if there is an organization where you are that helps out with large vet bills.

Shinejil said...

Poor Mushy! Get better soon.

So glad your little one continues to thrive.

Michelle said...

I am glad you are doing well and got to hear the beautiful heartbeat! That is so exciting.

It is sad about your cat. :( I hope she feels better real soon!

The Swann's said...

Here from LFCA...

Congrats on your baby and such a strong heartbeat!!!!! :-) May you be able to enjoy the remainder of your pregnancy!

~Meghan

S said...

Its so awesome that your u/s news is just PERFECT!!! hope the ride goes as smoothly and boringly as possible!!

I'm sorry about your cat too...I know nothing about cats, so nothing useful to say but that.

Take care and look after yourself!

xx

S

Stacie said...

I am so happy for you. Congratulations on hearing that glorious little heartbeat!