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RIP Houdini 6-1-08

She took a drastic turn for the worse overnight - her temp is 92.3 degrees and she's down to 2 lb 14 oz.  She has severe dehydration and severe low blood sugar.  The vet said between the hypoglycemia and the hypothermia she should be in a coma, but she is still trying to walk and eat.  Please keep her in your thoughts today.

I'm so, so sorry to hear that.  I've thought about Houdini a lot recently.  She's one loved cat.

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Big fat furry kitty hugs for Houdini and MD!!!! You're both in my thoughts!!!

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Oh poor Houdini... my hugs to both of you.

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(((hugs))) I am so sorry and will definitely be praying for Houdini.

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Her temp dropped to 90 degrees - we just gave the okay to do the steroid injection.  I'm really scared.

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How do the steroids elevate her temperature?

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The thought is that since no treatments have worked for viral, bacterial, or fungal infections and she's tested negative for FIV/FeLV and cancer she must have an autoimmune disease. The treatment for which is steroids.  We were hoping to have the final lab results (bartonella PCR and autoimmune panel) before making the decision, but that's not an option.  If we do nothing, she'll die anyway.  Better to at least try...

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((((MD and Houdini))))

DR and i will be sending positive cat healing energy your way.

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I'm so sorry MDV.  I will light a candle for Houdini.

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Oh I am so sorry. :'(

When Shango died his temperature had dropped to about 90 degrees, he was almost dead when they euthanized him.  Oh, it was so sad, I am so sorry you have to go through this, I brings back the terrible pain my heart still has for my poor lost Shango.  I still miss him so so so so much.  My thoughts are with you.  I would pray, but I stopped praying, and stopped having faith in God after Shango died.

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It's been a couple of hours.  Is it too early to know if the steroid injection are working?

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I hope everything is going ok!  You and Houdini are in my thoughts.  Let us know when you know.

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Just got back.  One of the vets from Ohio State called my vet and told them to check her blood sugar.  She's in sepsis (full system infection).  The local vet immediately put her on broad spectrum antibiotic IV and moved her to a heated, oxygenated cage.  Her temperature has climbed back up to 96 and counting.  We went to visit and she seemed in good spirits.

The bartonella PCR and antibody test also came back just a little bit ago - both negative. 

This confirms the autoimmune diagnosis, but the vets all agree not to start steroids until (IF) we can get her out of sepsis. 

We don't have a 24-hour vet center, but our vet lives next door and promised to check in throughout the night and the morning staff comes in at 6 am. 

We don't want her to die along in a cage at the vet's office, but keeping her on antibiotics and fluids in a climate controlled oxygen tank is the best way to give her a fighting chance.

Keep the good vibes coming!

:)>>> you all!  :-*

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I'm pulling for Houdini.  It's great news that you have a direction to go with her treatment.

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Keeping you and Houdini in my thoughts. I hope the night goes well and she continues to show improvement. (((hugs)))

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The kitties and I are pulling for you, your DH, and Houdini!  :-*

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i'm glad to hear they found out what was going on with her getting sick. hopefully the treatment will help her feel better soon!

i've noticed that many of us have very "tough kitties" here. i have a feel part of the community pet love really helps them feel better... that they can "get" our energy and good thoughts.  :)>>>

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Sending more good thoughts  :)>>>

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good thoughts, good thoughts!!

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awww *hugs the kitty* poor baby, I hope she gets better soon!

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