Buddy’s “Rainbow Bridge” Fight

Update posted by Debra Marriott On Oct 21, 2017

Buddy had been doing okay this week, and even though he had a couple of Syncopes, they were shorter in duration and less intense. I assume this was due to increasing his diuretic medication, which was now going to cost $270/month due to having such a high dose so frequently. When I called the vet about the medication, and whether it was available in a different (bulk) quantity. She told me that tablets may be the best option (the main problem is that Buddy has NEVER been one to take tablets, no matter what tricks of the trade you try to use, and no matter who tries to give them to him - even the vets have had difficulty getting tablets down his throat). So the vet said she would look into tablets for Buddy (what dose he would need), and I could pick up the tablets the next day.

The next day, I went in to pick up the tablets, and was told he was to have 2 tablets a day (in comparison to his 3-4 times a day oral liquids), and that the tablets came in one-month supplies. Mentally, I was bracing to hear the price, and MIRACLE UPON MIRACLE, the tablets would only cost $22/month! I was stunned and amazed - the cost of Buddy's monthly medications had just decreased from $375/month to $127/month, a saving of $250 each month! God is so good! Especially as I didn't know how I was going to save up enough money to move house AND pay for Buddy's needs.

So thankyou God, and thankyou so much for everyone who has contributed to Buddy's campaign so far. You really are making a difference.

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Update posted by Debra Marriott On Oct 21, 2017

I was woken up this morning by Buddy coughing, and then silence. I jumped out of bed to see him collapsed on the floor again, having another seizure. He regained consciousness within a minute or so but I was concerned as it had been less than 7 hours since his last seizure, and this time, his breathing was extremely fast and not returning to normal. I decided to wait a little while before taking him to the vets, in case he just needed more time to recover, but by 9am, I decided I needed to take him to the vets (which of course had to be the 24 hours Emergency Vets as it was a Sunday).

When we go there, the vets were extremely busy but after Triage, took Buddy for treatment straight away. After about 30 minutes of waiting in the room (and me having had a quick nap), the vet came in to tell me that
  1. The seizures weren't actually 'seizures', but what's called a "Syncope" (pronounced Sing-kuh-pee) which is a temporary loss of consciousness and muscle strength usually related to insufficient blood flow to the brain characterized by a fast onset, short duration, and spontaneous recovery; also known as fainting or 'passing out';
  2. These Syncopes were likely caused/related to Buddy's heart murmur, in which one of his heart valves was failing - the heart valve wasn't "closing" like it should allowing blood to be "regurgitated" around his heart instead of passing straight through it.
  3. The only "cure" for this condition would be a Heart Valve transplant, which just wouldn't be a viable option for Buddy at his age and in his condition, aside from the cost being extremely prohibitive.
  4. The only course of action is to increase his diuretic medication and avoid situations which put stress on his heart or exert him (i.e. going up the stairs, being overly-excited, etc).

So after that, Buddy came back into the room (like nothing was wrong and nothing had happened), and then the nurse came in to finalize the bill. THIS IS WHEN ANOTHER MIRACLE HAPPENED! Usually the appointments cost close to $200, but I only had $69 in my account at the time (and was just about to call my mum to see if I could borrow some money to cover the bill). However, as the nurse processed the papers, she said the bill was only going to be $67 as the Vet had only charged me a half-appointment (even though we had been there for almost 90minutes)! I was so grateful, and knew God had just intervened yet again in my life. God's so good.

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Update posted by Debra Marriott On Oct 21, 2017

Just before midnight, Buddy had another seizure. This time, it seemed to be triggered by him walking up the back stairs (understandably, it is a full flight of stairs). He again recovered within a minute or two. It seems these seizures are happening every few days.

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Update posted by Debra Marriott On Oct 13, 2017

Buddy had another seizure this morning. I resisted doing CPR this time as I realized that if it his time to "go over the Rainbow Bridge", I cannot keep forcing him to stay by intervening. So for about 30 seconds he wasn't breathing, and his heartbeat slowed down to approx 15-20 beats/minute (which is incompatible with life). He then started to gasp for air - though not truly breathing. About 15 seconds later, as though everything kickstarted back to life again, his whole body shook (like a brief epileptic seizure) and he "came to". He then laid there for a couple of minutes as he recovered and I called the vet. On advice from the vet, I took him into the clinic where they monitored him until closing that night.

I phoned the vets at 6pm to find out how Buddy was going and whether I needed to transport him to the 24hr Critical Care vets overnight or not, but they said the vet was busy and would talk to me when I got there. When I arrived, they said I could take him home and hopefully increasing his medication would help.

Just as I was about to leave, I remembered seeing a "lump" on his ear (I didn't know if it was just a skin tag, maybe something like a tick, though it didn't look like a normal tick). I had made an appointment for Monday to see the vet about it, but figured as we were already there, to have the vet check it out. BY THE GRACE OF GOD did I decided to do that as IT WAS A TICK! So the vet immediately removed it. She said the tick didn't look normal as it appeared 'almost dead'. I hadn't give Buddy his flea/tick treatment in months, so I can only thank God for this miracle and perfect timing - because Buddy would have surely died if the tick had done it's normal thing and if I had waited til Monday to see the vet about it.

So all I can say is Praise God!

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Update posted by Debra Marriott On Oct 13, 2017

I took Buddy to the local vets today for monitoring (as I have a funeral to go to and won't be able to keep an eye on him).

UPDATE: He cam back home tonight! He keeps doing these "sudden crashes" and then he perks up and seems fine. Arghh!

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Update posted by Debra Marriott On Oct 13, 2017

This previous week has involved follow-up appointments and phone-calls to the local vets in an effort to balance out his medications and stabilise him. He seemed to be responding to treatment.

Then tonight, Buddy had another seizure. He stopped breathing and his heart stopped beating. I instinctively gave him CPR and within 1-2 minutes he was breathing and conscious again. I rushed him to the 24hr Emergency Vet again, and after a few tests, and a diuretic injection, I decided not to admit him overnight (due to costs) and instead brought him back home with me in the hope he'll recover better being at home.

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Update posted by Debra Marriott On Oct 13, 2017

Overnight, Buddy needed a lot more care. He is not stable and his condition is again "Critical" so he is going to stay at the vets for the day in the hope that he improves, but if he doesn't, then I will bring him home so he can spend his last hours with me.

UPDATE: Miracle upon miracle, by 7pm he had improved so much that he was able to come back home with me tonight!

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Update posted by Debra Marriott On Oct 13, 2017

Until on Sunday afternoon (1st Oct 2017), Buddy's breathing rapidly deteriorated so I rushed him back to the 24 hour Emergency Vet. The vets rushed him into an oxygen box and he was again in "Critical" condition.

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I lost my 18yr old Cat recently. I understand how much pets mean to you. Hope Buddy makes a recovery.

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