Tag: illnesses

Doctor appointment

So after three weeks, this cough is still lingering and I have finally caved in and decided to see my doctor. I called a few minutes ago and managed to wrangle an appointment for 12:15 PM, so I’ll be heading home shortly, and working from home for the rest of the day.

And maybe get some medicine that will rid me of this cough once and for all.

Okay, to be perfectly honest, Dad is flying in tonight and if he hears me coughing he will ask if I’ve been to the doctor and if I say that I haven’t, I won’t hear the end of it. So I am going to the doctor so that I can say that I’ve been to the doctor. Maybe the secondary side-effect of the visit will be some sort of antibiotic that will relieve the cough.

Zeke is coming home!

I spoke to Zeke’s doctor a little over an hour again. He is doing fine and can come home. I will be picking him up after work today and it will be good to have him home!

I’ve arranged to board him over the weekend while I am in New York, just to be on the safe side. So he’ll get to be home for 24 hours before I take him into my local vet tomorrow evening in order to board him for the weekend.

But at least he’s doing better and coming home!

Brief update on Zeke’s condition

I spoke with the vet this morning. Zeke is doing better. His breathing is still rapid but not as labored as yesterday. He ate twice overnight, which is good considering how nervous he gets. They are going to do some more chest x-rays this afternoon and compare them with yesterday to see how things look. I don’t yet know if I’ll be able to bring him home this evening, but I hope to find out later this afternoon.

Zeke in the hospital

Zeke is at the vet hospital in Annapolis tonight. He threw up last night and afterwards was having some trouble breathing. This is nothing new with him. This has happened to him twice in the past; the last time was 15 months ago. I took him in as a precaution and the good doctors are keeping him in oxygen and giving him albuterol to help return his breathing to normal. His lungs are a little fuzzy in the chest x-ray. While over the last 2 years, no doctor has been able to figure out exactly what causes Zeke’s breathing problems after he vomits violently, the general theory seems to be something called neurogenic adema. Basically, it’s fluid that gets into the lungs when an animal chokes. Normally, this goes away by itself; that’s what happened 15 months ago when he last threw up violently (he’s thrown up in the interim, as all cats do, but normally he’s fine afterward.)

So they are keeping him at the hospital overnight, in oxygen, with some medication, and hopefully, he’ll be able to come home after work tomorrow.

I worked from home today in order to keep an eye on him. He hates being taken to the vet, and he gets really stressed, but I felt that having the doctors there check him outweighed the stress it might cause him.

I sometimes think it’s tougher on me than it is on him. When he does throw up, I get major anxiety, wondering if it’s going to be routine, or whether he’s going to have breathing trouble afterward.

I’ll post another update tomorrow after I have more information.