I think…

Spent the day in a freezing server room trying to re-install a box. Found out it needed a firmware update, and finding that was like a needle in a world-wide-web.

Damian’s X-Rays showed kidney stones, but the doctor recommended that we just treat the symptoms, and not think about the surgery – he’s a bad candidate, and the antibiotics seem to be working wonders for him. His sample from today was almost healthy, compared to the icky, muddy sample from Friday.

Otherwise things are going OK. Boring but OK. Renee’s sister is now married again (Saturday), Father’s Day was somewhat relaxing, and Ray and I spent a lot of time together, which was cool.

Now, to sleep, and perhaps, to dream….

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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4 Responses to I think…

  1. ex_redsonja442 says:

    definitely switch him to the CD food, or if that’s too expensive the Purina U.T. Health formula. It can make a huge difference. I have kidney stones too. They don’t move…they just sit there. Sometimes messing with the stones is worse than leaving them in place.

    I hope the antibiotics do the trick, and kitty can get back to normal!

  2. alchemist says:

    He’s already on KD, because he had an 85% Kidney failure this past fall. When they ran his numbers in Januray (when he had his first cancer removed) the vet said “I heard this food was amazing, not I beleive it” – he had gone back to 100% functional.

    But since he’s had major a failure once, switching him off of KD is not an option.

    According to Hill, the KD and the CD are compatible., so that’s not a problem. We’ll keep using antibiotics as needed, and he should be OK for a while longer.

    But by my count, that’s 4 out of 9….

  3. ex_redsonja442 says:

    How old is this cat?

    Mom had a siamese that died of kidney failure at age 16. No stones or infections, the cat just basically wore out.

    My 10-year old Himalayan is starting to grow tumors. So far all have been benign, but it’s cost me a pretty penny having them removed (and lots of tantrums and revenge-taking on the cat’s part.) If it had turned out to be cancer, and metastasized, I was going to put him to sleep as opposed to the splenectomy the vet was considering…the splenectomy would only have added (probably) one year to his life, and it seems not worth all the suffering and huge expense.

    Animals can have euthanasia if they’re suffering and terminal, it’s a shame humans aren’t afforded the same option.

  4. alchemist says:

    He’s about 10. If the meds hadn’t turned him around, I’d have to consider the euthenasia option very, very seriously.

    We didn’t even test the tumors. The vet could look at them and just know. When we did the initial surgery, we were at 30-30-40 – 30% he’d die on the table, 30% the anestesia would kill him, and 40% he’d recover (he was down to 4.5 lbs at the time). Since he wanted to eat and couldn’t, we took the chance. He recovered.

    I know it’s a matter of time, and when he decides to go, I’ll let him. I don’t have much choice. But until then, as long as he wants to hang out, I’ll help him.

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