Sunday, November 30, 2008

Misty post-surgery pictures

6:15 PM

Misty's temperature is up so she's now on 3 antibiotics. They're not sure if it's inflammation from the surgery or infection. She has not eaten since mid afternoon and they will do more blood work if her temperature stays elevated. I will not post again tonight. I'm going to bed early since I slept poorly last night and have a cold & sore throat.

I will call them again before I leave for work in the morning.

1:30 PM

We just got back from seeing Misty, who is doing as well as can be expected after this type of surgery. She's running a slight fever and her surgeon says they may need to add a second antibiotic but she has eaten and is urinating so they know her kidneys are functioning. They showed us how much thread was in her, which appeared to be several feet, and they're sure they got it all. Her progress over the next 24 hours will determine when she can come home and when she does, she'll be restricted to one room unless one of us is home, since she must be supervised with limited physical activity during her recuperation.

Here are some pictures we took today. She was so happy to see us and when I put my finger in her paw, she curled her toes around it. Tears slid down my cheeks as she purred for me and began kneading. Our poor, sweet baby.

We didn't stay too long since we didn't want to wear her out, but she's doing so much better than yesterday. Both the surgeon and the veterinary technician caring for her say she's got a great personality. I already knew that!!

I'm kicking myself for not closing the door to the room where my sewing machine is. If I had, none of this would have happened. I couldn't sleep and was still up at 1AM last night with the other 3 cats all there, comforting me. I'm not sure they realize she isn't here since they don't seem to be looking around for her but I know they sense my emotions. Even Max, who isn't known for his lap kittyness, laid on my chest, put his forehead against mine and purred. That in itself is something, since he generally doesn't like that type of closeness. It's amazing how they can sense when something is wrong.

Please, please everyone, check around your home for things like thread, string, yarn, tape or anything long, and especially this time of year, holiday decorations that can be chewed and swallowed. I'd hate to hear about another cat or dog going through what Misty just did.

I will be calling the vet early this evening for an update on her and will post if there is anything new. Again, thank you all for your great support. It means so much.


At November 30, 2008 12:46 PM, Blogger Brownie said...

Ouch, that' gotta hurt, but we're glad you're okay Misty, everyone is still worried about you!

At November 30, 2008 1:00 PM, Blogger cyclone cats! said...

oh, we are so glad that Misty is doing ok!
Big purrs for everyone up north...

your friends in Iowa,
and Conner Cloud

At November 30, 2008 1:17 PM, Blogger Cheysuli and gemini said...

We are glad that Misty is doing as well as she is. YEAH! We will keep purring for her and for you.

At November 30, 2008 1:18 PM, Blogger Angus Mhor said...

I'm SO glad for your good report and to know she's doing better. Her poor Misty tummy! But she looks good and her skin color is good.

Please don't kick yourself-we all do our best to safeguard our furbabies' health but we are human..shoot, that thread could have clung to ANYTHING and made it out of your sewing room, it was probably a complete accident. Not that you shouldn't be vigilant, but just don't guilt yourself to pieces. Save all that energy for taking care of Misty when she comes home. I'm thinkin' about you and prayin' for Misty's continued recovery!

Angus' mom

At November 30, 2008 1:23 PM, Blogger Grrreta said...

Thank you for keeping us updated. We are so glad she's okay. We're still sending lots and lots of healing purrs.

At November 30, 2008 1:41 PM, Blogger HotMBC and Robyn said...

Oh we's so glad Misty is doin good!!! Angus is rite tho. Don't kick yoreself, Misty coulda got string that hitchhiked on yore pants. And Misty is furry lucky she has beans like yall that gotted her rite to the v-e-t and got her surgery so she could do ok!!! We's still sendin her lots and lotsa purrs to recooperate reely quik and feel all better.
Sanjee and the resta the Hotties

At November 30, 2008 1:45 PM, Blogger Eric and Flynn said...

We are glad to hear that Misty is doing well after her surgery and we hope she continues to make good progress.
As Angus' mum said, don't blame yourself. It doesn't matter how vigilant you are,accidents still can and do happen.
Purrs and (((hugs))) to all of you.

At November 30, 2008 1:51 PM, Blogger Kaltsas Kats said...

Our Nemo once swallowed a sewing needle with thread attached and I know how hard it is to not feel responsible for it. The important thing is that it is taken care and that Misty will be alright. We can always tell when our mom is upset or not feeling well too and we like to lay on her. We are sending lots of purrs your way today.

At November 30, 2008 1:54 PM, Blogger Fat Eric said...

((((((((Hugs))))))) to you and all the Crew. Misty seems like she is doing much better. Continuing to purr for her and all of you.


At November 30, 2008 2:03 PM, Blogger Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Aw Misty, seeing yoo like dat makes us all leaky...Gess Speedy will be away from home for awhile. Yoor mom should not feel bad, we know better. Our grammas woofie once got a whole yard of yarn in his intestines, he pulled an afghan apart and ATE it.

At November 30, 2008 2:07 PM, Blogger Cat with a garden said...

Phew, those are good news. We are very relieved that she is doing so good. Please don't blame yourself, things like that happen. And your reaction afterwards was so adequate and fast! The most important part is that she gets healthy now. Gentle, gentle healing purrs in her direction...
Siena & Chilli

At November 30, 2008 2:07 PM, Blogger Kelly Cat said...

We're so glad to hear Misty is showing signs of improvement already. Sending her healing vibes and purrayers for strength for everyone in her family.

At November 30, 2008 2:10 PM, Blogger Tiff said...

Please don't beat yourself up. You took care of her when it happened, that is what counts.
That is so great that even Max got in on the comforting. GOOD KITTYS!!
Please give Misty a huge kissy from me and 'The Guyzos'

At November 30, 2008 2:14 PM, Blogger Mickey said...

What an ordeal Misty has gone through!!!! I am so glad she is doing well and will pray she continues to get well. I also sew, so I will be extra careful to clean up when I'm done and put things away!!!!!!!
Hugs to you and little Misty
the Mom

At November 30, 2008 2:21 PM, Blogger Pixel said...

WE are so glad she is doing OK. Our mommy is worried about this too. We like her hair elastics alot. She is creative about hiding them but we try hard

At November 30, 2008 2:56 PM, Blogger The Meezers said...

MrsMistysMom, please don't blame yourself. Efurryone else is right, thread travels around on pants and socks and lots of stuff. We are so glad that Misty is doing better. We will keep purring for the fever to go away

At November 30, 2008 3:10 PM, Blogger Dana said...

Oh my goodness.....we just learned about Misty!! We are purring extremely hard for her to make a full recovery!
Ferris vomited a piece of tape the lady used to hang our stockings up with. We had no idea he even ingested the tape. He was lucky.
We are sorry Misty had to go through this, but she is very lucky to have great beans who knew something was wrong and got her help and saved her life!
Purrs and healing vibes are headed your way!
~The Creek Cats~

At November 30, 2008 3:10 PM, Blogger i am a mystery said...

We are soo happy Misty is feeling better! Still sending lots of purrrrs and (((hugs))) and purrayers and love for all of you!
mama Carol & Mystery

At November 30, 2008 3:19 PM, Blogger Mr. Echo said...

Oh how skairy! Jes this morning Mommy found one of Daddy's ciggerettes chewed up on the flore. She kinda freeked cuz she dont know how we got it. Dat kooda bin bad if we ate it up. Mommy duz all she can to keep us safe and I know yoo do too. Accidents sumtimes happin tho so don't be too hard on yurself. I hope Misty gits to come home reel soon!

At November 30, 2008 3:55 PM, Blogger Daisy said...

I am so glad to learn that Misty is continuing to improve. Misty's mom, I hope you will listen to everybuddy and not feel guilty. And maybe this can save another kitty from going through the same thing!

At November 30, 2008 3:56 PM, Blogger Gandalf and Grayson said...

Thank you so much for keeping us updated on Misty's recovery. We are so glad to see her and to hear she was happy to see you and purred and curled her paws around you. All very good signs!

It is so hard to kitty-proof (or dog-proof, child-proof) our homes, as we always seems to discover new things that interest us.

At November 30, 2008 4:03 PM, Blogger Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

Hang in there Misty & you'll be home soon.

At November 30, 2008 4:58 PM, Blogger Max said...

If People kicked themselves every time something happened that they *might* have been able to prevent, all People would have very large bruises ALL the time... please don't beat yourself up. I have lots o'faith that Misty is gonna be ok, and the fact that you're telling everyone all about this and letting them know how dangerous even thread cane be...well, you just might have saved more than 10 kitty's lives.

At November 30, 2008 5:08 PM, Blogger Jake and Bathsheba said...

What a harrowing experience! It looks like we checked in at the right time--when Misty is on the road to recovery. We hope she is back to normal soon!

Purrs for Misty and the rest of the family.


At November 30, 2008 5:17 PM, Blogger MoMo said...

Good to hear that Misty is recovering from the surgery well. I am still purring and purraying for her

At November 30, 2008 5:24 PM, Blogger Dr Tweety of da Fab Five said...

Oh Tank Heaveanz she iz gettin' better. Oh pleeze do nots blame your-selfee. Dis cannots be pre-vented sometimez. Yes, we can looks fur da obveeus, but sometimez tingz happen evfun when we are so careful. You are a wunderful cat mom... & don'ts evfur forget dat. Becuz Misty won't. She lovez you so much dat she iz gonna gets well & walk outta dat clinic!
I yam sendin' oevefur a freighter dats I borrowed frum my brudder. In it are crates labeled "PURRZ FUR MISTY" & "NO SELF BLAME FUR MOMMY."
Dr TWeety

At November 30, 2008 5:26 PM, Blogger Laila and Minchie said...

Thank you for sharing the pictures of Misty! The one of her holding your finger is just so sweet! Please don't beat yourself up about the thread. One of our sisters before us was a rubber band-a-holic and we can't tell you how many times Mom had to give her the hydrogen peroxide to get her to puke them up. Misty is still in our purrayers and to your Mommie too. Great job you guys are doing comforting her!

Hugs and purrs.

At November 30, 2008 5:37 PM, Blogger Forty Paws said...

Bless her heart. We are so glad that she grabbed your hand and purred for you. Yes, we believe the other cats know that she isn't there, and they know that you are very upset. Please don't take on the guilt of the sewing room. Cats get into things. There are always things hanging around this house that the cats can get into one way or another.
Like Max said, you may have saved another 10 cats' lives by posting this blog. Hang in there, and many {{{hugs}}} and many many purrs to you and your babies.

Luf, Us & Maw

At November 30, 2008 5:52 PM, Blogger The Furry Kids said...

Hugs for you, Crew Mom. Please don't blame yourself - kitties get into things even when we take precautions. The important thing is that Misty got quick medical care and that she's on the road to recovery. Misty is getting the best care possible and is surrounded by caring and capable techs and vets. I hope you can get some rest tonight. You and Misty are in our thoughts and prayers.

The Furry Kids' Mom

At November 30, 2008 6:58 PM, Blogger The Lee County Clowder said...

Hang in there, Misty. We're all still purrrrring & purrraying for you.

Crew's Mom, don't blame yourself. Kitties spend hours every day looking for things to get into.

At November 30, 2008 7:09 PM, Blogger Derby said...

Continuing purrs for Misty that her fever goes away and she heals quickly. I love to chew on everything so mum is super careful with stuff. But I still get in the trash which makes mum furry unhappy.

At November 30, 2008 7:44 PM, Blogger The Island Cats said...

We are still purraying for Misty and hoping she makes a full and speedy recovery!

It's so hard to know what kitties will get can't blame yourself...we are purring for you too!

At November 30, 2008 7:54 PM, Blogger Rupert said...


catcetera, catcetera.

Oooh Misty I am purring nonstop that you feel better really soon! I know that thread can be very tempting and I'm glad that you're going to be OK!

Paws 'n Claws,

At November 30, 2008 8:08 PM, Blogger Fin said...

Fin's Mom Here: I'm hope sweet Misty continues to improve. We have all of you in our thoughts here.

Please don't feel guilty, it's a horrible accident and things happen. Big hugs to you. You are doing everything you can do, and that is all anyone (including yourself) can expect of you.

At November 30, 2008 8:38 PM, Blogger Nina the Torbie said...

Misty, you need to cool down! You're worrying your Mom and doctors. It's ironic that you're too warm and Moki's not warm enough. Lots and lots of purrs and purrayers to you and your family, non-stop.
Nina & Victor

At November 30, 2008 8:47 PM, Blogger Melanie said...

Misty, I hope you feel better, you poor kitty! My mommy and I will be praying for your recovery. All our love!

At November 30, 2008 9:52 PM, Blogger Lux said...

I am so sorry to hear this has happened to Misty. Hopefully these three antibiotics will do the job - I hope you receive good news in the morning.

P.S. I hope you feel better also!

At December 01, 2008 12:02 AM, Blogger Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

We're all leaky-eyed over here. We'll be purrrrring and purrrring till you're all healthy and happy again. Our Lady read about the same thing happening to a kitty who ate tinsel from the Christmas tree. Very very scary! We're praying for a quick recovery. purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

At December 01, 2008 12:19 AM, Blogger Forever Foster said...

Misty sweetheart we are really pleased that you are doing ok, and will purr and pray for you and your mum.

from the mama-
Misty's mum, please don't blame yourself. As everyone has been saying, we can only do our best. I try so hard to clean up after sewing, but I still find stray bits of thread. I actually cut most of my hair off after finding strands in Fuifui's poop, and being terrified that it would have the same effect as string.

Your actions after the event show what a great mum you are, ensuring she got the treatment she needed quickly. The refusal to wait until things got drastic before getting her attention probably saved her life.

We hope you feel better when you wake up:)

At December 01, 2008 12:42 AM, Blogger Skeezix the Cat said...

We shur is werried abowt yoo, Misty. Pleeze git better qwik!

At December 01, 2008 1:08 AM, Blogger Skeeter, LC, and Ayla said...

We are all purrin fer Misty.

An The Big Thing is careful ta make sure our toys are safe. LC once ate tiny pompom toys twice and was sick until she finally hacked them up. So those are all gone now.

No strings or yarns around HERE!

At December 01, 2008 2:10 AM, Blogger C.R.O.W. said...

What an important safety reminder. Sending lots of healing energy, good thoughts, and strength to you and Misty both. May the time go by quickly until you have her in your arms again.

At December 01, 2008 4:31 AM, Blogger Everycat said...

I am echoing what every cat and bean has already said about not blaming yourself. We know you are great cat parents and do all you can to avoid accidents, but we also know that we cats are buggers for finding stuff we shouldn't.

We hope the extra antibiotics sort out Misty's temperature quickly. Those pictures of her during your visit are so sweet.

Sending more rumbly purrs to you all

Whicky Wuudler & Family

At December 01, 2008 5:08 AM, Blogger Kaz's Cats said...

We're glad that Misty is recovering, and we're gonna keep purring and purraying for her to make a complete recovery. Special hugs to the Crew's Mom, 'cos we understand that you're having a hard time through this...

{{kitty hugs}}

Gypsy & Tasha

At December 01, 2008 7:00 AM, Blogger Rascal said...

Having been through surgery myself I know how hard this is on both Cat and humans. We are purring and praying for you Misty and family.


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