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11/16 Neko AMPS 114 PMPS 276 Day 1 CSU, update

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  1. Wendy&Neko

    Wendy&Neko Senior Member Moderator

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    Yesterday, the big travel adventure. My luggage arrived in the wee hours overnight. :)
    11/15 Recap:
    AMPS 198 +10 233
    PMPS 210 +4 221 +10 132

    Neko and I are cooling our heels this morning, waiting for a later appointment at CSU. So I have time to open a condo and she is hanging around wondering where the fuds are. Neko was also thrilled to see the luggage arrive, her scratch mat was in it and she's already said hello to it. She also "helped" me unpack from inside the luggage. :cool:

    We had a bit of a rocky sleep. I always find it hard the first night in a new place. But what really helped was having Neko at my feet for most of the night. :joyful::joyful: At home she doesn't sleep on our bed because it is too high to jump onto and civie Theo has claimed that turf. I did have to help her up on bed, but made her some steps to go down from some cushions. I remember from our last trip here that she was a lot more affectionate too. Nice not having to share the beans. While the girls are vacationing together, DH promised Theo nights of beer and pretzels in front of the TV.

    That's it for this morning, more later. I probably won't post early the other mornings. Today is a longer day for Neko, so I am thinking of cruising some per food stores. Found one that sells her Hyaflex and another that sells Mauri kangaroo. Gotta get out today cause big snow storm on the way for tonight.
     
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  2. Peg and Toby

    Peg and Toby Well-Known Member

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    Glad all is going well. Will be waiting to hear if the tumor has returned. Sending vines and Hugs.
     
  3. Wendy&Neko

    Wendy&Neko Senior Member Moderator

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    @woodsywife - we were on United. Both they and Air Canada are the only direct flights and both allow a limited number of on board pets if the carrier fits under the seat.

    KTSS - start making chicken soup. I will need many spa services after today. ~Neko
     
  4. carfurby

    carfurby Well-Known Member

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    I'm glad things are going well so far and you got your luggage. I love how Neko helped you unpack. I hope you don't get too much snow. Sending prayers.
     
  5. tiffmaxee

    tiffmaxee Well-Known Member

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    Vines. Prayers. Glad your luggage arrived. :bighug:
     
  6. Michelle and Mannie (GA)

    Michelle and Mannie (GA) Well-Known Member

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    Hi Wendy :coffee::coffee::coffee:

    Good luck on all today. I so hate the waiting part... Hope everything goes well today. Bummer on the pending snow storm. Shop, and stay warm.

    Neko! No worries! We gots you covered. Vanessa is prepping the kitty bus, snow tires are now on. Emma is ready to drive, she loves snow driving! We have rounded up the KTSS. The pot of chicken soup is simmering, I thinks we are ready. Lola wants to know if there will be enough snows for snow forts and snow balls... :rolleyes: See ya soon! ~~ Vanessa
     
  7. Amy&TrixieCat

    Amy&TrixieCat Well-Known Member

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    Glad you are safe and sound, and that your luggage made it to you quickly! Sending all sorts of SRT vines your way....and yikes on the snow. Stay safe!
     
  8. Suzi_S

    Suzi_S Well-Known Member

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    Glad you are safe and your luggage made it. Me and my mom went on a cruise once and our luggage didn't make it for five days!!! Five day wearing two sets of clothing!!! It was horrible but a funny story now.

    I hope every thing goes well for Neko!
     
  9. MollynSkooter

    MollynSkooter Well-Known Member

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    Sending many, many vines to Neko and calming vines for the bean.....

    Happy to hear the luggage arrived and you do not have to worry about that!
     
  10. Melissa & Tarragon

    Melissa & Tarragon Well-Known Member

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    Thinking about both of you!!
     
  11. Delia

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    Many many vines to Neko!:bighug:
     
  12. Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA)

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    Rusty has a big tureen of chicken soup ready and is waiting for the Kitty Bus to pick him up. He's got his snowshoes to deal with the storm!
    So glad you got your luggage and that Neko was happy to see her scratch mat. Neat that she slept by your feet. Sending lots of vines for today's appointment.

    Hugs and scritches,

    Ella & Rusty
     
  13. Jen&Eddie

    Jen&Eddie Well-Known Member

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    So glad to read your luggage arrived, and nice to hear about Neko snuggles. :cat: Sending trucks full of vines for today's appointment!
     
  14. suki & crystal (GA)

    suki & crystal (GA) Well-Known Member

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    Thinking of you both and sending vines for today's appointment :bighug:
    Glad your luggage turned up with the all important scratch mat.
     
  15. Grayson & Lu

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    Your trip snuck up on me! Glad you arrived safely... and all your gear - even if that was "eventually". Even MORE glad that you were able to get a direct flight. That was key for my travel there - only Southwest went direct from Raleigh... and they want you to use their TEENSY TINY carriers that were too short for Grayson to fit in!!! I also found a great pet store fairly close to the university, but don't remember the name. FF at the grocery store right on College.

    I'll be curious to know what they say about the CT. Please keep us updated as much as you can! Best wishes for this visit!!! Hugs to sweet Neko!
     
  16. Wendy&Neko

    Wendy&Neko Senior Member Moderator

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    Yes on the tumour but smaller than last time. More later.
     
  17. Anne & Zener GA

    Anne & Zener GA Well-Known Member

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    Boo on the tumor but hopefully the smaller size will help. Been thinking of you both. Hugs.
    Liz
     
  18. carfurby

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    Sorry about the tumor, but at least now you know. I hope the treatment goes well. Sending prayers. :bighug:
     
  19. rhiannon and shadow (GA)

    rhiannon and shadow (GA) Well-Known Member

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    good to know their IS a tumor......
    explains so much and you're on top of it and taking care of it......

    scritches to sweet cuddly Neko.
     
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  20. Asrael

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    Glad you arrived safe and that you know what you are working with now! And glad you are getting your special time with Neko too!!
    Vines to you both!
     
  21. Sienne and Gabby (GA)

    Sienne and Gabby (GA) Senior Member Moderator

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    Thanks for the update and I'm glad you, Neko, and your luggage are all safely in one place. Lots of kitty snuggles and good thoughts heading your way.
     
  22. julie & punkin (ga)

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    It's good to have the tumor to aim at!

    Hope you can manage the snow storm, not to mention getting back and forth to CSU with Neko this week.

    Let us know how today went when you can. :bighug:
     
  23. mariko

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    Hi Wendy,
    I'm glad Neko did so well on the flight.
    And it's great she doesn't mind the hotel room.
    Like you said, she's happy to have her momma all to herself. :)
    Sending vines and prayers.
    :bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
  24. Wendy&Neko

    Wendy&Neko Senior Member Moderator

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    Ok, this is a long one. We have been back in the hotel a little while. We had PMPS and Neko's eyes still look a little out of it. She was flicking her feet and I noticed bandages which I just took off. Hope I was supposed to, but they were where the catheter was.

    Neko's tumour was visible on the CT scan so a MRI was not needed. It is two sections wide instead of three as in the original and also not as tall. But who is to know if the original just went down to this size or down further then back up. I got a pic of the side by side, old and new tumours. Symptoms are different this time. She has the beginnings of stridor but the CT showed nothing to be concerned about, in other words, no odd growths causing it. Thank heavens. After the osteoma removed in August it's been a worry.

    The worst news is that Neko had a cardiac arrhythmia while under anesthesia today and lower heart rate. There is debate whether this was a side effect of the anesthesia drugs or her heart on top of stress. Given she just had an echo done and passed with flying colours, but who knows. The radiologists are concerned enough about Neko undergoing three additional days of anesthesia that they are recommending just one. Instead of three days of 8 grays of radiation, she'll get one at 17 grays. It is too dangerous to do more at once. The up sides are less anesthesia, which can also have damaging effects on the kidneys, which are already compromised as well as the possible heart issue. There are a few down sides. These radiologists currently at CSU have not done this before for acrocats, but a former colleague now at NCSU has done and they talked a lot today. They do have experience with single day radiation on other types of tumours. Apparently the SRT radiation protocols for Acro humans can vary from one to five days. More radiation at once has higher potential for brain side effects.

    So, I agreed with the one day plan and Neko gets to be a first again. The radiation oncologists are quite concerned about the multiple days of radiation and I trust them. Dr. Yoshikawa, who I have been corresponding with, is a really nice guy. Side note, he comes from the same part of Japan as Mariko and has two cats at home. Going forward, Neko and I are taking a rest day tomorrow. So we can sit out driving in what is forecast to be a very windy, snowy day. Wednesday will be radiation day. Neko will have an EKG first to make sure she is OK to proceed and the board certified anesthesiologist will be around, instead of the regular radiation anesthesia staff. Once again, I feel like I am at a place that has the skills, knowledge and caring to look after my baby. The IM vet, Dr. Wennogle is a good advocate for Neko too. The fourth year student, Theresa, is also very caring. And since my flight isn't until Saturday, we'll be around a couple of days should we need their services in follow up.

    It is really sounding windy outside now, but is just raining. My original plan to visit pet stores was foiled. I am surprised how many stores are closed on Monday here. I did do some bean fuds shopping so Neko and I can hole up and watch movies tomorrow.

    @julie & punkin (ga) - Colorado Row by Rows are on sale now. Four stores in Fort Collins. ;)

    @Grayson & Lu - I am staying across from the IHOP, think of you every time I pass it.
     
  25. Anne & Zener GA

    Anne & Zener GA Well-Known Member

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    Gulp. Sending tons of successful treatment vines, extra strong ones.
    Liz
     
  26. Peg and Toby

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    I'm glad Neko is in such good hands. Sending vines and prayers that everything goes good. Bummer on the weather.
     
  27. Tiger(GA) and Ruth

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    I'm glad to hear you feel confident in the doc's abilities and I pray everything goes according to plan. Sending continuing vines and prayers. Hugs for you and Neko. :bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
  28. mariko

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    So sorry to hear about the cardiac arrhythmia.
    How scary it must have been, but I am glad you have such a wonderful team of doctors taking care of Neko.
    Sending strongest vines for the Wednesday treatment.
    More hugss! :bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
  29. Jen&Eddie

    Jen&Eddie Well-Known Member

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    Wow, what an overwhelming day. Enjoy the Neko snuggles and movies! It sounds like you're in very good hands, and have a very carefully thought out game plan. Our strongest vines for the treatment!
     
  30. Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA)

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    Hi Wendy,
    That is a lot to digest. We are sending beautiful vines and prayers that all will go well.
    Have great snuggles tonight while the snowstorm rages. Good idea to stay inside. How far is the hotel from the university? I'm glad you don't have to have the radiation until Wednesday. Do the doctors think that the plane ride could have caused the heart issues? Perhaps the pressure in the cabin?

    Thinking of you and sending hugs and scritches,

    Ella & Rusty (with KTSS chicken soup for both of you)
     
  31. MaineLove

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    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Hugs and Loves, Kathe and Coral
     
  32. Wendy&Neko

    Wendy&Neko Senior Member Moderator

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    @Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA) we are about 15 minutes away, most of it on major roads. It isn't supposed to be as bad here as Denver. The IM vet thought the issues could have been stress and anesthesia medication. She was probably dehydrated too from the flight. I was, but she wouldn't drink when I offered water, until we got here hours later. The radiation oncologists are being cautious about the heart, and the kidneys.
     
  33. Megan & Oren

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    Oh Wendy, glad you have a great team to steer you through this. I'm sending lots of vines for both you gals for Wed. Big day. Neko, Oren says be brave and calm and the doctors will help you. In the meantime enjoy your snow day in the hotel. Lots of snuggles and scritches and fuds sounds like a good day! Prayers for a successful outcome..
     
  34. suki & crystal (GA)

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    Such a lot to digest for you Wendy, but you have a very experienced team in place and more importantly, you trust their judgement. So, sending bucket loads of vines and prayers for Wednesday's big shot, I'm sure Neko will come through it with flying colours, such a brave little girl. Stay safe and warm and enjoy some extra quality snuggle time. :bighug::bighug::bighug:. Thanks for taking the time to visit us with all you have going on, Crystal sends her love to her friend.
     
  35. Suzi_S

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    Sounds like you have a good plan in place! And it looks like you have some really good people in charge of all this. Hope all goes well tomorrow! I remember when we drove to Zion National park, Snick didn't drink or eat (that I saw) until she was safe in the trailer.
     
  36. Asrael

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    Hope you get a nice restful day to snuggle together and enjoy watching the snow fall.. Maybe you can order some yummy food in for you- and find some good movies to watch?

    I am glad you feel safe and like the Doctor's I do trust they have Neko's best interests at heart and that she will move through this wonderfully! Sending lots of vines and healing light your way!
     
  37. julie & punkin (ga)

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    I think you've got the best possible team there, and I'd trust them.

    Hehe have fun at the quilt shops....

    Sending strong heart vibes to miss neko. I'm glad you get a break tomorrow. We're with you and neko in spirit, Wendy.
     
  38. carfurby

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    Sending prayers and scritches to Neko and hugs to you. :bighug:
     
  39. Grayson & Lu

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    So glad you have a day to chill at the hotel, same one we stayed at, and much closer/convenient to vet school. Glad they talked to Kathy Lunn at NCSU. She was such an advocate for Grayson. I knew they were doing one day of tx, seemingly with good results. Kathy was the pioneer in acro research at CSU, but came to Raleigh shortly before we had G's igf-1 result. We always say, its good to know the devil you're fighting. The tumor is that devil... and fortunately, we/they know what to
     
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  40. Grayson & Lu

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    ... do with it. Is Dr LaRue still there? And radiation oncologist Lynn Griffin? LaRue was the other lead with Kathy, on the octreocide study n drug trial. Lynn was part of their team, and the one who shot G's tumor. Good to have the anesthesiologist in place, and check out her heart. The first day is always so traumatic. G acted very strangely after an hr of anesthesia. Subsequent days were ~15 min, and no issues. I remember him jumping the first night... so afraid he'd crack his head on the vanity or tile.

    Big hugs to you both. Tell Neko "no pancakes!", despite IHOP! <3 to you both.
     
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  41. Tricia Cinco(GA) & Harvey

    Tricia Cinco(GA) & Harvey Well-Known Member

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    Oh, how scary that must have been! I'm so glad Neko seems to be in excellent hands. Did they give her some fluids to help with the dehydration?

    Sending mega treatment vines, as well as calming vines for you. We're keeping both of you in our prayers. :bighug:
     
  42. Amy&TrixieCat

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    Wow, what a scary day - but you do have an incredibly amazing team at your hands. We are continuing tons of prayers for sweet little Neko - and you, too, Wendy!
     
  43. MollynSkooter

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    Piling on more vines for you and Ms. Neko....

    As others have said, it sounds like you couldn't ask for a better team of advocates for Neko....she will be grand!

    Now if you can just keep the snow there until Sunday, I would be forever grateful here in MN :)
     
  44. rhiannon and shadow (GA)

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    i'm sure your heart skipped a few beats with that info.
    So glad she's in such capable hands....
    Praying..... we all want good results.....



    btw, yes Phantom does have that side view that looks like Neko.... that's why I almost named him Neko. The funny thing when you see him from the one side is he somehow
    kinda makes me think of the joker or riddler from tv batman.... he has this permanent smirk ...... like he's being tricksy.
     
  45. missMeows

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    So much to take in! Glad your flight went well, minus the bags, but that seemed to be just a slight hiccup for ya. Nice to hear how well Neko did on the flight. I'm sure if it was Miss Meows, she'd be singing the song of her people the entire time. By the time our flight would be done, other passengers would probably be wishing it was a baby crying instead!

    Stinks about the tumor, but at least they know what it is, and you're hunch was right. Best of luck to you both with the upcoming SRT. I'll be thinking of you both and sending lots of good vines Neko's way.
     
  46. Josie & Ripley (GA)

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    Adding many vines!! ❤️
    Neko is in excellent hands.
    :bighug:
     
  47. Grayson & Lu

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    LOL! When I've flown with Grayson and also with Spartacus, they are amazing in the plane! We've only had one poop issue, 2 yrs ago on Christmas Day. Having all your supplies - especially ziplock bags and diaper wipes - is imperative! I love the "singing the song of her people"! Thankfully my guys slept like babies!
     
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  48. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Senior Member Moderator

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    Just catching up and sending prayers.
     
  49. elizabeth and gus

    elizabeth and gus Well-Known Member

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    Hi Wendy
    Sending healing energy for healthy heart for Neko and best possible outcome. Prayer candle is on thinking of you and Neko.
     
  50. Judy and Boomer

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    Wendy, it sounds like there is a great team of experts in place to take care of Neko. Hugs to both of you :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
  51. Anne & Hyde (GA)

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    Just getting caught up. Scary about the arrhythmia but reassuring that you are in good hands.

    Sending mega SRT vines for tomorrow. Be safe on the roads
     
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