4/19 Rusty AMPS 349, PMPS 308; emergency surgery

Discussion in 'Lantus / Basaglar (glargine) and Levemir (detemir)' started by Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA), Apr 19, 2018.

  1. Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA)

    Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA) Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2010

    Good Evening L&LL,

    This was not the day we had planned. Woke up to find blood smears on the floor near Rusty's litterbox and discovered he was bleeding from his anus and there was a prolapse there. Took him to the vet as soon as the office opened. The prolapse was about 1/2 inch. We left him there and went home. As it turned out, it was not a prolapse, but a large tumor, which the vet removed as much of as she could while still preserving the sphinxter muscle. She was wary of putting him under, but the sedative knocked him out and he didn't need anesthesia. When it was over he came out of it and was raring to go--bouncing around, even. They kept him there most of the day and he made friends with the techs. We have to give him a stool softener twice a day so that he won't strain and break the sutures (which are the self-disolving kind).

    So we've been home since +10 and Rusty was bouncing around here (he was "high"), but has calmed down, although still a bit "out of it". He ate all of his dinner (with the stool softener in it!) and has been sitting on the couch with me, watching the Mets losing.

    We are not going to take any extreme measures for our boy because he is at least 18 years old and obviously nearing the end. He is very brave and tries really hard, but has not been well since last summer and who knows how long the steroid will keep his breathing at bay. He has lost so much weight. The vet said that the tumor is most likely cancer, but that if she hadn't taken it out today it would have completely blocked the colon. She and we agree that it would be pointless to have it biopsied. She thinks it has been there for a while, but that it may have been tucked away in a fold and therefore caused no symptoms.

    So, going forward we are going to keep our boy comfortable and see how he does in the coming days. We will not let him suffer. We love him so much and it would break our hearts to see him struggle. He is still very much engaged and is not yet ready to head to the Bridge. But when the time comes, we will not hesitate.

    Thanks to everyone for the vines and prayers. Going back downstairs to sit with Rusty. bbl,
  2. Chubba (GA)

    Chubba (GA) Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2017
    Sending vines for Rusty and :bighug: for the beans.
  3. Susan&Felix

    Susan&Felix Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2017
    Rusty, you are the bravest, amazingest catman. You do such brave things, like mend nets when sharks are nearby, travel to NYC, entertain guests, and now this. You really live, and you're a fine example for us all. My whole family is sending you bazillions of vines so that you may sit comfortably for many, many, many moons.
    Purrs for sure,
  4. Beth 73

    Beth 73 Well-Known Member

    Aug 2, 2016
    Prayers upon prayers to Rusty and you all , Ella :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
  5. Shawna & Davidson

    Shawna & Davidson Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2014
    Ella, so sorry to hear about Rusty and also Happy that even if he’s high, he’s bouncing around. Harley, Davidson and I have you in our hearts and prayers and vines are coming your way.
  6. Bronx's dad

    Bronx's dad Well-Known Member

    Nov 30, 2016
    Sending vines Ella, thoughts and prayers are with you, Edward & Rusty :bighug::bighug::bighug:
  7. Stacy & Asia

    Stacy & Asia Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2017
    Oh poor Rusty! That must have been quite a scare for everybody. I'm glad the vet could help him out and hopefully he is more comfortable now than he was with it in there before.

    Sending vines of love, comfort, soft stools and easy breathing. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
  8. carfurby

    carfurby Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    Sending prayers for you, Rusty and Edward. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
  9. Kathy and TiTi

    Kathy and TiTi Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2016
    Oh, gee. He's such a sweetheart. I hope you have some good times left.
    Prayers, purrs, and healing soothing vines healing vines.jpg
  10. PussCatPrince - GA

    PussCatPrince - GA Well-Known Member

    Nov 25, 2017
    I looked for you this morning (my NZ morning) for an update on breathing and wondered where you were.

    So sorry to read that for Rusty. All my best wishes that you all get to have many more comfy days ahead together.

  11. Carol & Murphy

    Carol & Murphy Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2015
    Oh Ella, I am so sorry to read that news. I am glad that the tumor was easily removed and prayers for many more happy purry days
  12. Carol in Chicago

    Carol in Chicago Member

    Apr 5, 2017
    So sorry to hear this. Prayers for you and Rusty.
  13. HWright

    HWright Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2016
    Ella, Edward and Rusty,
    Sending bushelsful of vines and hugs and love for you all and scritches galore for you, sweet magnificent Rusty from us all. ❤️:bighug:❤️:bighug:❤️:bighug:❤️
  14. Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA)

    Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA) Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2010
    Thanks everyone. Rusty is still a bit "out of it", but he is eating his nighttime fuds.
    'night, all.
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  15. Chris & China

    Chris & China Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2013
    Thank goodness you caught it quickly and it was able to be treated without too much risk (and it sounds like it was treated as successfully as possible too)

    Rusty is such a trooper, but I know you are most concerned with his QOL and when it's time, you'll kiss him on the head and send him on his way.....but I'm thankful (as well as everyone else here) that today wasn't that day!

    Sending mega-vines to Rusty and lots of hugs to you and Edward!! :bighug::bighug::bighug:

    Yo Rusty, dude!! What a day, huh? I iz sending you some very speshul vines to makes you feel all better! I hear if you stomps on da purple things, dey turn into a very speshul juice dat makes everything feel fine! I be right over to help stomp!! ~ Your partner, LagoonMeisterin China
  16. Anne & Zener GA

    Anne & Zener GA Well-Known Member

    May 26, 2011
    Tons of vines from us too. Rusty is a very brave boy with the bestest beans. Hugs from us, we are thinking of you.
    Liz & Anne
  17. Barbara & Uncle

    Barbara & Uncle Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2016
    Looked for an update this morning as well. Glad Rusty is back home with you and wanted to eat all of his dinner. Sounds like the surgery went well and great that he didn't have anesthesia!
    Sending hugs, vines and wishes that he recovers quickly from the surgery and you may enjoy many more happy days with together. :bighug::bighug::bighug:
  18. Linda and Bear Man

    Linda and Bear Man Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Oh I’m so sorry to hear you all had to go through this today. It’s amazing that he came through the surgery so well. He’s still a little fighter, and maybe he will feel a bit better having had the growth removed. I know you treasure him every day, and I pray you still have many good days ahead. I am sending all my love to you, Edward and Rusty. You are an amazing family.
  19. Wendy&Neko

    Wendy&Neko Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2012
    Pile some kisses on sweet Rusty's head from me. The hugs are for you ane Edward. :bighug::bighug:
  20. Amy&TrixieCat

    Amy&TrixieCat Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Oh my goodness...so many vines and prayers...
  21. Bellasmom

    Bellasmom Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2018
    CF7C3F1B-3493-4E66-AF34-B0ABCA717EEC.jpeg Sending lots of :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug: And vines
  22. Tricia Cinco(GA) & Harvey

    Tricia Cinco(GA) & Harvey Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2011
    Our beloved LagoonMeister is tough guy, and we know he won't go without a fight. As long as he has fight in him, we'll be cheering him on. When he's had enough, I'm sure he'll let you know. Till then, we'll just keep watching and sending vines.

    We love you, Rusty.
  23. LizzieInTexas

    LizzieInTexas Well-Known Member

    Jul 25, 2016

    Glad to hear it all went smoothly and he is bouncing back. Many vines and prayers.
  24. Ann & Maggie11 (GA)

    Ann & Maggie11 (GA) Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    So sorry to hear this about Rusty, but glad to see another rally. What an amazing kitty! Sending tons of vines, prayers and hugs.:bighug::bighug::bighug:
  25. CassAndGordy

    CassAndGordy Well-Known Member

    Sep 23, 2016
    Piling on more vines :bighug::bighug::bighug:
  26. Bobbie And Bubba

    Bobbie And Bubba Well-Known Member

    Jun 15, 2015
    What a scary thing to awaken too yesterday!

    Sending a lot more vines to Rusty, you and Edward that sweet brave Rusty will be with you for as long as he's comfortable. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
  27. Kris & Teasel

    Kris & Teasel Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2016
    Hoping that you have many more days to enjoy with your boy. :bighug::bighug::bighug:
  28. Olive & Paula

    Olive & Paula Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2015
    Rusty is a toughy for sure. Healing vines by the boat loads sent.
  29. Judy and Boomer

    Judy and Boomer Well-Known Member

    May 23, 2014
    Sending tons and tons of vines to Rusty! And lots of :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug: to you and Edward!
  30. Tracey&Jones

    Tracey&Jones Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2016
    Sending vines for Rusty to feel as good as possible for as long as possible.

    My heart hurts for you and DH. :bighug::bighug:
  31. Cyndy

    Cyndy Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    I don't know you and Rusty but I've just read your message from and I'm really sorry you had to go through this! I hope that Rusty feels better today. Sending vines to Rusty!
  32. rhiannon and shadow (GA)

    rhiannon and shadow (GA) Well-Known Member

    Jul 9, 2012

    Oh what a scary day. I had looked for your post earlier in the day , then went to bed early.
    So glad he feels better now and hope he has lots more time with his favorite beans.
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  33. Beenie (GA)

    Beenie (GA) Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2017
    :oops:What a scary ordeal.

    Sending tons of feel good vines to you, Rusty and Edward vibes.gif
  34. Pamela & Amethyst

    Pamela & Amethyst Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2016
    love light and healing:bighug::bighug::bighug:
  35. Doodles & Karen

    Doodles & Karen Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2015
    Glad to hear he rebounded nicely after all that. Such a sweet handsome boy. Many vines, prayers and :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
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  36. Squeaky and KT (GA)

    Squeaky and KT (GA) Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2011
    Lots and lots of thoughts, white light and prayers for Rusty AND you and Edward, Ella. Sharing tears and smiles too....

    More hugs and hugs...
  37. Idjit's mom

    Idjit's mom Well-Known Member

    Apr 3, 2018
    So sorry for this news, hugs to Rusty and you.
  38. Nicole Z

    Nicole Z Member

    Apr 24, 2017
    I'm so sorry to see this! Vines and lots of hugs to your family and Rusty!
  39. Tasha & Darwin

    Tasha & Darwin Member

    Jun 22, 2017
    I am so sorry to hear that you had to go through all that with Rusty! I'm sure he is being loved and spoiled, as always. Sending lots of healing thoughts and vines your way - and comforting hugs as well! :bighug:
  40. Mandy & Rex

    Mandy & Rex Well-Known Member

    Mar 22, 2017

    Rusty knows he is loved and that is what matters.

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  41. Squalliesmom

    Squalliesmom Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2015
    How scary! I'm so glad Rusty came through it all okay. He is an amazing guy! Hopefully he will be more comfortable now. He knows you love him and will always do right by him.

    Prayers and vines for many, many more happy days together for Rusty, you, and Edward. :bighug:❤️:bighug:
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