We left for AMC on 9/23. Sophie was not thrilled with riding in the car, but, from our practice drives, I found that she didn’t like riding in a carrier and was happier out of it. Also, we had found that she needed meds for both anxiety and motion sickness, so she was dosed up with Cerenia and Gabapentin to help her with the drive. Poor girlie was restless the entire time – moving from sitting in my lap to on the passenger seat to sitting on top of her kitty condo (her favorite place). Total drive was 7 hours with stops. When I stopped for gas and to stretch my legs, she was relegated to the condo, zipped close. She didn’t mind too much. She used the litter box, with a pee pad in it, once, almost at the end of the trip. We got to AMC around 3:30 PM. I was exhausted. I checked the girl in with the hospital personnel. I had estimated how much food to leave for her and gave that to them, along with the mega kitty mat that had made the trip with us, and a couple of Levemir pens. I just really didn’t want to wait around to chat, so I left to ride out to my friends’ on Long Island. Nothing much for Monday. Dr. McCue called after she had all her scans done. The tumor was bigger than they anticipated, but it was encapsuled in a membrane, not infiltrating the pituitary or other surrounding tissues. Her EKG shows that she had some thickening of the heart walls and some enlargement, but hopefully that would decrease after the growth hormone was eliminated from her system. Tuesday was the surgery. Got a call around 4ish, she came through it fine, everything looked good, she had awakened well from the anesthesia, and there didn’t appear to be any problems. I was on schedule to be able to see her on Wednesday, in the late afternoon. So, Wednesday, I packed up my gear and drove into Queens, to my AirBnB. I was lucky to find a very reasonably priced location with free parking close to a station on the F line, which was the subway line I needed to take to AMC. Between the walk to the subway, the subway ride and the walk to AMC – about an hour. Got there around 3:30. Took a little while before I saw her, but Dr. McCue appeared with her around 4. My girlie looked a little worse for wear. All of her facial hair had been shaved and she had an odd incision on her forehead. This was from the marker they had to insert for her scans on Monday and during surgery. Her eyes were dilated and Dr. M. explained that this was normal, that the optic nerves get a bit irritated from the surgery, and the surrounding tissues take a while to settle down. She also had a boot on her left hind leg, which covered a catheter they were using for blood draws, instead of having to stick her every time they need to do one. She was wearing a cone that day as she had been fussing with the boot. We had a nice chat, and he clearly really liked his little patient. He reported that she was eating well, and peeing/pooping on pads as I had told them she liked to use those instead of a regular box. She was actually using the box for sleeping More visits with the girl on Thursday and Friday. The cone was gone on Thursday, and on Friday, so was the boot. Her caretakers at AMC clearly really liked her. Everyone seemed to know Sophie and always had a smile on their face when speaking with her. They mentioned that she was allowed to roam their work room and once they found her asleep on a pile of their backpacks. I originally didn’t think I’d be taking her home until Sunday, but, when I visited on Friday, it was clear that she was getting bored and felt good enough to travel. She didn’t want to sit still and just be loved on, she wanted to see what was happening all around her and insisted on checking out what was in the hall by the visiting room. Since Dr. M was not working on Saturday, I saw one of the residents in the Neuro program then. Took a little while before we could leave, as I had to wait for her because she had other patients to attend to. They gave me a complete listing of what her post op care was, with dosage levels for her new meds and suggested follow up visits, etc. I had been filling Sophie’s Maine vet, Tracy Filler, in with her care in NYC and Dr. McCue and she had been emailing back and forth. I had asked AMC to dose her with the Gaba and Cerenia like I had done on the ride down, and that was no problem. Amazingly, I didn’t hear one complaint from Sophie on the way home. She slept in her condo most of the time, occasionally venturing out to the front seat to drink water and sit in my lap. Used the same tactic of locking her in the condo when I stopped. Also fed her a couple of times en route. She was not super hungry, but seemed happy to eat. Her biggest issue was her thirst. We got home around 6 and she seemed happy to return. So far, since we are home, Sophie has been doing well. She’s been eating well, except for not having much of an appetite today. Generally we feed our cats at 7, 11, 3, 7 and 11 before bed, but she didn’t want her morning elevenses. I took her to her Maine vet as a precaution and they didn’t find anything wrong. The biggest change is that she actually seemed to enjoy riding in the car and sat on my lap for at least ½ of the trip down and the same on the trip home. We’re on the usual up and down of insulin since getting home, but, instead of being on 20 units of Levemir twice a day, she is on, at most, 1 unit. It seems that even that amount is too much, and I’ve decreased it down to .5 unit, after a brief stop at .75. I’m hoping she’ll be OTJ within a week or two. Her urine output has decreased nicely, and she is spontaneously using the litter boxes which is a huge relief. Sophie had decided about 6 months ago that she didn’t like litter boxes anymore, so we had resorted to pee pads from Petco to avoid problems. It is such a relief that she decided that they are ok to use again. Just had them do a urine specific gravity at the vet’s when she was there today and it was nicely concentrated. Hoping that the desmopressin will be a temporary thing, then, even though, I know, the steroid pill and the thyroid pill she gets with meals twice a day will be life long. That’s her story. She really didn’t mind her adventure. Well, yeah, she complained a lot on the ride down, but not a peep coming home, and no complains on her trip to the vet today.