An Update on My Health 11-12-23 | Lola The Rescued Cat
Sunday, November 12, 2023

An Update on My Health 11-12-23

Hello, friends. I usually start my posts with "Hello, and Happy (whatever day it is!), but today's post is a little serious. I'm afraid I have some not so good news to share with you about my health. Over the nine years we have been blogging we have read many posts about pets' health issues and have dreaded the day when we had to share some serious news as well. I'm afraid that day is today. 

Lexy and I have shared the little blips we've had in our health over the past year or so, and most of them have subsided and healed. I'm going to update you on my current health status today. 

As most of you know I've had some problems over the past several months, including weight loss and vocalizations at night. Sometimes I would even yelp and howl during the day. I had all of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism, but my levels weren’t high enough to treat. I was started on Gabapentin at night, along with a natural calming aid (Zylkene), which helped. (The dosage had to be adjusted a few times, but we got it to a stable place.) 

This past Monday I had a very difficult day and I was very glad Mommy was working from home. I started howling very loudly and pacing, rubbing my head against things. Mommy tried every trick she had up her sleeve to help me calm down, but nothing worked. She finally was able to get me to take some Zylkene, and half an hour after that at 4:00pm she gave me my evening dosage of Gabapentin, which I usually get around 9:00pm. That worked because at 4:30pm I took a little snooze on the couch. I woke up around 8:30pm and that's when things got bad. I could barely walk. My back legs were wobbly and I couldn't stand straight up. I tried to jump on the bed but fell, and I started yelling. That's when Mommy said that was it. She immediately put me in the carrier and off to the emergency vet we went. 

Of course, by the time I was seen by the doctor, I was doing better. The doctor examined me, took my blood pressure, and ran bloodwork. She said my gait was a little off, but found nothing else wrong with me. We were there until 1:00am and we had no answers. 

This Friday Lexy had a vet appointment, but Mommy took me instead. As soon as my vet, Dr. Clough, looked at me she knew something was very wrong. Dr. Clough is very kind and she gently let Mommy know that whatever is wrong is not good, and it seems to be coming on very quickly. I had an X-ray of my spine taken which showed there are issues with my lower vertebrae. It's difficult to see if there is a tumor there from just an X-ray, but something was a little blurry. 

Mommy discussed all options with Dr. Clough and is opting not to do CT Scans or MRIs at this time. She feels it's not a good idea to put me through that right now, and even if the results show a tumor I would not have surgery to remove it. Dr. Clough agrees this the best decision for me. 

I have also lost weight again and I'm barely over six pounds. And I have also developed a tremor. Given all of my symptoms, their quick onset, my weight loss, and the X-ray results, my vet is leaning towards the possibility of cancer and/or vascular incidents (i.e., stroke.)

So what does all of this mean? Dr. Clough discussed with Mommy that we may be nearing that time. She wants Mommy to monitor me very closely and let her know immediately if anything changes. My Gabapentin has been increased to twice daily which should help make me more comfortable. 

The bottom line is, I don't know how much time I have left with Mommy and Lexy - or you. I'm wiping kitty tears from my eyes as I say this, but I've always been honest with our friends. 

So for now, Mommy is going to make sure I get my medication and she is going to watch me closely. She is also going to buy two sets of pet steps - one for the couch and one for the bed - so I don't have to jump if I don't feel like I can. And we’re getting a new litter box that’s easy for me to get in and out of. Rest assured, friends, I am in good paws with Mommy and Dr. Clough!

We know we've been absent for some time from the blog, and also social media, because Mommy has been paying attention to Lexy and me and nursing us back to health. But now Mommy and I have decided we want to make sure to share my life with all of our friends for as long as we have time together. I sleep a lot, so many of my photos may be of me sleeping. But that's okay and I'm sure you'll understand. 

We are all going to live life one day at a time and enjoy every second. Who knows? Maybe this is just a little blip and I will, once again, miraculously turn around. My paws are crossed for many more years together with my family and friends. I mean, I'm only 13 1/2! 

Just to let you know, Lexy is doing well and she is 15 now. She has gained her weight back and is very feisty again, refusing to take any of her medications for Mommy. Her meds are being changed to liquid so Mommy can put them in her food. 

That's my news, friends. I wish it were happier news, but I'm still here! We love you all. 


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  1. Lola, I'm very sorry you and your mommy are going through this. Whatever happens, and when, I'm keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. I know you are in the best of hands, but tell your mom to take good care of herself too, because I know how terribly stressful this journey is. Sending universal Love and Light. -Kim and her angels

  2. It is wonderful to see you, though the news brings us much concern and makes our hearts ache. But your mom and your doctors are doing everything for you, and I know you will rally if you can. Know that are hearts and prayers are with you all to speed your recovery, Lola.
    Healing and health-giving purrs

  3. Thank you for the update. My heart is breaking Lola. I know your mom will do everything to keep you comfortable. Please know you are loved by all. I am glad Lexy is improving. You are both in my prayers. XO

  4. Sweet Lola, your mommy will not want to let you go over the Rainbow Bridge, but she will know if it needs to happen. You are so loved by her and she and Lexy will want you for another 13 1/2 years. We send purrs and prayers for all 3 of you. Lynn and Precious

  5. Lola, this is a very brave post for you to share. It’s not easy to discuss, but we are glad you did. As you know we’ve lost 5 of the original 7 Squeedunk cats and what we have learned in this process is a palliative approach is often then best option. Lots of tests may be more for the humans intellectual discourse than for our overall comfort. This isn’t always the case, but it reads to us like your mom and the Dr feel that way for you. We are very sad, but we are also really glad that you have such good care, love, and that you will greet each day with pawsitive energy. Let’s celebrate the sun, and our time together, and the wonder of this life. Continue to tell mom what you need little girl. We know she will keep that central to everything. We love you all. Laura and all the Squeedunk Gang, those here and in spirit. πŸ’•

  6. Lola, we are sad to read this difficult news. We are purring and praying for you, Lexy, and Mom, We know Mom and Dr. Clough will do everything they can to make sure you are as comfortable and happy as you can be. We love you so, so much.

  7. Oh Lola, I'm so sorry that you're not feeling well. Thank you for updating us, though. I know your mommy is taking such good care of you. I'm sending lots of hugs and purrs.

  8. Sending purrs and hugs, to hope that your icky feelings go away, Lola.

  9. Sweetest deerest Lola wee so sorry this iss happenin....wee NOSE yore Meowmy an Lexy an Doctur Cloff will take THE best care of you. You are still a furry beeuteefull kitty girl an allwayss will bee Wee send you quadrupell POTP an purrayerss an <3 <3 <3 <3!
    Thanx fore yore update....wee wundered how you were doin!
    ****nose kissess**** an ~~head rubss~~BellaDharma~~an ***blows kissess*** an (((hugss))) BellaSita Mum

  10. Oh Sweet Lola, my heart feels the anxiety Mommy’s feeling, and I’m broken for both of you and sister Lexie. We’ve been enjoying your stories since a nice lady found you and brought you to Mommy. I still have the story you told about stealing Mommy’s necklace and Sister helping you do it somewhere on my FB page and it still makes me giggle every time I read it. You have all my love and prayers. Stay strong sweet girl! And give Mommy all the luvs you can muster; she needs it right now. ❤️

  11. Absent from the blog doesn't mean absent from our hearts Lola, Lexy and Dawn. We know your anxiety and your worry - every step of the way.

    Whatever happens, the impact you make on the lives of cats is immense. You speak for cats, you guide and you give hope.

    These are difficult times but you are honest with us and you know you ALL have our love and support. Hold on there. Even from far away you are loved and cared for.

    Never forget that.

    Marjorie and the Cats

  12. I am crying. Not kitty tears, real human tears. I just want to hug you and kiss you. Please have a miracle. I will be praying. Is there anyway to do a needle biopsy? Can your Mom get you a ramp and not steps, it maybe easier on you. I am glad Lexy us doing better. Hopefully she will be nice and comfort you. Did your vet say anything abt a bloodwork test to see if it was cancer? They have those now. Please don't be cancer. How is your Mom holding up. I know she was having some health issues and I am sure this health issue with you has not helped. Please please praying for a miracle for you. Thank you for being so brave to share your health issues. However, we miss all 3 of you girls.

  13. Oh Lola, we're all so very, very sorry to hear such sad news. You are a very brave girl and your Mommy loves you so very much. We understand how tough those right decisions are to make. We all send love, hugs and tons of purrs to you and your Mommy and to Lexy too.

  14. Lola, you're such a strong, brave girl who's already been through so much. You have the best Mommy in the world who will always do what's best for you. Sending bucket loads of purrs, prayers, love, and wishes that you 3 ladies can still be together for more years ahead.

  15. Lola, I am so sorry to hear your update! It hurts my heart to know what you all are going through, especially your mommy. Will continue praying for all of you! I'm glad Lexy is doing better, and hope you will improve and enjoy much more time together. Sending love, hugs, and purrs, including from Little Bit and Garfie. πŸ’œπŸ˜ΈπŸ’œ

  16. I am so sorry to hear your sad news. Your mommy loves you so much and will do everything she can for you, but when the time comes she won't let you suffer. I really and truly hope the three of you have lots more time together.

  17. Lola, your symptoms sound somewhat similar to my dear old calico kitty Cleo, who passed away many years ago. She had a suspected vascular incident, perhaps threw a microclot is what the vet said. She had an MRI the second time after I saw her staggering and meowing very loudly. She would go on to have many more "mini-strokes" for the next year and a half, at first recovering pretty well until she started having events too close together. Her bloodwork still somehow remained good. Eventually she weighed almost nothing and passed away in her sleep at 17.

  18. Oh Lola, honey, I am so sorry there wasn't better news for you at the vet. You and Lexy were among the first to befriend the Goddess's when they joined Facebook way back when. It breaks Luna's heart that you will be joining Phoebe soon. Sir T, Maxi, Hobbes, Ms. Phoebe, and Julia will also be there to greet you, so try not to be scared. Your mama is taking good care of you and will keep you comfortable. Luna and Calli send purrs and whisker kisses. Hugs to you mama, Aunt Hansi

  19. Dear Lola and Mom I am so sorry to read your update and I do know exactly how Mom
    feels about having to write it. Sending hugs and purrs to you all
    Loved dearly
    Oh so sweet
    Look at that sweet tongue
    A friend to all

  20. Lola, you already know that my mom and certainly I do, love you very very much. We are sad to read what seems to be happening to you, because we want you well, happy and feeling as good as you always have. Your Mom showed you in FB today as interested in outdoors and that you'd gotten up to see what was happening. When were are on patrol, our parents LOVE it. Love you Lola and your mom and Dad too.

  21. lola, and lexy too, we send best fishes, get well wishes and st francis’
    blessings. we hope you get better, stay better and have many
    happy healthy days ahead. we understand how hard this is for you
    all. loves and hugs from all o us, to all o you πŸ’šπŸŸπŸ’™

  22. When a soul leaves its mortal body, it is lifted by the wind unseen by adult human eyes, which have been cleared of the ability to experience magic. The soul floats to the nearest river, then rides the current until it enters the River of Life, which gently carries the soul to Rainbow Bridge. The new angel emerges from the water, having discarded all the pain and sorrow of mortal life (often transferred to those mortals nearest to them,). The soul then crosses the River of Life via the Rainbow Bridge and is reunited with their predecessors who loved them while they were mortal; then, a glorious reunion takes place. Their predecessors teach the new angel how to dream visit, to inhibit the bodies of furry and winged creatures so the angel can watch over their loved ones. So, if you see a bird or little animal watching you, or wake up from a dream feeling light of heart, know your angel has been with you. Death is not the end, it's a temporary separation, and if you never stop loving the angel, you will be together again in a place called Rainbow Bridge.

  23. Dear Lola, We're purring and praying that this is a blip and you are better soon.

  24. Lola we send you all the purrayers and Power of the Paw we can...We know your Mommy and Dr. Clough will be sure you are as comfortable as can be, which is all any of us can do for the kitties we love so much. We send you and Mom and Lexy all our love.

  25. Oh Lola! Reading your post made us very sad. We are so sorry that you are feeling so unwell and wish we could help in some way. We know your family will do everything possible for you and we are sending healing purrs, gentle woofs and soft neighs your way.
    From everyone at The Poupounette.

  26. Lola, we are so sorry to hear this. We have not been able to keep up with everyone the way we'd like to, for some time. Purrs from the kitties and me, for you and your Mom and Lexy; for you to feel better. We know your Mom and your vet will take good care of you.

  27. I am sorry to hear you're not feeling good, I hope you get to have as many good days as you can. I am glad to see Lexy is doing better now, big snuggles xoxo Little Miss Titch

  28. Oh, dear, we are so, so hopeful, Lola, that you will get better. I am your age, too, so I am listening to you carefully. We send good thoughts and hugs to your family and we are so grateful for the amazingly beautiful photos of you that made our day brighter, as you really are a lovely kitty in your sleep!

  29. We are so sorry to hear about your health struggles. We hope that things will turn around for you!
    Fur Everywhere <3

  30. I pray your health does make a recovery. ~hugs~ "That" dreaded time came for my Jezebel this past April. The vet wanted to put her on Gabapentin and send her home but I feared she would suffer terribly. Staff assured me my decision was best for her. Sometimes, I doubt myself. And I'm tearing up for both of us now. :( Blessings to you and yours.

  31. I'm sorry about your health issues, Lola. I have health issues's tough getting old, isn't it? Just know that I am purring for you. ~Ernie

  32. We sure hope and pawray that there will many good days. Sending our best POTP to you, Lola, and lots of hugs to all.

  33. Thank you for sharing this difficult news with us. We know the pain is deep, and words do little to assuage the sharpness of it.

    Sweet Lola, we love you. We send all our love and wishes for many good days to you, Lexy, and your mama.

    Good days with lots of warm sunshine streaming through the windows, for sun puddles, to make your naps nice and cozy. Good days with lots of snuggling with Lexy. Good days with your favorite foods. Good days wrapped up in your mama's arms while she holds you close and kisses you.

    When you sleep, may it be the refreshing sleep that helps you feel a bit better, and full of dreams of everything that makes you feel warm, loved, and safe.

    In the meantime, if there is anything at all that we can do, we're here.

  34. Oh sweetie, so sorry to hear this. Healing Pawkisses and Purrayers for you and for Lexy and your mommy tooπŸΎπŸ˜½πŸ’ž


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