Selfie Sunday and an Update 11/18/23 | Lola The Rescued Cat
Sunday, November 19, 2023

Selfie Sunday and an Update 11/18/23

Lola: Hello, and happy Sunday! And it is indeed a happy Sunday because I'm here to share the day with all of you. I have some pretty good news to share with you this week. 

I've had a better week. I started eating on my own, I have a little more energy, and my gait has improved a little. I'm going to let Mommy take over the report from here, with some photos of me taken during the week. 

Dawn: I first want to say thank you for the support we've received through the comments here and on social media. The outpouring of love and concern has touched my heart and I appreciate it more than I can articulate. Lola is a special little soul, who has touched thousands of other souls. It never stops amazing me. 

If you missed our last post, you can read that to catch up on what happened originally. The "episode" Lola had was absolutely terrifying. That happened on a Monday evening. As you know, we received dire news from the vet about the prognosis. That Friday was a particularly bad night for her, and I honestly thought that was the time. I didn't sleep at all that night as she was in bed beside me barely moving. 

On Monday morning I called our holistic vet to move our appointment up. I told her the entire story and we basically set up palliative care. Over the next few days she was still very weak and I had to cajole her to eat, bringing food and water right to her so she wouldn't become dehydrated. She was still very wobbly on her feet, and she slept most of the day and night. Upon waking up she was very lethargic. She was out of it most of the time and wouldn't even lift her head off of her little pillow when I came home. I prayed she would hold on until the appointment.

I had a couple of very long days at work so I had my sitter come in midday to check on her. She couldn't believe how much she had declined and was also very worried about her. Wednesday evening I arrived home around 9:45pm and was met with a small miracle. Lola was up in the cat tree when I walked through the door. When she saw me she meowed hello and came to greet me. She was much more alert and a little steadier on her feet. She even ate on her own when I put her plate of Fancy Feast down. Not a lot, but enough. I couldn't believe it. 

By the time the holistic vet came to us on Friday, she was a yet a little stronger. Dr. Wilson was prepared for palliative end of life care, but as soon as she saw Lola the plan was changed. Lola received acupuncture, PEMF therapy, a script for an appetite stimulant, and a B12 shot. I was also instructed to continue her herbal supplements. We will have weekly sessions for a few weeks, and evaluate each week regarding future treatments. 

Given Lola's slow improvement and recovery, Dr. Wilson strongly feels that Lola had a stroke. She reviewed the spinal xray and confirmed there is something amiss in the lumbosacral area. Although not the cause of the episode, we still need to be aware and monitor it. 

Our regular vet, Dr. Clough, is out on leave until Christmas. We will follow up with her when she returns, and Dr. Wilson will share her clinical observations with her since she will be seeing Lola just about weekly until then. Dr. Clough's husband will still be at the practice so we are not without a regular vet if needed.

We are not out of the woods yet and Lola still has good and bad days. I actually feel bad and a little guilty about our last post because I almost feel like I had given up on her. The situation was very dire and I honestly thought it would be the last post she wrote. But the heavens have been good to us and she is still here, sitting on my lap purring as I type this. This little girl is a fighter and has never stopped fighting since she was a young cat. 

We're taking life one day at a time and we know tomorrow isn't promised. But she's still here today and I'm hoping she has more good days than bad. Her spirit is never dampened and her love for others never wanes. Right now she's still Lola, just a little weaker and a little wobblier. 

Lexy has been very concerned and has been spending more time around her. She has been a very attentive big sister. 

We will continue to keep everyone posted here and on social media. All of our paws are crossed for continued good days. Thank you all again. 

Lola and Dawn

We're joining our friends at The Cat On My Head for their selfie Sunday blog hop. Hop on over to see more selfies! 

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  1. This is really good news and I am very happy for you and Lola. As you say, she is a fighter and I hope she continues to improve.

  2. We always pray for our fur friends. Every minute they spend on this Earth with us humans is a miracle for us. I do hope that Lola continues to improve and that she is with you for a long while. It's fun to see Lexy being a bit of a nurse.

  3. We missed your last post. We didn't know about Lola's "episode" and We are so relieved and happy that she is improving. We will purray she continues to do so.

  4. Deer Miss Dawn an sweet Lola an Lexy~~~wee purrayed alot an mee ***purred*** alot an wee hoped an there iss a meer-acull a-paw (afoot) there! An wee are SO-O happy fore all of you.
    Accupunkture an B12 did Aunty NYLABLUE a werld of guud an gave her moe life iwth BellaSita Mum back inn 2014....
    Wee will continue to ***purr*** an purray beecause wee lvoess all fo youss'!
    ~~~~head rubs~~~~BellaDharma~~~~ an {{{hugss}}} BellaSita Mum
    Pee S: Miss Dawn you were not givin up inn last post; you were gettin all of us reddy an yoeself inn case Lola leeved fore Purr Land. **xtra pawkissess** to you......

  5. L & L...thiz bee grate nooze and we iz buzzed happee !!! continmewed blezzingz frum st francis two ewe..both..
    and a hug for mom, we noe her could uze one ! ♥♥♥

  6. Nice to see some good news. I believe in the power of prayer and Lola certainly has a lot of us praying for her. Please keep improving sweet girl. XO

  7. Please do not guilty about posting your feelings; we know, we understand, and we are sending purrs and hugs.

  8. NO. You did NOT give up on her. Not at all. From what you said Lola, given her age, seemed very fragile and your worst fears seemed to be coming true BUT they didn't. She is not a young cat but right now she is improving.

    You faced the possibility and were honest with us. We all know she is an amazing cat, now you take it one week at a time.

    Lola is doing good.

  9. We are so glad to read this, and continue to send purrayers POTP and lots of love to Lola, Lexy & Mum.

  10. I have tears in my eyes reading this, just as I did last week. Keep fighting, sweet girl. You are loved by SO many!

  11. Thank you for the update, that's a bit of good news for you both and we will continue to send purrs and prayers. Don't feel bad about your last post, we all understand and we're all here for the three of you. Hugs and love from all of us.

  12. Thank you so much for updating us with this encouraging news. Please don't feel bad about your last post. We appreciate you keeping all of us -- your loving friends -- in the loop. We are purring and praying and sending love to Lola, Lexy, and you!

  13. Oh, I'm so glad to hear this! I'm sending continued love and hugs to you all!

  14. My sweet baby girl, I am so glad things are looking better for you. When I heard you had been sick I started crying on the spot. You and your sister mean so much to me as you are one of the OG kitties we met so many years ago on Facebook. You are persevered so much throughout life and brought us such joy. Please take all your medicines and keep eating and drinking well so you get better soon.

    1. Oh noes! This didn’t put our name! It is me your Aunt Beth & Cousin Pearl. I know Ms. Phoebe is watching over her little protege and protecting you. πŸ’œπŸΎπŸ’‹πŸ‘‘πŸ₯°

  15. Hooray for the good rally, Lola!! Keep it up! Sending a ton more POTP!

  16. I'm glad Lola is doing better. I hope she continues to improve.

  17. We are so happy to hear Lola is doing better and are purring and sending POTP for her continued improvement

  18. I am so happy that this update brings the news Lola has started to improve. Lexy is a star for being there. Sending lots of healing purrs for dear Lola. And lots of comforting support for mum Dawn.
    ERin & Mrs H

  19. I celebrate every post here and on your social that mentions Lola improving. They make me so very happy.


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