My return home and recovery from radiation treatment of my hyperthyroid has been more difficult than expected. After not eating or drinking for 48 hours, and starting to urinate very little, Mom & Dad decided to take me to the 24 hour vet hospital (Saturday). I was so lethargic that I didn’t resist going into my carrier.
A very nice and knowledgeable vet discussed my situation and agreed with Mom & Dad that I probably just needed some supportive care until I recovered from the treatment and stress of the past week.
The vet tech who administered my fluids and anti-nausea medication said she’d also been treated with radioiodine! They sent me home with more fluids and anti-nausea medication, and agreed that I should continue to take the steroids that help calm my GI tract.
Mom is syringe feeding me canned food with a bit of water mixed in. She thinks I might have a sore throat because my voice sounds different and I’m swallowing like it’s uncomfortable. The internet says this is something that can happen in humans that are treated for thyroid disease, so maybe it can happen in kitties too.
We’ll check in with our regular vet during the week and let him know how things are going.An important issue with radioiodine treatment is that it takes a while to eliminate the radioactive iodine (mostly in my urine). During this time, I am giving off radiation similar to x-rays. This means we have to follow a few restrictions to keep people from being exposed to too much radiation. For about two weeks, all adults are supposed to minimize contact to “necessary care” and stay at least an arms-length from me. Since my urine is radioactive, my litter must be flushed or stored for 3 months before putting it in the trash.
On Saturday, we learned that these restrictions mean that only certain veterinarians are willing to treat me. We’re really thankful that our local VCA 24-hour Emergency Hospital is one of those facilities! I’m not endorsing them, I’m just saying we had a very positive experience and the vet was knowledgeable and willing to treat me without any hesitation. During our visit, he said “we’re here if you need us,” and that was very reassuring to Mom.
Mom hopes that I’ll be eating on my own in a day or two. I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before I get my strength back and feel better than ever!