A not so easy Sunday, and not an April Fool's

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.Radiation_warning_symbol.pngAn 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!

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17 Responses to A not so easy Sunday, and not an April Fool's

  1. The Island Cats says:

    We sure hope you’re feeling better soon, Raven. Purrs….

  2. Mary McNeil says:

    Oh Raven – sorry the side effects are so bad – but at least you have a vet who can help you ! Purrayers & POTP for you that you feel better soon. I think you are right about why your throat is sore.

    • Raven says:

      I suspect it’s mostly stress, but the treatment may be having some minor side effects too. My digestive system has given me trouble before, so at least Mom knows how to deal with it.

  3. oh my that is so much for all of you to deal with. I am so sorry for all of you. Sending purrs and prayers for much better health soon! xoxo

  4. Brian says:

    Dang Raven, I’m so sorry you are having a rough recovery from your treatment. We’re all sending purrs and prayers your way and hope you feel better super soon.

    • Raven says:

      Thanks. I’m glad the hyperthyroid medication is working well for Sister Precious. I know her personality isn’t suited to this treatment. I guess my personality isn’t exactly a great match either, but we didn’t think I’d be so stressed after getting home.

  5. Jan K says:

    Oh, we wish this could go more smoothly for you! Thank goodness you found someone willing to treat you. Sometimes stress can really throw cats off. I remember when Sam first started with all her thyroid stuff. Just trying to get her to take the pills stressed her so much she wouldn’t eat. It was prednisolone that got her back to eating again.
    We’ll be thinking of you, Raven, and hoping you are feeling better very soon. ♥

    • Raven says:

      My digestive system isn’t the greatest and it’s what goes wacky when I get stressed, so Mom shouldn’t be surprised that this happened. I’m taking prednisolone and reglan (anti-nausea) to help get me over this hurdle.

  6. 15andmeowing says:

    I am glad you have a vet wiling to treat you. I am praying for you to feel better soon. XO

    • Raven says:

      Thank you for your prayers. I know you have multiple kitties with health issues and must go through lots of stressful times and ups & downs so I appreciate your concern for us too.

  7. Gattina says:

    I really hope that you will get better, would be terrible to suffer for nothing.

  8. We hope you feel better soon. Purrs

  9. kittiesblue says:

    Wow, we sure learned a lot today. That cannot be very fun for you or your humans that they have to keep you at arms length. You look so small and forlorn in your photo. We’ve read the more recent post, so know you are feeling better, Raven. Keep up the good work. Mom will add you to her prayer list. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

  10. That vet facility sounds very, very nice, which is always so reassuring during a time like this. I’m sorry that I’m just now seeing all your posts come through. It’s like they came through in one big lump this morning. Seeing the more recent, I know that Raven is doing better now and I hope she continues.

  11. You poor girl. We knew about the radioactive thing/stay away bit from someone else whose dog went through cancer treatments–this must be hard for your mom and dad too.

    P.S. Our vet is with VCA–our mom discovered them in 2002 after an emergency too.

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