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Boring image but Good News

Despite the boring image, we have some really good news to share.

Before having my hyperthyroidism treated with radioiodine, my thyroid hormone (T4) level was 5.4. That’s too high, and the lab prints it in red ink.

Now, my T4 is back down to 1.1. This is low normal, and really good.

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I’ll need a 3-month recheck to be sure my thyroid stays in the healthy range, but so far, so good!

My kidneys are also working very well. Some hyperthyroid kitties have sick kidneys but you can’t tell until you get the thyroid under control.  Mine are perfect!

I’m also feeling much better. Even though I’m not as playful or zooming around the house, Mom says she’s glad I’m behaving more like a 14 year old lady cat than a crazy kitten. She’s also glad I’m not vomiting several time a day (yeah…me too!). Mom thinks maybe the furs on the back of my ears is growing back, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer to be sure about that.

You’ve all followed along and supported us as I struggled with my hyperthyroid making me sick, so we’re really happy to be able to celebrate our good news with you.

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Thankful Thursday – from Mom

This morning, Raven came into our bed and wanted to cuddle. That’s not something she does very often, and I was thankful that she’s feeling better, being more trusting of us, and acting like her usual happy self.

It’s been exactly 2 weeks since she was released from the vet following radioiodine treatment for hyperthyroidism. She was a bit traumatized, wasn’t feeling well, and was leery of us for having put her through that ordeal and a few days of syringe feeding & medications. We’re thankful that she’s finally settled back in.

We take her to our regular vet in a couple weeks to check her thyroid hormone levels.

This is definitely a day for us to be Thankful and join Brian’s Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

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Turning the corner on the road to good health

I’m cautiously optimistic that Raven has turned the corner and will recover without too much more difficulty from her hyperthyroid treatment road trip.

For the first time in 4 days, this morning she ate on her own. I’ve been syringe feeding her for the past 2 days and she didn’t eat for 2 days before that. This is a bad photo, but I didn’t want to get close and disturb her.

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And now she’s enjoying a recuperative sunpuddle.

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She’s also behaving more like her normal self. She’s grooming, talking to us, following us around and rubbing on our legs. We might be breaking the radiation exposure rules, but it’s worth it to have a happy kitty. We’ll just call it “necessary care”…..keeping her happy will help her recovery!

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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.

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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!