Saturday, October 10, 2009

Bugsy's Medical Saga

Hey, did you guys hear the news that I'm home? Some folks new to the bloggie might be wondering what's been going on, and all of you may be wondering what's next in the Medical Saga of The Bugster. So howzabout a little recap and update of what's what.

The Cancer Thing
  • In late May, some of the excess pigmentation in my right eye was diagnosed as a tumor by Dr. Regular Vet with a consultation and confirmation by Dr. Eye Specialist Vet. It was determined that the best course of action would be to remove the eye, and test it to determine if the tumor was cancerous or not.
  • Due to some bladder problems (see below for that saga), the eye removal surgery didn't take place until mid-August by Dr. Regular Vet.
  • The initial biopsy on the eye tissue showed that it was indeed cancerous, so off I went in early September to Dr. Cancer Vet for a CT scan and determination on further action.
  • The CT scan showed some residual 'stuff' in the area of the no-eye, but -- happily -- nothing in the lymph node or chest area. Nothing had spread.
  • Daily radiation treatments over 3.5 weeks (M-F) were decided on for the residual stuff, and due to the distance of Dr. Cancer Vet from our house, I boarded with them during the week during the treatments. My treatments went very well, so far I've shown no side effects, and I kept up my weight during treatments.
  • Last Wednesday (10/7) was my 18th and final treatment!!!
So, what might be expected now?

  • Dr. Cancer Vet doesn't really expect any side effects to show up, except maybe for losing some furs around my no-eye and them possibly growing back in white. Since I already have white on my face and throat and other areas, it wouldn't look all that out of place if it happens. I could live with that as the only side effect.
  • I go back in a month for a general check-up, then again at the 3 month mark.
  • At the 6 month mark, Dr. Cancer Vet will do a CT scan, to see if any of the residual stuff is still there or if it's all gone (and make sure nothing decided to show up anywhere else). The radiation continues to do its job for that long, so there's no sense doing a scan any earlier.
And that's where I iz on the Cancer Thing!

Now, about that pesky Bladder Thing.

The Bladder Thing

  • In May, even before the eye tumor diagnosis, I went to Dr. Regular Vet for a bladder problem. It was thought to be just a bladder infection, so I was taking drugs for that. It kept not clearing up, though.
  • A week or so after the eye tumor diagnosis, Dr. Regular Vet did an X-ray and discovered I had a bladder stone, not an infection. That needed surgery to be removed.
  • Dr. Regular Vet and The Mommy decided it wouldn't be good to do both surgeries (bladder and eye removal) at one time, and thought it was more important to get the stone out first, so that got done in late June.
  • The stone was sent out for analysis, but intentionally on a 'slow' basis (~4 week turn-around) to a college lab so it wouldn't cost anything as there was no real medical reason to get the answer back any faster. It turned out to be a struvite stone, which of course is the kind we kitties least want to have if we're gonna have one.
  • Right now, The Mommy is trying an 'over-the-counter' healthy type of food that is formulated to help this kind of problem, rather than going on a prescription food. The good news is that I like it and will eat it. The so-so news is that Dr. Regular Vet is hesitant to give his full recommendation to such food over prescription food, but he has an open mind.
  • Because of Dr. Regular Vet's hesitation, I had to go back 3 weeks ago just for a follow-up pee test to see if any struvite crystals (pre-cursors to stones) were showing up yet. The good news is there were none...the bad news is that I did have a bladder infection. *le sigh*
  • So I took pills for a couple of weeks while at Dr. Cancer Vet Jail, then went back last week to Dr. Regular Vet for a re-check. But I didn't cooperate and give him any pee to test, and was supposed to go back today for another try.
  • Instead, Dr. Cancer Vet stole some of my pee while I was asleep for one of my last few treatments this past week and sent it off to be tested!  Without even asking me! Hmph!
  • But I'll forgive him, because the tests came back clear, the infection is gone, there still are no crystals, and best of all, I didn't have to get in the cage and car to go see Dr. Regular Vet today!!
The bottom line of all this is that there's no particular follow-up on the Bladder Thing to worry about, and I have a month before there's any follow-up on the Cancer Thing. I'm a free cat with no cage or car ride in my future for a whole month!!! Yayness!

Whew, that was a lot of catching up. Maybe we can go for a month without me whining about my medical issues for a change, eh?

But first I must once again thank each and every one of you -- that means you and you and you and you and...well, okay, I can't do it individually, but please know that me and The Mommy and the rest of the Krew thank each of you for all of your purrrrrrs and hugs and prayers and well wishes and everything while I've been going through all this, especially during Cancer Vet Jail this past month. Knowing everyone was sending me all those purrs and good thoughts helped me through it, and surely contributed to the 'no side effects' result!

Right now, I foresee a lot of naps in my future...


Sam and Andy said...

We are sooooooooo happy all of that is behind you, Bugsy, and we are continuing to purray that you won't have any more problems....we love you......xxxxxxx

Cats in trees said...

3 Cheers for dr. Cancer Vet for taking your pee. We are so glad that you are home and the vet visits have ended for now.

We were wondering if perhaps you have superpowers after all that radiation treatment. Will your one-eyed stare make villains repent? Can you lift twenty small children with your tail? Does your snore make neighbouring buildings collapse?

Noir the Texas Tuxedo Tabby said...

The Bugster, we're all glad you're HOME--right where you belong! Lotsa naps and treats are the in for you!

Noir the Neighbor

The Island Cats said...

Oh Bugsy! We are so happy to hear that you are doing well and that the infection is gone! That Dr. Cancer Vet was pretty smart to get some of your pee for testing so you wouldn't hafta go back to Dr. Regular Vet for more tests!!

Bugsy, we will continue to purr for you so that you don't have any more problems. You been so brave for everything you've gone through the past few months!!

Angel and Kirby said...

THat is great news. We are very hoppy that you are a free cat!

Meadow said...

That is quite a saga mr bugsy! Happy heals and purrs your way :)

loki said...

This is wonderful news, so glad to hear that your are back at home!

Wishing a good weekend Bugsy!


LindaGJ said...

Oh everytime I read what Bugsy has gone through and his mom too!... I get little heart breaks in me. I sure have fallen in love with this little darling fuzzball and am so happy he is free from Vet visits for awhile. How old is he? Sleep lots, as all kitties do, and take very good care of yourself Bugsy! We have a team out here that cares a lot about you!!!
Linda :) Kenzie sends purrsss... & says Meow too!

Fin said...

Oh Bugsy thank Cod you are doing so well and are free from Vet visits for now!!

Mack and Sally Ann said...

Oh Bugsy,
We are so glad you don't have to go to any vets anytime soon.
Sally Ann

JB's Big and Small Worlds said...

Oh Bugsy, you have been through so much! WE are still purring for you. We think you are one brave strong kitty to have gone through all this. You have a wonderful home and you are getting such good care.
JB, Chester, CB, and Armani

Cat of Nine Tales said...

From a new blogger...thank you for recapping your saga. We had wondered about it. We are so happy you're home with a good prognosis.

Anonymous said...

We're gonna continue to keep you in our purrayers, Bugsy. You've been through quite a bit this year, furriend.

peggy and The Cats said...

Whoa. That's a lot of stuff to go thru. We hope you get a good long, long rest. Your Mom too.

Madi and Mom said...

Hi Bugsy we are so thankful you are home and FINISHED with the cancer treatment. You are such a handsome fellow and way too sweet to be sick. YOU DESERVE lots of naps and hugs and good food.
Madi and Mom

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Oh, Bugsy, what a lot of news. Great job of reporting it all. Our computer was down for 2 weeks and we are just getting it set up again, so we're behind on all the news. Appreciate the update! And so glad you're doing better!

Daisy said...

Bugsy, you sure have had a tough few months. I think all the rough times are behind you now and you can go back to your well-deserved life of leisure!

Ginger Jasper said...

Brilliant news.. Now you can start and enjoy .. Keep well.. LOve GJ xx

Anonymous said...

Glad it's all behind you now...keep your eye on the future!

Sweet Praline said...

I am so glad to hear that things are going well.

Kaz's Cats said...

That's a whole lot of great news Bugsy. We're so glad that you're on the mend and don't have to keep going back to the vet in a hurry. Purrs to you and your Mom,


Gypsy & Tasha

Anonymous said...

Bugsy, that was a LOT of stuff you had to go through! We're so glad you're better now.

Milo and Alfie said...

Bugsy, we love yoo lots and we are SO happy that yoo are getting well. Yoo have been furry brave and yoo are our hero.

Huffle Mawson said...

Wow Bugsy. What a saga! I am glad to hear that all the recent reports have been so good, and I hope they continue to be like that!

Everycat said...

Bugsy you have been through SO much but it's wonderful that everything is turning out so well. We think you look VERY handsome with just the one eye too. Our Mum has had "words" with the vets about the prescription struvite fuuds and we now get a great meat only food (of course the vets won't recommend it ha ha) and have lots of water bowls everywhere - it works too!

Bugsy you are a real little soldier. Stay well fella!

Whicky Wuudler

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Yay Bugsy that is such good news! It sounds like it was good medical news weekend because we had some too! We hope that it keeps being good news for you so you don't have to keep visiting the vet!

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