Oh Belinda. I'm so sorry. I'm sitting here with tears
streaming down my face-- Nina and I were  talking about your Bailey
yesterday and praying that he pulled through this difficult time. He was
just such a brave little boy. And in the whole world he could not have found
a better mom. My heart goes out to you and Mike. I know you know he's in
better place
with no more suffering, but I know how much you're going to miss the little
soul. I felt I knew Bailey through your posts, and my world already feels an
emptier place without him. Please know you're in my thoughts constantly. I'm
really so sorry. much love, and big hugs, Kerry

----- Original Message -----
From: "Belinda" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: <felvtalk@felineleukemia.org>
Sent: Saturday, May 06, 2006 11:54 PM
Subject: Bailey has gone home

>         Bailey left us at 6:20 this evening.  He took a bad turn for the
> worse late last night and when I took him in this morning for his
> surgery it was evident he wasn't in good enough shape.  We gave him
> fluids for a couple hours because he was dehydrated, his blood pressure
> was 60 and his temperature went from 103 yesterday to 98 today, his
> blood work was normal except his platelet count was low so he wasn't
> clotting and suregery was out of the question unless we could get his
> platelet count up.  After two hours of fluids and a blood transfusion
> his platelets came up but his temperature was now 94, 96 puts kitties at
> risk for heart failure and she couldn't even get a blood pressure.
> My vet said we have 3 options, we could continue the fluids and support
> and see if things changed and if they did he could have the surgery
> tomorrow.
> Go ahead with the surgery and get in and out as quickly as possible or
> she could euthanise him.
> I asked her what she honestly thought of his condition, she said she
> though he was leaving on his own, I agreed.  We talked, I asked her what
> to expect if he was going to die and she told me what the likely
> scenarios would be, she gave me a syringe of pain meds incase it got
> really bad for him, it would basically knock him out so he wouldn't
> suffer and pass on his own, she had a dinner engagement but told me to
> call if she was needed.  I had told Bailey it was his decision to stay
> or go, and told him to do what was best for him.  I brought him home on
> the fluids to keep supporting him and if he did turn for the better we
> would consider the surgery later.  His breathing got worse just taking
> him to the car so I knew in my heart we didn't have long.
> We had about an hour, he was home with us and we were with him when he
> left.  He is whole now and FeLV free for the first time.  We were so
> lucky to have him for 11 years, his birthday was Monday.  I will miss
> his bouncy, happy personality.  He was so special and I learned so much
> thanks to him.  He was our only positive and the one that was
> responsible for my learning everything I have about FeLV+, he has helped
> me save many positives and for that I thank him.  I miss my little
> Baidely boys so much already ... take care all.  Give your special guys
> and extra special hug for Bailey.
> --
> Belinda
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