Hey Lynne,

My name is Wendy.  I've been active on this site for over 2 years now, although 
not as active lately.  There are lots of good people here and it looks like 
you've been given some great advice.  I just wanted to say a few things that 
came to mind as I read the posts regarding Boo Boo, some of which might have 
already been touched on.  First, if you don't find a vet that will work to save 
Boo Boo, find one who will.  It means all the difference in you and Boo Boo 
being supported at this trying time.  Second, absolutely get the prescrip for 
doxycycline and treat for hemobartaenella regardless of the test.  It's 
extremely difficult to see the parasites on a slide; one minute they're there, 
the next they're not.  The treatment is three weeks minimum.  Third, prednisone 
(or prednisolone) is a good treatment for anemia.  Also, depending on how dire 
the anemia is, Epogen might also be good.  There is lots of information on both 
of these treatments in the
 archives.  Fourth, what is the anemia diagnosis?  Is it regenerative or 
non-regenerative anemia?  What is Boo Boo's HCT/RBC/PCV count exactly?  If you 
don't have a copy of his bloodwork, call the vet and get it so that you know 
exactly what you're dealing with.  You can post those numbers here and there 
will be people who know what they mean who can help you and Boo Boo.  

Please keep us posted on Boo Boo's progress and if you need anything at all, 
just ask!
Dallas, TX
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the 
world - indeed it is the only thing that ever has!"     ~~~ Margaret Meade ~~~

----- Original Message ----
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2008 3:00:58 PM
Subject: CLS

I'm sorry for not being knowledgeable of this, but what is CLS and the bridge 
you folks refer to?  
I've been busy trying to find some ray of hope for my BooBoo.  I showed his 
blood work to the doc next door at work, who is a dog lover, not a cat but he 
interpreted it as being pretty bad.  He said he has no platelets.  He then got 
on the phone to a Vet friend who takes care of his dogs and gave him a brief 
history of Boo and his blood work.  The vet said there was nothing I could do 
about the situation and that most cats after being diagnosed lived for 2 years 
at a max.  I don't even know when BooBoo contracted the disease so who knows 
how long he has.  This vet though kept saying, it doesn't mean he's going to 
die, whatever the H that means.  I also have a pharmacist friend who is meeting 
with a vet friend of his in Detroit tomorrow and he too is running Boo's 
history by him to see if there is anything at all to help him.  Apparently 
Immuno Regulin is not available here in Canada so he's going to talk to this 
man about it tomorrow.  People have been
 very kind and honest but I just am finding this impossible to accept.  I can't 
wait to get home from work to see him and almost start bawling when I am with 
him.  I totally hate this.  I just hope he isn't feeling any pain.  He mostly 
sleeps but does purr a lot and seems to love having us around him.  I just 
don't know what else to do.

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