Thank you Diane & M.C., your thoughts are so much appreciated....I hate not
"trying" which is why we did all the diagnostics, but all involved felt that
she would not have peace enduring chemo, especially given all aspects of
her  condition, temprament, and of course that not only was there the known
stresses of chemo & frequent appts, injections, but that unexpected things
might come up as well depending on how she tolerated it.

Thank you for helping us ensure that Bashful is not forgotten...these
geriatric feral cats are very special to us, their strength & perseverance
is honorable...not to mention the light and love they add to our daily work.

On Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 2:03 PM, Rosenfeldt, Diane <> wrote:

> I'm so sorry, Heather.  It sounds like you are doing the exact right
> thing for Bashful now.  Gentlest of Bridge vibes to her, and hopes for a
> passing free from fear and full of the knowledge that she was loved.
> Diane R.
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of Heather
> Sent: Monday, March 02, 2009 12:51 PM
> To:
> Cc: Duke, Melanie
> Subject: [Felvtalk] Bashful to cross at 2:15 today (EST) Tampa, FL
> I haven't posted much lately, sadly have had quite a few rescue losses
> in
> the last months as well as rescue "emergencies" which has me so behind
> on
> all fronts....
> However, one of our dear, fairly elderly university campus ferals,
> Bashful,
> will be crossing this afternoon and I wanted to share her story so that
> many
> thoughts will be with her.
> Bashful's caregiver has been taking care of her for at least 10 years,
> she
> disappeared a couple of weeks ago which was attributed to roofers at the
> Library where she has lived for so many years.   When she showed back up
> she
> was clearly in dire need of help.   Elaine her caregiver called me for
> help
> trapping, 2 friends and I set out without much success the first two
> days--it was heartbreaking, she was half under the drop trap the first
> night
> but just a bit of food made her choke & cough so horribly, we had tears
> in
> our eyes just hearing & watching.  Her neck was very, very swollen
> impairing
> her ability to eat and walk.
> We got her 2 nights later, began b/w, exam....cytology via needle
> aspirate
> confirmed a high grade, aggressive lymphoma.
> We discussed the possibility of chemo but Bashful is very feral and
> already
> unhappy even being at the vet, it was clear this was not going to be a
> way
> to give her quality time and that she was already in a very bad state.
> One of my good campus friends who came to the call to help drop trap is
> leaving now to be with Bashful for her final moments.   Bashful was not
> FELV+ (likely was FIV+), but I know many here can sympathize with the
> dreadful diagnosis of lymphoma.
> We treat feral cats for illnesses as much as we possibly can, I've
> actually
> got 14 campus feral kitty Bobbye on my porch now for that reason (CRF,
> FIV+,
> along with Toxoplasmosis & possible eye tumor which has not
> progressed--she's done well other than not liking the fluids of
> course)....but it just didn't seem there were any way we could put
> Bashful
> through chemo, weekly vet visits, and possibly never feeling good enough
> for
> the time to have been of quality for her.   She is very stressed at my
> vet
> and we hope things go as peacefully as possible this afternoon.
> Go with love, sweet Bashful, and know how badly we wanted to help
> you--you
> will not be forgotten.
> Heather
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