Hey everyone, I just wanted to keep you updated on Autumn.
Autumn's looking good. She's drinking water like it's going out of style - I tried to keep her hydrated while she was anorexic but she is far better at doing that herself. She's eating independently - for the first time in about two weeks and her energy is significantly better. She's watching the birds outside and comes running to the door when I get there. I just got the results of the CBC this morning. Her hematocrit is 11.5 (first visit - 8, at ER - 4, after transfusion - 18, now 11.5) The impressive thing is that on her initial CBC she had very early, somewhat bizarre looking, immature RBCs in her blood. Now these cells are gone. Felv has a tendency to arrest RBC maturation so that the bone marrow sends out immature cells which are basically useless to the body. The fact that these cells are gone is very promising to me. I am not surprised that her hematocrit dropped since the transfusion - she was yellow for four days suggesting that she destroyed a large number of the transfused cells. So given the significant improvement in her energy, the loss of immature RBCs and a hematocrit that's 11.5, I am optimistic but still cautious. By the way, if anyone is going to try this injection, I should let you know that in addition to the shot I did the following: prayed a lot, and fed her A/D food with Ambrotrose mixed in (an alternative medicine supplement from the Aloe plant that has shown in some small studies to help with the quality of life and destruction of virus in Felv+ cats. To the best of my knowledge the only place making it is Mannatech corporation - easy to order with no prescription required.) Anyway, I really think there is promise and hope for all the Felv and FIV + cats out there. I plan on giving her another injection in one week and will reorder a CBC in two weeks. I will let you know the results when I get them. Good luck and God bless to you all. Jenny _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org