continued good fortune with Murphy.  i will keep you in my prayers.  surely God 
must be a cat lover.
---- Alice Flowers <> wrote: 
> It is one day at a time-the roller coaster is going up this week. Last Sunday 
> evening I thought he would not make it through the night. I had spent the 
> weekend hand feeding and watering him with a syringe-he spent most of the 
> time 
> stretched out on the bed. We went ahead and gave him the Procrit (Epogen) and 
> LTCI shot-I put them in one syringe so I would only have to give him one 
> shot. 
> He didn't even flinch. I thought he'd be gone by morning. I woke up at 5:30 
> to 
> get ready for work and I didn't see him on the bed-I went to the kitchen and 
> saw 
> both he and Rosie sitting at the open slider door screen (it was a nice cool 
> evening-we left it open) watching the birds at the feeders!! He came trotting 
> over complaining about breakfast-got his meds and ate a decent amount of wet 
> and 
> a few morsels of dry. He slowly improved over the week and we had a vet appt 
> on 
> Friday (8/13). They did an in house PCV, but it was 19-I think the last time 
> he 
> may have been dehydrated-it was 27-28 and the time before it was 18.5  
> (7/23). 
> She was happy with the pinkness of his gums-not real pink, but not that death 
> white color we dread.  His fever was gone, back down to 100.5 from 104.7 the 
> week before. She suspected he had a herpes virus-he developed a little lesion 
> on 
> the top of his nose that has healed. Luckily we picked up our LTCI order that 
> day-she said she wanted to keep him on it weekly for now until his numbers 
> get 
> back up. I will never try and space the LTCI 8-10 weeks apart. That is when 
> he 
> crashed with this anemia. Luckily his last CBC on 8/7 stated that the 
> Absolute 
> Reticulocyte count of 70610 shows that it is so far a regenerative anemia. I 
> have the higher calorie wet food from the vet and he really likes it. We are 
> taking it a day at a time, but he is perking up-he still sleeps alot-but in 
> his 
> usual spots near the desk and he is wanting to stay near us. He isn't up to 
> leaping for the top of the bookcase yet. When I woke up this morning, he was 
> jabbering at me, lying between the pillows and watching the young pheasants 
> eating spilled birdseed from the feeders through the low bedroom window at 
> the 
> head of the bed. We watched the birds for awhile, then I got up-he raced to 
> the 
> kitchen ahead of me, wanting his breakfast! He got his pills and a good 
> breakfast. I don't know what tomorrow will bring, but today is a good day. He 
> is 
> to stay on the Procrit 3x a week, doxy 2x a day, interferon 2x a day, LTCI 
> once 
> a week, and iron capsules once a day. We will give one more PennG shot for 
> good 
> measure-they last 5 days. I am grateful for your purrayers-I do believe they 
> help immensely! I am lucky to have such kind vets-they take us at a moments 
> notice. I think it helps to have a cat only practice to go to, (Sacramento 
> Cat 
> Hospital) plus they are open minded and progressive-they did not hesitate 
> when I 
> asked them to order the Imulan after they read up on it.  This is a hard 
> journey 
> we are all on, we lost the 4 brothers last year despite trying the 
> transfusion 
> and other meds. It helps to have people who understand-sometimes even family 
> members look at us like we are insane-LOL   Alice and Glenn - owned by Sweet 
> Rosie and Mr Murphy! 
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