What a great update.  Glad Murphy responded so well to your treatment plan.
Hugs to everybody.
Sharyl

--- On Fri, 10/1/10, Alice Flowers <aliceflow...@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> From: Alice Flowers <aliceflow...@sbcglobal.net>
> Subject: [Felvtalk] Murphy's little comeback-he definitely has 9 lives!!
> To: "felvtalk@felineleukemia.org" <felvtalk@felineleukemia.org>
> Date: Friday, October 1, 2010, 4:13 PM
>       We just got back
> from Murphy's vet check. The end of July, he was crashing 
> with anemia-(in office PCV 18) HCT 22.3  RBC
> 3.5   HGB 5.1 even his Absolute 
> Reticulocyte count was 35200 and the lab notation said a
> count of over 50000 was 
> evidence of regenerative anemia-which he was below that
> level. Our vet had us 
> give him Procrit 3x a week, Doxy, Cypro and an iron
> supplement. He was getting 
> Interferon 2x a day and we bumped the LTCI to every 2
> weeks. He rebounded from 
> that-in 2 months he went to HCT 38.7  RBC 
> 6.48  HGB 11.6.
>        Then 2 weeks ago he seemed
> to be breathing really fast-I took him in and 
> his lung sounds were raspy and an ultrasound showed lots of
> fluid pockets, so 
> much that she couldn't see his heart or lungs-she suspected
> Lymphoma-sent us 
> home with Lasix and Prednisolone to add to his meds 2x a
> day, lowered the 
> Procrit to 2x a week and we bumped his LTCI to once a week.
> Dawn on this list 
> said Rutin helped-I immediately went to the health food
> store and bought the 
> tablets and a pill grinder and put the powder into #3 gel
> caps and gave him 2 a 
> day.  She thought that he may not make 2 weeks judging
> by the fluid and how much 
> trouble he was having with his fast breathing-it's 2 weeks
> today and his lung 
> sounds are good-the fluid is 99.5% gone!!! His gums are
> still nice and pink. We 
> did not do a CBC, but the in office PCV was 36!! I told her
> about the Rutin and 
> she was impressed (thank you Dawn!!!) and said that they
> had used it for other 
> conditions, but didn't think of using it on FeLV cats-now
> she will!! We will 
> stay on the same meds for now but drop the Procrit to only
> once a week since he 
> seems to be regenerating now.
>     I am so grateful for this list and all of the
> selfless people out there 
> trying to give these kitties a good life, no matter how
> short. I have learned so 
> much from all of you and I am no longer afraid to ask my
> vet questions and to do 
> what I feel is good for my babies. We are all in a limbo
> trying keep our cats 
> healthy and happy. This disease is horrible-we lost the 4
> brothers a year 
> ago....I was not ready to lose Murphy-he is such a happy
> and silly cat-he's a 
> poly with 3 thumbs-he goes click click when trotting down
> the hallway and acts 
> more like a puppy than a cat. He's not a lap cat, but is
> right there and likes 
> to lay nearby and reach out and keep a paw on you-just
> likes to touch. He and 
> Rosie automatically come into the kitchen morning and night
> and wait for their 
> meds-she is just on Interferon and LTCI monthly-her HCT was
> 44.7 a few weeks 
> ago. Our vet said to come back in a month for CBCs!!
> Purrayers and positive 
> thoughts-at least today.....Alice and the furry cats that
> own us!!
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