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It was a very long day and we just got home a little while ago. I feel like crawling in a hole but I don’t want to leave everyone hanging. They say that everything happens for a reason and I know things could be worse. I’m trying to find the “positive” the “reason” behind my purpose and involvement in this journey. It’s hard, because we took her in this morning feeling excited and hopeful.. Relaxed and relieved.. I left tonight feeling helpless and defeated just like every single time this last 4 months when I thought we were close to fixing this issue so she could live a normal life. Despite all efforts from Dr. Kustasz and the wonderful team at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services, Muffins’ needs further testing at Michigan State Veterinary Hospital. Her extremely rare condition is bigger than expected but there IS a treatment. The problem is the cost. I’ll explain more in detail later, but basically she will need Fluroscopy with contrast and then corrective surgery to fix it. They were able to use the camera to look inside her nasal cavity and pharynx, but a wire guided balloon dilation catheter could not be placed because there was no opening found. The doctor was genuine and I fully trust that they gave their all. Once I know the estimated cost from MSU I’ll be doing another fundraising page for Muffins’. In the meantime, if you want your donation to go towards her care please specify to me or Diana. Thank you all for your calls, texts, and prayers. Also, thank you to my supportive husband for being my rock and putting up with my emotional mess of a self these last several months. I’ll update again soon. Gina
CHANCE: Hey there Team! We are soooo happy to be able to tell you that our SuperHero neighbor Jasna trapped the last remaining kitty of the 6 feral cats that were in a very, very dangerous situation. As we told you of this little colony that had been being fed by a caretaker for the last 5yrs 4 kittys have disappeared and one was found shot and despite being rescued and taken out to Dr. Zs, that baby couldn’t be saved. As heartbreaking as that is, it’s because of him that the remaining 6 of his colony have now all been trapped and are safe indoors at Jasna’s house. You did a great job Jasna and we are all here to help you with whatever you need! 4 Paws 1 Heart will be covering their basic vetting as Jasna gives them some time to decompress and see if any of them will be able to be socialized. As of tonight all are eating and all are using the litter boxes…that’s huge!!!! You are all safe now kids, you can sleep easy.
My foster kitten Muffins’ is having surgery tomorrow. I tried to video her respiratory sounds but she kept pawing at the phone. She’s so cute.. She didn’t sound bad here because I’d just cleaned her nose. I’ll post an update tomorrow once we know how things go… Paws crossed! – Gina
11/7/22 – i just want everyone to know that we are still helping orphans but because I’ve been under the weather for a few weeks, i have to admit that I’m just not up to my usual game. I will be catching up real soon but I’m the meantime, i thought I’d share the update on our boy, Chance. And, also ask for your prayers for not only Chance but our Muffins who will be going to OVRS tomorrow. Paws crossed and again thank you for your financial support. -diana
Hi everybody! So here are some pics & video from Chances appointment today at Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine . Under each pic explains what you are looking at. These are x-rays and ultrasound, but unfortunately although they do let us see some things, they don’t let see other things with soft tissue, bones and organs which is why we need the neuro scans. You can see signs of disk disease, but not if he has a herniated disk. You can see calcification in his kidneys, but you cant see if there stones imbedded or if there’s stones in his urethra. Or cancer. We just don’t know. That’s why these scans are so important. Everything obvious has been treated for and nothing is working, it has to be something we aren’t seeing. His appointment at Dogwood Veterinary Referral Center cant come soon enough. Thankyou to everyone who has donated so far to his fundraiser (link is below) – Denise
and thankyou 4 Paws 1 Heart for being there for Chance every step of his journey.
Chance’s spine. You see how everything is in a nice straight line until you get to the part where the circle and arrows are? Dr. Kern thinks that may be the sight of the original injury that paralyzed Chance 7yrs ago right before he came to us. Its possible there may now be a herniated disk but you cant see that without a mri. He has signs of disk disease as well.This is Chance’s kidney. The white is the calcification.Chance’s other kidney, also calcification.