Groggy Little Munchkin

I can’t even thank you all enough for all the virtual *hugs* the positive vibes, and kind words this week about my Grandmother and about my little baby, Munchkin.

We are happy to report that Munchkin is doing well, and recovering tonight in the comfort of his own home!!!

My mother in law was wonderful today. She met me at the Vet Hospital at 7:15 this morning, Munchkin and I were there…him in his favorite mesh laundry bin (he refused to get in his carrier, and I wasn’t forcing him), with his favorite blanket that I made him. The vet met us and took us into a room to stress me out a little more with information talk about all of our options. She was really great and thorough, I just was not keen the idea of him having major abdominal surgery and the possibility of cutting into his intestines, but if it needed to be done to make sure he was ok, I was open to it.

I had been up since 3am worrying about him,looking for him to come lye in bed with me. It was terrible…I haven’t slept that bad in a really long time. When we got to the vet, she told me if it made me feel better she was up all night thinking of him too, she was trying to find the best option for me (this is the vet from the emergency hospital, not my vet that did the swab that got broken off in his throat). I said, as long as she was rested enough to work on him, it made me feel better knowing she obsessed as much as I do about my pet. (Also, in defense of my vet, that the mistake happened with, I know she did not mean for it to happen, and she was concerned and came to the hospital yesterday with us, I wasn’t happy about it happening in the first place, it was one of the worst moments of my life, but she did her part in making it right.)

They took Munchkin back for more Xrays, bloodwork, and to insert a catheter. When they were through they let him come back in the room with me to hang out and wait until they were ready for the procedure.

^my poor baby with his cath in his arm πŸ™

As the vet suspected, the wooden Q tip was not showing up on the X-ray, so our options were:

A. Doing the scope, seeing if they can grab it.

B. Doing the scope, if they can’t find it go right into abdominal surgery to look for it.

C. Do nothing and hope it passes without it poking through and causing more problems than what we started with.

I opted for option B. as upset as I was about the surgery, Michael and my mother in law both said there was no way I could bring him home not knowing. We would all be crazy worrying about something happening and watching him. I probably wouldn’t leave the house until all his poppy was sifted through for the next week.

While we were waiting, Munchkin managed to lye on top of his carrier. I have no idea how this could of been comfortable…I set up a blanket and a whole area for him on the bench…but it was like he only wanted the carrier. He wanted NOTHING to do with it when I wanted to put him in there this morning, but who understands his logic:

They finally came to take him down for the scope around 9:45. My mother in law and I waited as patiently as we could in the room for an update. I was praying that he ONLY needed the scope, nothing more (surgery would be more major, and he would be in there for the next 2-3 days). Finally, around 10:45 the vet came in with a paper towel and this:

(poor quality, cell phone pic)

that little bugger managed to swallow one of his rubber bands ENTIRELY last night. He must of done it right when we got home, because as advised, I went around and put away anything he may chew or swallow. Munchkin NEVER, EVER, EVER swallowed anything before. He has been playing with these thicker rubber bands for years, we never had an issue (I won’t give him the smaller ones). I always let him have the real thick rubber bands from my celery, it’s one of his favorite toys! He keeps it with his food bowl (along with ALL his other toys) and he must of been so hungry looking for his food yesterday when he wasn’t allowed to eat that he gobbled this up. Like I said, he must of done it within the first 10 minutes of being home, because I actually was looking for the rubber band to put away with his other toys and couldn’t find it!

I can not BELIEVE he ate it! He has NEVER done that before…yesterday after swallowing the Q-tip he was on a roll!

The Q-tip was very sharp and splintery where it broke off, so I am SO HAPPY she was able to get it out before it moved into his intestines. It was two inches long, and I could definitely see it causing a problem!

Bottom line–no surgery! Whoo Hoo!

I was not able to pick him up until about 3:30, once he recovered from the anesthesia, so I went home. This morning I was so upset, so sleep deprived, etc, that I didn’t even eat a proper breakfast. I took about a handful of my cereal in a baggy to the Vet, but that wasn’t enough –so I couldn’t wait to get home and eat. I made some Ezekial Raisin toast, and just relaxed a little in relief. Micheal brought me a veggie delight for lunch then I did something that I have been trying to do all week, but never managed to…..

I FINALLY got to THE GYM! I had nothing to do but wait, and the worrying was over. It felt GREAT to get back in there today. My workout was rather light, cardio for 30 minutes and a lot of stretching. I wanted to lift, but didn’t have much time to get to Whole Foods for dinner before we picked up our baby.

I got a few simple ingredients for Michael and I …

and a treat for my Munchkin from the salad bar:

Munchi LOVES his chicken, even though I try to keep him strictly on duck. Michael always gives him some though…I have no control over it πŸ˜‰

We went toΒ  go get our little guy…and he was still a little groggy, but willing to go RIGHT into his carrier and come home. The vet went over things with us, and wanted us to observe him and the state he was in to make sure we didn’t have any concerns…and then we were ready to bring baby home πŸ™‚

Munchkin’s original birth name by me was “Oscar”–but Munchkin seemed to stick and fit better…it was to late to change all the paperwork, so we stick with this “birth name” at the vet πŸ˜‰

Back where he belongs:

In his favorite spot, on his favorite folded hamper, with his new favorite toy πŸ™‚

…still a little groggy, but ready for a major bath!

While Munchkin went to town cleaning himself (guess being in a cage all day made him feel icky), I prepared a simple dinner: Cauliflower, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Broiled Lump Crabcakes

I also had stuff to make a simple field greens salad with my Cranberry Balsamic Dressing–yum πŸ™‚

I am off to go snuggle, kiss and love on him some more. BIG thanks againΒ  to all of you for thinking of us and for all the positive vibes. I REALLY truly believe that it helped. No one was confident that he was going to ONLY need a scope. The vet, Michael and even myself thought he was going to need surgery, and we were hoping and praying he wouldn’t. I think all the positiveΒ  energy from all over the world helped us today, as corny as that sounds πŸ™‚ I am also SO grateful to the Vet that took care of Munchkin. She was truly amazing, and really did care about his well-being (the fact that she obsessed all day yesterday, talked to several colleagues, experimented with broken swabs in water to see if it would dissolve, and so on). It was great to know he was in good hands πŸ™‚

Enjoy the rest of your night! Major hugs to you all!


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  • Reply Jessica

    I love Ezekial raisin bread! Annnd so happy Munchkin is doing well πŸ™‚

    December 29, 2010 at 8:17 pm
    • Reply laury

      It’s the best!!!!

      December 29, 2010 at 9:00 pm
  • Reply Brooke

    Yayy!!! πŸ™‚ I’m glad it all turned out okay!! I’m sure he’s enjoying all the *extra* love he’s getting!! πŸ˜‰

    December 29, 2010 at 8:35 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Brooke!!! I know I am enjoying having him by my side πŸ™‚

      December 29, 2010 at 9:00 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ Simply Shaka

    Awww, great story but I can’t believe he ate a rubberband! That is so scary to think about the little things they play with but could harm them πŸ™

    Be happy he keeps his toys in his bowls. Lincoln grabs a toy, plays with it for five seconds, drags out another one, repeat. I hate when people stop by because I look like a crazy lady with squeaky toys all over the place!

    December 29, 2010 at 9:11 pm
  • Reply Katharina

    So glad to hear that is everything is alright with all of the babies in your life πŸ˜€ What a relief. And it is a comforting thought knowing that your vet does actually care.

    XOXO my love!

    p.s. I had roasted brussels sprouts for dinner as well πŸ˜€ Lately, I just can’t get enough!!

    December 29, 2010 at 9:38 pm
  • Reply Leashieloo

    Ohhh poor Munchkin! I’m glad that surgery was prevented, poor thing.

    December 29, 2010 at 11:04 pm
  • Reply barkley

    why did you ignore my text about munchkin. i was worried all day.

    ruder than you know who.

    December 29, 2010 at 11:13 pm
    • Reply laury

      Carls, you know I would of wrote you back if I had gotten it. I sent you a few picture messages and never heard back πŸ™

      December 30, 2010 at 8:48 am
  • Reply Chantal

    I’m so glad Munchkin is okay and everything was able to go relatively smoothly! I don’t know what I’d do if something like that happened to my kitty. Right after I read your post, I called up my hubby and asked him to send positive energies and healing to Munchkin (Andrew’s a Reiki Master), because I know every bit helps! Whatever it was that did the trick, I’m glad it did πŸ™‚

    December 29, 2010 at 11:55 pm
    • Reply laury

      you guys are amazing, thanks so much πŸ™‚

      December 30, 2010 at 8:46 am
  • Reply Andrew Johnson

    I am so glad to read this post. Chantal and I gave Munchkin a long distance Reiki session as soon as we read the previous post and I was visualising reading this post the whole time. So glad to see it manifest.

    Funny aside, as soon as I started sending healing my own cat ran up to me meowing frantically until I let him into my lap. He then spend the whole session purring uproariously.

    December 30, 2010 at 12:02 am
    • Reply laury

      Andrew, that is amazing. Thank you and Chantal so much!

      That is so adorable about your cat! They know!!!!

      Munchkin, Michael and I are so grateful for taking the time to do the Reiki session for us πŸ™‚

      December 30, 2010 at 8:45 am
    • Reply laury

      This is amazing, I am truly touched….thank you and Chantal so so much!!! That is too adorable about your kitty…..they are so intuitive, they always know!!!! I definitely think you played a part in us getting so lucky, much love sent you and Chantal (and the kitty’s) way!

      December 30, 2010 at 8:47 am
  • Reply Mimi (Gingersnaps)

    SO happy your kitty’s ok! I’ve had a lot of animal scares– I grew up with both dogs and horses. The worrying is painful!

    December 30, 2010 at 1:32 am
  • Reply Jess@atasteofconfidence

    glad munchkin is ok!!

    December 30, 2010 at 2:55 am
  • Reply KittyKitty

    Glad to hear that Munchkin is ok! I know that I would be inconsolable if anything happened to my fur babies (a boy and a girl cockapoo).
    Sending some more positive vibes your and Munchkin’s way from Sydney, Australia xx

    December 30, 2010 at 3:17 am
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    Thanks for the update Laury! Munchkin is so stinkin’ cute! I’m so glad he is going to be okay and he is home recovering!! Yay!!

    December 30, 2010 at 10:44 am
  • Reply melissa @ the delicate place

    thanks for the update i am so relieved for you that he is ok! it’s so hard to watch helplessly when you know you cannot help your pet. glad they have great docs to fix the cutie pies πŸ™‚

    December 30, 2010 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel

    hopefully 2011 will be the best of health and happiness to Munchkin! as well as you and your family too!!!

    he is quite photogenic as the pic of him lickin his lips haha <3

    December 30, 2010 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    Oh man what an experience!
    I’m SO happy you had such a great vet and all went well:)

    December 30, 2010 at 1:32 pm
  • Reply Keri

    Aww I am just catching up on all of this now. So glad Munchkin (and you!) are doing better!

    December 30, 2010 at 1:53 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!

    I am sooo sooo sooo glad Munchin is ok and he didn’t need surgery!! That news made my day!

    December 30, 2010 at 9:31 pm
  • Reply Allison

    Awww yay! imm so glad he is ok and home safe and sound!!!

    December 30, 2010 at 10:23 pm
  • Reply La.

    Ok seriously? Where was I for all of this? I’m so sorry! You went through so much!

    January 2, 2011 at 1:36 am
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