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Thank you all so much for your virtual hugs and warm thoughts about my Grandmother. I really want my blog to be a place that you come to and feel happy, inspired, and positive. I wasn’t going to blog tonight, however I really need as much positive energy and thoughts as I can get. It has been one of the worst, if not the worst week of my life. Many of you know how I feel about my little Munchkin. He is my everything, my heart hurts that’s how much I love him. We went to the vet yesterday for a simple swab of his throat for a test he has been needing. The vet took samples about a month ago when we were there for his check up (he has had this coughing issue for a really long time now on and off and we want to get to the bottom of it). I opted to wait out the antibiotics and see if it cleared up but it didn’t. Unfortunately, she couldn’t use the samples she took because they were too old, so we had to go back. Monday was his original appointment, but my grandmother had passed away (making this week already an awful one), and on top of that we had a snow storm, so we rescheduled for Tuesday morning. I planned to take him in for 5 minutes, get the samples, take him home and head over to the gym. Simple.

Well, it didn’t go so simple as planned.

I was in the waiting room and heard a cat screaming, I never heard Munchkin scream, so at first I thought it was another kitty….then I saw the vet run out of the room, and run back in, and I heard more screaming. I started to panic, and she finally came out in what felt like the longest 10 minutes of my life to tell my that the wooden toothpick broke and two inches of it went down his throat. She had to sedate him and try to get it out, I am in the waiting room crying and panicking…it was one of the worst feelings in my life. I felt helpless. In the next longest 10 minutes of my life, she finally came out and told me she couldn’t get it and we would need to go to an emergency hospital where they would have to put him under anesthesia to try and get it out laparoscopically . We got there, they took Xrays (at this point Munchkin was calm and seemed OK…he was able to breathe which was good), but he had a full stomach of food so there were many risks involved in putting him under (hence, why any person or animal getting surgery can not eat or drink after midnight).

This was the frustrating part. I had two vets in one room not telling me what I should do. On the one hand, they said going in right away to try and retrieve it would be ideal, however, he could vomit his food, and he would of been intubated, so there weer great risks involved in that. I think the likelihood of him vomiting while under would be VERY high, since he vomits if he eats too fast in general. I wasn’t liking the sound of it. Option two was to wait until his stomach emptied, then to go back and try again. The risk of that is that he has a wooden stick in his stomach, and there is a chance it could puncture an organ or his bowel, and if that happens he would have a lot of problems that I don’t even want to think about. I was shaking. Michael was at work, he kept calling he was so worried, he told me he didn’t even eat lunch (and my husband NEVER passes up a meal). My gut told me to take him home and wait until his stomach emptied out, so that’s what I did, and it seemed both vets were most comfortable with that in the end (even though they would NOT give me an answer as to what they would do if it were their kitty).

The positive side: I took him home and he has been acting normal. He was shaken up, or he knew how much I was (since I cried all day over him), and he was sitting on my lap for a while. Then, he got his froggy and all he wanted to do was play fetch…which shows he feels fine. It’s torture for me because I can’t feed him, and I can’t play with him as much as he wants (he LOVES when I throw his toy down the steps and he chases it and brings it back to me) I am letting him play with it in one area, but trying to keep him calm. I can not tell you how upset and worried I am…I pray and hope everything goes fine tomorrow morning. The best case scenario- they go in, they see it still in his stomach, and get it out easily. Worst case, they can’t find it or it passes to the bowel where there’s a risk of it doing major damage.Better case, it moves through his bowel, he passes it, and it doesn’t do any damage at all. They said if he were a dog, they would be less worried, however, since he is so small the risks of damage from the toothpick are far greater. I wish I had never taken him this morning. I feel like I should of taken the snow storm and the fact that my grandmother passed away (so I shouldn’t of done anything this week) as a sign. He hadn’t been coughing, but he was on a new medication that helped open his airway. We still needed to know what caused the coughing, but I just feel like I wish we never went today. I know it’s not my fault, Michael keeps telling me I did the right thing by taking him, that I was being proactive, and it was just a freak accident. I just wish I could rewind and he would be fine right now, not needing to get put under any stress tomorrow.

I may sound ridiculous in how upset I am, I know that there may be worse things, and this situation could of been worse…but it was just something that I didn’t need this week. I was already upset, and being 23 weeks pregnant and getting this stressed out is not healthy. So please, I beg you to keep Munchkin in your thoughts today, hope for the best with him and a speedy recovery. He is my everything next to Michael and my baby girl. I don’t know what I would do if anything ever happened to him, he is so special to us, such a unique kitty and I love him with all my heart. My mother in law is coming with me first thing in the morning. Michael is only working a few days this week, one being tomorrow, so he can’t take off, but made me promise to call him as often as possible with updates. Again, like I said, he is acting normal and healthy right now..it’s just putting him through that and the potential negative result of it that has me so upset. That, and the haunting thoughts of hearing him scream for what felt like eternity earlier today.

I am off to go snuggle him some more.

Thanks for the positive thoughts…and for being understanding of my not so positive post tonight.

xxoo

-L

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36 Comments

  • Reply Dani @ Body By Nature

    Sending you and Munchkin tons of love and positive energy. I can completely sympathise with you, I have a cat and it broke my heart when I had to take her to emerg for kidney stones.

    You are such a good cat mother and will be an equally good baby mother!

    xo

    December 28, 2010 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply Krista (kristastes)

    Awww that sucks! My dog swallowed a ball whole and had to get emergency surgery a couple months ago — I know how scary that is! 🙁 Keep us posted!

    December 28, 2010 at 10:02 pm
    • Reply laury

      OMG….that is so scary!

      December 29, 2010 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply Laura

    Poor sweet Munchkin! Sending lots of positive thoughts and love your way. He’s your little baby and it is totally normal to be worried about him! I hope that things settle down for you soon and that the Munchkin is back to being his playful sweet self again.

    December 28, 2010 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply tina

    I’m so sorry you have to go through this! My love and prayers are with your little Munchkin! As hard as is it, try and stay strong. I’m sure your kitty is tough just like his momma! xoxo

    December 28, 2010 at 10:08 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks so much, Tina xo

      December 29, 2010 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply Alycia [Fit n Fresh]

    This breaks my heart! Poor little munchkin! I would be so upset if anything happened to my kittens, especially things that were clearly avoidable. You’re a better person than me, I would have been JACKED at that vet. I hope everything turns out okay babe! <3

    December 28, 2010 at 10:22 pm
    • Reply laury

      I was definitely not happy with her, but knew she felt bad and covered everything he needed so I had to keep my cool. Thanks for the love

      December 29, 2010 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply christina

    aww laury, i’m so sorry!! hope everything turns out okay.

    December 28, 2010 at 10:32 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ Simply Shaka

    OMG, I am sitting here bawling for Munchkin. I hope he feels better soon and you get to the bottom of this so you can return to being a happy, prego lady (I was reading and was praying you weren’t going to say he passed away too b/c that would just be too horrible after your grandmother so I’m relieved about that).

    Me and Linky are sending you and Munchkin some virtual hugs!!

    December 28, 2010 at 10:39 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks to you and Linky…sorry to make you upset…if God forbid the worst happened you wouldn’t hear from me…I would be in the hospital tranquilized!

      December 29, 2010 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!

    Luary I am beyond sorry that you are having such a tough week! I know much losing a loved one can hurt, and then worrying about a pet on top of That is just too much! You will definitely be in my thoughts and prayers!!

    December 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm
  • Reply Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun

    You do not sound ridiculous! You care for that special kitty and its already been a rough week. BIG hugs to you!

    December 28, 2010 at 11:29 pm
  • Reply Allison

    OH no:(:(:(:(:( I definitely hope that he gets better pronto!!!!

    December 29, 2010 at 12:30 am
  • Reply Courtney F

    Oh poor Munchkin and you! I am so glad he feels better. How scary though. (((hugs)))

    December 29, 2010 at 8:16 am
  • Reply Anne

    You’ve certainly had a lot to contend with this holiday season. It also sounds like Munchkin is good practice for all the close calls you’ll have as your little girl grows up. I’m sure he’ll get through this, and so will you. Best wishes to you and yours, Laurie.

    December 29, 2010 at 9:36 am
  • Reply susan

    Oh no thinking of you today. My thoughts are with you, what a stressful week you’ve had. Praying that Munchkin will be okay too. Look after yourself, if you want to chat, just email me, I’m pretty much around for most of the day.

    December 29, 2010 at 10:26 am
    • Reply laury

      you’re the best. thanks so much, all the love and positive vibes definitely helped!

      December 29, 2010 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Brooke

    My heart goes out to you Laury! Do not think for one minute that it’s ridiculous how upset you are. I have the same affection towards my animals, one of which passed away and I was heartbroken for weeks. That’s a feeling I wouldn’t wish upon anyone. Good luck and I’ll be thinking about you! <3

    December 29, 2010 at 10:55 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Brooke. I am so sorry about your fur baby…it took me awhile to get over the last kitty that passed away and I am closer to Munchkin than any of them I have had in my life! Luckily all the positive energy helped and looks like he will be ok!

      December 29, 2010 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply melissa @ the delicate place

    laury i am so behind on blogs and just catching up. first off i am so sorry about your gram! ::hugs:: combined with the pregnancy and poor munchkin you really need a break! i hope he recovers and you find some time to do something to treat or pamper yourself. don’t let the stress get you down! 🙂

    December 29, 2010 at 12:08 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks so much, Melissa! Looks like he is going to be just fine and I am so relieved!!!

      December 29, 2010 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    LOTS of thoughts for little munchkin! That is horrible!! I cannot even believe that happened!! I hope everything works out for the best! I know I would have been just as devastated and crying. My cat is my everything too!! 🙁

    December 29, 2010 at 12:31 pm
  • Reply Emily

    I am so sorry to hear about what happened; I have two dogs who I consider family and can completely understand about how stressful this is. It’s really hard to feel out of control when someone (or something) you love is in pain or something is wrong. It really isn’t your fault but that doesn’t make it any easier. Definitely sending lots of positive thoughts your guys’ way.

    PS Relatively new reader–love the blog–and congrats on baby!

    December 29, 2010 at 12:36 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks so much, Emily!! Welcome and I appreciate the positive vibes. I really think it helped!!!

      December 29, 2010 at 1:24 pm
  • Reply Morgan

    POOR little Munchkin! 🙁 🙁 Yes, sending our LOVES!

    December 29, 2010 at 12:37 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, lady…hugs to you

      December 29, 2010 at 8:14 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    Laury I’m crying over here!! You know me and my “boys”
    I’m praying for a speedy recovery for Munchkin!!
    Cats are incredibly resilient and the fact that he is acting happy now is a really good thing:)
    Lots of love!!!

    December 29, 2010 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Lexie

    Wow Laury I am so sorry. I know how much Munchkin means to you! I’m so glad they got the q-tip out. Much love to Munchy boo <3

    December 29, 2010 at 1:27 pm
    • Reply laury

      You do know how nutty I am with my Munchi 😉

      December 29, 2010 at 8:15 pm
  • Reply Molly @ MollyRunsFresh

    Oh Laury, I teared up reading this post. I can’t imagine having to hear you kitty suffer like that. I’m glad he is feeling better for the mean time and I will be praying for him!

    December 29, 2010 at 4:51 pm
  • Reply Kris | iheartwellness.com

    Awwww, I am blotting my eyes up over here doll!! I feel so bad for munchkin! What a sad experience for you guys….

    My heart goes out to you Laury, I am sending huge big hugs your way to hopefully brighten your week 🙂

    Much love
    xxoo

    December 29, 2010 at 6:17 pm
    • Reply laury

      Aww, thanks, Kris. All the virtual hugs helped so much today 🙂

      December 29, 2010 at 6:52 pm
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    December 29, 2010 at 8:29 pm
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