Saturday, January 21, 2017

Caturday Art: Winter

Hello friends!  We are sorry we haven't been posting this week or visiting our friends.  If you follow Merlin's Facebook page, you will know that our mom started her new job this week.  Since she is still adjusting to her schedule, she hasn't had time to help us on the computer.  Hopefully as she settles in to the job and figures out her schedule, she'll have more time to help us again.

This week for Caturday Art with Athena we have another digital scrapbooking page.  The photo is from our visit with our mom's family over Christmas.

Made with Freezing from Ooh La La Scraps
In other news, Dragonheart could use some purrs today.  He goes to the vet today for some x-rays.  He is still congested and sneezing, and occasionally coughing, even after a ten-day course of antibiotics.  Since he has a heart murmur and mild/equivocal hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, they want to figure out what is going on before trying any other medications.  So he is going in for x-rays this morning.  We will update when we are back from the vet, and when we have some news on what they think is going on.  Thank you for any purrs, prayers, and positive thoughts.

Update: 1109 EST - We are back from the vet.  Dragonheart fortunately did not need to be sedated.  He took his "happy pill" - Gabapentin - and that was enough to keep him still for the x-rays.  The good news is that it does not look like he has pneumonia.  The bad news is that because he is still congested and having nasal discharge, he needs to take a different antibiotic for the next 14 days.  Hopefully this will clear things up.  Thanks again for all your purrs and prayers.

Update 2: 1446 EST - So we have the radiology report back.  Basically we are going to see how Dragonheart does on the new antibiotic, and if there's no improvement, we will add an antiviral on Tuesday.  Some highlights from the radiology report (note that Dragonheart is due for his heart scan in the spring, which is a good thing given some of the cardiac issues noted on the x-rays):
FINDINGS: There is pericardial fat accumulation best observed on the right lateral view.  Cardiac silhouette is moderately enlarged...  There is a mild bronchointerstitial pattern consistent with the previous diagnosis of feline asthma.  There is no evidence of cardiogenic pulmonary edema or bronchopneumonia.  CONCLUSIONS: –The mild bronchointerstitial pattern present within the lungs is consistent with the previous diagnosis of feline asthma.  There is no evidence of cardiogenic pulmonary edema or bronchopneumonia.  The upper airway pathology is likely the source of the patient's current clinical signs. –Compensated cardiomegaly most likely due to previously diagnosed hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. 
So while it's not great news, it's not horrible news either.  Thanks again for your purrs and prayers.

22 comments

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

Beautiful art, as always.

We are sending lots and lots of purrs to our buddy Dragonheart.

Big Purrs,
The Chans

Punapippuri said...

Paws crossed for Dragonheart. We hope the X-rays can help and there are no nasties. And well done to Mom on the new job, even if it removes her from important blogging duties. Give her time - or hide her car keys.

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

Big big purrs for Dragonheart, we sure hope he feels much better very quickly.

Pretinha said...

Oh, pobre Dragonheart, espero que ele se recupere rapidamente.
Gostei da arte, ficou muito bonito.

Angel, Kirby and Max said...

Purrs coming your way, Dragonheart.

Brian said...

We are glad you don't have the yucky P thing Dragonheart and we're all sending purrs to you.

The Florida Furkids said...

Purrs for Dragonheart. We hope the new meds clear things up quickly.

The Florida Furkids

Marg said...

Sure glad that nothing serious is going on. And so hope that the new medicine helps Dragonheart. Hope your week end is a good one.

Caren Gittleman said...

Still sending TONS of purrs and prayers!! And...congrats on finding a job! Wooo hooo! catchatwithcarenandcody

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

I am praying for Dragonheart and Merlin. Very nice scrapbook page.

Mary McNeil said...

Well - we'll just keep purraying, if it's ll the same to you. Hope Mama gets settled in to her new job. That will make everybody happier, we think.

The Island Cats said...

We send a ton of purrs to Dragonheart and hope the new medication works for him and makes him feel better.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Your scrapbook page is stunning. We'll continue to purr for Dragonheart.

Hairballsandhissyfits.com said...

Sending positive thoughts for Merlin!!

Dash Kitten said...

We were going to wish your Mum good wishes, and high hopes with the new job, then we read about Merlin.

Hang in there Mom - the job and you will be great and Merlin will rock on. He is a marvel and whatever happens he has so much love and good wishes coming his way.

See you soon on the blog Merlin.

Roby Sweet said...

We hope the new antibiotic does the trick and Dragonheart feels better soon. Purrs to you all...

Cathy Keisha said...

Sending healing purrz to Dragonheart. Hope the antibiotics knock this thing out.

Marie Symeou said...

Lovely art!

Sending healing love and purrs xx

Athena and Marie

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

Our purrs to both you boys... And fer Mom at her new job.

angelswhisper2011 said...

The art is beautiful again. Looks so cozy. Sorry to hear that Dragonheart is not feeling well. Will send Healing Pawkisses for a speedy recovery. Congratulations on your mom's new job. We're sure she will help you with the blog when she finds the right schedule for her. Double Pawkiss to you all :) <3

The Menagerie Mom said...

What beautiful art! We are sending Dragonheart lots of purrs and prayers. We are so sorry that he is having this trouble, but we are so glad that his x-ray did not show anything worse. Warm wishes to all of you!

Cathy Keisha said...

Sending healing purrz to Dragonheart.