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Old June 25th 05, 06:48 AM
Dan M
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In case anyone hasn't read about it yet, Harri Roadcat is very ill.
Tuesday she was breathing very hard, so I took her to the vet. The vet
found that both of her lungs were partially collapsed and referred her
to a specialist 60 miles away. The specialist found a large amount of
fluid collecting in her chest cavity and a massive infection causing
even more fluid to form. He drained the fluid from her chest and
implanted chest tubes and put her on antibiotics.

Nancy and I went to visit her tonight. Her eyes were bright, her
breathing was normal, and she was purring all the time I petted her. She
had been refusing to eat, but that's because they were trying to feed
her wet food. We told her that she's used to dry food, and as soon as
they put out dry food Harri started chowing down.

I put a couple of pictures up on A.B.P.A. You can find the same 2 photos
and a few more on http://www.catfolks.net/photos. I made sure to not put
any really gross photos there. In the "GW" directory under there
(http://www.catfolks.net/photos/GW) are some photos that happen to show
her chest tube as well - if you're at all squeamish, you won't want to
go there.

The bottom line is that Harri certainly seems to be on the mend. Her
chart shows that between Thursday afternoon and this morning they had
drained 93 cc of fluid out of her chest. Between 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM
when Nancy and I left no more fluid had been drained - and it's an
automated suction system that drains continuously. We're sincerely
hoping that Harri will be able to come home in the first few days of
next week.

All of you, thanks for your purrs and prayers and support.

Dan
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Old June 25th 05, 07:10 AM
Howard C. Berkowitz
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In article , Dan M wrote:

In case anyone hasn't read about it yet, Harri Roadcat is very ill.
Tuesday she was breathing very hard, so I took her to the vet. The vet
found that both of her lungs were partially collapsed and referred her
to a specialist 60 miles away. The specialist found a large amount of
fluid collecting in her chest cavity and a massive infection causing
even more fluid to form. He drained the fluid from her chest and
implanted chest tubes and put her on antibiotics.

Nancy and I went to visit her tonight. Her eyes were bright, her
breathing was normal, and she was purring all the time I petted her. She
had been refusing to eat, but that's because they were trying to feed
her wet food. We told her that she's used to dry food, and as soon as
they put out dry food Harri started chowing down.

I put a couple of pictures up on A.B.P.A. You can find the same 2 photos
and a few more on http://www.catfolks.net/photos. I made sure to not put
any really gross photos there. In the "GW" directory under there
(http://www.catfolks.net/photos/GW) are some photos that happen to show
her chest tube as well - if you're at all squeamish, you won't want to
go there.


I was absolutely delighted -- she is in far, far better shape than the
typical human would be with those tubes. I'd be surprised to find a
human with a significant pleural effusion, needing drainage, caused by
an infection, to be particularly awake, and looking at you in groggy
disbelief if you mentioned solid food.


The bottom line is that Harri certainly seems to be on the mend. Her
chart shows that between Thursday afternoon and this morning they had
drained 93 cc of fluid out of her chest. Between 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM
when Nancy and I left no more fluid had been drained - and it's an
automated suction system that drains continuously. We're sincerely
hoping that Harri will be able to come home in the first few days of
next week.

All of you, thanks for your purrs and prayers and support.

Dan

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Old June 25th 05, 07:17 AM
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Excellent news! Give Harri some gentle headrubs from me next time you see
her.

Cheers, helen s

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Old June 25th 05, 07:20 AM
jmcquown
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Dan M wrote:
In case anyone hasn't read about it yet, Harri Roadcat is very ill.
Tuesday she was breathing very hard, so I took her to the vet. The vet
found that both of her lungs were partially collapsed and referred her
to a specialist 60 miles away. The specialist found a large amount of
fluid collecting in her chest cavity and a massive infection causing
even more fluid to form. He drained the fluid from her chest and
implanted chest tubes and put her on antibiotics.

Nancy and I went to visit her tonight. Her eyes were bright, her
breathing was normal, and she was purring all the time I petted her.
She had been refusing to eat, but that's because they were trying to
feed her wet food. We told her that she's used to dry food, and as
soon as they put out dry food Harri started chowing down.

I put a couple of pictures up on A.B.P.A. You can find the same 2
photos and a few more on http://www.catfolks.net/photos. I made sure
to not put any really gross photos there. In the "GW" directory under
there (http://www.catfolks.net/photos/GW) are some photos that happen
to show her chest tube as well - if you're at all squeamish, you
won't want to go there.

The bottom line is that Harri certainly seems to be on the mend. Her
chart shows that between Thursday afternoon and this morning they had
drained 93 cc of fluid out of her chest. Between 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM
when Nancy and I left no more fluid had been drained - and it's an
automated suction system that drains continuously. We're sincerely
hoping that Harri will be able to come home in the first few days of
next week.

All of you, thanks for your purrs and prayers and support.

Dan


Da poor baby! Continued purrs and birdie chirps for the valiant RoadCat!

Jill


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Old June 25th 05, 07:24 AM
Dan M
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I put a couple of pictures up on A.B.P.A. You can find the same 2 photos
and a few more on http://www.catfolks.net/photos. I made sure to not put
any really gross photos there. In the "GW" directory under there
(http://www.catfolks.net/photos/GW) are some photos that happen to show
her chest tube as well - if you're at all squeamish, you won't want to
go there.


Nancy also put some more picture up on her latest blog, at
http://www.mahoneys.info/blog
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Old June 25th 05, 07:28 AM
Melissa Houle
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Dan M wrote in message ...
In case anyone hasn't read about it yet, Harri Roadcat is very ill.
Tuesday she was breathing very hard, so I took her to the vet. The vet
found that both of her lungs were partially collapsed and referred her
to a specialist 60 miles away. The specialist found a large amount of
fluid collecting in her chest cavity and a massive infection causing
even more fluid to form. He drained the fluid from her chest and
implanted chest tubes and put her on antibiotics.

Nancy and I went to visit her tonight. Her eyes were bright, her
breathing was normal, and she was purring all the time I petted her. She
had been refusing to eat, but that's because they were trying to feed
her wet food. We told her that she's used to dry food, and as soon as
they put out dry food Harri started chowing down.

I put a couple of pictures up on A.B.P.A. You can find the same 2 photos
and a few more on http://www.catfolks.net/photos. I made sure to not put
any really gross photos there. In the "GW" directory under there
(http://www.catfolks.net/photos/GW) are some photos that happen to show
her chest tube as well - if you're at all squeamish, you won't want to
go there.

The bottom line is that Harri certainly seems to be on the mend. Her
chart shows that between Thursday afternoon and this morning they had
drained 93 cc of fluid out of her chest. Between 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM
when Nancy and I left no more fluid had been drained - and it's an
automated suction system that drains continuously. We're sincerely
hoping that Harri will be able to come home in the first few days of
next week.

All of you, thanks for your purrs and prayers and support.

Dan


Hooray, SO glad to hear that Harri is feeling better, Dan! It's been a sucky
week for several of us for different reasons. But Harri's recovery is a
HUGE leap in the right direction. Give that brave little cat girl an ear
scritch from me when you see her next. I hop she'll be back home soon!

Melissa


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Old June 25th 05, 07:33 AM
Marina
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Dan M wrote:
I put a couple of pictures up on A.B.P.A. You can find the same 2 photos
and a few more on http://www.catfolks.net/photos. I made sure to not put
any really gross photos there. In the "GW" directory under there
(http://www.catfolks.net/photos/GW) are some photos that happen to show
her chest tube as well - if you're at all squeamish, you won't want to
go there.


I didn't think they were very bad, but maybe I'm not that squeamish. She
is looking good, considering. So happy to be with her Meowmie and Paw.
And eating good. It sounds like she is improving very well. Purrs and
meatloaf meditations that she continues on that road to complete recovery.

--
Marina, Frank and Miranda. In loving memory of Nikki.
marina (dot) kurten (at) pp (dot) inet (dot) fi
Pics at http://uk.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/frankiennikki/
and http://community.webshots.com/user/frankiennikki
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Old June 25th 05, 08:20 AM
Exocat
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Marvellous! We're all so happy for you.

Purrs for a happy homecoming: I bet that'll be some party.

Gordon & the TT
"Dan M" wrote

Nancy and I went to visit her tonight. Her eyes were bright, her
breathing was normal, and she was purring all the time I petted her.
She had been refusing to eat, but that's because they were trying to
feed her wet food. We told her that she's used to dry food, and as
soon as they put out dry food Harri started chowing down.




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Old June 25th 05, 08:29 AM
Jo Firey
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I'm thinking it's a good thing I didn't get home from our trip yesterday. I
was most concerned about Harri and about Otis. But within a few hours of
learning of their troubles, Otis is home, none the worse for the wear. (If
we don't count damage to neighbors house)

And now it sounds like Harri is doing well. Other than the indignities of
medical intervention, she looks pretty good. But I'm sure she would prefer
to be home with Daddy.

Jo
"Dan M" wrote in message
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In case anyone hasn't read about it yet, Harri Roadcat is very ill.
Tuesday she was breathing very hard, so I took her to the vet. The vet
found that both of her lungs were partially collapsed and referred her to
a specialist 60 miles away. The specialist found a large amount of fluid
collecting in her chest cavity and a massive infection causing even more
fluid to form. He drained the fluid from her chest and implanted chest
tubes and put her on antibiotics.

Nancy and I went to visit her tonight. Her eyes were bright, her breathing
was normal, and she was purring all the time I petted her. She had been
refusing to eat, but that's because they were trying to feed her wet food.
We told her that she's used to dry food, and as soon as they put out dry
food Harri started chowing down.

I put a couple of pictures up on A.B.P.A. You can find the same 2 photos
and a few more on http://www.catfolks.net/photos. I made sure to not put
any really gross photos there. In the "GW" directory under there
(http://www.catfolks.net/photos/GW) are some photos that happen to show
her chest tube as well - if you're at all squeamish, you won't want to go
there.

The bottom line is that Harri certainly seems to be on the mend. Her chart
shows that between Thursday afternoon and this morning they had drained 93
cc of fluid out of her chest. Between 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM when Nancy and I
left no more fluid had been drained - and it's an automated suction system
that drains continuously. We're sincerely hoping that Harri will be able
to come home in the first few days of next week.

All of you, thanks for your purrs and prayers and support.

Dan



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Old June 25th 05, 08:42 AM
Yoj
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This is wonderful news, Dan! Purrs will continue until she is home and
well.

Joy


"Dan M" wrote in message
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In case anyone hasn't read about it yet, Harri Roadcat is very ill.
Tuesday she was breathing very hard, so I took her to the vet. The vet
found that both of her lungs were partially collapsed and referred her
to a specialist 60 miles away. The specialist found a large amount of
fluid collecting in her chest cavity and a massive infection causing
even more fluid to form. He drained the fluid from her chest and
implanted chest tubes and put her on antibiotics.

Nancy and I went to visit her tonight. Her eyes were bright, her
breathing was normal, and she was purring all the time I petted her. She
had been refusing to eat, but that's because they were trying to feed
her wet food. We told her that she's used to dry food, and as soon as
they put out dry food Harri started chowing down.

I put a couple of pictures up on A.B.P.A. You can find the same 2 photos
and a few more on http://www.catfolks.net/photos. I made sure to not put
any really gross photos there. In the "GW" directory under there
(http://www.catfolks.net/photos/GW) are some photos that happen to show
her chest tube as well - if you're at all squeamish, you won't want to
go there.

The bottom line is that Harri certainly seems to be on the mend. Her
chart shows that between Thursday afternoon and this morning they had
drained 93 cc of fluid out of her chest. Between 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM
when Nancy and I left no more fluid had been drained - and it's an
automated suction system that drains continuously. We're sincerely
hoping that Harri will be able to come home in the first few days of
next week.

All of you, thanks for your purrs and prayers and support.

Dan



 




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