Thursday, May 20, 2010

Oscar Update

It's been nine days now since my chemo and I feel very good. On the third and fourth days after the chemo, I started feeling a bit out of sorts and ate less kibble than I usually do; and on Saturday morning I got Daddy a little worried because I woke him up in the middle of the night and three times I jumped into the tub next to the faucet and each time Daddy let the water drip but I just sat there and stared at it and didn't drink anything. And after coaxing me for over half an hour Daddy finally got me to eat some wet kibble; and then I climbed into my cat tree and sat there and stared at Daddy:


but I never had any diarrhea or any vomiting, and after a couple days I got my full appetite back, and for the last few days I've been very energetic and even playing with some ribbon:


And I've been eating kibble and drinking water from my fountain:


Then I had another visit to the Carlton Vet on Wednesday afternoon, and Dr Miller took a measurement of the lump on my leg and it hasn't grown any further, which is good, and he took my weight, and I had lost quite a bit of weight, since I'm now only 5.92 kg (which is about 13 pounds), which means I've lost almost a whole pound since my biopsy all those weeks ago, but the doctor wasn't terribly surprised since most animals do lose some weight after chemo because we lose our appetites. And then the doctor wanted to take a blood sample from me, and he took those electric clippers and shaved my neck AGAIN, just when I had almost finished growing my fur back there! And I was so tired of having doctors poke at me that I threw a proper fit when Dr Miller tried to take my blood, and I hissed and I yowled like my brother Gerald used to, so the nurse had to put me in that burlap bag again, and I wriggled my head out of the hole in the bag since I didn't want them to get me, but I couldn't escape them, and they got my blood in the end. But Uncle Kevin congratulated me for showing that I had some gumption, and he would have been more worried if I had been docile for the doctor, and I'm sure the doctor would have preferred me docile, but I'm feeling well enough these days to make everyone know that I am sick of vets!

And the vet called Daddy today to say that my blood test came back OK and there were no adverse reactions to the chemo, so my next chemo session will be on Tuesday June 1, which is a little less than two weeks away. Meanwhile Daddy is spoiling me with chicken treat and fishy treat and long snuggles and kibble on demand...


And I still have my whiskers!

23 comments:

Kea said...

Oscar, we're really glad you haven't been sick after the chemo and that you still have your whiskers. It's very good that you were feeling feisty at the vet and gave them some trouble--that certainly means you're doing okay!

Please know we're continuing to send you mega-purrs and universal healing Light....And to your dad and Uncle Kevin too, who, we know, are so concerned about you.

Kitty kisses from us and smooches from our human!

Alasandra said...

Yay, you still have your whiskers. We are pleased to hear that you are doing so well. Sending more healing and comforting purrs. ~ Your Mississippi friends, Artemisia, Fenris, Socks & Scylla

Junior and Orion said...

Oscar, we are very glad things are going well so far. We will purr that you keep a good appetite and that the chemo gets rid of the nasty c-stuff quickly....and that it stays away!

The Island Cats said...

Hi ya, Oscar! We're glad to hear you are doing okay after your chemo! It's good you got your appetite back 'cuz eating is important!! We're still purring for you!

Huffle Mawson said...

I'm glad you still have your whiskers Oscar. That's good news about the chemo results, I hope you keep staying well!

Sorry about the furs you lost, do you want mum to post you some of mine?

Sparkle said...

Hi Oscar, it sounds like you are handling your treatment pretty well! I too am glad you threw a fit - it's much better to get rid of those negative emotions instead of stuffing them like humans try to do. I will be sending you lots of healing purrs so you are strong for your next round of chemo.

Everycat said...

We're so happy that you are having an easy-ish ride through the chemo Oscar and you still have your whiskers! Well done for showing the vet your feisty side too.

Still sending you big rumbly purrs fella and we hope that the 2nd bout of chemo goes smoothly too

Whicky Wuudler et al

Huffle Mawson said...

Oscar there is a present for you on my blog today!

Sherkhan said...

Hello Oscar,

Hope you get well soon, mate.
I got to know about you from Huffle's blog some time back... but I never got to come and say hi.

This is Sherkhan, btw. Nice to meet you.

Nikita Cat said...

Still having the Whiskers is important for ones image, and Self Esteem! ;-D

Love the photos!

Take care!

Harry Spotter said...

Your whiskers are very handsome Oscar. Glad you are handeling the chemo as good as you are. Hang in there ole chap you can get through this. We are thinking of you and sending you hugs, purrs, and prayers. Keep us posted.

jimbo said...

wow..whatta relief that you are feeling better now!! stay strong, stay positive and you'll be in the pink of health :)

lots of love,
jjimbo

Junior and Orion said...

We hope you are still doing well Oscar!!!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We hope the chemo goes well for you. Purrs and tail wags.

Keiko (from Kitty Trio) said...

Hello Oscar! We're sorry we haven't been to visit again sooner. We are happy to hear that you're doing so well after your chemo. It is good that you showed your feisty side to your v-e-ts!!! Keep strong and keep eating, lots of purrs from us!! And we hope that your shaved fur grows back quickly again!!

You are continually in our thoughts!
We'd also like to invite you to join our Aussie Kitty Club! We can all hang out in the club together and exchange news :))) If you are interested, please drop us a line at tortiekeiko at gmail dot com!

We also quickly wanted to let you know that there is an award for you at
http://kittytrio.blogspot.com/2010/05/fun-friday-and-beautiful-blogger-award.html

Lots of purrrrs, Keiko, Kenji & Pricilla

Miaow~ said...

have been reading your blog on and off! good to noe u are doing well!!! get well soon okie!! - from a cat lover!

Everycat said...

Just dropping by to leave you some good wishes for your 1st June chemo appointment. Hope it goes well Oscar. We are purring for you big fella!

Whicky Wuudler

Boots, Ozzie and Brenda said...

We are praying for the best possible outcome for you Oscar.

All the best!

Boots, Ozzie & Brenda

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Oscar, we are thinking of you, hoping you are doing okay.

Harry Spotter said...

You can beat this, you are the mancat. We will continue to purr and pray for you.

Everycat said...

Just dropped by to see how you are doing Oscar. We hope things are going well and your treatment is working.

Rumbly purrs

Whicky Wuudler

Harry Spotter said...

Oscar..I am still purring and praying for you Glad you are doing better. Keep us posted.

Oscar The Cat said...

Oscar, I'm so glad you are doing well and still have your whiskers.

You look well - I can't even tell you are 15! We look so similar and I am only 1 year old... yay for you!

Lots of purrs and love from another black cat called Oscar (all the way from New Zealand) xx