On Monday, my oldest cat, Fermata, a long haired tuxedo mixed breed, had a well check where he was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and where he received his rabies vaccine. Since he also had fleas, on Tuesday I gave him some Advantage. What a mistake! Since, over the years, Fermata has demonstrated an occasional tendency toward adverse vaccine reactions, I should have known better than to give him medication so soon after receiving a vaccination. By Thursday afternoon, my poor kitty had a fever of 105°F (a normal cat temperature is about 102°F) and started showing signs of diarrhea and lethargy, his usual signs of vaccine reaction. On Friday morning, Fermata refused all food and water, so it was off to the vet for fluids. I didn't want to chance a hydration crisis over the weekend, a weekend when we were expecting a snowstorm (which arrived as scheduled).
While at the veterinarian, I received the much-anticipated thyroid bloodwork number: 5.8. Not bad considering the last time I had bloodwork done on Fermata, the level was near the same. That means that, for now, he is pretty stable, except for the vaccine reaction, of course. His medication has been ordered and will start as soon as he is back to normal.
Another Thyroid Patient
Inspired by a little-known picture book from the pen of Bethany Tudor, this is a diary, of sorts, where I document some of my thoughts, activities, and ideas as I explore the challenges met by the characters in the story: hard work, the care and nurture of others, housekeeping skills, life changes, charity, community, and cooperation, among others. Like Samuel and Samantha, the ducks in the tale, I struggle and succeed, cope and celebrate, work and play, handling the tasks that come my way. I invite you to join me on my journey.