Hi, everybody! It’s me – Noodle! Guess what?! I got to see Jamison today. I don’t know if he was happy to see me but I was happy to see him. It was weird to see him so sleepy and, well, not being mean to anyone. Not that he’s mean to me in a I-want-to-kill-you way but sometimes he bites my leg and other times he jumps on my back in a big brother look-what-I-can-do-to-scare-you way. He’s really scary!

Anywho, I was a good little brother and I didn’t use this opportunity to get revenge or anything. That wouldn’t be very nice. Plus, I don’t need him storing that kind of info for months while he gets better. He’d plan some serious revenge-revenge. *shudders*

Okay, here’s Mom with the details you want. Bye!

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I’m happy to say that I have more good things to report today than bad.

It started first thing this morning after I woke up. I went in to check on Jamison, taking the top of the carrier he’s in off . He sat right up in a regular seated position, bowed he head down, reached it towards my hand and rubbed on it! It was the most cat-like thing he’s done since the attack.

This video was taken shortly after:

I think the worst thing about today was medicating him, as usual. In the morning he gets 2 pills for pain, a liquid antibiotic, and a drop of milk thistle extract. Then he gets a pill for pain in the afternoon. Finally, in the evening he gets the 2 pain pills, a pill to stimulate his appetite, 2 liquid antibiotics, and another drop of the milk thistle extract.

If you’ve ever pilled a cat before, you know how tedious it is. I can’t trick him with food. I can’t trick him by crushing it and mixing it with anything. It just has to go down the hatch by hand. You’d think this would be easy since he’s lethargic. No. He saves ALL of his energy for this moment. Because we can’t mix it with food and I’m sure it all tastes horrendous, this process leads to him drooling EVERYWHERE! It’s traumatic for all involved.

As a peace offering, I took him out of the carrier this afternoon and put him on the bed. I am so happy to say that the blanket trick worked again! He reached for it, he purred, and he actually closed his eyes for a few minutes.

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That blanket has magic powers.

In other news, I spoke to the vet about Jamison’s upcoming surgery regarding pain during recovery. Jamison will be sent home with serious pain medications. None of this weak stuff he’s on now.

All day I’ve been thinking about the surgery and him potentially suffering for months. The vet reassured me that the pain medications will help tremendously. I’ve also tried to think this out as logically as possible:

  • Jamison may not even make it through surgery if he’s not strong enough.
  • Not doing the surgery is a certain death sentence.
  • Euthanasia is also a certain death sentence. (Genius, right?) It would also be me giving up on him when he’s clearly still fighting.
  • The vet may find that there’s less necrosis than there was originally though to be and be able to stitch him up, reducing healing time drastically.

Most important of all:

  • If a person had traumatic injuries, their recovery would take months and be filled with physical therapy, pain medications, and other medical care. The only difference between a person and Jamison is that a person would go to an in-patient rehab facility and be cared for away from home. We don’t stop treating people because they need serious medical attention or because the recovery is going to be hard. We help them. We stand by them and try to make them as comfortable as possible during the process.

That was one of the biggest things with Mya, our dachshund who passed away in 2015. She was diabetic, blind, and a senior. Any time she started having problems with irregular glucose levels, would stop eating, or had a UTI or ear infection, people would say, “Why are you letting her suffer?” Seriously? Do we just go out an euthanize all people with diabetes that suffer from complications? I don’t think people think things through when it comes to animals.

If Jamison were undeniably suffering with no chance of resuming a normal quality of life, I would not go a single step further. I will NEVER make my animals suffer out of selfishness or for any other reason.

Please know this is not directed at any of our Blogville friends. I’m merely venting and thinking “out loud”.

Thank you all for your POTP and comforting comments. Please add to your prayers that Jamison’s surgery is not as complicated as expected.

Love,

Samantha

 

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About noodle4president

I was a discarded, lost little stray without a house or a family...until my mom found me. Now, I am the happiest, most loved dog in the whole world!

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  1. pilch92 says:

    I am glad he has given you some good signs of his strength. If I were in your position, I would definitely go through with the surgery knowing the pain meds will keep him pain free and comfortable. I did notice in this list of meds that there is nothing for constipation. I know pain meds cause that which would make him uncomfortable so you may want to ask for lactulose- not that you want to have to give yet another medicine. Are any of his meds available as a gel for the ear, I know a lot of them can be compounded at online pharmacies. I am praying.

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  2. Amy says:

    I am so happy to hear how Jamie was today and the info the doctor gave you is good. You have really thought this through and you are so right. You know I would do no less. BTW, when Freda, my first schnauzer, went blind at 5 years old from a cushing’s tumor, someone actually asked if I was going to have her put to sleep! She lived a good life and passed at 11.

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  3. corkscot says:

    I still have marks on my hands from giving Shelby her meds after her CCL surgery. That was three months ago. People will always judge you. You have to know that what you are doing is the right thing for you and your family. That is your most important consideration. Keep up the good work.

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  4. The Admiral says:

    On a very small scale, I kinda understand the road you have ahead. Very small scale (honestly, barely close to what you have been dealing with).

    When Bear stopped walking, I had people telling me how rough he looked. When he started treatment and didn’t respond right away, I had at least 3 people point out to me he wasn’t improving. When he started having diarrhea so bad he had to be hospitalized, I had more people telling me he was suffering. To each instance I said “Give him a chance – his vet has hope, so I have hope.”

    Then, it seemed magically overnight, he got better. He improved. And they all noticed. One of those people actually realized his mistake and apologized for “being a jerk” (his words, not mine).

    All this to say, you know Jamison best. And if you think he’s still fighting (and it most definitely sounds like he is), then keep fighting the good fight. It may take time, but healing takes time. And honestly, its worth it.

    And you know what else – Jamison is lucky to have all of you in his corner. That can only help the healing process.

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    • You may not have had an exact situation like Jamison’s but you did have that with Bear and let’s not forget what you went through with Josie! You were an inspiration. You devoted everything to her care. People ask me all the time, “Do you have ANY healthy animals?!” My response has always been, “No but I think that’s why they end up at my house. To get the care they otherwise wouldn’t get because someone would give up on them.” *hugs*

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  5. So glad Jamison seems to be doing better today. I would absolutely have the surgery done to. It will be a tough road for the little guy but he has wonderful owners taking care of him and making sure he gets better. Keeping you in our prayers

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  6. I think it’s good to think positive. Maybe the necrotic area will be smaller than they think. That will be our prayer from now on.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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  7. Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties says:

    I’m glad today was a better day. You guys are doing an awesome job taking care of Jamison. Part of my prayers have been for wisdom for you, Greg and the dr. as you make decisions for Jamison’s care. I can see those prayers being answered. Continued prayers for his recovery and upcoming surgery. Hugs, Margret

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    • Thank you for adding that bit to your prayers. Trying to be an animal’s voice is difficult enough when they’re healthy. Trying to determine what’s best for them when they’re sick is near impossible. I’ve prayed more in the last week and a half than in my whole life I think. *hugs*

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  8. LB Johnson says:

    I totally understand. We made the decision we did with Barkley because we could NOT keep the pain at bay and he just didn’t understand why he hurt so bad. Jamison purring is a great sign that he’s still enjoying being with you.

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    • Yes, if there comes a time that the pain outweighs comfort with ANY of our animals, that’s when we make that dreadful decision to play God. Otherwise, we leave it to the man himself (and the animal). We’re not very religious but we don’t believe we should be in charge of those decisions unless there’s no hope otherwise. We’ve done it twice with dogs and once with a duck. It never gets easier and we always second guess our decision.<3

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      • Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties says:

        We’ve had to make that decision for several of our pets over the years. We asked our vet for guidelines to help us know when it was time to make that decision. Having those guidelines have been very helpful and helped with the guilt that always comes afterward. Maybe your vet could give you some guidelines? ~ hugs Margret

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      • Excellent idea! I’ll add it to my ever growing list of questions and things to discuss with him. Thank you! *hugs*

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  9. Keeping the purrs and happy thoughts going for Jamieson.

    Shoko

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  10. Thank you for the update. We will continue to pray for him as well as you all during this difficult time!

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  11. nordhuesn says:

    Great news! Although the road is still a bit long, you have done the right thing by following your conscience. Only you n your vet k know Jameson. Is there a pain patch that could be applied? Stay the course n hang in there.

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  12. You are riding a roller coaster here. Not unusual for an injured pet. It’s exhausting! And can be depressing, except for those moments when you see hope. We know you want to do what is best for Jamison and we know you are and will. As you walk through this and make day to day decisions, you have a community here to back you up and to support those decisions, whatever they might be. We are praying for Jamison.

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    • This community is everything to me. Right now I don’t feel like I could take another step without you all. How did I get so far in life without everyone? I don’t know. I’m just glad you’re all here now. *hugs*

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  13. Noodle's Grandma says:

    Thank you all for loving Sammi and our precious Jamison. You have made this much easier for us. Just knowing that you care and have input. This means a lot to our family.

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    • Hi, Grandma! It’s me, Noodle! I miss you sooooooooooo much. Mom has been so busy and if you were here, we could be cuddling on the couch. Instead, I have to snuggle with just a blanket. I love you. Noodle Schnoodle

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  14. KDKH says:

    Hang in there! As long as there is hope for recovery, there is a reason to keep going – you and Jamison. We don’t need instant gratification, just hope to regain an acceptable level of health. It looks pretty hopeful to me, and I’m glad you see it too!

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  15. speedyrabbit says:

    of course you are doing the right thing,when a pet is fighting hard to stay with us and get better and their is a course of treatment to help them and your vet says there is hope for a full recovery then we have to give them the that help,and give them that chance to get better.Any pet will let you know when they are tired and can’t fight anymore. Jamison Has plenty of fight in him,he wants to get better,so keep taking care of him the way you are,and he will pull through,xx Rachel and Speedy

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  16. we cross all paws and fingers and we send positive thoughts for Jamison. and we send hope… as long as we have hope we can fight, right? And I’m sure all decisions are made by heart and love… hugs to you…

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  17. Gosh it’s good to see Jamison getting lots of pets from his Dad on the bed with his nice warm blankie! The more he has “normal life” the more HE himself will be encouraged to get back to “normal”……even after his traumatic experience. He looks better and MUST feel better. You are in the BEST position – with your vet – to know what road to travel with Jamison and he himself is giving you every sign to be encouraged. We are praying the necrotic area is smaller than anyone can tell and that they can stitch him back up afterwards which would mean faster healing and less time before Jamison will be up and active. Bless you for believing in him, your vet, and YOURSELF because you are being his nurse, his Mom, his advocate – it’s a lot but it’s SO worth it!

    Love, Pam and Angel Sammy

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  18. Hi Samantha, when I read yesterday your blog, I thought also that maybe the surgery needed is no so large and the situation is then different.
    About euthasia, we had on this area a vet whose only solution for sick cats was euthanasia. We believed him once, and after twenty years we still think we made a mistake.
    Where is life, there is always hope.
    Hugs,
    Kristiina

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  19. Trust me, Jamison is such a fighter and I’m sure he’ll be okay!

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  20. gahlearner says:

    You are absolutely doing the right thing. People can be total jerks at times. When our first dog was very old, closing in on 17, he was taking a few steps, resting, looking like a very old dog, but he was eating, playing, cuddling, not in too much pain (old age always has some cranks) and was alert. People actually anonymously reported us to the official animal welfare vet, who came to check on the dog and if it got proper care. Luckily she agreed that you don’t just euthanize a pet because he’s old, and closed the case. He died a few months later, peacefully, at home.
    Jameson couldn’t have better people to help him fight, I’m confident you’ll all get through this.

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  21. Nylabluesmum says:

    Ah yes Samantha the delicate balance of when do we ‘stay the course’ & when do we ‘et go’ when dealing with a sick or injured 4 legged!! It is a puzzle that all pet lovers go thru at some point.
    My take on things is that each of us know our own limits when helping an animal. Whether financial or emotional.
    With people we DO have Rehab Centers & the like so we are able to access help for our relatives/friends should they need rehab & recovery.
    As we do not have such places for beloved pets; we in essence, become the ‘Rehab Centre’.
    While I do NOT advocate euthanizing a beloved pet when there is hope, I do agree with it when the animal is too weak to rally or the human does not have the support to deal with the animal’s injuries/surgery/recovery.
    In other words; I always see each situation on its own for what it is.
    You wrote out a concise list which makes sense. There is a 50/50 chance for Jamieson & I suspect even a 60/40 chance that he WILL survive surgery…so I say “Go for it!”. Also you have Greg there to assist you & that is a HUGE plus for you.
    When NYLABLUE was nearing the end, it was just me on my own physically with her. She’d fought for 18 months with the Bowel Disease. Sheila was exhausted from weekly Vet visits; NB was worn out from them; I was bone weary also. When NB developed Diabetes I knew it was time to ‘let go’. And she wanted to go; I could see it in her behavior; her body language & her eyes. So I spent 1 last week with her & then did the ‘right’ thing for ‘her’. I did not regret my decision.
    In your situation I do not know what I would do……but I suspect I’d try heroic measures if it were Siddhartha Henry in Jamieson’s situation…
    So I support you & Greg 150% in your decision!!!!
    And I continue to send prayers of healing & now for an easy surgery to your sweet boy & P SH sends all his POTP to his ‘furend’ also….
    With love & respect, Sherri-Ellen & Purrince Siddhartha Henry ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • You hit the nail on the head with something – it’s just us with our animals. That’s part of what scares me so much. I don’t have a team of people working on Jamison while he’s home. It’s mostly just me – Greg when I need backup. What happens if I get sick during his recovery? Who will care for him? I have to stop myself from going down the “what if” road because a person can go nuts driving that road. Thank you for your continued support and encouraging words. Love and Hugs ❤

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      • Nylabluesmum says:

        Sorry I was so wordy Samantha…I am glad you got something out of what I wrote!
        Try not to tour down ‘that’ road!! I did it with Mingflower & Nylablue & I was never alone. And I am not alone now with Siddhartha Henry….
        Have faith in yourself & in the healing process. And I will continue to pray for Jamieson’s recovery & for you to carry on…..
        (((hugs))) & ❤ LOVE ❤ & ***paw kissesss*** Sherri-Ellen & Siddhartha Henry Penry xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  22. Happy to hear some good news. We are steadfast in our daily POTP thoughts and prayers for Jamison. Get better sweet kitty. Your mom and ‘brother’ are wanting the best for you. Hugs and ear scratches to all. ღ

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  23. These decisions are always so hard! But it sounds like he might still have a few surprises in store for you, especially if there is enough skin to stitch him up! He does look pretty good in the video so we will cross our paws for the best surgical outcome!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  24. We can only imagine how hard all of this is for you. We continue to say our prayers and send tons of positive vibes♥

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