Monday, September 8, 2008

Update: Roscoe is feeling better

Understanding medical jargon is hard enough, but try doing it in a language that is not your own. I understood that Roscoe would under go a Doppler test this morning and then we would know just what we are up against. I found out this morning that I had misunderstood. What the vet had said was that we would call this morning to schedule the test (because the machine and the tec will be coming to our vet's office).

This morning we have had some encouraging news. Roscoe has been eating small amounts of cat treats (only if smashed) and soft cat food. He has also gone to the bathroom several times, a very good sign. He isn't interested in drinking, but his vet says that he probably doesn't feel thirsty due to all of the fluids he has taken in via an IV. He is able to walk better though he is still leaning to the right. The really good news is that he passed a neuro test which he had failed yesterday. We were also very happy to hear Roscoe protest when we was scooped up to be taken to the vet. He meowed all the way down the stairs and out the door! These are great signs that he is improving.



Opus has been keeping a constant vigil. He stays close to Roscoe, being sure to kiss from time to time. Last night the three of us were stretched out in bed together and Roscoe wrapped his paws around his brother. They laid there for quiet a while, entwined in each others arms. Of course Roscoe's delicate state hasn't kept Opus from acting like a brother. After gobbling down his own breakfast, he made a bee-line to Roscoe's dish. Roscoe was in no mood to put up a fight, but I was there to lovingly push Opus aside before could steal one morsel.

We are trying not to get our hopes up. A tumor was found on his kidney which has the kidney completely blocked. His good kidney is extremely swollen, probably due to all of the extra work it has been doing. That being said, his good kidney is still working well as he is using the bathroom and his blood tests all came back normal. His Doppler test is scheduled for tomorrow morning. Once that is complete we will know more about the tumor and if it has spread. Then we will go from there...

I thank each and everyone of you for your thoughts, prayers and kind emails. As many of you know, this type of thing is very difficult to go through. It helps to have kind friends to see us through the dark hours. Whether you have been friends for years or are stopping by our blog for the first time, thank you for your support.

Keep up the good work, your thoughts are prayers seem to working.

Opus and Roscoe's Mom

44 comments:

ZOOLATRY said...

Promising and hopeful news... we will keep praying and purring... Roscoe and Opus are handsome and wonderful fellows and we feel they (and you) are long time and good friends... we hope for the very best outcome...

The Meezers said...

well the news is encouraging. Roscoe, keep getting better buddy!! we are purring very hard for you!!

Sassy Kat said...

Looks like the prayers and good thought are working. I will keep praying so hard that Roscoe gets better soon. Today he will feel better than yesterday and tomorrow he will feel better than today. I know you are taking such good care of him and I am so sorry that your family have to be so worried. I know Opus is especially worried as they are close brothers and this makes it extra hard on him.
Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
GET BETTER SOON ROSCOE!!!!!

BenTheRotti said...

Thats really encoraging news. I have a lump in my throat reading about how Opus lay with Roscoe wrapped in his arms, It must be an incredibly tough time for you all and you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Wishing Roscoe the speediest of recoverys,

Ben & Family xxxx

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Hello Roscoe,
I came back to check on you, I was glad to see that you felt better, ate 5 treats and have Opus and parents taking great care of you.
We had cats in the family too, Miami lived up to 18 years. Her kidneys had worked off and on for a few years before she went to heaven.
I keep praying for you, you know that you have a lot of cats and dogs and human care about you, don't you?
((((Hugs))))

Gandalf and Grayson said...

He's behaving better and that's wonderful news! We'll keep purring and purring our very best healing purrs.

Honey P. Sunshine said...

purrin fur yoo roscoe

Katie said...

I am glad Roscoe seems to be feeling better. I hope that the tumor has not spread.

NinjaCat said...

We are purraying for Roscoe and his family.

Ninja & Brenda

HotMBC said...

Roscoe, dude, we're glad to hear you're feeling well enough to eat and not so wobbly feeling. We're purring and purring for you!
Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs,
your bud Pepi and the rest of the Hotties

The Crew said...

Get well soon, Roscoe. We're purrin' like crazy for you and we know Opus is doing his best to take care of you.

The Crew

DEBRA said...

We are so glad you have had encouraging news today. You have today and Roscoe is feeling stronger and that is good. We will keep you all in our purrs and purrayers....

purrs
Abby

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Oh we are still purring that Roscoe gets better and better. We are glad the news is encouraging!

Daisy said...

I am so glad to hear that Roscoe is doing a little bit better. I am still purring my very hardest for Roscoe!

wildcatsthree said...

we'e so glad to hear Roscoe is feeling a bit better, and we'll be keeping our paws crossed for him. He reminds us of our sweet Jackie who's now 19.
Chris, Abby, Rosie, Jackie, Gidget & Lola

Marian said...

Roscoe - We're purr-aying for you, buddy!! Keep on getting better so that Opus isn't so worried about you.
:o) Thomas, Phoebe and Trixie

Riley & Tiki said...

Poor Roscoe. We are purring our hardest!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

The news is hopeful. We will be waiting to hear the results of the test tomorrow and what can be done to help Roscoe.

That's so sweet, that Opus is watching out for his brother. Animals can be so gentle when one is ill. But food is a different story, it's up for grabs.

Babs (Beetle) said...

I hope that Roscoe gets better and better each day!

Purrs, Sukie x

Finnegan & Buddy said...

We continue purring & praying for Roscoe. Please keep getting better and better.

Lots of love & hugs & purrs,
Finnegan Buddy & Jasmine

Bounce, Lucy and Trixie said...

Roscoe, we are sending purrs and prayers to your family. We hope you are doing better very soon!

Junior said...

WOO HOO!! Keep fighting Roscoe and we will keep purring!

Angus Mhor said...

I'm encouraged! I'm also glad to note that Roscoe does not seem to be in pain at the moment. That's a good thing. I'll be purring and purring!

Deetz said...

I just heard about Roscoe from several of my friends blogs. I wanted to come over and give you my well wishes that everything turns out okay. I am glad to read he is feeling a lil better. I will check back from time to time to see how he is. Paw Prayer works.
Deetzy

Katie and Da Katz said...

oh my goodness... we purrs dat tumor shrink n noh spredin!!

Roscoe's Mawmee, you is furrry brave to helps Roscoe gets all da care available.

We purrs fur you too.
WWJD

Spunky Boo n Katie Too

JB's Big World said...

Keep praying and don't lose hope. Whenever my mom and I hear of another kitty having kidney troubles we want to tell about my sister Misty. My sister Misty had to have a kidney removed about 2 and half years ago, and she is doing well on one kidney now! Don't ever give up hope.
Purrs and Purrayers,
JB
If you have time to read her story, please do, here is the link:
http://jbssmallworld.blogspot.com/2008/01/mistys-story.html

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

Roscoe we've been thinking of you ever since we heard the news a couple days ago. You hang in there and get better, we're pulling for you.....and purring & praying too.
What a beautiful story of Opus taking care of him!

Black Cat said...

I'm glad that dear Roscoe is feeling a little better. He is so loved. Get better and better Roscoe! Everyone is rooting for you sweetie! :) xxx

The Cat Realm said...

Good news! Now we will double our effort in purring - which isn't really possible as we already purr with ALL our might - so we will have the maid purr too!
Yes, we will hope for the best possible outcome!!!!

Jewelgirl said...

I am glad you are feeling better
Roscoe :) Better days ahead...
1,000,000,000,000,000 Purrs from us!
Spooky, Daisy, Aniwa & Shadow.
(Shadow is our Cats on Tuesday
this week!)

Derby said...

Thanks for the update and the good news that Roscoe is feeling a bit better. Hope the good news continues.

In sports news the Colts lost to Da Bears last night. Peyton didn't look that great, but hey it is the first game of the season.

Ruis said...

Nine cats are non stop purring for you, Roscoe! My typist is not a help with blogging and visiting lately, but know that we are thinking of you all and sending healing thoughts and PuRRs to you.

Love & Hugs
~Ruis

Sassy Kat said...

Hey little buddy, stopping by to check in on you. Keep getting better and stronger with each day.
Good luck at the doctors tomorrow. Once you find out what is going on maybe you can get back on your feet sooner.
Praying hard for you and your family. I am so sorry that you have to be ill.

Sabrina, Sam and Simon said...

We are purring and purraying for Roscoe, and hope that the tumor on his kidney isn't anything serious. He is so fortunate to have Opus to cuddle with him and keep him safe, what a sweet brofur he is! You are in our thoughts ...
Purrs and headbutts,
Sabrina, Sam and Simon

Momo and Pinot said...

Roscoe, we're glad to haer this good news!! We'll continuously thinking of you.

Momo & Pinot

Pablo said...

We're thinking of you all and sending purrs Roscoe's way.

Orable and Charlie said...

Hang in there Roscoe!

licks from Charlie

Jake and Bathsheba said...

We send you our best wishes, Roscoe. May you get stronger each day.

Purrs,
~J&B

Mickey said...

As you say, that news is better :) I will keep purring very hard for Roscoe!!
Purrs Mickey

Chesney Cats said...

We are so happy that Roscoe is feeling a little better! We'll keep purring & purraying for him to make a complete recovery.

Hugs & Purrs,
Sammy, Festus & Emma

Karen Jo said...

I am glad to hear that Roscoe is feeling a little better and that Opus is taking good care of him, even if he does want Roscoe's food. You remain in my thoughts and prayers for the best possible outcome.

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Oh I know how hard it is to worry about your beloved Roscoe....have good hope for a continued recovery small kitty steps at a time.
Sending you soft hugs and some comforting purrrrrs during this waiting time....your Miss Peach

ML said...

Good news. We'll just all take it a step at a time.
All the Sherwood kitties are purring and purraying for Roscoe, and for his brother Opus as well.
We've got three brothers who are very close and often sleep intertwined.
Thank you for keeping us posted.
Love & Purrs,
Missy Blue Eyes

Mickey said...

We are so very sorry to hear about Roscoe. I wish there was a way to ease your pain.
He was a lovely cat and had a super life thanks to you.
(((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))))
Purrs Mickey,Georgia & Tillie & Mom