Sunday, November 17, 2013
My Henry's Been Ill
Four days ago I realized Henry had been retracting for 24 hours! That's when he's using his abdominal muscles to help breathe and his sides go in and out like crazy. He was so worn out he couldn't lift his head or even eat. I had to carry him to the litterbox. After another 12 hours, he was crashing worse, so I started him on the antibiotic I always have and he started to rally. After another full 24 hours, he could lift his head and I was able to get him to eat a little babyfood chicken by spoon-feeding him. Now he's walking and nibbling babyfood for the first time in days, but he's still weak and got pretty skinny. He's such a champion! What he gets so easily is aspiration pneumonia, but it's been months and months since he's last had it. I'm grateful that he didn't get sick while I was away for Apple's surgery. I'd have lost him for sure. This bout was definitely life-threatening and in the top 5 worse that he's ever had.