Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Thank You, Anonymous!
Whoever you are, I can't thank you enough for telling me about this machine. Just a couple days ago, I asked a fireman friend of mine how I could get some oxygen for home use and he said I couldn't. Then you told me about this great machine and you were so right. I found one on my local craigs list for a very small amount of money. Henry isn't keen on the little mask I made or being in the "box" but he seems to like when I hold the tube up to his nose. I'm going to work on making a better tent so he can see and I've added those frozen blue things for use in coolers to keep the "box" from getting too hot, something I learned from my vet. My vet was thrilled to hear about this, too, and, in all fairness to them, they've been great about making Henry's care affordable. If I was still in my old area, I would not have been able to afford the vet care there, which would have run over $1000 by now. It's such a great feeling to have the support of a great vet team. I think they are also fascinated by how long Henry has lived with his birth defect and how good his quality of life has been until his last two bouts with pneumonia.
He looks pretty bad, very skinny and a bit grubby since he doesn't move when he vomits and it usually gets on his legs, but he still follows me around, sleeps on my chest at night, and eats well. He's still vomiting a lot of lung stuff, which is very good, but makes for a ton of laundry and he usually gets me at least once a night along with my blanket. I'm using the grubbier blankets right now so I can keep tossing them into the wash.
Some might think I should euthanize Henry, but he has a very strong desire to live. Otherwise, he'd stop eating and stop following me around. I appreciate the support and advice I've been getting, especially from Anonymous!