Saturday, April 5, 2014
Henry just vomited for the 7th time today, change of clothes for me because he got me with it. Can you imagine how much laundry I'm doing? I have to get a new carpet cleaning machine. I wore the hose out and it broke off tonight. However, he came out of severe respiratory distress for the first time in over 2 weeks!!! Guardedly, I think he's turning the corner and gaining the upper hand against this awful pneumonia.
At first, I thought the increase in vomiting was because my new batch of glucose solution was too "ricey." So I diluted it. But then I realized it's his lungs finally draining. Wednesday, he spent an hour in an oxygen tent and received an inhaled antibiotic and I've been diligent with the coupage and today he's stayed out of serious respiratory distress, meaning breathing with his mouth open and gasping like a fish out of water and his sides and throat heaving. Instead, it's mild respiratory distress where his sides are retracting, but his mouth is closed and his nares are not flaring.
His appetite remains very good, but I do have to limit his intake to avoid aspiration, which is a little sad because he wants to eat more. The vomiting was starting to alarm me today until I realized it contained very little food and was very clear. His nose was wet and runny all day yesterday, too. I remember how Apple drained her lungs with her bout of pneumonia and it's pretty much the same with Henry. I still give him 100ml of subcutaneous Ringers Lactate Solution every night so dehydration isn't an issue. What I learned about pneumonia is that hydration is paramount. Once dehydrated, the fluid, pus and bacteria in the lungs thickens and dries out, acting like cement in the alveoli so air can't get in and be exchanged into the bloodstream. So what I do is keep Henry hydrated, do coupage (patting his back and sides) at least 4 times a day to loosen the fluids in the lungs and move it around so it can come up and not stay and incubate bacteria in the same place, make sure he changes position for the same reason, keep the air around him moist, and keep him fed.
I'm thrilled that he's recovering. He's even enchanted my vet. He is the most loving kitty you ever saw. He follows me around like a puppy dog, huge eyes waiting to catch mine. He greets me at the door when I return from being out. Even in his sickened state. It's thrilling to see him feeling better even in tiny increments each day.