- Grandview, Texas
|24 Apr '13 2:44 am|
The coast is clear because one morning (after having a very healthy him for six+ weeks) I put him outside and he just collapsed on the doormat and couldn't get up. Raced to vet who worked me in. I thought he had been poisoned. Mike did blood work and preped blood smears, he would keep him overnight. He called with results just as I walked in at home. Bosque was immuno-suppresed (we could never find out why) and had a blood parasite. Before that could even register, he said Bosque had LESS than 5% of his blood volume and was essentially dying. No time for mental impairment or shock. There are two kinds of parasite, one appears outside of the blood cell, the other inside. He said the parasite appeared to be inside the cell. I listened, stunned, when he said that one had no cure. A test could be sent off to Texas A&M to confirm it for $160. A blood transfusion would cost $150. No question, wanted the transfusion. Well. Mike called early the next morning, herself is holding breath, said the smear couldn't be the no cure type because Bosque was bright and chipper after the transfusion. Eating breakfast with gusto and purring his unmistakeable B-52 bomber purr! Brain flashed handstands and backflips to celebrate for joy, body dared brain to even send any signals like that: consequences dire. Picked up Bosque that afternoon, very hard to discern who was happier. He was on an antibiotic and a steroid pill -both twice per day for 20 days, then 1 steriod/day and those will be finished on the 26th. Fellow is doing great, starting to get back his muscles, but coat is still thin and not happy looking, but oh! Is that charm-YOUR-socks-off personality back full throttle, which I just drink in by the minute! Have to be careful when Samwise is present, or he gets hugely jealous, those green eyes essentially arcing arrows at the usurper. But Bosque understands and is unflappable. So am very careful not to use the same terms of endearment for him that I have for Samwise.
Methinks that rascal Jace guided Bosque our way, saying: "Do I know the home for you! They just love cats with tons of mischievousness and purrsonality . . . ."