18 February 2007

kitty wellness

i took my troubled kitty to the vet yesterday. it's been almost a month since her last transfusion (god that sounds so unreal), and i wanted to see how she was doing. intially, the vet gave me a diagnosis of myelodysplasia, a rare blood disease where bone marrow makes only immature red blood cells. a semi-effective cure in humans is a bone marrow transplant, but i was told those aren't done on cats. not knowing what to do, i kept feeding her the meds they gave me and hoped she wouldn't bottom out again.

when i asked for advice, the vet said i should get in touch with U of I down in champaign-urbana, since they have a great vet program. they talked back and forth with my vet, and thankfully, they talked right before my appointment yesterday. turns out the problem's not with her bone marrow, but with her autoimmune system: it's attacking her red blood cells before they have a chance to mature. big difference between that and not ever making any mature RBCs. as a trial, the meds bailey's been taking function to stop the faulty immune system from destroying those RBCs. the vet did a blood count, which ended up right smack dab in the 'normal' range! so far, my kitty's okay! finally, a vet session that didn't end with some crushing, horrible news. i just wanted to share. yay!

4 comments:

Cheesus said...

Great news! But does that mean she has to take the meds forever? I hope they aren't terribly expensive.

Claire said...

I'm glad your cat doing better! I second Cheesus, though. I hope that this is a hurdle she can cross.

geekgrrl said...

i doubt it. i don't know what set off the autoimmune problem, but i don't know that it can be reversed.. they haven't said anything of the sort to me.

smussyolay said...

i am so happy to hear this!! yay yay yay for smussios!