Muffin had an ultrasound Thursday. Based on the results the doctors think she has small cell lymphoma. Normally this would be a crushing diagnosis, but in this case, it means we suddenly have a new treatment plan for her! She is getting a strong doss of steroids, two anti-nausea medicines and an appetite stimulant. If this does not work, she will get cancer medicines. Very, very expensive cancer medicines. The doctor said most cats respond to treatment within 3-4 weeks. Some cats, a tiny percentage, don’t respond to treatment at all. He said those cats that do respond to treatment usually live another 2 1/2 years. Muffin is 18 years old already, if she lives another 2 and a half years, I would be beyond thrilled!
My mom and I left for the specialist on Thursday and there was a shadow over the car. I thought for sure we were going to get news of doom. When we left I felt as if a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. My mom said it was because we had hope now. Perhaps she was right. I know as if the weight of the world is no longer on my shoulders.
Muffin got her first high dose of steroids on Thursday night and within a few hours she was acting better! She was acting more like herself, sleeping in her cat bed, patrolling the house and even showing interest in food. Friday she tried to eat a little and was even more like herself. Today she has walked over by the food bowls several times and had munches. That’s right, the cat who was close to death’s door is now eating on her own. Just a bit, but eating! Tonight she even showed up at dinner time! She didn’t eat much but she showed up for dinner!
I realize it is going to take a long time for her to get back to eating normal amounts of food on her own. She has gone weeks with only the barest nutrition in her system. Food much be a shock to the system. With luck a few more days of high doses of nausea medicines will get that under control and she will be able to eat on her own. So thanks to everyone who sent prayers and healing energy to my Muffin. It looks like she just might make it to Christmas after all!