Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Roxie is home, not doing so well.

Last night I brought Roxie home from the hospital.  Her blood sugar was lower than when she got there.  The prognosis isn't good and I'm not handling it well at all.  The doctor sent me home with some special food to push every 4 hours with a syringe.  I put her on my couch and started to prepare her food and she went into seizures.  It was very scary.  She barked and made noises I've never heard her make before.  I syringe fed her some pancake syrup and the seizure stopped, but she went limp and looked dead save for her breathing.  It was awful, I cried like a baby.  Joy wanted to take her to the vet and have her put down but I couldn't do it.  I pushed more syrup into here and in 10 minutes she was wide awake and running around like a brand new baby.

Now, I'm feeding her syrup along with her diet every 4 hours to prevent the seizures and it seems to work.  It's not a good long term plan but at least it makes her happier.  I have a sinking feeling in my gut that this won't work long term and I don't know what to do.  I'm kind of in a state of panic myself, I really love my Roxie and I can't face losing her right now.  I only pray that the prednisolone will start to inhibit her insulin production so that she will have a more stable blood sugar and a better life in her remaining days.  I'm so freaking sad about this that mere words can't even begin to describe my feeling of loss.  I love you Roxie...

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Roxie is in the hospital.

Roxie is my number one Ferret.  She's really a HE as I recently found out.  Roxie has been very ill for the past month or so and It's tearing my heart out.  She was diagnosed with insulinoma (cancerous tumor on the pancreas) and a tumor on his adrenal gland. I took Roxie to the best veterinarian around and she removed the tumors from the pancreas, and removed 1 adrenal gland.  Then an implant (capsule with medication) was inserted between his shoulder blades to prevent any future tumors.

Everything was fine for a few days and Roxie seemed to be getting way better, then a couple of days ago she started sleeping all the time and didn't care to get out of her cage for play time anymore.  I sensed her blood sugar was low so I gave her some pancake syrup and after a few minutes he started acting normal.  20 minutes later however, he was weak and sleepy again.  Off to the vet I went.  The vet tested his sugar and reported it was 40.  Even worse than before the surgery. He had to stay and receive an I.V. with glucose and meds to coat his stomach.

The doctor said that he seems to have a stomach ulcer and perhaps he's not eating due to pain.  The lack of food intake could be the cause for the low sugar.  I hope this is the case.  it's also possible that the insulinoma is back but not likely according to the doctor.  I only hope and prey that Roxie is better tomorrow and the doctor tells me exactly how to care for him at home so that another trip to the hospital won't be needed.  Please pray for my Roxie... I love you Roxie...