11 November 2007

It would never happen in fiction...

Not been a good day.

Last night Lily's condition deteriorated very quickly, to the point where her diuretics clearly weren't helping much (despite us cautiously increasing her dosage). She's had a couple of fits / collapses, and is unable to lie down comfortably to sleep. At times her breathing sounds like she's got lungs full of fluid - which she does - horribly gargley. Congestive heart failure does that to you.

So we've been poised for her death for most of the day. She's actually a little better at the moment, able to walk around and lie down, and her breathing is only about 60 breaths a minute instead of 120 (30 is normal). If she's still with us tomorrow, we'll go to the vet. I think I'd rather she could die here at home, though, without the added stress of having to go to the vet's... but if she's suffering too much, I don't think we have much choice.

To top it all off with a very weird coincidence, this morning I heard that my brother Tim had been admitted to ICU at Hospital in the middle of the night, with serious pain. He's had an x-ray and ultrasound, but I'm still waiting to hear from my Dad, who is waiting on the doctors, for some results. Tim has congestive heart failure, too, the same as Lily, only with Hepatitis B & C as well, and other stuff. The current theory is that he has fluid accumulating in / around his liver and abdomen.

Last I heard Tim was in a regular ward, and walking around, and ducking outside for a smoke whenever possible. He's on morphine. His prognosis isn't good, though.

So if I'm a little absent online, these are the reasons why...

17 comments:

  1. Oh, so sorry to hear about this - hope you are doing ok.

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  2. i'm sorry so many bad things are happening at once. Life just has a weird way of doing that sometimes. Hugs.

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  3. Oh Dear, my thoughts are with you...too much at one time.

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  4. Dear Jejune, I'm so sorry to hear your news. You are in my thoughts. xx

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  5. You're in my thoughts, too. Good luck, and strength.
    xo

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  6. I'm sorry for the pain you must be in. Warm, fuzzy thoughts and virtual hugs are on their way. Know that there are lots of folks thinking positive things for you.

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  7. Dear me. Sending good vibes your way.

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  8. Hugs and love. You are in my prayers.

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  9. Oh! That is just dreadful news. I am just so sorry to hear all of that.

    Keep your head down and do whatever you need to do to get through all of this.

    xo

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  10. Oh, hon - I'm so sorry. I'll be thinking of you.

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  11. Oh Jejune! - I'm thinking of you - Hope all things work out as they are meant to - you're in my thoughts!

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  12. sucks to go through this. I'm sorry & will be thinking of all your family.

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  13. Hugs to you all; my thoughts are with you. xoxo

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  14. Ah, Jejune, that's just crappy. I'm so sorry to hear about Lily - I know how much you all love her and what a special part of your family she is. As for your brother, that's very sad news as well - but isn't it a great thing that you met up with him so recently and that he was obviously happy to see you - you are a good sister.

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  15. So happy to hear Lily is doing much better than she was on the day that you posted this to your blog.

    Chloe sends Lily lots of kisses.

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