This was a hard week for me, and the weekend is definitely welcomed. Miles, who was diagnosed with diabetes last week, took a sudden turn for the worse Sunday night/Monday morning. He and our other cat, Simone, stopped eating and drinking. I think they picked up some virus or maybe ate something contaminated — I’m not sure. Simone, strong an an ox, trucked though it, but by Wednesday, Miles still wasn’t eating or drinking and his already-stressed body started breaking down.
I took him to the vet immediately and she told us he was in really bad shape and may not make it through the weekend. She said we should consider putting him down, which was shocking and devastating news to hear (he’s only 6! He was fine a few days ago!). But we went with another option: taking him home, starting him on insulin right away and seeing if we could nurse him back to health. I stayed up with him all night long. The next day was my birthday and I couldn’t stand the idea of going to sleep and waking up to him not being there anymore. It was a long night to say the least. He was so sick and I thought I was watching him die.
Well, I am so, so relieved and grateful to say that Miles has made a dramatic improvement in the last 24 hours. He’s eating and drinking again and we’ve taken him to the vet twice in the last day for IV fluids, to which he is responding remarkably well. Though he’s not out of the woods yet, he has light and life back in his eyes, and I couldn’t be happier to see it.
I’m filled with a lot of gratitude and hope today and thought I’d make this weekend’s open thread topic about just that — gratitude. Let’s focus on positivity for a couple of days! What are you grateful for?