A Minky emergency

Minky, my companion Meezer, has a history of asthma and one collapsed lung lobe. She woke up at 5:30 in her spot between our pillows and stepped over me to stretch out along my left side.  I realized she was breathing rapidly, about 60 breaths/minute, and waited to see if her breathing would settle down.  It didn’t. Normally she gets her morning medicines at 7 am, but I decided to go ahead and give it at 5:40.

By the time I picked her up she was in full-blown respiratory distress, foaming at the mouth in a most unbecoming manner for a lady.  I alerted DH, and we headed for the kitchen and the medicine drawer, where there was an emergency syringe of medicine for just such a situation.  Now, I should fess up that in my lifetime I’ve given injections first as a paramedic, and then as an RN.  This was my first cat injection, though, and it is still difficult to treat a “family member”.  Minky tolerated it with good grace, as she does all treatments when she is ill.

We grabbed a waterproof pad (for the drooling),  put it in her favorite chair and waited and watched.  By the time her vet opened at 7:30 I had her respirations  down to 30, and she was washing.

You know your cat is sick when there is complete silence on the ride to the vet’s office!    Dr. Jason saw her promptly, bringing her straight back to the cat exam room so she wouldn’t stress over dawgs in the lobby.  Just like an emergency room visit for a child, she got a breathing treatment and some oxygen…only her oxygen was in the form of an oxygen cage.  Well, I guess that’s not that different from a crib with an oxygen tent.

The tech came out to the waiting room to tell me how well she had tolerated it all, and to say what a wonderful cat she is.  Now we wait for several hours while she rests in the oxygen.

I came home to tell DH all the news, and as I glanced out the window near his shoulder I saw this. There is the egret in the tree on the right, but do you see the second bird?  I went out on the shore, and the sun came out from behind a cloud.  Here, see the blue heron in the tree on the left? That’s a lot of bird for those two little scrub trees!

Please keep Minky and those who love her in your prayers.  St. Francis, remember this beloved cat.

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6 Comments

  1. Knitnana said,

    October 9, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Your request is done. Sweet Minky. Hold on little girl. And Mom & Dad,
    (((((((Hugs)))))))

  2. dragonsnlace said,

    October 9, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Awe! What a good Meezer Mommy. Cuddy kitty good for me.

  3. AlisonH said,

    October 9, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Done. The least of what I owe back. Heal well, little cat.

    Such magnificent, beautiful birds to watch over you all. They remind me of the peregrine falcon that glided down low over me immediately after I stepped out of the doctor’s office, having been told I had to have that second surgery I didn’t want. From there, it felt okay to go ahead.

  4. bookwormblue said,

    October 9, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Oh, poor sweet Minky. I will definitely be thinking of our lady in distress, and hoping she can come home soon.

  5. bookwormblue said,

    October 9, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I think you mean Saint Francis–but I also believe that your prayers will get to the right place, in any case.

  6. tina said,

    October 10, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Hugs and blessings to all!


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