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In The Arms of a Friend


This is a picture of Nacho, my baby boy. He's not such a baby any more - he's almost 15 - and he has developed hyperthyroidism. He isn't responding well to methimazole, so the next option is radioiodine treatment. The nearest place that offers is it 150 miles away. Best case scenario is four trips - one to drop him off for evaluation, which takes 2-3 days, one to pick him up, one to take him back for treatment, which entails a week of post-op because his poop will be radioactive, and another trip to bring him home.
I've read some very positive reviews of the treatment - apparently it is the gold standard - but I can't help but be worried. Tomorrow (well since it is 2:30 am - later this morning) I'll be calling the facility to see how soon I can schedule him in. It isn't helping that Tuesday I am stuck driving 165 miles for work (I haven't had to travel out of town for work in five years, timing is everything).
Wish us luck, please?

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Apr. 21st, 2014 10:56 am (UTC)
I am so sorry to read this...I hope Nacho responds well to the treatment. I am sending some positive thoughts.
Apr. 22nd, 2014 01:13 am (UTC)
Thanks borgmama - every bit helps!
Apr. 21st, 2014 11:18 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful cat! I've known a few people whose cats have undergone the radioiodine treatment and they've all had fantastic results, to include people whose cats were either elderly or had other health issues. I know you're still worried - I would be too - and I wish you and Nacho the best of luck.
Apr. 22nd, 2014 01:12 am (UTC)
Thanks, safiyabat - your optimistic view of the procedure matches what I've been learning today - apparently it is so effective, and relatively safe - that the next appointment available at UC Davis for the actual treatment is August. Now I'm trying to find out if I could have it done any sooner at a different location - farther away, of course. Ironically, the other location is in my hometown, and Nacho and I have made this particular trip dozens of times, before my parents passed away - but we were both younger then!
Apr. 23rd, 2014 12:44 am (UTC)
Poor baby! I wish Nacho all the best of luck with the treatment. I hope it all goes well and I'm sure it will, it sounds like an effective treatment. Both of you take care! <3
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