Firstly, thank you for your support over the last few days. I am new to this whole blog thing and have been so touched by the blogging community, the comments and support. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
The week really has been difficult: we had another death in the family, which was not unexpected, but is still sad; my childhood in the tropical sun is coming back to bite me, again not unexpected but the timing could’ve been better; and then Fergus. Little Fergus.
Here’s an update. She continued to be perky and interested in what was going on around her throughout Wednesday and by Thursday the food that had remained in her stomach had passed through. This enabled the v-e-t to get a few more x-rays which showed that her intestines had herniated through a tear in the abdominal wall. I knew that we couldn’t have got off as lightly as it seemed and I know that we’ve had more good luck than bad since the accident. So, surgery was the only option and it was a case of balancing the length of time that her injury could be left with allowing her as much time as possible before surgery during which to become stronger. So, today was the day. The v-e-t’s main concern has always been her ability to come through an anaesthetic given the trauma her lungs have suffered and he has reiterated this on several occasions. She spent two hours in surgery this afternoon where they found a couple of small tears in her diaphragm (which we thought we had seen on one of the x-rays). His main concerns were the muscle damage – they have been torn from her ribs – and that there is discoloured muscle tissue and fatty tissue, a sign that it has been deprived of oxygen. This tissue damage could cause her problems. He has fixed her up as best as he can. The breathing tubes were left in for half an hour after the surgery was finished as there were real concerns that Fergus didn’t have enough functioning lung to cope on her own. It was finally been removed and she was put in an oxygen tent. The v-e-t phoned me again tonight (5 hours after her surgery was completed) to let me know that she is awake, is having difficulty getting enough oxygen but she has still tried to meow. They expected her lungs to collapse because the only thing that was maintaining the vacuum was her skin, so we just have to hope that they re-inflate as soon as possible. She is going to have a tough night ahead of her but I know she can do it.
In the meantime, everything is still crossed.