. . .and the numbers are Not Good.
Socks is in acute kidney failure*. This obviously means that our plan of treatment has been radically changed.
We’re going to be concentrating on keeping him comfortable, hydrated, and fed. I’ll be taking a tutorial on how to administer subcutaneous liquids to cats, so we don’t have to distress Socks with a ride to the vet every couple days. The vet did say that she has never seen a cat with such high numbers who was still eating and drinking and enjoying life, which is a testament to Socks’ good nature and can-do attitude.
The ultrasound image is. . .inconclusive. There was some concern about were or weren’t the kidneys polycystic — to my mind, that’s a technical detail. The vet wants to diagnose correctly, and to that end, she’s seeking guidance from her colleagues. The best she could tell me when we spoke this morning is that the kidneys are “not normal.” Apparently in normal kidneys, the ultrasound will show the structure of the organ in perfect clarity. If the kidneys are polycystic, the cysts are very visible and impossible to miss. In Sock’s case, the kidney structure is. . .not what it should be, but if there’s a cyst tell, it isn’t obvious.
. . .as I said, for us, and for Socks — a side issue.
The other question — how long will we have him with us? We don’t know. We’ll treasure each day that we do have him with us.
Steve and I want to thank everyone who donated to defray Socks’ medical expenses, and everyone who were Standing Ready. At this point, there’s really no sense in accumulating a Socks Defense Fund; this isn’t something that money — or anything else — can fix.
We’ll continue updates as seems reasonable.
Here’s a picture of Socks this morning, as Steve and I were eating breakfast. He was full of smiles and purrs. His position on the bench (on newspapers! Socks loves him some newspapers!) is strategic: the cat water fountain is directly to his left, where he can keep a close eye on it.
*Kidney function is measured in units of BUN/UREA and CREA. The normal range for BUN/UREA is between 15 – 34 mg/dl; 0.8 – 2.3 mg/dl for CREA. Socks’ numbers are BUN/UREA: 180 mg/dl; CREA 8.3 mg/dl.