Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Quick Ziggy Update

I am so sorry for not posting much this week. It's been a hard week for all of us. In short, Ziggy has pneumonia and is critical.

The night before last I was up late, watching TV and I noticed Zig's breathing was very labored. His poor rib cage was so expanded and his flanks were working hard to get oxygen. He was in distress. Yesterday morning I called and found out that Dr. Bill had space open in the afternoon to see Ziggy. Until then I would just have to make him as comfortable as I could.

Bill examined him, finding his temperature was very low. Not a good sign. Zig had decreased sounds on one lung and Bill tried tapping it to see if it was fluid. The tap was empty - a good sign that it wasn't fluid in the lung itself, but now what? He suggested xrays and I was right there with him. Yes, please, do. The xrays showed some fluid in the pleural lining of the lungs as well as pneumonia(?) in the bronchial passages.

Right now we're trying massive amounts of antibiotics hoping he rallies. This morning, Bill was gracious enough to bring his "Verminator Team", Iley and Seamus the Jack Russel Terriers, to the barn to rid it of voles that had moved in when the field flooded during the previous week's rain/snow/blizzards. We discussed Ziggy a bit while watching the dogs.  He said we are definitely not out of the woods yet. It may take a week before we see progress for Ziggy, if at all.

Yesterday, we prepared ourselves for the fact that we may not have our friend with us much longer. If the antibiotics and support don't work, we will not let our friend suffer on our account but rather ask Bill to let him go peacefully.

And I wanted to say "Thank You" to all of you who have sent me emails or comments about Ziggy. You will never know how much that support has meant this last week.

19 comments:

Kim Gibson said...

Oh, I am so sorry, you must be very sad. I hope that he does rally, and is there for you for a long time. Prayers and good wishes from me to you.

nursedragon said...

Poor old Ziggy! I know you are doing your very best for the old guy. I'll be sending good wishes for him (and for you, as well) in hopes that he gets better. Here's to dreams of fetching mousies and healing for the Zig.

Jennifer said...

Hang in there - I know it's very hard to face the idea of his not making it and I applaud you for drawing the sand to know when to make the decision. We had to let our German Shepherd go last April and it was emotional there at the end -but we were glad to have drawn that line to not second guess ourselves when it is time. It sounds like you have given Ziggy so very much and a number of second chances. I am sure that he appreciates you greatly!

Sharon said...

Oh nuts Kathy. I am so sorry. This has been a hard winter for you.

Leigh said...

Oh Kathy, this is really worrisome news. We pray for healing.

Ken (my Wife's farmhand ;-)) said...

I read the blog on a regular basis but have never commented, but I've been following Ziggy's condition and want you to know that we're pulling for him. We admire y'all for the love, care, and respect you demonstrate for all the creatures on your farm. ~Ken and Mary Berry, Fancy Fibers Farms, Farmersville, Texas

Mayleen said...

Sending blessings and strength to you all, and peace and comfort for Ziggy, however he would like it.

Tammy said...

Hey Kathy,
I'm so sorry that Ziggy has developed this further complication. I'll be praying that he rallies again, and for peace and strength for all of you. I know it's terribly hard.
Take care,
Tammy

Miss Peach said...

Oh Kathy I am so heart broken for you on the farm right now. Tina told me the sad mews about your precious Ziggy. He fought so brave to try to stay with you longer. Sixteen years makes a wonderful life for a dear kitty. I know that is not much comfort when you see the empty spot he used to warm in your home...but he will be forever in your heart. We will light our special kitty candle to make sure he finds the light into heaven...
Soft hugs from Mommy and me at the cozy cottage

The Island Cats said...

We just read on Miss Peach's blog that Ziggy went to the Bridge. We are so sorry for your loss. We send you comforting purrs and headbutts to help you through this sad time....

Artemisia, Fenris, Scylla & Socks said...

We are very sorry about Ziggy, we read the sad news on Miss Peach's blog. We are sending comforting purrs to help you through this very sad time.

Angel and Kirby said...

WE stopped by from Miss Peach's blog. We are so sorry you have lost your sweet Ziggy. We are sending purrs and gentle head bumps. We found that sharing his memories will start help the healing!

Birgit said...

From Miss Peach we have heard that Ziggy had to go over the rainbow bridge. We feel with his mom. Our Bonnie is also there since December. Now our furry friends are right again. They have to suffer any more. That is consolation. That's all we have.
Sad purrs from Birgit with Nicki & Maxi

asta said...

I just heawd fwom my fwiend Miss Peach that youw sweet Ziggy
lost his fight wif his illness.
My heawt goes out to you. I'm so vewy sowwy.
sad smoochie kisses
ASTA

Tiki & Kirby said...

We are very sorry about Ziggy. Sending you purrs.

momsbusy said...

miss peach said that ziggy has went to the rainbow bridge. we are sure our kimiko was there to welcome him. moms is sad and her eyes are leaking b/c she knows the deep sorrow you are feeling. we are sending you comforting purrs and moms will add you to hers purrayer list.

kazoku neko

Cheysuli said...

We were over at Misses Peach's-- We are very sorry to hear about Ziggy.

Camp Stanhope said...

We are from Miss Peach's blog to lend you our shoulders (to shed your tears) and our healing purrs. We are sorry for your loss. You are not alone.

Cheryle Hoover Davis said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss, Kathy. Just know that Ziggy is in peace now, and you did everything to make his life here beautiful and wonderful. He had a good life and a good home with you. A kitty couldn't have asked for more.