This is not the obituary I thought I’d be writing. I really thought that Rerun would be with us for a while yet. Rerun died this morning. He was 11 years old.
Rerun is home from Angell Animal Medical Center and we are glad to have him back. You should have seen Thumbelina react when Rerun came home. She danced a little circle around him and “kissed” him a lot. She’s so happy he is home. As are we all. I missed my furry little buddy. He has not fully recovered, and he has several medications that he has to take for a little while. But he is not vomiting anymore, and he has his appetite back.
Those two little words seem so insignificant in the face of the overwhelming response we’ve received from, quite literally, all over the world.
It isn’t often in life that we get 2nd chances. It’s rarer still that those chances work out. Geoff and I are lucky that in this case, it has.
Smoky came home from the hospital on Monday. He was SO ready to come home. He was pressing his nose up against the bars on the carrier and purring and making it *very* clear that he was done at the hospital. Surprisingly, he was a very good patient. He’s a nice cat but he can be pretty high strung and he doesn’t handle change well so I wasn’t sure how he’d handle being there. But, he was good. Everyone was sad to see him go as he was, apparently, very affectionate.
I just got a call from Angell. Smoky has fallen below the Federally mandated levels of radiation allowable after his I-131 treatment so we can go and get him. Yay! We have some errands to run and then we’re going to go and pick him up and bring him home. He’s going to live in the guest room for the next 2 weeks. That will drive the other animals BONKERS. But that’s how it’s got to be.
I am so excited to have him back. He should be a happier, healthier kitty. Yay!
The Doctor called around 5:30 this evening and Smoky is officially irradiated. We talked about it in advance, but he ended up getting a very high dose. Usually the highest does for non-cancerous cats is 7 millicuries. Smoky got exactly that. That does is two and a half times the usual does for a hyperthyroid cat. Partly this is because we’re trying to zap his entire thyroid and the cystic goiter that’s growing on it and partly this is because this procedure is happening while he’s still on his methimazole.