Message Number: SG2860 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2003-01-08 12:16:40 UTC
Subject: Melissa
Message-ID: <14642852.1042028200016.JavaMail.root@scandium>

Hello - I thought I posted yesterday - but I guess I lost it before I posted it.
Melissa went to the vet - she was in very bad shape when I brought her in. She had a strong heartbeat and good sounding lungs. The vet did a CBC, glucose and a set of x-rays.
The x-rays showed a small bit of fluid in her lung so she gave me antibiotics and she also saw a mass by her spleen and possibly one large lymphnode. I will know what the CBC says later today. Her glucose was down to 30! She gave her a syringe with dextrose and no improvement. I took her home and she was still weak, too weak to pick up her head, but I put a bit of baby food in her mouth. A few hours later I woke her to feed her and she gave me a big yawn and stretch (which is a good sign I think). I am trying to feed her every 4 hours at the most and giving her pepto a few minutes before because she is grinding her teeth. If she continues I will ask for Carafate (she's had ulcers before). I have a prescription for Prednisone for .2cc's of 1ml/mg twice daily. Is this a lot to start off with? She told me she might have to add another med. to this if it doesn't control the glucose.
I am not sure if she has gastric ulcers again - she stools are loose, but kinda normal for her since she is on baby food. However, I am just concerned that she is grinding her teeth and will be talking Prednisone. I've read it can cause stomach problems. Is this true?
Thanks for reading - any advice will be greatly appreciated.
Lisa & Melissa the ferret (