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From: "SukieC"
Date: 2011-05-06 16:49:15 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Telemna today

Telemna began getting more assertive in the wee hours of the morning so maybe something is working. Steve will take her to the hospital this afternoon. Since I have a cold and also barely slept last night i will stay home. I don't want to get others sick. (Yes, I know that ferrets do not get colds, but people do, and I also know that if I begin showing signs of secondary bacterial infection that ferrets do get some of those.)

The Carafate is turning out to be a big win for her comfort. She CAN have it before either of her meds, so is getting it a half hour to an hour before medications, and then her meds are given with food before any after because both meds can be given with food.

Telemna did such a funny thing. Unlike Wednesday night when I was very scared by how bad she was I did have to wake myself last night to provide her with regular meals. She woke me at 3:45 or so for a meal. (I was sleeping in a chair next to the sick cage that we had her in.) Then she insisted on using my clothing and the bedding as a napkin and sleeping on me for about 2 hours so I stayed up with her. After that I was so tired that I put her back in the cage and she decided to tantrum and rattle the door -- so she was feeling pretty strong. I put a paper towel under the door to reduce the rattle and put on music because she loves music so much. Then first the tantrums became intermittent and in a short while they wound up happening in time to the music so our ferret provided percussion for the Beatles... After that she settled down and listened to the music till she fell asleep and I was able to catch a few minutes of sleep but was pretty uncomfy so at 6 a.m. I set up
the ferret room with the others still in the big night time cage, and put her back there with some "soup".

If the approaches being used now do not work then I don't know if anything more can be done in her case, so I hope that Telemna's increase in energy is a sign of more than just a lift from the transfusion on Wednesday. It would not make sense to do a marrow transplant if the cause of the marrow being compromised can not be brought under control. We know that it is not a toxin but it could be either immune mediated or from high estrogen output secondary to adrenal disease. It is unlikely that she would survive surgery but due to bleeding risk form this and due to what appears to possibly be early cardiomyopathy.

Sukie (not a vet)

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