Sunday, April 25, 2010

Patches third chance

Look who's home!!

The patient is back in the house! Yes, this morning the Vet (who is going to be known as the Ultimate Vet Hero) called saying that Patches was in great form and that she thought we were on the right track with the antibiotics and anti-inflammatory therapy. He is still swollen in the larynx and she thinks this is of a viral origin which may have turned in a form of autoimmune issue. We went picking him up and she showed us how to give him the new meds. We are in love with her. Thinking that we were ready to put him to sleep...let's hope he'll grow out of it soon. The therapy is going to be a long one, probably for a couple of months but we are so happy to still have him with us. Mike is totally taken by our furbaby and the fear of losing him after The Dude went missing made him understood how affectionate pets (even cats!) can be.

We now think that The Dude was just a free spirit and that he would have attempted to escape at the first occasion. It's sad that it happen when my parents were here, but I really think it would have happened in any case.

We will get a second cat. We told the Vet also in case they get any kittens in, and we will go back to the DSPCA when we get back from the holidays in June. If the Dude comes back then we'll have three cats!

And now I want to welcome the ICLW visitors, I know we are in the middle of the week and I am only putting up this post now, but I have commented on your blogs dutifully in the last couple of days!
I have a step-by-step history on my left side-bar if you want to check out all we've been through in the last three and half years. We are now in the middle of our...let's see....third FET where we have only one day-6 blast frozen (we call it a penguin), I have a scan tomorrow to check how my lining is growing and also tomorrow I'm back with Dr. B for the follow up after the hysteroscopy. I have no idea what he will do. I am not spotting or bleeding anymore, so I guess things are ok. I suppose if the lining is still thin they'll put me on Viagra (woohooo!!) but let's hope that after the removal of the scar tissue tomorrow my lining will look like a fluffy blanket!
And tomorrow my second student will have his viva....big day for him too but I have to say, with all that went on with us, I had no time to worry. My third student also submitted her PhD thesis last week and again I wasn't in the mood to celebrate at all, I'll have to make it up to them, they have worked really hard. Going to cuddle Patches for a little while!


  1. Bless his little fighter heart! I'm so glad Patches is back home. Here's to a sustained and complete recovery.

  2. I was thinking about your kitty a lot. I am so glad you got better news and Patches is on the right track towards recovery.
    My fingers crossed for re-assuring news on your upcoming visit and a smooth sail towards your FET cycle.
    I will be cheering you and your little "Penguin" on your journey and hope this will be it and bring you your long-deserved BFP.
    I am very glad you found me through ICLW and now we can connect on here. Our stories are quite similar, indeed and I am excited to get know you better. I will follow your story and be one of your new cheerleaders;)
    Happy ICLW!

  3. So good to see him home and in top form!! And I think you're right about The Dude. He sounds like a bolter. But bolters have a way of eventually coming back and so that is what I am hoping for.

    I'm thinking good thoughts for your appointment tomorrow, and that your lining is fluffy as the fluffiest blanket. (Congrats on your students, by the way! I bet they're just counting themselves lucky to have you as a mentor).

  4. Oh, Fran, I'm so glad Patchy is home, and that you sound so well and so strong. You are so resilient, my friend. If your little penguin is half as resilient as you, he/she's gonna be chasing all those kitties' tails in no time!!!

  5. Fran, that's great news about Patches! Your vet sounds great and you guys are the best pet guardians!
    I hope the Dude comes back soon - if not I hope you can find another friend for Patches:)
    sending lots of hope for your little penguin!

  6. Glad that your kitty is home safe and sound. I really enjoyed reading your blog and I hope all of your dreams come true.

  7. I love my cats too! Hoping your FET goes well! Thanks for the encouraging comment on my blog. Hugs! Happy ICLW

  8. Thanks for you comments on my blog, and I'm glad that your kitty is home and doing well. I hope that this FET cycle goes well... I've got my fingers crossed for you.

  9. Your Kitty is ADORABLE, so happy Patches is back home!! I am thinking of you and hope your FET goes well....good thoughts!!

  10. I'm glad Patches is back and healthy! Good luck this cycle.

  11. Good to here your kitty is on the mend. Good luck with your FET.


  12. So happy to see he's doing better, keep it up little guy!
    With all this cat drama I've almost missed the fact that you're gearing up for your penguin. I have everything crossed for you my friend!

  13. Welcome home Patches!!!!!

    It's amazing how much "fight" these little guys have in them. We've been very impressed with the veterinary care in Ireland and while I'm terribly sorry that you have been through so much with Patches, glad that he also got very good care.

    Continued thoughts and prayers for recovery and your upcoming FET.


  14. Thanks for your comment on my blog. Shame, you certainly have had a rough time with your kitties lately! I'm glad to see Patches is doing better!

    Sorry to see that you've had such a difficult IF road to travel. I hope that things will get better soon and that you will get your healhty baby!

  15. Oh my gosh Fran - so much has gone on in the last few days. I am so sorry to hear that the Dude has gone awol. But so happy to hear that Patches seems to be coming right - what a little fighter he is!

    Thinking of you and hope it all comes right soon.


  16. Here from ICLW.
    Glad Patches is o.k.
    Wishing you a successful FET.

  17. Yay for Patches! I'm just getting caught up with my bloggers. I can't believe Dude is gone! I'm so sorry to hear that. I wonder if he'll eventually make his way back to you. I hope so.

    Take care Fran!

  18. Hello, visiting from an infertility specialist in California. First off, I'm sorry for all your setbacks and the four years of TTC. It is tough, but the very good news was that you were able to retrieve eggs, have them fertilize and freeze one. The road that you travel is a tough one, but don't take your eyes off the goal! I have had patients who have had OHSS & poor prognosis from other centers come to me and succeed. It may be a matter of changing doctors sometimes, have you considered that? If you like, visit my blog & see what other women with similar issues such as yourself have asked me...perhaps you will find an answer. Good luck with your journey! By the way, I'm so glad your cat is home...we have two that we love very much! ICLW #7

  19. I don't believe I've ever posted on your blog before, but I do follow. I just wanted to say I'm so glad Patches is doing better. It's terrible to watch your pets suffer and even worse to contemplate putting them to sleep. I love a stories with happy endings, and I very much hope that's how Patches' will end.

    As for Dude, some cats just decide to take off and make their own way. I've had several do that over my life time. It's always hard because you don't know what happened to them. No closure. Of course, he could be one of those who gets a taste of freedom, decides in a few days, weeks or months that that's enough, and shows up at your door one day as if nothing happened. Here's to hoping you end up with three cats before too long.

  20. Such great news that Patches is on the mend. You certainly do have a vet hero! I think your take on the Dude is a good one.

  21. I do not have pets, as I do not own my own home. Patches is a real fighter, he is really using up all his nine lives.

  22. Patches looks like such a kitten in your arms. I knew he was still wet behind the kitty ears, but I didn't realize how much of a baby he still is. I am so glad he is back home with you and pray that he starts turning around for the better.

    I had a dream the other night about losing a kitty. It made me so sad. I know it is because I read your blog before bed.

    I am so glad you have decided to adopt another cat.

    I love the picture of you and the kitty. I think that is the first picture of you I have seen on your blog besides your profile picture. You are quite lovely and very young looking. :)

  23. Hi. Wow. Patches! That's a blessing, Fran. It sounds like things are on the march and I'm glad that things are looking up.


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