Thursday, December 31, 2009

Letter to my cat

Megat resting on his now fav mattress...

Dear Megat

You can't imagine how thankful I am that you are still with us, cheery and happy. It is amazing to me that at 14, you have just begun to play with the rest of the boys. This tells me that you have accepted all of the silly boys as part of the family and as they play with you, even Bujang, then things will get better.

I am also thankful that you now seek opportunities to play and would be the first to catch any lure rather than skulking under tables and chairs. I guess you must still teach Tanaka some manners as he is young and loves to jump on you :)

I think you are much healthier now than before as you have indeed grown much bigger and your fur is longer than before. THAT is irony in itself.

I remembered the shock I had when Dr P said you had lymphoma an dhad only 4 months and I dread to think if did not have the means to get you the help, you may not even be with us now. So I thank the powers that be that I had the means to get you help and we did get the right help with DR L at ARCV and because of that you are now 3 months in remission.

So Megat, life would still be filled with supplements and lingzhi and I would still be on your case until whatever time you allow me to be but I hope and know and I hope that you know, we will never leave you alone.

Happy 2010 Megat. May all of us have many more good years.


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Remission is a sweet tune. Our Chemo Protocol

Remission is the best word in the English language too...
My whiskers have grown too :)
His usual regimen in syringes...

The daily regimen for 5.5 months
The foil is the sang hwang suppository - 1x daily
The clear syringe is 10 ml o water
The dark 10 ml syringe is a combination of 2.5ml colloidal silver, 10 drops of milk thistle, pumpkin and papaya combination and 1.5 ml duphalac. If he doesn't take the sang hwang suppository, there would also be 2 ml of sang hwang liquid. There is also some oil to lubricate the suppository. He also gets some cranberry so we would not have UTI complications. This is just a precaution.

Megat likes fresh pumpkin. I have to boil the cubes lightly and then mash both the pumpkn and papaya though a sieve. So its very fine. He gets this with 1.5 ml of duphalac as if not he would get constipation.
Our armoury of supplements....
Yup...and vitamins for senior cats...
All of that gets reduced to just 2 syringes daily. I used to have to have at least 5 syringes but have pared them down to 2, with just enough pumpkin and papaya.

When we saw Dr L on the 17th, I was very nervous as I thought I felt a lump in his abdomen. I was very glad to know that he is free from all lumps in his lymph nodes and he is in very good health.

When Dr L saw him, he smiled and said "What can I tell you?" "He is doing really well and this is a good regimen." He reminded me that the lumps may come back as there is no cure from lymphoma but we were both very glad that at least Megat's journey with us would not be cut short.

I was very glad to see him type "Remission" in his files and to know that we are now part of the 80% of success stories in the practice.

As Dr L was typing the details, he said it would be good if I put this regimen out on the web or facebook. "He has a blog," I told Dr L. "A blog?" Hahaha....So here we are putting up our success in the net. We hope it would give other cat owners hope too...

Postscript: Apart from this daily regimen of supplements he used to have to undergo 0.10 ml of vincristine weekly for 8 weeks with Dr L. We did not have to go through fortnightly blood tests for Megat as Dr L said the dose was very small. Then he had a 3 week break from the vincristine. It was after that that we had blood tests for as his pcv was very low and his anaemia did not allow anything else to be done. He had to eat other suppements as well as the Interferon . I had noted this in the sidebar. It was easier when DR L did ot use the catheter to inject the vincristine. He is very experienced and the whole procedure would take at most 15 minutes.

His previous vet had to use the catheter and the procedure would sometimes take 30 minutes and sometimes he would tremble as the vet would have to use his other veins if the catheter was not secure. Once all of his legs had to be used as his veins were too fragile for the catheter. It was one of the most harrowing moments for him, for me and I'm sure for the vet. He also had one dose of endoxan, which affected him quite severely as he did not want to eat nor drink and became lethargic. This is the entry that described his 1st chemo protocol.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A note of thanks

We would like to tell everyone who had given us alot of hope and encouragement from the very beginning of our journey that we appreciate each thought and each word that you have all so generously given us.

My cat Megat is now feeling so much better and he has been given a short reprieve from that darkness which we both fear. I do not know if Megat fears it but I certainly do.

The vet had told us that Megat is well and healthy and we only need to go to a checkup next month. THAT is very good news. Its not in 2 weeks or three but now we count it in months.

He is still on his usual supplements and I hope nothing dark would happen to us. He is not on any chemo now, after having finished his first round of chemo. Dr L said that we would see if he needs it as the objective of this regimen is for Megat to live his life with his lymphoma (which is incurable anyway) and not die from his chemotherapy. Dr L did say that I would be the best judge of that and if Megat looks poorly or is lethargic, I would have to bring him back before the month is up.

I hope that will not happen. Thank you all very much for being with us in our journey. I know the journey would be a long one but not painful for my cat Megat...I hope.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Tales of the whisker

His whiskers are growing slowly but surely...
His original whiskers fell off - all of the 7 which he had from his first round of vincrsitine. However I am pleased to see that he is now growing others. They are fine whiskers. Grandma asled me if he would be bale to walk straight without them. I told her that he would have to adjust and I'm sure he would be able to do so. He is still able to jump up 2 ft rather well and has yet to miss his footing...even though he is now 13 years old and it seems he is a getriatric cat instead of just senior.

Megat on Saturday

Megat looking grumpy on Saturday...
He is a little thinner but his coat is good and soft. Its also a little sparse although he has not gotten any vincristine for 2 months. His whiskers are all growing back but I guess when he undergoes the second round of vincristine, they would all disappear.

Megat is has been eating very well eversince he had the inteferon injections. He has always eaten well but now he has taken an interest in everyone's bowl. He even waits in case he can get a second helping :) I am very pleased as he had lost quite abit of weight after his fever.
He is still taking his supplements although we now do not have the sang hwang suppository as the vet ran out of them. So he gets the nasty liquid one which I have now disguised with pumpkin and papaya so he takes that a little better. I have to still give him the duphalac and pumpkin as if not, he would not poo easily.
The shark cartilage is a little problematic as it does not go in as well as the sang hwang. Of course Megat is now an expert as tightening is muscles and also at kicking and yelling. So the shark cartilage would only go in about 1 inch into his anus. I am supposed to make sure that at least it is 2 inches inside. So sometimes he has a little trace of shark cartilage on his tail and of course there is always traces of cartilage in his poo.
Nevertheless I am glad he is alert, happy, affectionate and eating well.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Congratulations Megat

Megat is now a serious threat to the boys...except Bujang...
After his bath and new collar...
Are you looking at me?
Ok...its already 4 months...

Megat resting on Bujang's mattress...

On the 2nd of October, Megat made it past the 4 months that Dr MP gave him on that long day when she said "Your cat has about 4 months." We gave him a bath and gave him a new colorful collar to celebrate the day. It was a good day of celebration for Megat and us and of cos Dr L. I felt that I needed to wait until after the 4 months just to see how he would be and he seems fine and eating well. He still has one more inteferon injection left for Monday and of course the shark cartilage.

Its much harder to give him the shark cartilage than the sang hwang as it sometimes pops out when I am not looking and the next morning he would have white residue on his tail. It is also apt to soften when left in room temperature even for a minute. So now its out of the fridge and into the cat almost immediately. He protests quite alot. I think its because it is cold!

I try to give him 2 suppositories on alternate days as I fear it would stress his anus too much. If he is making a fuss, then I think he is feeling a little sore.

Other than that, I am very glad to see him loud, noisy and temperamental as usual.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Saturday Supplements

For the 1st time, grandma helped me to hold him while I gave him his shark cartilage suppository. Actually tonight was the 1st time that grandma had to hold him for any suppository. Megat was not a good patient as he knew he could mess about with grandma. Usually it would be Cosuin R or me that would hold him for the suppositories. He struggled a little and yelled at us but we managed to get the shark suppository in him without incident. I then gave him the necessary colloidal silver and water. It would be better to be quick and fast so the rest of his supplements (health lingzhi, milk thistle, pumpkin and the Natural Defense) would have to wait until Cousin R can help me.

I had held him for a little longer before putting him in his cage so I will see whether his stools would have the cartilage tomorrow.

Megat's Saturday

Cousin R came by to help me with his Inteferon injection. I am not able to jab him all by myself as I am afraid it would go terribly wrong. So usually Cousin R would hold him still while I push the needle in. She is very kind to come all the way from B just for a few minutes that it takes to do this.

I also gave him his usual sang hwang suppository and now he is in his cage so that they can dissolve in one place. However I think the sang hwang takes faster to dissolve than the shark cartilage as this morning I saw some white cartilage in his stool when I cleaned his bin.

Friday, September 25, 2009

FIGHT Megat!

Megat now is the proud owner of 3 black whiskers from 7. I can see that the rest of his whiskers are growing as he had had a whole month free from chemo but I guess we will still have to see what happens.

Dr L says he prefers to try other methods first until his anaemia is under some control. There is no use putting more poision (vincristine) into his system right now. I am okay with that as I trust Megat will be okay for now. Of course the lumps may come back and he may have other complicatiosn but for now, he is a happy cat who gets involved with everyone in the house, even the guests who came for Hari Raya. He was always in the thick of things and he enjoyed himself thouroughly with all the pets and cuddles and praise. He was in several photo opportunities too :)

At the hospital we saw a cute pomeranian with a skin problem or maybe a tumour as we can see a bulge against his side. He was very cheery and interested in all the goings-on. His owner was telling us that she brought him here on the insistence of her son who thinks the vets here and this hospital would be more able to help the little dog. Fight Little doggie! Fight!

Megat's Review 24 September 2009

Megat's picture taken on the 3rd day of HR
The Feline Inteferon - 7 injections on alternate days

The shark cartiledge suppository to be given once a day at night in addition to his sang hwang suppository which will now be given in the day...

The hospital was as usual very crowded and when we came there was already a crowd of walk-ins. Dr L saw us 1 hour later than our scheduled appointment but Megat was very steady, even when a dog started to sniff at him and chew the strap of his carrier! He is used to all this I think as we have been in this position for 3 months already.
Dr L saw his gums and announced that they were still pale and as such he would not be doing a blood test. Instead he gave us 7 days worth of Recombinant Inteferon Alpha-Mutagen for Cats. He told me that this one is made with feline protein (?) and so Megat should not have any adverse side effects. He also said that as Megat is still anaemic and the vets were not able to ascertain if the depressed system was due to his FIV or his chemo, then we should proceed with some caution.
He also gave us 24 shark cartiledge suppositories. Of course my dilemma was whether I should even use shark cartiledge in the first place as sharks have been exploited to near extinction. Finally my cat won the day and I trust Dr L knows what he is talking about.
"We will beat this cancer!" was Dr L's final words for us and I trust that we will try to the end until Megat decides that enough is enough!
Megat has lost some weight and he is now 3.12 kg! How can a cat lose so much weight in 1 week from 3.65 kg? He feels as heavy as before and his bones do not protrude as much as when he had his fever 2 weeks ago. I would like to think that this was due to the faulty weighing machine as Dr L's assistant had to bang on it several times as the numbers kept disappearing :) Nevertheless I am keeping watch on his diet. He has been eating all of his Walthams Renal and stealing the other boys' kibble when they were not looking.
Dr L also advised that we stop all medication except for his supplements and we would have to come back in 2 weeks.

An Inteferon How-to

This is a delicate operation and so everything must be up and ready
1. The Recombinant Inteferon Alpha-Mutagen for Cats
2. The syringe with the err...liquid that I need to combine with the powdered Inteferon in the bottle. I also needed to pierce the grey rubber stopper with it.
3. The 25 gauge needle that I need to use to inject Megat under his skin

The grey stopper can be seen when the blue protective cap is removed...

The 1st needle that is used to pierce the grey rubber stopper to release trhe clear diluter (?)

I need to change the needle as by now the 1st one would be dull
Its 25 gauge and so the needle is fine and I hope the operation painless for Megat

Cousin R doing the delicate operation of releasing the now-liquid inteferon into the orange needle
and we are all set for the new procedure of giving Megat his inteferon injection for the day

Needless to say I was full of trepidation when I had to inject Megat with the Inteferon. I think the whole procedure gave me a lot of stress and I had to remember what to do first and last [yah the cat is last:]
I had to lay down all the apparatus and then rehearsed how to put the whole thing together. Cousin R said I should take pictures of it as it would enable me to remember the whole thing clearly in pictures :)
However once I actually put them together, it was not so bad and Megat did not complain as the 25 gauge needle was very fine. I gave him a treat and he was very happy with it. I have 7 of these bottles to get through but I am now more confident about it.
After this, I gave him his shark cartiledge suppository and 10 ml of water only as he deserved to rest.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ooohh the blood

Thanks for the wishes cat_aunty...
is something I need but have not enough of....

Megat had a review yesterday at about 4.30 pm. Dr L had to do bone surgery on a dog and so was late. Dr L took a look at him and showed me his gums. They were very pale. He was also rather lethargic but I took that to mean he was just tired out from waiting. The decision was to put off the vincristine for this week and to stop the Leukeran for the moment as it is a chemo drug. He had been on Leukeran for about a month at 1/4 tab every two days.

So Dr L has him on Aranesp (a substitute for Eprex) for instead on alternate days and he had a CBC. Although the indicators were not good, they were also not too bad for a kitty like him.

WBC 1.96 (5.5-19.5)

RBC 5.07 (5-10)

PCV 18.93 (24-45)

PLT 77 (300-800)

PCT 0.07%

So we have to see if the new protocol will help him be less anaemic.

Of course he was very well-behaved as usual, unlike Toro who did not like the jabs at all. He sat quietly, looking at the doc and when he was outside, he rested on his toy woofie and looked at the world passing by. Toro was not at all pleased with the needle but he was all eyes and ears when we had to wait for the doc as well as the results of his blood test.

While we waited we saw 2 kitties, one ragdoll and one ragamuffin. They were very beautiful but one of them had problems with the kidneys and it was only 3 years old. We aslo saw one very small 3 year-ol Tuxie who came to get a check-up. There were altogether 5 cats on one end and many many doggies at the other end of the waiting room.

However the most heartbreaking scene was a little dog with kidney problems. When her owner brought her in, she was trembling and breathing raggedly. She strained to stand up and when she was put outside her carrier, she tried to walk with very faint steps. Then she just flopped on her stomach and could not continue. Then the nurse came to take her inside to rest. The other people tried to comfort the owner who was crying and although I think everyone feels for the owner, I would be lying if I do not say that I was feeling relieved Megat is still able to walk, talk very loudly, eat well and when he feels like it, give the other kitties a *flying kick or even box them.

*He actually gave Toro a flying kick last week when Toro dared to walk beside him on the way to dinner. Toro was so shocked that he ran off. Even Bujang knows to walk behind Megat at dinner time although we still give Bujang the first top up. The rule is always Bujang, Megat, Toro and Tanaka in the kitchen and then the Diva in the computer room.

Aranesp (darbepoetin alfa) is a drug given to patients who have chemotherapy-induced anemia (low red blood cell count). An injection of Aranesp stimulates red blood cell production, with a synthetic version of erythropoietin, a protein made in your kidneys. It is a clear liquid that can be given through an intravenous infusion (IV), or as a shot.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Saturday Quiet after a 3-week break

Megat's saturday grooming session...
...this way san..a little to the left...
...I need all the fur in my face to be neat and well-groomed please....

Megat all groomed out...

His fur is thinner on his body and getting more brown by the day...

Megat as usual came to ask for a grooming session and he sat quietly until I had finished grooming him...much like someone in a hair salon :) Dr L told me to come in with him if I found anything amiss but I am glad to report that apart from the one week when he had fever, he is looking well and feeling ordinary :)
We will be seeing Dr L next Tuesday for the second round of chemo. I suppose more fur would fall out. But this is nothing compared to the idea that he might live a longer and healthier life with us.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Fever Update

I am like the little girl trying to hide the elephant or unveil one...
Its already 3 sept and Megat has gotten over his fever although he is still a little hot...
Megat in his better days before his whiskers fell out...
He has alreday had the best of 3 months from the 4...

Its 3 sept already and Megat is looking well. We are already into the 3rd out of 4 months that Dr MP gave us . Admittedly, his whiskers have fallen out and he has 3 and 4 on each side. The fur on his head is thinning and so is the fur on his side. His fur is getting more an m ore brown by the day but he is going strong I think.
Now that he has gotten over the worst of his fever, he has started to spit more of his supplements than eat it. Cousin R said that he was more stubborn yesterday than the previous days and we were both glad as it showed Megat was getting better and is fever was not bothering him so much.
I still gave him the water mat and he spent last night sitting close to it.
I know it is a little dark to keep count but I need to keep count anyway. Counting does not discount the fact that I do enjoy him and he does enjoy us.
Tanaka has taken to kissing him on his head when he is taking his supplements and two nights ago, Tanaka came by to kiss him on his head and to touch him several times. It was very nice of Tanaka to do this. Megat was not disturbed by all this attention which was nice. Yesterday, when Megat was taking his supplements, Tanaka and Megat had a nose to nose meeting, after which Tanaka left to mind his own business :)

PS: Tonight, when we gave Megat his supplements which he took very well, Bujang came to peer closely at Megat and touched him lightly on the head- twice. Megat did not flinch and Bujang was very gentle. I think Bujang was just a little curious as he has never done this for the 3 months that he has been observing Megat. I was afraid Bujang would swipe at him and was very surprised when Bujang was very gentle.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Oah..the breeze

Eventhough my unit is blocked by another block of flats, we get quite a nice breeze in the afternoons. The boys like sitting here in the afternoons to catch the breeze. Megat seems to enjoy it particularly today :)

Saturday Sun...

Megat resting in the window cat seat...
Playing with Da Bird...
Grooming...his side has less and less fur...

Megat is feeling better and after being brushed he is much more cheerful. He even tried to catch Da Bird but only for a minute and got distracted by the breeze. But I am glad even for that moment when he tried to catch the lure. I hope he is on the mend.

Vet Visit for fever

The antibiotics given to us by Dr L
Close up ...
Megat grooming himself by the window this morning
Megat showing an interest of what is happening outside than just sleeping...

The hospital was pretty full up by the time we got there. We were early by 30 minutes but I knew it would take some time for Dr L to get to us and so it was. We had to wait for 1 hour before Dr L could get to us. There were a lot of dogs and as I watched one of the dogs poo-ing outside the hospital (on a piece of newspaper) I was thinking that none of the amigos would do that in such a public place. I also saw a man who has the Golden Retriever taking pictures of the animals in the vet with his hand phone but he didn't ask any of the owners there if he could. I would have thought it would be the polite thing to do.

One of the kids there saw Megat and said 'Ooh ugly cat..' I guess Megat is not very handsome to tell you the truth but he is a nice kitty . But he was very young and his parents were outside with their old Alsatian and the little boy was the only one in the family who thought to bring their dog a drink of water as it was very hot. So I guess he has a kind heart :)

Anyway finally Dr L hurried past us and said that he would try to get Megat a room and he was sorry that he was running late. Then when we finally had a room , he examined megat and asked when he got the fever. I said it was last Wednesday. "Hmmm, one week after the vincristine, so it could not be related." Megat had a temperature of 39.4. "A little high and he has a fever," Dr L murmured.

We got the antibiotic and he said it would be for 4 days. If he was not well after 4 days, then i was to bring him back although Dr L would be away for 10 days. "But if he is well, stay away from the hospital," Dr L joked, "as it would stress him and you too." He is a funny man :)

Dr l said he would see us at the hospital for the vincristine and so I thought I should just keep my appt for the 8th Aug as it was for vincistine. But when I asked who the doctor was that was going to be on duty it was Dr S. The front desk said she was not sure if Dr S has done any vincristine and Dr Sh would not be about. So I decided then that on the 15th it would be.

I asked her if the antibiotic tastes good. She didn't know but she said it smells of chocolate. So I was not too worried as Megat would really spit out the nasty stuff. We put in an order for a bottle of colloidal silver as ours had run out and I got 7 more suppositories.

Megat ate his anti-biotic without fuss and eventhough it was a messy business, I just let it be as I thought he would groom himself anyway and all that paste would end up inside :) So last night he just had his sub-q, his suppository, his anti-biotic, his health ling zhi which he enjoys and his 10 ml of water.

This morning his body felt much better and less hot but he was still very quiet. Once he starts to complain about how late his dinner is, I would be much happier.

Saturday morning grooming

After my wipe down, Megat decided he had better do the grooming job himself by the window. He is feeling much better and would come when I call him to get something to eat. He has yet to tell me off for tardiness. He comes quietly and then eats his wet food (for breakfast) but does not finish it. Then he just as quietly goes off without his usual kaypohness. This very short clip shows him taking a keen interest in showing me how to do the job right. He has started to worry the fur on his hind legs. I had had to put the dermatology cream that I got from PL some time ago on the thin skin and it heals quite nicely. I do this every time he gets his supplements.

His body does not feel so hot this morning.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Fever Update

Megat is resting now and indeed his body is not as hot as last night. Grandma reported that he had drunk water from his Dora cup and from the kitchen cat-it. So i think that will cool him down as well. Sister N reported that megat actually poo'd in the afternoon which is also very good news as he has constipation.

I think he has done his business this afternoon as last night I had given him his pumpkin+mashed papaya and duphalac separately from his mushroom supplement. I had always mixed them all together so he doesn't have to take so many separate syringes at a time. iIguess this is the way to go.

PS: Megat was still very quiet at dinner and had absolutely nothing to say about anything. He meowed once when I was wiping him down some cool water. Megat has to see Dr L tomorrow for his fever. So I will see what Dr L says. He is still feeling rather warm even now and is resting against the cold mat.


Dun like fever san..its hot...
Last night Megat was uncharacteristically quiet at dinner. He did not spring out from under the table to run to the kitchen and neither did he complain loudly at our tardiness and infinite slowness at giving him his dinner. I was surprised and a little anxious as eversince he came to live with me, he has always been very noisy at dinner time (eversince his Screaming Banshee days).
He ate his food + pumpkin but did no finish all of it (oh dear) and did not hang around to check out anyone else's food dishes (more oh dears). Then he decided to rest in the cat basket (and not disappear as he knows it would be time for supplements). It was very eay to catch him. He did eat almost all of his supplements with good grace and spat only 1/4 of them out.
His body was a little hot but not his ears and his nose was not dry. I decided to wipe him with some cool water and then put him in his night cage to rest. Later I then placed the cool water cushion (I had first placed it first in the freezer for 30 mins or so) against the side of his cage and placed his toy next to it so he can rest on his toy and still be cool.
At about 11.00 pm I checked to see if he was alright and he indeed he was resting close to the cool mat but this morning I saw that he did not eat any of his biscuits and not even his night treat. Oh dear....
However I gave him some wet food to eat before I went to work and eventhough he did not finish his wet food, at least he had quiet enthusiastically eaten what he could. I left him napping on my bed, at his favourite place which is next to my pillow :)
He was just a little warm and I hope when he drinks his usual Dora cup water with ice, he would feel better later. Grandma said she would see to it that he gets his water for the morning.
I do not know why he has fever as we did not go to the vet as we would usually do as he is on 2 weeks off. He would usually get a temperature right after his vincristine but this was not the case yesterday. I will just have to see if he is ok and if not, we would have to see the vet.
Get Well Megat!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Short Review of Milk Thistle and Hepavite for Megat

Oaahh too much meds, too many pills...oaahhh
Our Milk Thistle from
Nature's Answer, Milk Thistle Seed, Alcohol-Free, 1 fl oz (30 ml)
US 7.55 per bottle. 12 for US 86.07 (with discount) (minus shipping)
It took only 1 week to get to us

Milk Thistle: Our Milk thistle entry here- milk thistle entry. Megat takes the milk thistle with good grace as I put it together with his pumpkin and papaya. But these days he is getting rightly fed up with it and has to be persuaded to eat this. I give him the duphalac+ pumpkin and papaya as his constipation is back and I don't want to give him a laxative as yet, although Dr L had given him one in our last visit.
I got him milk thistle after his ALT scores skyrocketed and a few very kind bloggers had advised me to get this for him. I cannot get milk thistle in the liquid form anywhere where I live and so had gone to as advised by Fresh Fry. After one month on this, his ALT was back to normal (from his blood tests). I was very pleased with this. However, when he had his chemo protocol, Dr L said that the sang hwang would also take care of his liver also and so I did not give him his milk thistle everyday. His ALT scores were a little high but not as before. I have taken to giving him the milk thistle back again. I think it better to give Megat the snad hwang plus the milk thistle dose.
However, as he does not have to take a blood test regularly (like when he was with Dr P), I have not been able to see his ALT scores. Dr L said that with his very low doses of vincrsitine (his new chemo protocol) , we do not have to subject him to twice weekly blood tests. This is also good as his veins are very tiny and extremely fragile (he is 13 years old) and we need all his good veins for his vincristine.

Hepavite (I think it costs me about .90 cents per capsule from my vet): I have not been able to give him the recommended dose, 2 per day, as yet (we were given this last week). It has been 9 days. He hate sit and would spit it out. After that he would not take any other supplement as I think the taste was too nasty. So I had tried to make him take 1/2 his capsule but it was no go.
Then I decided that I should go slowly with him and I had put a little of his powder in the colliodal silver + pumpkin. He takes this quite well (with some spitting) but make sure not to put in too much. THAT would be disaster. Finally he was able to take only 1 capsule spread over 1 week.
I can try to get smaller capsules and put the powder in them but that means I would have to pill him. I have not gotten over the fear of his lethal teeth. I know it would stress me out and therefore stress him out.
So it is still regular doses of Milk Thistle with some hepavite powder each day. I was thinking of asking DR L to recommend something that is easier for Megat to take instead of his hepavite but will persevere until his next appointment.
PS: I hope this was helpful to the blogger who had asked me the question.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

If only...

Megat resting on Sunday...

I was thinking that if only I can still get that Gerbers Chicken baby formula, I would be able to give Megat his hepavite with this since I am sure the chicken would disguise the taste. Megat likes this too as I had given the amigos this when they had fever from vaccinations and sterilisations. I have not seen this for some time. Maybe it has been taken off the market. I had tried the Heinz one (I think) of beef and potato but he doesn't like it..and neither do I.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

A small step for us...

Yesterday, we decided on a new way to give megat his hepavite - a little at a time, but not too much in case he realised he was being duped into taking the nasty stuff. Since I am still giving him the Milk Thistle, I thought it was wiser to give him just 1/2 a capsule, in various mixtures. Indeed this was the wisest thing to do as Megat ate his supplements quite willingly and did not gag on anything. Although he still doesn't like the taste of Milk thistle, at least he tolerates that rather well in his Natural Defense mixture.

It seems to be getting easier to give him the suppository. I realised that a if I try to push the suppository in with a twisting movement, Megat is less likely to complain and he would not tighten his muscles too much. But of course with Megat, I know there would be many surprises along the way.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hepavite woes

Megat ate all his supplements with good grace until it comes to the hepavite. This must really taste very bad - worse than his prednisolone. I had tried to put the hepavite in the duphalac as duphalac is very sweet and might disguise the taste. Poor Megat actually gagged so badly on it and he had to spend some time trying to get rid of the taste. Even his eyes watered from it!I have been trying to give him the hepavite once a day to see if he can get used to the taste instead of twice a day. Maybe tomorrow I would give him only half his capsule and try to build up his tolerance for this. Alternatively I can just give him the milk thistle and forget all about the hepavite that is supposed to help his liver cope with the vincristine.

I am quite surprised that he did not protest too much with the suppository tonight too.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The answer is NO

NO! I dun wanna eat the hepavite. I dun care what Dr L says. He is NOT a cat!
NO! I dun wanna eat the lingzhi. I will spit all offur it out. What? It has mashed papaya? Ok then.
NO! I dun wanna eat the colliodal silver. Isn't that dangerous? Who has ever heard of eating silver? NO!
NO! I dun wanna have any duphalac and pumpkin. I dun care if there is mashed papaya. NO!
NO! I dun wanna the 1/4 Lukeran. Just NO!
I am so thirsty with saying NO! I'm sorry all of it had landed on your towel, shirt, floor, mats, my fur and nose...but I still say NO!
Okie...I will have some water.
PS. Thank goodness that the sang hwang is already in his system. I would not have thought I would be grateful for the suppository!