Update on my Ollie
I posted on FB last night the following
**Just returned from the cat ER. Came home to find Ollie with severe head trauma. He is in the oxygen tank and on diuretics to reduce the brain swelling. We are hoping his eyesight will return. I am a wreck. No clue what happened or when. We got to visit hi briefly and he was alert but skittish from all the excitement. Will blog more and post after I check on him in the morning. **
sorry for the cut n paste but truly I'm wasted and wracked with grief (and guilt)
I just called the ER (it's 11:pm PST) to check on him and was told he was off oxygen; he had eaten some and was doing well.
so now let me explain what we think may have happened: As most of you know we have a visitor. I've been feeding him and have plans to get him neutered just as soon as my buddie Vickie can take him (next Friday it turns out) to the clinic where she works doing feral spay/neuters once a month.
Ollie hasn't been too happy since the visitor has made his way into the house a couple times (by opening the locked screen door- he knocks it off the hinges) and I took Ollie's silence that maybe they could get along once the visitor got fixed.
Fast forward to tonight when I returned home from work. I feed everyone first thing; Ollie knows I'm home & comes to the kitchen door (that leads to the garage where I park my bike) and greets me. Not today.
So I put my stuff down & wandered into the living room where there was a scene! Bird feathers everywhere; (Ms. Stella's handy work) the screen door was knocked off the hinge and the slider was open just enough. My Ollie was curled up on his hammock that is in front of the sliding door. He was snoozing I thought. I went around to give him pets & when he looked up at me I nearly died. His face had a huge scab on his nose, there was severe swelling & one of his pupils was fully dilated & the other was partially covered by the nictating membrane. There were minute traces of blood coming out of his nose. I scooped him up and he was just limp. I grabbed my magnifying glasses and headed into the bathroom for a closer look, praying that the pupil dilation was not really what I was seeing.
He was truly in pain; he simply felt his way into my lap and sat there. It was then I realized he couldn't see and I flew into action.
I ran to my neighbors and begged for a ride to our vet. (who agreed to see us if we could get there before six) We arrived & Ollie was whisked to the back for inspection.
Our vet said we needed to get him to the emergency clinic asap so they could administer IV with a diuretic to bring the swelling down. There were no signs of car accident as he was completely fine everywhere else.
I called Ellen's dad & he flew over to take us to the ER.
They immediately took Ollie in the back and started him on the fluids. They did a couple xrays and found no internal damage
*though they did find an old wound of a BB still in his back!*
I know, I know, and right now you could come and run over me with all your cars and I wouldn't feel any worse; truly. I had no idea that 1.) we had horrible people in our immediate neighborhood and 2.) that he had ever been injured!
The Vet came in and said she felt he should be ready to come home as early as tomorrow evening. She said that he has no vision in one eye and most likely only sees shadows in his other eye. It appears that he ran headlong into either the slider door, a wall or something (she even suggested that someone could have hit him. Not with a car but just... )I simply cannot recognize those words even as I write them.
Most likely; Ms. Stella wiggled her way out of the screen and caught a bird (as she is wont to do) maybe when she brought it back in it got away from her and I can see him flying through the house in an attempt to catch it. I have seen him fly right off the top of the 6ft cat tree and miss the mantle by that much and go flying out of control. I have also heard him hit the sliding glass door when the visitor is on the other side of it. He doesn't scream; or howl, he just huffs and then slams into the glass.
I have not seen the visitor since i've been home tonight. Miss El took the bus and met us at the ER even as she was sick with a cold poor thing; and her dad and she brought me home; we chatted & looked all over the house & yard for clues. Pat fixed the door for me so the screen and slider are actually locked now.
Everyone else is fine. The vet said that given time Ollie may regain some or all of his vision. I'm still astonished by this. His poor nose is so swollen but he's breathing fine. They can't tell anything else about his head without and MRI which the vet said really wouldn't be necessary given they can pretty much see what they need to see with all the other tests they've done.
I will update you further in the morning when I call to check on him again. They assured me I can call anytime during the night.
They let us see him while he was in the oxygen chamber. I was able to snuggle him a bit and his ears were like a bats; pivoting like mad at all the sounds. He was so frightened then; I couldn't bear to leave him. Of course after everyone left I collapsed in tears and I thank Teri for messaging me at length even as I know she is three hours ahead of us.
I thank everyone who has posted their love, hugs, purrs and well wishes on FB. It really helped me make it through the night and not feel so totally alone.
I saw the Facebook post, and I feel so awful for Ollie, and for you! I am sending Ollie my very best purrs, and I sending you some too, because you need them. Please keep us posted!ReplyDelete
Oh noes! We are sending our strongest purrs for Ollie and you. We will also be purraying for Ollie's full recovery.ReplyDelete
We are sending BIG purrs to Ollie!ReplyDelete
Purrs for you too as we know how worried you are.
Purrs Georgia and Julie,
and Angels Tiger and Tillie
OMC, how terrible! We are purring loudly for Ollie and for you, too. You must be beside yourself with worry.ReplyDelete
OMC! We're so sorry this happened, are sending our most potent healing purrs to poor Ollie...and to you. Because our human can well imagine the state of sheer panic you'd be in. Lots of hugs and universal Light to you all.ReplyDelete
O dear Cod!!! See, you go to sleep early thinking all's well in the world and you wake up to this! Poor Ollie! Poor Mom!!! Thank Ceiling Cat it sounds like he will be able to come home with you soon and be pampered and loved on and spoiled. Sending Ollie--and you!-- all our very bestest purrs and purrayers and love. Oh, and conga-rats to Ms. Stella for the birdie ;-)ReplyDelete
Poor Ollie. Just checking in to see if there are any updates. Sending him loads of purrs and (((hugs))) for you.ReplyDelete
Oh good grief…ReplyDelete
Sending all the healing purrs from Susan and Indy.
Oh this is awful! We just found out. Your poor baby. I can't imagine how terrifying this must have been for both of you. We hope and pray for a quick recovery for both of you.ReplyDelete
We are all sending our very best purrs and prayers to Ollie. Thank goodness you got him there quickly.ReplyDelete
Oh my cod, how very awful for you both! We are purring for Ollie's recovery and return to you.ReplyDelete
Sends lot's and lot's of (((purrs))) and huggies ♡♥♡ReplyDelete
oh no....we are sending purrs of healing to all of you. please don't beat yourself up....there is no way of knowing what happened and if it was the bird incident, not much to avoid it. the best thing is that he is recovering and will be home soon.ReplyDelete
Sending love and purrs. Mom says she will send Reiki to him tonight when she gets home, we hope for the best possible recovery.ReplyDelete
I am so sorry to hear about Ollie. Truly will keep you and him in my prayers.ReplyDelete
I am devastated Stacy. Just devastated. God love and keep him and help him to heal. I am in tears and I will stay in tears till he overcomes this. xxooxxooxReplyDelete
We're so sorry this happened to Ollie and are sending lots of love and purrayers that he will be okay! We're in tears here too.ReplyDelete
dood....mega mega mega blessings frum St Francis two ewe buddy....we bee troo lee sorree ya wented thru thiz N TELL YUR MOM ITZ KNOT HER FAULT N STUFF....we iz glad everythings seems oh kay with yur head injuree N haz az manee paws crossed we can find ta cross yur vision will ree tern ina few.......sendin R best two ewe N mom two XXXXXOOOOOOOOXXXXXXReplyDelete
OMG - I'm so sorry to hear of this. I'm starting to purr for you right now and M said she'd have you in her prayers. Tell mom it was an accident and not to beat herself up so badly. She's doing the best she can.ReplyDelete
We're so sorry. Me and my sis fur Jan are sending our best purrs and our Mommy will be praying for him and you.ReplyDelete
We're stopping by again to see if there's an update--we don't do FB (or Twitter).ReplyDelete
OMC! We saw the posts on FB. How scary for you, Miss Stacy, but it's not your fault....us cats do stuff that we shouldn't do. We are purring MEGA purrs for Ollie and hope he will will be okay. Please keep us posted.ReplyDelete
Stacy--Me and the Horde and Scott are sending you and Ollie our biggest hugs and purrs...I wish I was there to help out with transportation...anything. Call if you need me.ReplyDelete
we just read on facebook and stopped in here after seeing it. We know how you feel - having a baby in pain or hurt is just awful. Stay calm for him and send him lots and lots of love and good thoughts. He needs you to be strong. Please keep up updated. You and Ollie are in our thoughts! - Alana and Crepes.ReplyDelete
Purring and purring and purring and purring for you and sweet Ollie! Oh, and a little extra kissie for Ms. Stella, too.ReplyDelete
be well quick Olly!!ReplyDelete
The Meow Meow Family
Any news from today's vet trip?ReplyDelete
I think the "not knowing" part is the worse with our 'children'. It's not like that can tell us what happened. I truly do feel your panic and fear. Hang in there.ReplyDelete
He is doing so much better now - with love, food and prayers all will be well.
I was wondering if you found out what could have happened. You never know - My cat Mamacita was home with us and in the morning we called her for breakfast and she couldn't walk! What could have happened? Nothing was broken, she wasn't ill. She is fine now but we still don't know what happened. Purring big time that Ollie recovers quickly!ReplyDelete
Cats of wildcat woods
After commenting on today's post, we came back here to catch up on what happened to Ollie. You ust have been scared out of your mind!!! We're so very, very sorry and are so glad he's on the mend. This is just a few days after we rushed our Maxie to the ER, too - I *so* SO feel your pain!!ReplyDelete