Monday, October 06, 2008

Ernie 5

This morning, for the first time since coming home last Thursday, Ernie put up quite a struggle when I was giving him his tablet and then scooshing the powder mixed with water down his throat using a syringe, and this afternoon when I arrived home from work he was sitting looking much more alert than of late, so we set off to the vet this afternoon with me feeling a bit more positive and hopeful.

But it's not to be.

The blood test showed that his creatinine level has soared to over 1200, which apparently is a pretty conclusive indication that his kidneys are still failing. Irretrievably so.

So despite him seeming happier, and apparently feeling well enough to put up a bit of a fight this morning, and despite him currently lying on my lap purring happily as I type this, the outlook is poor. Completely poor. Absolutely poor. Devastatingly poor. Terminally poor.

I've to look out for Ernie becoming like he was a bit over a week ago. Tired, lethargic, not eating, or drinking. When that happens, and it will happen, I've to make an appointment to take my little beautiful friend on his last journey. Are you surprised that I'm crying right now?

The vet, when asked, initially thought the time scale might be a couple of weeks, and when I said I was going on holiday in two weeks, he admitted that he actually expects to see me later this week.

So from now on little Ernest will be eating whatever he wants to eat, and will get as much loving attention and care that I can possibly give him.

Please think of us.


  1. That really sucks, I'm very sorry to hear it. Hope you're as OK as you can be, but I'm sure you're not doing great. For what it's worth I'll be thinking of you guys.

  2. Thanks Andrew. Your friendship is appreciated a hell of a lot.

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  4. I've removed a comment from Gogs, posted at 2008hrs, not for any bad reason, but only because he used my real name, which I'm trying to stay away from here.

    Anyway, thanks Gogs & G, for all your support, and Ernie appreciates the support and good vibes from everyone.

  5. So sorry to hear the sad news. I've never been able to have pets because of a whole load of allergies, but I have seen how much love and trust develops between animal and human, and can perhaps begin to imagine how much you are hurting right now.

  6. :( we went through this with our old cat, signs of hope then decline. Take care - just shows how tough and strong these wee animals are. I hope Ernie is as comfortable as can be.