Thank you again for all the love and support and information about hyperthyroidism! I can't tell you how much it has meant to mom. She doesn't like seeing me sick and it has caused some leaky eyes the past few days but now we have some answers and can decide on a treatment plan.
The final results are in. My total T4 came back at 10.2 which is well out of normal range. The free T4 was so elevated it wouldn't even register a number. So, the diagnosis of hyperthyroidism has been confirmed. We had to wait on the other tests to make sure my kidney, heart, etc were okay. Those tests all came back good. Good enough that the VET actually said I had values better than a lot of kitties younger than me! I will be 15 this year so I am not exactly a youngster anymore but I have some good years left in me!
Here's my dilemma. Because of the trauma I suffered in the horrible fire a few years back, I would be better off going with the Radioactive Iodine treatment rather than the anti-thyroid medication. Although many kitties don't experience side effects from the medication, some do. Because I already have some fur/skin issues from being burned in the fire, it would be better for me to not be on the medication for the rest of my life and risk having some of those side effects. The problem with the Radioactive Iodine treatment is it is expensive. We got a lot of help after my fire and mom really doesn't like asking for help but in order for me to get the Radioactive Iodine treatment mom needs help raising the funds. If you can spare a few greenies to help me get my treatment please visit my You Caring page at: https://www.youcaring.com/kathi-mckinley-s-kitty-cj-522940. Some of my international pals indicated paypal would be an easier way to donate so mom just went in and set up an account. The link is: https://www.paypal.me/KMcKinley.
Please continue to purr and say positive thoughts for me! I lost over half my body weight so it's really important for me to start feeling better and eating regularly again.
|That might be tuna dripping out of the corner of my mouth. Tuna is about the only thing I will eat right now so mom is bribing me with it so I will eat and try to put back on some weight.|