It's been a while since we've blogged, I'm sorry we've been so slack.
As those of you on Facebook know, Rumbles hasn't been well.
Two days ago, I came home from work - Hammy and Rumbles met me at the door as usual. Rumbles was his usual super-loving self. We had lots of scritchies, and Rumbles and Hammy both ate a lot of chicken in addition to having their dinner.
Rumbles didn't come out to greet Rumbledad when he got home, which was odd but not unheard of. I went to give Rumbles his antibiotic (he was on antibiotics for some feline acne) he was under the bed, and wouldn't come out even when I offered treats. I knew that he didn't love having to take this medicine and just assumed that he was avoiding me because of that.
About an hour later, Rumbledad when in to try and give him his antibiotic. By that point it was obvious that Rumbles was in pain. He was cringing away from us, and whimper-mewing.
We gathered him up and took him to the after hours vet. He had a slight fever by this point, and the vet thought he might have a bladder infection or a blockage. She gave him pain relief and we took him home.
At his regular vet the next day he still had a bit of a fever and was obviously in pain. They kept him overnight.
Today they discovered, when they x-rayed him, that his heart was enlarged.
As some of you know, this is what happened with our sweet Inigo. He passed away because of a heart condition.
I was devastated. Absolutely devastated. We took Rumbles to the cardiac specialist who took care of Inigo - she is an amazing doctor and we're so very lucky to have access to her on such short notice.
Thank God, and thank all of you for sending him healing purrs and thoughts... the specialist says that while yes, his heart is enlarged, his valves are ok. She thinks his heart was enlarged because of the stress of his situation. We need to take him back in 6 months to reassess, but for now... it's not that.
So we're sort of back where we started. Rumbles is home with us now, he's very frightened and he's on pain medication but he's alert and seems happy to be home. Hammy is VERY happy to have him home. We're all very happy to have him home. They have given him some pills that will glow when he's x-rayed tomorrow, so they can see if he has a blockage.
Thank you to everyone that has sent us good thoughts. I can't tell you the dark place I went to when I heard he had an enlarged heart - the same as our Inigo. It helped so much to have so many of you purring for him and keeping him in your thoughts.