John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

Buddha Ate His Breakfast!

*conga dances!*

Buddha ate his break-FAST!
Buddha ate his break-FAST!

Okay, okay, before you go off and write your local representative that Gneech has gone even further off the deep end and this menace must be dealt with, let me explain.

For some months now, Buddha's irritable bowel disease (IBD) has been getting more severe, and so we've been giving him steroid treatments, to wit, pills that he despises. In an effort to make that daily battle less horrible, we switched to a steroid injection... and then all hell broke loose when suddenly one of his eyes was cloudy and distended way out of its socket. The steroids had suppressed his already-weak immune system, and he had a nasty bacterial infection.

It was at this point that our poor kitty just plain stopped eating. -.- Between the antibiotics, IBD, and stress, he was clearly nauseous most of the time, and he would nibble a bit from one meal a day at the most. His weight was dropping, and he was clearly not a happy kitty.

In an effort to find some kind of treatment for his IBD that would not involve steroids killing the last vestiges of his immune system, we took Buddha to a kitty acupuncturist last week, but that was just the first of several sessions and could only do so much. And somewhere along the line... he just stopped eating. -.-

His weight was dropping, and yesterday, his lips were a pale deathly white. Not gonna lie, after having loved ones "just stop eating and waste away," I have been in fear for his life for some days now, which didn't help with the stress of recovering from my own health stuff, let me tell you. :P

But Buddha's health is not negotiable, so we consulted the vet again. We gave him an appetite-enhancer/anti-nausea pill yesterday afternoon, then switched back to the hated-but-effective steroid pill before bed.

This morning, Buddha was eager for his breakfast, and ate almost the whole thing. *fistpump!*

He also ate a treat while I was composing this post. Only one, but still more than zero! It's progress!


-The Gneech
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