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Wednesday, June 28, 2006
get well wishes!
Just got off the phone with Dr. Doug (Maggie's vet) and he got some of the new test results in. Because her anemia is getting worse and based on the numbers in the lab results and tests he thinks it could be one or more auto-immune diseases. These are basically causing her body to eat her red blood cells faster than she can make new ones. He started treatment for them right away because even if it's not them the treatment isn't harmful. So better to treat while we wait for more test results than to not treat.

Here are the links he gave me. It could be
this one or this one or both.

What could have caused this? She could have been holding the disease in her system since she was a wild kitten, then it could have been brought on by a whole laundry list of things: basically anything that can cause her immune system to go into overdrive.

So at this point we are still waiting for more tests, but at least we are on the road to figuring out what it is. I am freaked out but also glad we are figuring it out and there is treatment for these diseases, if caught early enough. She is still in very serious condition. At this point she doesn't need anything like a blood transfusion so that is good and Dr. Doug says he's cautiously optimistic.

Above is a photo
my agent sent me, it's of her kitties sending a get well wish to Maggie! Isn't that sweet! How she got that piece of paper to rest on their backs without them waking up is beyond me! They must be hard sleepers!

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Awwwe!!! Love the kitties sending their get well wishes. More coming from Me and Miss Beula. Hang in there...I know how hard this must be. I'll keep you all in my prayers.
 
Thank goodness that you are getting closer to the cause of her illness. I am so sorry that you are going through this. I am thinking of you and sending you all my best!
 
Wow. You know it wasn't too many years ago, and the vet wouldn't have a clue. Sounds like you have a good doc. Hope Maggie improves real soon. Hugs to you...oh, and the photo your agent sent is priceless. Our Jake is meowing right now...maybe saying, "Maggie, get well!"
 
That is very comforting to know Maggie knows people are praying for her and it is helping! Some day we will know all! Yes! I am praying for a sweet little cat named Maggie and a little dog named Toby and don't forget sweet Mabel! xo
 
We are sending our prayers for Maggie!!! She is so lucky to have you to take care of her.

Come over to visit at our place sometime. =^..^=

Much love & purrs to Maggie,
The Whippy Curly Tails
&
The Cheap Tart
=^..^=

Ps. You can see Rrramone's kitties over here too!
 
Hi Claudine,
I'm so sorry to hear that Maggie is so sick - it's so hard to bear when our babies get sick. Sending healing thoughts her way...
 
claudine! thought i would check back in, i'm glad the doc is getting closer to solutions and hopefully to healing! i think of maggie often - it's hard, we lost our sweet kitty several months ago and it still feels like it was yesterday. i'm not staying away from your follow-ups intentionally, i just get sad. so know that i love and care about you, maggie and the rest of the family! HUGE hugs to all of you!
 
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