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Meow Monday

We had a really tough weekend. The Nacho Man had to be hospitalized with a severe life-threatening lung infection. I’ve been a wreck all weekend worrying about him. I am just heartbroken he has been in pain.

See below for up continued updates on The Nacho Man.

The little guy hasn’t been himself for several weeks. We took him to the vet because he wasn’t eating. The vet said he looked fine. Nacho Man did start eating some after he got home, but not like normal. 

Last week he just stopped being himself. He stayed upstairs all day and didn’t eat anything. We took him back to the vet on Friday. They noticed he was having trouble breathing. They took x-rays and one of his lungs was completely full of fluid. He has a severe infection that is life-threatening. 

He spent the entire weekend at the emergency vet receiving around the clock care. The broad-spectrum antibiotics aren’t working against the infection at this time. He did good Friday until Sunday morning. They drained more fluid from the lung on Sunday morning and he was much better. 

We went to visit Nacho Man on Sunday, and he was excited to see us. He was purring, rubbing on us and walking around. We could tell that he really wanted to go home. He sat at the door looking at the handle. We talked to the vet about his condition and what might have caused the infection. She said there is really no way of knowing at this point. We have to wait and get the lung fluid culture results back before know what is going on and make any real treatment plans.

We are picking him up bright and early on Monday morning and taking him to his regular vet to continue treatment. 

The vet sent off some of the fluid from his lungs on Friday. Hopefully, they will have some preliminary results and a better idea of what antibiotic to give Nacho Man to fight the infection. We may have to take him down to the Vet School at Auburn University for a CT Scan. We will know more on Monday or Tuesday. Thankfully my parents live in Auburn so they can help out if needed.

I am really hoping the little Nacho Man pulls through. I need more time with this sweet boy!

***UPDATE 5/20/19***
Nacho Man has a condition known as Pyothorax. It is when fluid builds up in the lungs and chest cavity. This is the first case of pyothorax our vet has ever seen. The owner of the vet practice has only seen one other case years ago when he first started out. It is apparently a rare condition. The source of pyothorax is rarely found. Some possible causes are penetrating wounds to the chest wall, wounds to internal structures like the esophagus or trachea, a migrating foreign body like a grass seed, spread of infection from the lungs or the spread of upper respiratory infection.

We were able to bring Nacho Man home tonight. He came in and went straight for the food. That is a very good sign! He hasn’t eaten since last Wednesday. He was SO happy to be home! We will go back tomorrow and get another round of IV antibiotics and fluids. His culture results should come back Wednesday or Thursday. That will tell us if we need to tweak the antibiotics. Overall, it was a good day for The Nacho Man Kitty Savage.

There is still the possibility of surgery for a chest tube to drain the fluid. He could also need a feeding tube if he doesn’t start to eat more. Hopefully, we won’t have to go that route. If we do, we will take him to Auburn University later this week. All of the vets are optimistic that he can recover from this with proper treatment.

***UPDATE 5/21/19***
Nacho Man went back to the vet this morning. He wasn’t happy about it. His temperature is good – he isn’t running a fever.  He also hasn’t lost any more weight. He weighs the same as he did last Friday. We are going to pick him up and bring him home for the night again. Hopefully, he will nibble on some food.

The vet recommended that we go ahead and take Nacho Man to Auburn tomorrow. He is going to need a chest tube to drain all the fluid out of his lung. She said she would rather go ahead and get that started now rather than wait. SO….Nacho Man and Chicken Legs are going on a road trip in the morning. I will be in San Francisco until late Thursday night. I am hoping we can pick up the boy on Friday when I get back home.

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  1. Nothing worse than when the babies are so ill. Sending hugs and good vibes and head butts and nose kisses from my kitties to Nacho Man!.

  2. Steph, I'm very sorry that Nacho Man has been so ill. Our furry children worry us when they're sick and something like this infection can be very upsetting and frightening. Please know we are thinking of Nacho Man and your family. Hopefully, your next report will bring very good news! Best from Lyn (Dallas) and Dakota (brown and black tabby)

  3. Saying prayers for your sweet boy……(that's what I called my beloved Cody cat who is no longer with us.) So glad to hear that he was eating again, and that he'll likely recover! Best news I've had all day!!! Prayers continuing………..

  4. Saying prayers for Nacho Man, your sweet boy. (That's what I called my dear Cody cat, who is no longer with us.) I know how much we love those little creatures who become part of our family. I'm SO glad that it looks like your boy will recover……the best news of the day!!!

  5. oh my, so very sorry he and you and your husband are having to deal with all of this. poor little guy! very scary but prayers he will fully recover and lead a long life with you.

  6. Blessings on Nacho Man and on You for not giving up on him. The ER Vet is expensive! But it's all worth it when your fur baby is feeling better.

  7. Stephanie I am truly very sorry to hear about Nacho Man. I hope and pray that he will be fine. Please keep us posted with his tests results and his recovery. You can do this Nacho Man. We are all pulling and praying for a speedy recovery.

  8. Adding my prayers for Nacho Man along with everyone else's. I look so forward to Meow Mondays and hope to see Nacho Man back on the screened porch watching the birds…

  9. I'm so sorry Nacho Man is ill. I've come to love your kitties and their stories. My prayers to finding out quickly what the lung fluid findings are so he can get the correct treatment and be on his way to recovery. Please keep us informed. God bless.

  10. I'm so sorry Nacho Man is ill. I've come to love your kitties and their stories. My prayers to finding out quickly what the lung fluid findings are so he can get the correct treatment and be on his way to recovery. Please keep us informed. God bless.

  11. As my eyes are filled with tears for that sweet boy, I will be praying for you and chicken legs. Keep us posted. Hoping they can determine what is wrong with him, but if he has to go to Auburn you know he will be in very good hands. As a last resort my friend took her dog to Auburn and they saved him!!!! Be strong Nacho Man!


  13. So sorry to hear that Nacho Man is not well. I hope he gets well again soon. He looks like such a sweet little guy.

  14. Prayers goin up for nacho man and his meowma…hope everything works out alright…????????????????????????❤❤

  15. I will be praying for Nacho Man. He is a tough guy! Vets will find something & treat him appropriately. Your cat is beautiful & deserves a full life with you. The only suggestion I have is to wash his sleeping areas in case there's any bacteria on them. And wash everyone's food bowls with very hot water & dish soap. Don't give up the fight cause I know Nacho Man is fighting too. God Bless You All!

  16. I’m so sorry to hear about Nacho Man. I’m praying that he pulls through and can come back home soon. He’s lucky to have such great cat parents!

  17. You are such a great meowme!! Hugs and purrs for a speedy recovery Nacho Man!!

  18. I am so sorry to hear about Nacho's illness, but am very glad he is getting better. Hopefully he will be well enough to come home.

  19. I'm so sorry I sure hope your sweet baby continues to do well sending prayers for a speedy recovery

  20. This makes me cry. I know how much this sweet kitty means to you because I know how much mine mean to me. Saying prayers for a full recovery and peace for you while you wait.

  21. Oh poor little fella! I am so glad he is recovering. I understand about the heartbreak. I love my little Arnold so so much! Please keep us updated on his progress.

  22. Stephanie, I am so sorry to hear about Nacho Man; and I know how worried and sick to your stomach you must be. I've had my share of kitties' health problems, and I can feel your pain. I am saying prayers for Nacho Man to recover, and I know you are doing your very best for him. All the best to Nacho Man and your human and feline family. Waiting to hear good news.

  23. So sorry to hear about your sweet baby. Prayers to all of you that you baby recovers from this serious illness. Our fur babies are our children and such an important part of our lives. Take care.

  24. Oh no! He's so lucky to have you. I really hope he is able to be treated and that he can fight this infection. Sending good thoughts you way!

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