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Just like Mark, Julie and Totoro need our help!
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PEOPLE WE NEED YOUR HELP AGAIN! You might remember we needed your help for Mark and his family, now Julie and Totoro desperately need our help!! Here is her story: Julie has a limited income due to being on permanant disability (SSDI). She was ...

PEOPLE WE NEED YOUR HELP AGAIN!

You might remember we needed your help for Mark and his family, now Julie and Totoro desperately need our help!! Here is her story:

Julie has a limited income due to being on permanant disability (SSDI). She was diagnosed with a significant chronic and debilitating disease that affects every joint in her body. She went to college and earned her degree in Social Work (working with adults living w/a Traumatic Brain Injury).
Her body however couldn't handle the demands of working full time and at the age of 31 she had to go on SSDI. Her condition remains unstable and she will never be able to lead a normal life.
Then Totoro her 3.5 old male/neutered was rushed to a hospital (Douglassville Vet. Hosp., PA) After her mom observed him nearly falling over and appearing exceptionally weak.
He was then diagnosed w/SEVERE FIC. Potassium levels off the charts indicated his kidneys had shut down. Was hours from death w/o intervention.
He was immediatly given fluids, anti-spasmatics (for the bladder), pain meds, meds for lowering potassium/increasing heart rate and a catheter was inserted.
Bladder was full and hard. X ray proved no masses/stones. FIC caused by significant stress (she had to leave her furbabies in her mothers care 2 wks prior).
09/18: potassium levels lowered, kidney function near normal. Heart was proven not affected by the episode. Totoro then still was in critical but stable condition.

09/19: levels look even better. One test indicated kidneys at normal function, another very close to normal.
Exam of cath site indicated an infection had begun. Cath was removed (b/c of infection) despite blood remaining visible in urine the entire time. The next day, cath was reinserted after the bladder again blocked. Totoro starting to look better. His condition remained the same over the weekend.
The desire to be able to try to again remove the cath hoping his condition was now "fixed" was moot b/c blood still in urine indicated bladder would still block.
The dr advised mom that Julie had 2 choices: surgery or euthanize. Dr said that b/c Totoro is young and otherwise in very good heath, and now strong enough that he ought to come through surgery just fine. He did not recommend euthanasia but understood Julie's financial situation.

She felt HORRIBLE that she was actually having to contemplate losing her baby only because she was disabled and poor. Julie always took excellent care of her "kids". She maintained the best natural diet (Buffalo Blue brand) for them... She took them back to Pa (after college she moved to DC area) where they would have a safe,
stable and caring environment when she lost her home and was forced into a kind of nomadic existence... Totoro shouldn't have to die b/c of Julie's genetics.
That's not humane for either one of them. How can this be happening?

The following day, Tues (09/24) he had a very succesful life saving surgery that essentially gave him a new pee hole like a little girl kitty.
This will hopefully prevent future major blockages. Totoro will live w/this disease the rest of his life, though his quality of life ought not be affected by it,
save for flare ups that will require medication. Number and duration of flare ups may mean that he needs anti anxiety meds daily.
Only time will tell. Prescription wet food ONLY heretofore.

As of release date (Wed 09/25), the 8 day hospital stay cost: $3,041 (USD). This does not include the estmated $100 urine scan and stiches removal in 14 dys.
Some cats require a 2nd surgery due to a complication w/the scar tissue (obviously an added cost). Thus far he appears strong, healthy (w/healthy appetite),
happy and quaisi-active.
Julie, much like Mark, is a victim of her illness and the poor treatment of people just like her in her own country, how many of us could ever make that choice... to kill
one of your babies because you simply do not have the money to help them... Please help Julie and Totoro to get their life together again, they need it and they deserve it!

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