Thursday, March 27, 2008

$1000 Hairball

I hope you all had a fabulous Easter. We sure did! My parents came to visit and we had a great time with them. Played some Wii, went bowling (real bowling, not just Wii bowling), shopped, went out to eat, watched movies, and oh yeah...hung out a the Animal Hospital. My mom brought her cat, Callie, to Alabama with her. Of course, I was fine with this - Callie is our favorite family pet and Marley LOVES when she comes to play with him. However, we woke up Saturday morning to Callie throwing up blood. It was scary. I tried to look online to see what that could be a symptom of but everything simply said to see a veterinarian as soon as possible. (This did not help to calm my mother's nerves.) We called our vet immediately and they confirmed what the internet said - to bring her in ASAP. So, of course, we did just that. They ran tests on her and found that everything looked great except that x-rays were showing a mass in her stomach. She was given barium nitrate to help her "pass" the mass and monitored for a few hours. Because she was not able to pass it naturally they were forced to remove it surgically. Turns out she just had a hairball. A really big and really nasty hairball. It was causing her to have stomach ulcers. Poor old girl. So they took it out, stapled her up, and kept her overnight. We were able to pick her back up on Sunday afternoon and she is doing well. She endured the 8 hour drive back to Ohio like a champ and is now home and recovering. I miss her already.The rest of the weekend was a lot of fun. I hate living so far away from my parents. I also wasn't a very good photographer while they were here. Mom took some photos of us bowling but I even forgot to get those from her! Sorry. I promise to do better next time...

2 comments:

Amanda Smith said...

Awww Callie Cat! Glad that everything's okay now...could you imagine how awful she must have felt with that hairball? yuck.

Whitney said...

Thought about you as Justin and I drove hours and hours through Ohio. We are safe! Thanks for the Core Group prayers!