Wednesday, December 12, 2012

... But He is Still Perfect to Us



I can't think of a graceful segue into this story, so I'm going to dive right in.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Boone started limping.  We assumed he sprained it after a high jump or rough wrestling with Amelie.  At his annual check-up, he was noticeably better, so it seemed that he just needed time to recover.

Monday night was normal... until 11:00 p.m. when I heard Boone climb (or attempt to) a cat perch behind the couch, and then he let out an abnormal cry.  I assumed she wanted to wrestle and accidentally bumped his lame leg. (Boone and Amelie are incredibly good-natured felines.  We are told this by every vet they meet.  In a situation where other cats would claw and growl, these little guys might give a long meow or turn their heads away.)  He cried again... and again.  I walked over to find him propping himself up with only his front arms.  Amelie gave him space but didn't go far.  You don't want to play with Amie, baby boy?  He tried to walk but couldn't.  Oh, my God.  Booney, what's wrong?  He tried again.

Clearly, he couldn't use both legs, so I ran into the bedroom and said, "Honey, something is really wrong with Booney.  He can't walk at all."  Like lightning bolts, we were dressed and in the car on the way to the E.R.  After a few hours, this is what we learned.

Boone wasn't built properly.  Whether it is a genetic disorder or something that happened to him as a kitten that affected his development, his growth plates didn't grow, and his bones don't fit.  It's highly likely that he has experienced pain, but it took one wrong move to break the camel's back -- or in our case, break the kitty's hips.

We got home at 2:00 a.m.  I was in bed at 3:00 a.m. and woke up at 6:30 a.m. to go to work for a bit before our appointment with a veterinary orthopedic surgeon.  We are exhausted, y'all.

Boone is having a bilateral femoral head ostectomy (FHO) today.  Basically, they are removing the head and neck of his femur bones completely.  We'll have him home by Friday night for a week of rest and snuggles, and then we'll start rehabilitation by playing with him and gradually coaxing him to use his muscles again.

We are so happy to know that his discomfort is caused by something that can be fixed and not a disease.  We are also happy that we didn't have to do a complete bilateral hip replacement (the other option on the table) -- not only because of the $12,000+ (!!!!!) price tag, but because the operation included a good chance of infection and other complications.  Also, we asked the surgeon point-blank what she would do, and her preference matched ours.  Relief!

A lot happened in 14 hours!  We feel uneasy about anesthesia and surgery, because we lost Tolly on the table last December.  However, Boone is young and healthy, so he shouldn't have any problems.  Our pets are our family, and we will never give them up instead of paying for their healthcare.  I think Tolly, Amelie, and Boone were meant to be with us, because they've all had health issues, and the Universe knew we would stop at nothing to give them a good life.  We discussed our plan, and although we'll take an immediate financial hit, we'll be fine soon enough.  It's a small price to pay to fix Boone's legs so he won't have to do his kitty army crawl.

Thank you for all the love, prayers, and good vibes sent to us via Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, and text message!  Boone wasn't built properly, but he is still perfect to us.  We're going to get him fixed up!


29 comments:

Courtney said...

I will be praying for Boone and a speedy recovery!

Lauren {Adventures in Flip Flops} said...

I know exactly how you feel. My pets are my family too (when I have pets, that is!).

Have you thought about/heard about Pet Insurance? I don't know exactly how it works (aside from the obvious) or if certain breeds of particular animals aren't covered for things that happen in their breeds, but I have a friend who has it for her (child) labrador and she SWEARS by it. Her munchkin has had several allergy problems (she had to see a specialist a few times) and the insurance took the hit for a lot of it.

I'm thinking of you and Boone. May everything go well and as planned! Sending happy vibes all your way!

Empirically Erin said...

Awwww poor Boone! Hope he has a quick and easy recovery!! Passing lots of snuggles through the interwebs :)

Betsy Transatlantically said...

SO much love to you and your family, human and feline. Boone is lucky to have such devoted parents. Charlie and I will think happy thoughts at him!

Michelle said...

Oh no!!! I'm so sorry, but so glad you were able to discover the real issue and work to get it fixed. You and your kitties were on my mind and in my prayers all day yesterday, and they will continue to be! Love you!

Megan said...

Aw, poor Boone! I'm glad they were able to find the root of the issue and figure out a plan of action to fix it. Here's to a speedy recovery :)

Michelle @ The Vintage Apple said...

I'm so sorry about Boone, L!!!! I'm thinking of y'all and hope he feels better soon!!!

Crystal said...

Awwww Boone! I completely understand the "pets are our family" my kitties are my babies! I'm thinking about you guys and little Boone.

Allie Todd said...

Poor Boone!!! I'm glad he'll be okay, but holyyyy I can't imagine how you felt! Winston had an allergic reaction where he bit his paws until one of them was raw and hairless and then the vet told me they have an incredibly high pain tolerance and I just felt horrrrrrible.

But bonus points for extra cuddles at least, right?

.stephanie.nicole. said...

It is so refreshing to see other people willing to stop at nothing when it comes to their pets health. Too many people are all too willing to either drop their pet off at a shelter, or have them euthanized when things get tough. I used to work at an animal hospital and it was heartbreaking when clients would say they have decided to euthanize rather than further treatment for something that was 100% curable. Sending good wishes and snuggles to your sweet boy, and prayers that the recovery process goes well. God bless.

Whitney H said...

Oh my gosh, this made me cry!! I'm thinking about Boone and all of you today! <3

bobbi said...

Sending you guys every ounce of love I have! He's lucky to have such a great family! <3 you!

Darby Hawley said...

Ah! What a long week y'all have had already! Thank goodness this is something that is treatable and that you can be home (sans graduate work) to be with Boone. I will definitely keep Boone, the doctors, momma, dad, and Amelie in our prayers!

jami lynn said...

Sending positive thoughts to Boone and your family for an easy surgery & speedy recovery!

jess said...

I am sending good vibes to Boone. It's so terrible for a kitty to go through this. I have 2 cats, and I would do the same thing - they are family, and you do what you have to so they have a good life. {hugs}

cynthia said...

Oh... :( it seems to be the season for pet problems! I'm sorry you are going through this but I hope everything turns out OK! Will be sending good vibes.

Rebecca said...

I hope everything goes well with his surgery.

Meg Cady said...

Poor Boone baby!!!
I cant believe I missed all this via social media! I am so sorry I hope he is doing better!

love you

Bev said...

What a story my friend! I'm so sorry to hear about this, especially thinking about you both witnessing the pain of your lil' fur baby. Pets are very near and dear in this house too, and our doggies are our family... so I can totally relate to how heartbreaking it is to watch them go through this pain. BUT in the end, what a blessing as you highlighted in your post... this is NOT a disease, and totally fixable. I'm super happy to hear that things are set for his surgery today. I'll be keeping you ALL in prayer, as always.

xoxo, Bev

Gesci said...

Ha! So I could have sworn I commented here, but then I saw I emailed you instead. But since I'm a firm believer in good-wishes being spread ALL over for full coverage,

YAY BOONE! I have been dopey-grinning ever since you said he was awake- the same dopey grin I get for mine, so obviously even my face thinks you're family!!
The best part of FHOs? They can't break.. ;)

But seriously, giant, lung-crushing hugs to you and Mr. TBS, and all the underchin scratches to Amelie- while I know you feel lucky to have Boone, he's just as lucky to have a family like y'all.
Now just be ready to have the mixed emotions of horror and giggles when you see his shave job- poor dude!!

Ellie said...

Awww! Poor thing! I'm glad to hear that it's nothing that required a B total hip replacement. That wouldn't have been fun for anyone.

However, I have the say that it would be awesome if he got a kitty cart for a little while while he healed. How adorable would it be to watch him wheel himself around? Of course, only for the initial part of his healing where movement isn't an option, and then he goes back to normal walking progressively. Hey! Maybe he could do some kitty adaptive sports!! Too soon? Sorry...I had to.

Stay positive. He'll be fine. He's in good hands. Love you! :)

Jessica @ Lovely Little Things said...

Bless his heart!
I'm so glad that he has you as his owner, though!

Love you so much and y'all will be in my thoughts & prayers!

Liz @ Beyond Blonde Blog said...

Thinking of you and Boone and hoping for a very speedy recovery!

Kristen @ KV Confessions said...

oh gosh, this must be so difficult! so sorry for you and your little boone. i'm a cry baby when it comes to this stuff... nelly was also built wrong - apparently it's common for dachshunds to have what's called "crooked feet" or "angular limb deformity" ...if you look close at some of her pictures you'll notice it in her front paws. it's sad to see her limp and walk funny, but she's not in pain and has been moving along fine since she was a puppy. besides intense and extremely expensive surgery there's not much we can do about it :/

Angie said...

You all are the best pet parents ever!
Hoping the surgery goes well and the recovery is quick.

Devon said...

He is lucky to have you as family too. Praying for a speedy recovery for Boone and sending good thoughts out for your family.

tara said...

hope sweet boone has a speedy recovery!

RadiantKristen said...

I am so glad that Boone is going to be alright! But I'm sad that this had to happen in order for you to find out.

The Heights Life! said...

Oh my goodness :( Sending lots of thoughts and prayers to Boone!!!!