Saturday, March 28, 2009

Finals Finally Over--Dr. Lecutor's Review Of Moki's Medical File

Well, finals are finally over. Unfortunately, momma bean didn't plan things out to well. By attending two different colleges at the same time she ended up having two weeks of finals, last week at one school and this week at another school. Unfortunately classes start again on Monday at the first school, so momma bean wont be getting a break this quarter...

In other news, momma bean did hear back from BAND Together who asked Dr. Lecutor the head of neurology at UC Davis to reevaluate Moki's medical case. Dr. Lecutor after consulting with another doctor in Boston, remains baffled as to the cause of Moki's condition. He did however mention that we should contact our regular neurologist at UC Davis, so maybe our regular neurologist has heard back something from the degenerative disease researcher in Missouri. Momma bean will have to send our regular neurologist an email to find out.

Yesterday afternoon we learned that Moki's regular practitioner is retiring and has sold his medical practice. (Moki's regular practitioner has been with us since before Moki got sick, and knows Moki's case inside and out.) Needless to say, we are now a little concerned about finding another doctor. Moki's regular practitioner is going to stay on at the hospital part time and consult on ongoing medical cases temporarily, so we have a little while to find a replacement, but it still concerns us. The doctors brother, who is also a doctor, and has worked at the hospital part time over the years, and is also familiar with Moki's medical case, will be leaving the hospital as well to return to his regular practice in Merced. (Merced is about 100 miles from here.) As for the new doctor who is taking over the practice, I am not entirely happy with his qualifications. His main background is in exotic animals, not domestic. He is also a much younger doctor who graduated in 1996, so he is relatively new to the field, which can be both a plus and a minus.

I think at this point, because Moki's condition is so special, we are going to ask Moki's regular practitioner if he will continue to consult for us in his retirement. If not, we'll see about keeping his brother on as a consultant. We'll try the new doctor, but I am a little scared about having someone completely unfamiliar with Moki's medical case taking over. In most part because people who have not been with us since the beginning do not really get that a lot of what works for Moki is not conventional. Often times they are less willing to write up many of the prescriptions which we know work for Moki, like Tamiflu, simply because they cannot explain why such medications work. Moki's regular doctors on the other hand, go with what works because they know that nothing about Moki's condition is normal and that we can't always think about things or expect them to happen in a conventional manner.

As for Moki himself, he is doing ok at the moment. His regular doctor has written up a number of prescriptions for us, with a few refills, so we can get through the transition period ok, as long as nothing goes seriously wrong with Moki in the mean time...In regards to his general state, his temperature is back under control, he is alert, happy, eating well and even appears to have put on a little weight. I wanted to get some new pictures up of him, but the battery on my camera died, so I am having to recharge it at the moment. Once the battery is fully charged, I'll get some new pictures up. In the meantime, I'll try to stop by and catch up with some of our friends. It has indeed been awhile and we have missed you all so very much. Not a day goes by that momma bean doesn't think about each and everyone of you...

Well that's all for now...hopefully we will see each of you sometime really soon!

Love Always,

Moki and Family

Oh P.S.

The owner of Thriving Pets ( emailed us this week to let us know that he has dropped the prices on his lactated ringers solution even further. You can now get a box of 12 bags for $20.00. That works out to approximately $1.66 a bag (sorry about the earlier miscalculation, momma bean's oversight...) before shipping and tax, which is the cheapest we have ever seen them. So if your like us and need or use lactated ringers solution (sub-q-fluids) then you might want to stop by and check out their website.


Mo said...

SO glad to get an update! And that Moki is doing well.
Best of luck with your finals and studies.
Uncle Mo and The Purries

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Whew. That was a lot of info in one post. But interesting. You had a lot of catching up to do.

It is a shame your regular vet is retiring now but you have already put a lot of thought into alternatives.

Too bad you won't get a break between semesters. We assume you passed all your finals with flying colors. Or is that, flying grades? Good luck!

The Island Cats said...

Thanks for that update. We're glad Moki is doing well...we continue to purr for him....

Isis said...

oh moki glad to hear you are doing so well, and you can get fluids so cheap!

Kaz's Cats said...

Thanks for the update - we're glad that your Mom is doing okay with her school, even if it takes a lot of her time. Great news that Moki is doing well, and we hope that things keep going well, even though things are changing with his v-e-t.


Gypsy & Tasha

Sweet Praline said...

Wow - two colleges at the same time! I hope everything goes well for your mom's studies.

Good news, bad news about Moki, huh? I'm glad to hear that Moki is doing better, but I can just imagine your stress at the thought of the vet retiring. I hope you can find someone qualified to take his place.

momsbusy said...

whew! two colleges with two weeks of finals is unreal! i know you are glad to have that over with. really glad to hear moki is doing well. the regular vet retiring is a bit scary. he has so much knowledge of dealing w/ moki and all of his ups and downs. i am sure he has an emotional interest in moki. after all, who wouldn't love the little guy! perhaps he will be moki's personal consultant. we will keep your family in our purrayers. take care.

mog said...

You are the ambitious one, it's understandable why there hasn't been an update for a while. Sorry you're losing your vet, especially since he knows Moki so well. Purring and purraying you find a good replacement or he stays on with Moki. Glad Moki continues to do well, look forward to pics of him.

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