The doctor called very late tonight- Jack had a long day of tests and procedures after I saw him this morning, when the poor dude did not look so good. He has a naso tube in his nose and an IV in his hind leg. Many parts of his body have been shaved, and his now bare belly is clearly very yellow from jaundice. He seemed very weak, but aware we were there, and in fact, when I petted him some small tears trickled down his cheek. This was heart-wrenching, as I recall Momma G doing the same thing after her stroke. The doctors assured me that he was stable and as comfortable as possible, and that he had a big day ahead of him.
Today, they inserted a feeding peg into his tummy so they can strengthen him with nom noms. The doctor called tonight and said that he seems to be gaining some strength, and that he is holding his head up more and seems more responsive. They were able to do the liver aspiration, which confirmed the fatty liver disease we expected. The medication seems to be lowering his bilirubin levels, which is good, and urinalysis confirmed a UT unfection, which is being treated with antibiotics. His potassium level is rising, which is probably why he is becoming stronger, and the insulin is getting his blood sugar back in line.
My little warrior let himself get REALLY sick before he went down, which leads me to urge all cat parents: don't ignore seemingly small symptons- get your baby to the vet and let them assess the situation. Their little bodies can go down fast when something serious goes wrong!
It was good to hear the doctor say "He's still not out of the woods, but, gosh, he seems better than this morning!'
I won't get to seem him tomorrow since there is no visitation at the clinic, but I should get a call from the doctor with an update on his condition.
Thanks again to everybody for your kinds words and thoughts- they mean more to me than you can imagine!