For the Love of Chloe Jo

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Chloe Jo is having a rough time. Her last vet visit did not go well. The exam revealed some problems that needed immediate attention. She had to stay in the hospital for treatment and monitoring. One of her vet techs took this picture of her seeking refuge under the cage paper. Chemo has been increased. Thankfully, she is home, now.

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Chloe Jo’s prognosis is very limited. If we can stabilize her, she may have up to two years. Our main concern is her quality of life. She deserves to be happy every day of her life. That is what we will be working on. It is all about her. It is all for the love of Chloe Jo. Always.

Chloe Jo’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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From her very first days of life, Chloe Jo has had serious health issues. She had respiratory problems as early as two days old. It was necessary for me to do chest thumps on her to keep her lungs clear. Her lungs and sinuses suffered serious infection and permanent scarring.

All of her life, unusual health issues have plagued her. She has consistently fought kidney issues, including stones. Her kidneys are too small, while her bladder is oddly shaped. Gastrointestinal issues have also been a battle for Chloe Jo. Digestion and constipation have wreaked havoc on her.

When she is stabilized, Chloe Jo feels good and is happy. When she becomes restless and irritable, we know something is wrong. Often, it is not clear-cut. Sometimes, it takes a little detective work. But, it is all about making Chloe Jo happy!

Recently, we noted that Chloe Jo was restless, grouchy, and not her usual sunny self. Then, she began having some abdominal pain. We knew the intestinal issues were flaring up. It seemed this situation was worsening, though.

For the past two days, Chloe Jo has been in the hospital.  A complete work-up and more in-depth studies were done. In an effort to find what is causing her such distress, she was thoroughly examined. The results are not good. In fact, these results break our hearts. Chloe Jo has been diagnosed with Gastrointestinal Lymphoma. She will begin chemotherapy today, but she will be allowed to come home. The prognosis will be determined by her response to chemotherapy.

I cannot tell you how this has shaken us. Chloe Jo is the BabyCat. Her illness as a newborn caused her to remain emotionally preserved as a kitten. She loves being held, on her back, in the crook of your left arm. She will stay like that as she watches TV or listens to music. Music calms and soothes her, especially if it is Dad playing guitar.

Please offer up a prayer for Chloe Jo. And, thank you for your patience.This has taken an obvious toll on my visiting for the past couple of weeks. I will be working on that, as I also get ready for the A-Z Challenge. Positive distractions can be a good and healthy thing. We will make sure to keep Chloe Jo entertained, too.

We thank you for your prayers and support, and Chloe Jo thanks you, too. Hugs.

 

Sparks: 18

When I began blogging, it was my intent to post an inspirational thought each Monday. It would be my weekly meditation, and perhaps feed another’s spirit as well. I am inspired by the positive energy of my peers.

The negative energy in the world has become thick and oppressive. Social media has become a part of this dark, negative storm. There is an obvious universal need for more positive energy. And, we can all be part of this affirmative change.

I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world!

I hope you will join us, and invite others to. Link up your positive quote, or inspirational words. Please be sure to add the Sparks badge to your post, so others can find it easily. Peace.

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Miss Phoebe’s Shades

Recently, we got a small package in the mail. When we opened it, we were happy to see that it was Miss Phoebe’s Traveling Shades! Wow! The girls were pretty excited to have their turn with these special shades. George and Clyde were unimpressed. “Girl stuff.” They would not sit still for any of it. 
Grizelda decided they were far too small. Bee was afraid they were way too big. Maggie fell asleep, so she ended up missing most of the fun. However, Chloe Jo was thrilled. She thought they made her just like Easy Rider. She absolutely loved the shades.
Easy Rider / Chloe Jo

Kenzie declined to wear what she felt was clearly cat accessories. However, Chloe Jo’s best friend is Stella, so she tried on the shades. Suddenly, Stella was just like Joe Cool. 
Joe Cool / Stella

Thank you, Miss Ellen. We were very honoured to wear Miss Phoebe’s shades. It was bittersweet to be able to use something that was special to her and to you. We appreciate being a part of the Phoebe’s Traveling Shades Tour. The glasses have respectfully been passed on to the next participants.
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Animal Rescue Blessings

One of my greatest blessings has been to participate in animal rescue. This goes back to my childhood. We first rescued a guinea pig, who was being relegated to perdition. Following her, throughout my life, there have been various raccoons, opossums, rabbits, rodents, birds, numerous reptiles and amphibians, fish, a skunk, a monkey, and naturally, cats and dogs. I have been blessed.
One of these wonderful blessings was a litter born on Thanksgiving, November 25,  2010. These kittens were rejected by their very young and very ill homeless mother. Her rescuer was not able to care for their needs and her, too. That is when they came to me.
This litter of four were the most pitiful babies I had cared for. They were extremely ill, too. For weeks we had humidifiers running for them to help ease their congestion. They were given antibiotics and nose drops. I was feeding them every 1-2 hours with a syringe because they could not nurse normally. I was also doing chest thumps on two of these babies. I had to help break up the congestion.

God’s hand was in this, as always. Two kittens went on to be adopted by a young couple. We kept the two black kittens, otherwise total opposites. You know them: Grizelda and Chloe Jo. They just celebrated their seventh birthday! 

~Happy Birthday, Girls!~

Baby Grizelda Zoe

Baby Chloe Jo
Baby Sisters
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Chloe Jo
~The Girls Today~
I have so many reasons for doing animal rescue. This is what moves me: to see them survive and then to thrive. This is the reward. I am humbled by God’s faith in me. I am honoured by the animal’s trust. I am happy to be a part of their journey. I love each and every one of them. And, I am grateful for the lessons they have all taught me and continue to teach me.
Day Twenty-Six of my Giving Thanks series.
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