An Update on Homer

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So we just got Homer's blood-test results back.  According to the numbers, he should be dead already.  At the very least, he should be so close to death that he doesn't have the energy to eat or move.  The doctor told me that she has no medical explanation for how a cat in Homer's condition held off three people yesterday until he was sedated.
 
 
 
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It may not be medical, but I have an explanation: My little boy is tough as nails.  Twice as tough as the toughest cat that ever lived.  Always has been.  There are people who meet Homer, and see how playful he is, and how little, and how blind, and they don't believe that this skinny, friendly, blind little cat once chased a full-grown man right out of my apartment when he broke in in the middle of the night.  But now, by God, there are at least three people who work at our veterinary hospital who'd swear on a stack of bibles that they believe it--wholeheartedly.
 
Right now, as I write this, Homer is chasing one of his favorite toys around the living room, having just polished off half a chicken breast I brought home for lunch--and LOUDLY demanding more.  Normally the vet would want to hospitalize him, see if they can stabilize him, and run some more tests.  We still don't know exactly what's wrong with him--he might have liver disease or colon/intestinal-tract growths or cancer, or some combination of all three, or something else altogether.  But they don't think they can hospitalize him, because they don't think (and I agree) that he would let them treat him.  They can't keep him sedated all the time.
 
The one thing we do know is that he's having liver issues, so they're giving me some medication for his liver, and we'll see where that takes us.  "It's available in a liquid or chewable tablet," the vet told me.  "Which would you prefer?  And what flavors does he like?"
 
"I'll take the liquid and the chewables," I answered.  "And I want them in every flavor they make.  We're going to keep going until we find something this cat likes."
 
I have always loved and admired this cat.  I've always loved and admired him so much that I didn't think I was physically capable of loving or admiring anyone or anything more.  And yet, right now in this moment, my love and admiration of him have increased tenfold.  That, perhaps, is the greatest gift Homer has brought into my life--just when I think I know what my limits are, he helps me find greater heights and deeper strength.
 
I may be the author of Homer's life story, but this cat is determined to be the author of his own fate.  His clock's not running out until he wants it to.  And whether that's tomorrow or next month or five years from now, I'll be with him fighting by his side every inch of the way.  I won't keep him here one second longer than he wants to be, but I'm not giving up on him either until he lets me know that he's ready to go.  On his own time, and on his own terms.
 
It is my honor, it is my extraordinary privilege, to be the human he chose.

 

Comments

  • Karen Friday, 07 December 2012

    Have you considered Denamarin and Lipoform?

    My cat, Charley, has had liver disease for the last three years and these drugs have kept him going STRONG! You would not know he was even sick, if it weren't for his blood tests. He is 14 + and still going. I wish Homer the VERY best and hope the medication that the vet has prescribed will do the same for him as these drugs has done for my boy, Charley.

  • Melissa Wratschko Friday, 07 December 2012

    hugs to you all

    Hang in there Homer! I read Homer's story and fell in love with him...what an amazing little cat..he has inspired me as a person with MS not to let my differences get in the way of living. Bless you Gwen for sharing this beautiful story...I sure hope the medicine works and Homer gets better.
    Melissa W

  • Becky Low Friday, 07 December 2012

    You are an amazing kitty

    Keep up the fight Homer. You are an inspiration. You have had a great life and will continue to I'm sure. Best wishes to you and Mom

  • Carol Jackson Friday, 07 December 2012

    Love to you all

    Ahh Gwen, how sad and yet how very happy this little cat has made you, I know from reading your updates he gives you so much, they are our children, they trust us to care for them and luckily Homer has the bestest Cat mum anycat could find. hugs to the little fella and hugs for you all xxxx

  • Elise Friday, 07 December 2012

    He couldn't have a better home! Thank you for letting all of us in, too.

  • Debbie Friday, 07 December 2012

    Praying For Homer

    I am so glad to hear that Homer is fighting with all he's got. I will keep both of you in my prayers for continued strength. Homer most certainly is one special cat.

  • Janette Kavanaugh Friday, 07 December 2012

    GET WELL HOMER

    I'm not sure that when you gave us Homer's story that you had any idea that the whole world would fall so in love with that sweet, remarkable little black cat. Thank you for sharing him with us, Gwen. We all are so much better off because of it. And I think your last statement says it all. . . that you are so honored to have been chosen by him. I am praying for him that God will continue to let him chose his own time in his own way. . . hopefully, many years down the road.

    Sending chin scratches and love pats from my brood. . Little Bit, Daisy, Patch, Ginger, Little Boy, Bebe, and Izzy. We love you and Homer.

  • MizzBassie Friday, 07 December 2012

    Healing purrrrrrrrrrrrrrs to Homer

    Sorry to hear Homer is ill but glad he has you to take care of him. Sending him lots of Healing purrrrrrrrrrrrrrs.

  • Janessa Friday, 07 December 2012

    Love You Homer!

    Homer is an inspiration to my one-eyed kitty! I am giving copies of Homer's Odyssey to ALL of my friends this year at Christmas. Praying for many happy, content, purr filled days for you Homer and comfort to his family.

  • Chelle Saturday, 08 December 2012

    Enjoy every day together

    I wish for you both a wonderful holiday and loads of happy miracles. Hugs.

  • Renée de Bruin Saturday, 08 December 2012

    Homer!

    Way to go, Homer. I wish you well from Holland, Europe.

  • Tina Stevens Saturday, 08 December 2012

    Get Better Soon HOMER

    I love your little boy "HOMER" so much, ever since i read your book, I knew this little cat was Extroadinary & he sounds as if he is just as you said "tough as nails" just from reading Homer's Odysey, I learnt a lot about life, just from the determination tat Homer showed to be as normal as any oter Cat. I love how you Love him, just as we all love our kitties, please keep up your Great work lokking after the "Little Man" & take care of yourself & your husband & of course Clayton & Fanny, Lots of HUGS to you all from Australia & a Special BIG HUG for Homer.

  • Carri Saturday, 08 December 2012

    Thinking of you and Homer

    Gwen - I agree that Homer is an inspiration to us all! I hope he contiues to be a tough kitty and fight this issue he is having and that the mediciation will put him on the road to recovery. I think of you and Homer often.

  • Doreen Fraser Saturday, 08 December 2012

    LOVE YOU HOMER!!

    I remember seeing your book at the book store, bringing it home and not able to put it down until I read the whole thing. I have never laughed or cried so much reading that book. You are truly a very special kitty and it had to be fate that brought you and Gwen together. I pray that you are able to beat this illness and have many more years of happiness with your family!!

  • Lisa Saturday, 08 December 2012

    Keeping you all in my thoughts...

    Hoping the liver meds work and that Homer can overcome this setback. I will keep you all my thoughts. Much love from my kitty crew - Stripes, Leo, Opalina, Snuggles, and Midnight...

    Lisa

  • Verna Spier Saturday, 08 December 2012

    My heart is breaking...

    although it is smiling too. Gwen and Homer I can barely see through my tears to type. You two are truely soul mates, two wh were meant to be together. God will know when you are strong enough and only then will he take his precious boy. You are so lucky to have this time with Homer. My Pinkie should have gone sooner than he did, but we were given lots of extra time to love and kiss and play. I miss him greatly, but he is here on my shoulder every second. Homer will never leave your side.

    I pray for you and Homer, give him a kiss for me.
    Love, Verna

    This little boy still has time left and he will give the joy until his last breath and always. You are so lucky to have found him and he you.

  • Jimmy Saturday, 08 December 2012

    Homer

    Maybe its what brought you two together that also sustains both of you .

  • Mr. Breeze (@kittehboi) Saturday, 08 December 2012

    Keep Fighting Homer!

    Purrrr I read about how you chased dat bad man out of your mom's apartment. You are da bravest kitteh I know!
    Hope da v-e-t figures out da right treatment FAST!

  • Sandra Saturday, 08 December 2012

    Homer.....I love You So Much

    Homer...Thank-You so much for giving back to all of us. Your Mommy is a True Hero and Angel living here on this earth. What she's done to share her heart and your story...is so heartwarming. She allowed us to believe you are our cat as well. She is so generous to have shared you with "The World"...Gwen....we all continue to support You and We are all soooo incredibly Thankful to You for allowing us to follow You, Your Husband, Homer, Clayton and Fanny on your journey. Homer, You own a piece of my heart and "always will"...I love you little guy....I hope you're not in any pain.....

  • Cyndi Saturday, 08 December 2012

    Gwen thank you so much for keeping us up to date on this little guy that has captured all our hearts. It pains me to hear he is in such bad shape but I am so grateful he has you! Prayers and healing energy for you all......

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