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

  • Kathy Mancini Friday, 07 December 2012

    God Bless Homer

    Thanks for the update on Homer. I love him. He's such an inspiration to a lot of people. I hope he's around for a very long time! God Bless you and your family!

  • friendbear Friday, 07 December 2012

    friendbear

    Must have said it a thousand times, it makes no difference what vets, or humans, or tests say, they are beyond miraculous, a law unto themselves and no opinion matters but their own! They make the decisions and can rise above any level of sickness and pain in that way only they can! Thinking of you Homer across the pond!

  • Kathryn Barfield Friday, 07 December 2012

    Praying for you

    I don't know what to say except that I love ya'll & I will pray everyday for ya'll & precious Homer Bear. Please keep us updated. I pray that God will heal Homer.

  • Beverly Carlson Friday, 07 December 2012

    This is a heart wrenching/warming store of a wonderful Family member. Why do we pick these members of our family? Can't we live without them? As I sit here and look at the faces of my picked family, a little chi hua hua mix that almost died at birth and a germen shepard mix that was the only one of 16 pup to have NO tail at all, I am over come with love and happyness. I agree that they all deserve to be "picked" and that is why we pick them. To Homer: Keep up the good work of keeping your mommy intertained and happy. To Homer's Mommy: Keep up the great work of getting his wonderful story out there. May you always be blessed with the love of each other.

  • Trooper Friday, 07 December 2012

    Lovin Homer Bear

    Homer has got to be the strongest cat in theworld is all I have to say! a very special cat. Lots of love and I really hope HE decides there is more in this world he needs to do!

  • Sally Friday, 07 December 2012

    Homer and Gwen

    I am so sorry about the vet's report. I have to admit, when I saw Homer's picture this morning, he looked so tiny and scruffy that I thought you might get sad news. Homer has been a blessing in your life and in everyone's life who has read his story. I have enjoyed glimpses into your lives, I've cried at sad news and smiled at happy times. I hope that Homer enjoys many days to come and you in turn can enjoy him. I know that with your care, anything is possible. Peace to you and Lawrence. Please give Homer a hug from me and all of your readers - Fanny and Clayton too.

  • Andrea Hawley Friday, 07 December 2012

    Andrea Hawley

    Our hearts are with you and the rest of Homer's family. He reminds me so much of my Francis. His story was so suspenseful my husband and I could not put it down, being totally able to relate to caring so much about one cat. God bless you and thank you for Homer's story

  • Lori Friday, 07 December 2012

    Score another one for Homer! He's such a sweetie, and I hope he continues to fight and feel OK. Love and hugs (and head butts) to all of you!

  • Caroline Snyder Friday, 07 December 2012

    Gwen, I am hoping and praying that your vet has prescribed him Milk Thistle for cats. It is used in cats, dogs, humans, horses to treat liver disease of all causes. My brother was receiving Interferon for liver disease with NO response until I persuaded him to take Milk Thistle.. he started to respond almost immediately and is now fully recovered. In Germany, the doctors there prescribe it WITH Interferon.. unfortunately UK docs are VERY closed-minded! Milk Thistle is a natural supplement, well-known for helping with liver disease in cats, dogs and humans alike.

    The active ingredient in Feline Milk Thistle is called Silymarin. This substance...

    Helps protect against free radical damage
    Aids in stabilizing liver membranes
    Helps support liver recovery
    Guards against toxins binding to the liver

    Milk Thistle also supports the production of new liver cells in cats, helping to replace the damaged cells. It is a helpful supplement whenever your cat isn't feeling well. It supports the liver and helps with recovery. As an anti-oxidant, Silymarin is even more effective than vitamin E.

    Feline Milk Thistle is useful health support when being treated with things like:

    Antibiotics
    Corticosteroids
    Chemotherapy drugs
    Chemical heartworm medications

    Milk Thistle is an all natural herbal product that is gentle enough for long-term use.

    What is Liver Disease

    There are many different types of liver disease and they should be diagnosed by a Veterinarian . Liver disease can be a life threatening illness, and cause a lot of damaged if it is not diagnosed soon enough, and well maintained.

    Common Symptoms of Liver Disease

    Liver disease symptoms vary depending on the cause and type of liver disease. Some of the common symptoms include

    Loss of appetite
    Weight loss
    Yellowing of the eyes, skin, and mucous
    Lethargy
    Vomiting
    Seizures
    Bad breath
    Diarrhea
    Increased water intake
    Increased urination
    http://www.petwellbeing.com/products/cat-liver-disease

    Note there are 87 reviews for this particular product.. and the average approaches 5/5! I researched the best treatment specifically for beautiful Homer :^) It is also remarkably inexpensive too!
    PLEASE give it a go.. this will be Homer's BEST Christmas present ever!

  • Karen Friday, 07 December 2012

    Go Homer!

    It's quite unbelievable how this little guy can keep going. And yet, it's not. Your love, Gwen, has helped Homer conquer more than anyone would have dreamed. Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas.

  • Jill Copeland Friday, 07 December 2012

    This perfect match

    Having read the book and following your blog, I have no doubt that you and Homer are the perfect match. You are both tenacious and fierce protectors of one another. While I hope and pray Homer has many good months left to live, we can't know what's in store. He knows you will care for him as long as you can and you will let him go when he lets you know it's time. You saved his life and it may be safe to say he saved yours. God bless you both and your family, too.

  • Donna King Friday, 07 December 2012

    My experience..

    I learned, through nursing my own beloved kitty through illness, to allow kitty to call the shots.. If Homer is eating trust me....he is okay.. My sweetie quit eating and refused his meds (he locked his jaw down hard). All living beings have one thing in common.....our fate and futures are uncertain. So with that said, Homer knows the deal.. Any cat that eats a chicken breast with a revenous appetite knows the real deal.. As for the hospitalization....good call... The stress on the poor guy coyld be too much.. Signed....somebody who just experienced something very similar...I still miss and love my Andy...

  • Diane Seguin Friday, 07 December 2012

    I Think It Is Love . . .

    that is keeping Homer strong. Your love, Laurences' love, and the love of all the people who have read Homer's story. I'm praying that God will heal Homer and give him a looooooong life.
    My love to you all, Diane

  • Erin Turner Friday, 07 December 2012

    Sending thanks and prayers...

    About two years ago my daughter brought home two tiny kittens abandoned by their family and only a few days old. I was not thrilled but being the sucker I am I said I would do my best to keep them alive and find them homes. After about a week they were doing well except for one who had a possible eye infection. After a trip to the vet she was given some eye drops but it never seemed to get better. They thought she had a form of feline herpes. We went through a few medications and with the swelling in her eye continuing I was not happy with the care at the cheaper vet and took her to another one. They finally sent me to a kitty eye doctor. The doctor determined she had a condition where the kittens were born with no eyelids and this may of lead to the problems with her eyes. When Oreo was three weeks old her eye had become so swollen they had to remove the eye. We were happy she would at least have one good eye and went ahead with the surgery. All went well with the surgery but after a few days the other eye began to swell and in spite of quick treatment for this type of gluacoma we were told the second eye would have to be removed. You can only imagine this tiny kitten barely able to eat yet, but still playful and sweet. She never complained through all the treatments. She would sit on top of my daughters shoulder all the time just nuzzled in the crook of her neck. People kept telling us to put her out of her misery, that she could never have a good life being blind, etc. While pondering what to do with the vet (and figuring out how to pay for the second $1500 surgery if we went ahead with it) a vet tech told me about Homer's book. I immediately went and got the book and read it until I finished it that night. It was after reading what a wonderful life Homer has that I knew there was no doubt we were going to do whatever we could to give this cat a chance. Its now two years later and Oreo never left us. She is a beautiful little soul who chases flies around the house, never misses the litter box, and she and her sister are a part of our family. We have Homer and his Mom to thank for giving us the encouragement we needed to get through it. Homer will never be forgotten at our house and we will keep him in our prayers everyday. Thank you for sharing your lives with us.

  • Hap Phipps Friday, 07 December 2012

    Hope you find the right thing that will help Homer.

    Our beloved kitty had a mystery liver complaint.The vets tried all kinds of things, but in the end the only thing that saved him was surgery--a cholecystoduodenostomy. Like Homer our guy was tough and determined not to leave us. He had 19 staples down his front, but the day after surgery, he was full of bounce and happiness. The vet couldn't believe it. Our boy had been so near death. Unfortunately, the surgery only bought us 3 more years, but they were wonderful happy years which he enjoyed completely. I hope you have many more happy years with Homer, who despite his small size is a giant of a kitty. Can't hear enough about him. You are an inspiration in your devotion to your "children."

  • Shellie Friday, 07 December 2012

    AMAZING!

    That little guy is a fighter. I cried while reading the part in the book where he seemed really sick. I cried because I thought he was going to die. I am sure I will cry when he does leave this world, but I doubt that will be any time soon.

    You are both lucky to have found each other. Thank you, Gwen, for sharing Homer with us.

  • Patty Callies-Warner Friday, 07 December 2012

    I know how beautiful a Cat-Person relationship can be...I quite by accident had rescued a cat that needed a home. But not half as much as I needed her :-)
    Sending Positive Vibes, Love & may God Smile on You All!

  • Lisa Robinson Friday, 07 December 2012

    You are an amazing kitty

    As the owner of a great furkid who I lost 2 years ago.....believe me..he will let you know. As long as he's playing, eating and has the 'quality of life" he's not ready.He amazes me and I was reminded so much of my Ashley reading his wonderful story. Gwen you also made me realize that the bond between us and are furkid is deep and truly amazing. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Get to feeling better Homer. You have a WHOLE bunch of people praying for you!

  • Geri Minard Friday, 07 December 2012

    Best wishes for you and Homer

    Hoping Homer stays strong and keeps fighting! What an incredible cat he is. Thanks so much for the prompt update on how he is doing.

  • JULIE ENGLER Friday, 07 December 2012

    HOMER LIVES!!!

    HOMER : This is The Cat Who Does Not Need Eyes To See For He Can see With His Heart. He has brought joy, tears and inspiration to so many people on this planet, and for all we know, to other planets, for how do we know there aren't other galaxies out there where Homer is as known, admired and loved as he is here on Planet Earth. Kudos to you, little boy! Every moment you spend with us on Earth only makes it better.... THANK YOU FOR STAYING A WHILE LONGER, AND PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO GET WELL!!!

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