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

  • Josh Nagy Friday, 07 December 2012

    Ya'll are just incredible. Thinking of you and yours. All the very best!

  • gail Friday, 07 December 2012

    you are both so blessed to have each other....
    i love you Homer boy....keep on keepin' on!!! lots of healing white light headed your way!

  • Gloria Caballero Friday, 07 December 2012

    We're rootin for ya Homer from the border!!

    All of ur friends at SCOOTERS PLACE here on the border with Mexico send their hugs, friendship and admiration! Hang in there my friend and if we can help in any way, just send us a meow through the cat waves!- Phantom

  • Rose Richardson Friday, 07 December 2012

    Tears and Joy

    Homer and his story brought me both tears and joy and now that little dude is doing it again. Last year we fought for our sweet Georgie boy who was our one eyed little gem. He was so brave and strong, like a lion in a little body. Homer is like that already, a little panther! I pray that you, Laurence and the baby cats cherish every moment with Homer. And that the little panther in a Homer suit will become well and spend a long time with you!

  • Mitty, Pippy and Mamama Friday, 07 December 2012

    We Love You Homer!

    Homer, our Mommy tells us lots of stories about your courage, sweetness, and your wonderful family...we are so sad that you do not feel well, and wish we could give you some of our treaties to make you feel better...sending you purrrssss and chin scritches handsome kitty! xoxoxo

  • Virginia S. Barlow Friday, 07 December 2012

    Prayers being sent for you and Homer

    I agree with what you are doing. We have doctored & doctored cats until you know it is time. Hoping Homer does not have cancer or anything too serious, but just remember all the good times with him & keep on praying he gets better. Love your books as well as loving Homer. He is the best!!

  • Mary Stewart Friday, 07 December 2012

    If we can help

    I'm trying to figure out what to say through my tears - I love Homer so much. I know vet bills can be expensive, especially when they need to run multiple tests to see exactly what is wrong - and if you need help please let us know - I think most everyone would want to help if they are able.

  • Josephine McClelland Friday, 07 December 2012

    We will all be praying for you Homer. When the tough gets goin the goin get tough. Hang in there and do your best to get better soon. We love you.

  • Hedda Schupak Friday, 07 December 2012

    Love and prayers for Homer (and you!)

    I hope and pray that Homer will be one of those miracle cats that lives well into his 20s, but if that isn't G-d's will, know that he will always be with you no matter when his body decides to wait for you on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. May it be that that day is still very far away. On a more practical note, is his medication also available as an injectable? Sometimes it's actually easier to give an uncooperative cat a shot. It's nerve-wracking the first few times you have to put the needle in (ask for a very fine gauge) but it actually doesn't hurt them that much in the scruff of the neck, and it's better than the battle of trying to give the medicine orally.

  • jackie munson Friday, 07 December 2012

    Hugs and prayers homer and family. He's always been a fighter....may your days always be happy and full of purrs.. ..xoxoxo

  • JULIE ENGLER Friday, 07 December 2012

    PURR-AYING FUR YOU!

    Homer, we are all purr-aying VERY hard for you to get well. Some of us know what it is like to be so sick as to be touching the other side with 19 toes already... and yet made it back to the loving arms of our human purrson. You can do it, you can do it, you can do it. We know you will. You love your Mom too much to leave her bereft at Christmas. We are sending you special healing vibrations from our collective whiskers, some of which are very long! Especially Narnia. She has VERY long whiskers. She, in fact, one year ago to this day, had almost all 20 toes Over The Rainbow Bridge, even the vet was sure she was not going to survive that terrible night, but she did, she did ! She sur-purr-ised us all by getting well, very very very slowly, it is true, but she is well now. So WE KNOW it can be done. You have always been a Supurr-Hero, a Wonder Cat, so we are sending you extra-strength healing vibes with all the love in our hearts. Signed: Julie & Rudi Engler's Fur Children: Bastet, Blanco, Bijou, Darby O'Gil, Aslan, Kerowyn, and Kechara. Erika Engler (she is Rudi and Julie's human daughter)'s furries: Aragorn, Eomer, Narnia, and Samba.

  • Dorothy Friday, 07 December 2012

    LOVE AN HOPE TO YOU

    I rushed home today to see how the little man was doing. I have all the faith in the world that Homer has many more chapters left in his book of life. I have a beautiful little black furbaby myself and we have been battling kidney failure since the 8th of October and she is fighting with all of her might like I know little Homer bear will do. So keep your head up Gwen and know that there are hundreds of people out their that are praying for you and your little man.

  • angela Friday, 07 December 2012

    Praying for you all , Homer, you are an inspiration to me, love, love, love you XXX

  • Susan Friday, 07 December 2012

    Joshua,James,Tank,Schroeder and Susan

    All the best wishes and prayers from 4 cats and a girl,I read Gwens book and just fell inlove with Homer. Good Luck! Susan

  • ap Friday, 07 December 2012

    I am praying for Homer. I know exactly how you are feeling. There is nothing worse than having a sick cat and not knowing what is wrong!! This is one of many times I wished they could talk! My heart goes out to you and prayers will keep coming!

  • Jane Winegardner Friday, 07 December 2012

    Thoughts and Prayers

    Homer, you are such a strong and spunky cat. So many people love and admire you. I hope and pray that you're with us for a long, long time. Hugs.

  • Susan Goulet Friday, 07 December 2012

    SENDING HEALING THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

    Dear Gwen,

    As lucky as you are to have Homer, he is just as lucky to have you. The devotion you and Homer share is just so moving and admirable. He couldn't have a better human, and I'm sure he knows that. Thank you for taking such good care of this very special boy. With your patience and help, Homer overcame much adversity; hopefully this is just a simple speedbump. God bless you for allowing him to live his life on his terms, in his own time. He is a very special cat with a very special owner. You are both in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Cathy Horan Friday, 07 December 2012

    Homer's test results

    My God Gwen!!!! I was afraid it was "bad" news, but I also am not the least surprised that HOMER IS THE AUTHOR OF HIS OWN FATE!! And I believe in all my heart that, although he definitely is a VERY TOUGH KITTY, his reaction is partly an indication of how *close* his and your relationship is an has been. LOVE flowing from one to the other creates miracles, at both ends. "Keep up the good work" -- don't stop loving him, appreciating him, talking to him, holding him, telling him how *huge* he has been in your life, etc.

  • Rachel Friday, 07 December 2012

    Well wishes to you Homer

    I hope this might help... Four years ago we lost a cat to liver cancer and CRF. He had an episode where he collapsed and vomited. After rushing him to the vet and having many tests done, they found his liver enzymes elevated. Finding that, they proceeded to do an ultrasound on his liver and found the mass. We decided not to do surgery because of his age and potassium level issue. What we did do was put him on a medicine called Marin. It has milk thistle in it which supports liver health and helps to keep it functioning. It's more of a natural remedy. I wanted to pass this information on to you. I know how much a pet can touch our lives and become such a part of our family. I wish you and Homer the very best and hope this might help.

  • Valerie McMullen Friday, 07 December 2012

    Valerie McMullen

    I have been a fan of you and Homer since I was given your book as a gift a few years ago. What determination and spirit Homer has! I'm glad you were his chosen human as so many others would have given up on him long ago! May you continue the fight with beauty and grace which is what Homer is all about! Many purrs and prayers sent from Phoenix!

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