ok next theory...
Sunday, April 21, 2013
... about what could be wrong with georgie.
we've been through it all. vestibular disorder, infection, stroke, brain tumor, epilepsy, Addison's disease, meningitis, lyme disease; they all fit and at the same time, nothing fits.
now I see similarities to Parkinson's. maybe he's having a series of mini-strokes which are destroying brain cells, then neuro-impulses don't make it to the muscles. so he topples over.
he can't get a grip when he jumps onto smooth surfaces, but he can climb up his cat-tree to sleep on top of the closet.
his head is tilted to the left, sometimes more, sometimes less.
his appetite is good, but then again, sometimes less, and he is slowly losing weight.
the vets think he is blind and deaf, but he isn't... at home, anyway.
I believe his voice has changed a little, it's deeper and scratchier now.
even while resting, he sometimes has a strong heartbeat and breathes heavily. then sometimes he is quite peaceful.
he is losing control, but at the same time is learning to compensate, and he has become extra-cautious when he hears strangers or cars approaching. nevertheless, nothing can keep him indoors when he has decided he wants out.
for a while he had stopped marking everything up (which he did ever since I got him 14 years ago) but he has resumed claiming the apartment for himself in this fashion.
antibiotics did him absolutely no good; he no longer takes the liquid pain medication; and of 4 attempts at getting cortisol into him, only one worked. so I can't really say if that is helping. I see him weakening... until I try to get a pill into him!
might as well go chasing after moonbeams.