I FINALLY GOT APPROVED FOR CARE CREDIT!! Luckily its enough to get his treatment!!! I'm still grateful for all the support and i'm still going to leave this page up until he officially gets the treatment done. Whatever I have collected so far will be used as the first payment on the card, and any additional donations (though not ridiculously necessary) would be much appreciated!
FINALLY A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL!!!
Thank you all for your support!!! everything is still VERY slow going, and 2013 is seriously trying to kick my butt but Leo and I are still going strong!!
Felicia!! thank you very much for doing what you can to help out!! in truth i've lost hope with this site as well as getting his treatment, but i'm still doing what i can to budget things out! sadly 2013 has not been very kind to myself or my family and this have been very difficult for us. i havent even been on my computer in about 4 months because of all the activity going on at work and things at home. Leo is going well however his body got used to the old medicine and he is now being given a higher potency of the meds. i'm hoping his body either wont get used to it OR it takes a very long time to. other than that i'm glad to say he is gaining some weight (still not as much as before) and no more scratching!! however this is getting extremely costly and if i'm to even be able to attend college i'll need my companion healthy so he can be with me through it all.
it fills my heart with happiness to know that there are people out there that still care! if this link doesnt really nab as many hits please try this link: http://ourleonidas.wordpress.com/
thank you so very much for your kindness!
Hello again!! we finally got his teeth cleaned!! Two teeth had to be removed , but he's doing pretty well =^_^= still giving him his medicine and I noticed he's not scratching as much which is a good thing. I'll try to update more frequently than I have been but work is definitely taking its toll on my system. But as always I'm doing the best I can with what I'm working with! Finally am able to figure out a proper budget for myself to pay my bills and I'm doing really well with my credit card (so i'm hoping to build enough credit to give CareCredit another try), hopefully on top of that I can still give bits and pieces to Leo's fund!
Thank you all for sticking with me with this as well as all the support, you know who you are and you know how much I'm thankful to have you around me <3
hello all!! apologies on the lack of updates things have been a bit stretched. the promotion is working well though work got a lot more stressful and i ended up spraining my back. on top of that Leon stopped eating his favorite food and things were a bit rocky for a few days. i finally found something he'll eat and boy does he enjoy eating it!! he has started scratching again and i noticed that he has a small scrape near his ear. if this keeps happening i'll put those nail caps on so it wont be as bad as the bald spot by his eye.
Thanks to everyone who has been helpful and supportive and to those who have donated. i feel terrible i haven't been able to put much into the fund myself but i'm doing my best with that.
excited to announce i got a promotion!! so i'll be consistently putting money into his fund instead of every other paycheck!! but it still wont be as much as i like due to bills,etc. but i do appreciate all the help and support from everyone who has commented or donated! I put enough to make the total an even $300!! and i hope others will be willing to help little bits at a time (every cent counts!!) and one day i hope to repay the favor :3
will be ordering his 3rd bottle of medicine tomorrow! poor guy finally got used to his daily 2 shots even if he doesn't like them
His appetite is growing! I don't know if its because he's more comfortable with being an indoor cat or if the other symptom of the liquid medicine is taking effect (where the body adapts to the medicine and it doesn't work anymore) which means more vet bills and a higher dosage of medicine due to not being able to afford the iodine
Thank you so much Kimber for helping to spread the word of Leo and his story. Any help is appreciated =^_^=
Apologies on lack of updates, my work hours have been cut immensely so I've been trying to apply for another job in order to support myself and Leo as well as still keep up hope on saving enough to get him this procedure. The nail caps finally came in but I need some help putting them on >.< so I'll be taking him to a groomer friend of mine who will be a huge help with that. and possibly fit him in his harness a bit better than I can. I took him out with his harness the other day and he loved it!!
thank you so much for the recent donations!!!! <3 you have no idea how much this means to me and though he may not know it how crucial this is for Leo to get better! His nail caps should be coming in by the 11th....even though I ordered them on the 27th of last month...i'm just looking forward to having them here so he won't hurt himself anymore.
Happy to at least reach the 100's!! and very thankful for all the visits. I just hope in these troubled times people can find it in their hearts to donate (even if its $1!) each dollar helps. Still no word on those nail caps...though I paid for them...
still doing well! thankfully to all the prayers (and a bit of anti-itch gel) he hasnt been scratching his face as much though he still tends to scratch >.< still waiting on those nail caps. They are purple so he'll be a pretty fabulous kitty :p I'll post a picture up once i have them on =^_^=
Again I came home last night to find his bald spot more irritated and a small scratch which had been bleeding, so I bought nail caps that should be coming in the mail by july 3rd and I hope those will work a bit better. He'll be able to scratch but his claws will be blunted. Will keep everyone posted on how that works
@Donna; yes i have talked to quite a few vets and specialty clinics for this procedure none of them are willing to work out payments and keep referring me to care credit (which I've explained on my page that I am unable to receive) I have a friend who is helping me spread the word as well as sending it to her friends who continue to share this story. I am constantly sharing to facebook and twitter and have a banner to put in my signature in the online forums I'm a part of. Its a bit disheartening to know that over 1,000 people have visited this page with little results, if each visitor donated at least $1 then my goal would be met by now. I wouldn't have to come home to this: see picture attached.
Thank you very much for your prayers Donna he needs all the help he can get.
got a good picture of the little guy's bald spot :( its a little scary to see it that close to his eye. I'm keeping his nails short and blunted so he wont hurt himself
Cuddled with my baby after work today and noticed a bald spot super close to his left eye and just at the back of his right ear :( & this morning was a giant scratch fest. His itchy symptoms are getting worse.
Thank you Krisi <3 Cory and Alyssa!!! Your donations are majorly appreciated and I'm excited to see people who are being generous to help! Thanks to you Leo is that much closer to getting his treatment =^_^=
Thank you Regina for your kind words and thank you for the donations MarScott and Zande!!! Any amount is greatly appreciated and just that much closer to the goal
Leon being a cutie! He was lounging after running about the room chasing his favorite toy. He had to stop and scratch a few times as well as catch his breath but when playtime was over he decided to come cuddle
Noticed that he's scratching his face more and more :- so I have to keep trimming his nails short so he won't hurt himself
Thank you for your comment Jennifer and I'm glad to hear your baby boy is doing well! I looked up the clinic you referred to me and unfortunately they do not do the treatment he needs. I also have already tried to apply for Care Credit and was rejected due to a lack of credit history. I just edited the page to show that. But I do thank and appreciate the help and advice.
I adopted a stray cat whom I've named Leonidas and like any good
pet owner I took him to the vet to have his shots updated and make sure he was
in good health. When he wasn't gaining weight I had some blood
work done and we discovered he had Hyperthyroidism.
At the time I was
told there were two options; oral medication that he'll need twice daily for
the rest of his life, or a radioactive iodine treatment that will cure
hyperthyroidism. The side effects of the medicine are: nausea, vomiting,
lethargy, lack of appetite, and hair loss/facial scabbing (due to the fact the
cats face gets so itchy the cat will literally scratch its own face off in
order to relieve the itch), it can also become ineffective over time.
The oral medicine
was more cost effective since I'm a 21 year old who works in retail trying to
pay bills and save up to go back to college. But I always knew the iodine
treatment is a better option. It's a one-time only shot (with a minimal chance
he'll need it again) and he needs to be hospitalized for approximately 5 days
in order for the radiation to regulate, there are no side effects (besides the
minimal chance he gets Hypothyroidism which is extremely rare and he's a
perfectly healthy cat besides the hyperthyroidism), and he will live a long and
happy life without pilling or liquid medicine.
The reasons I'm
here is because recently I noticed a bald patch above Leon's left eye and the
skin was red and looked irritated, so the side effect I was most afraid of is
starting to take effect. If I could afford to do so I would immediately set up
an appointment to have the radioactive iodine treatment to cure his
hyperthyroidism. Also, everywhere I go they tell me to apply for Care Credit,
and I did. However, Care Credit rejected me because I have absolutely no credit
history and was unable to get approved. I finally have a credit card courtesy
of my bank but the limit is low and building the score takes quite a while.
Gofundme is literally my only option at this point. As much as I'm
uncomfortable taking things from anyone I know this is my last resort. From
every fiber of my being I greatly appreciate and will always be thankful and
grateful to every single person who donates to help my baby boy get his cure.