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Why don't specialist ever call you back!!!

post #1 of 17
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I want to know if any of you have had the same problem with a specialist or even your vet never calling back!!!. Squeeker has been having seizures for almost a year now. We tried some medicines and when that did not work, we went and saw 1 of the 3 neurologists in town. It was working well for a while untill he started prescribing medicine that is way too expensive-we tried it for a while but it did not seem to help any. We went back to this neurologist and it became a "let's wait an see" game, but "please keep me updated." Yeah right-the jerk never calls you back when you need it. So we then tried another neurologist up at the veterinary teaching school-she even made fun of the 1st neurologist and understood our frustration with never callling back! Now we are going on week 4 of waiting for a reply from her-in the meantime Squeeker is continuing to have seizures and they are getting worse. It seems the only way to get an answer from them is to go, sit for hours on end waiting for an appointment and then forking over hundreds of dollars-which I would do if I weren't due to deliver my first baby any day now. Both had said that they would be happy to work with us over the phone-especially since I am a vet tech. I am frustrated at the lack of concern for the situation-seizures are not something to "wait and see" on and in the meantime poor Squeeker is the one who suffers. I have had him hospitalized in the last week for the seizures and am at a loss for what to do next-I would just like some answers, I hate to see him like this! I am trying the last neurologist on Monday, but she is not the best in town and she is also extremely expensive and somewhat rude to her clients, that is why she is my last resort, but if she has the same problem as the others she will probably not call back either-or want me to drive the 2 hours it takes to see her to the tune of $500 for and exam!!! I am willing to pay it if she has answers but once again I hate to travel too far away from home or our hopital!
post #2 of 17
"I think its awful what you are going through. Most vets never do things like like this cause if they did they would be fired. Maybe the vets your trying are too busy to help. I would try all the vets you could in your area.

If worse comes to worse maybe you should consitter putting Squeeker to sleep. He would no longer be sufering.

Although I think thats a little too drastic consittering they are VETS after all It IS there job to see that your cat is treated.
post #3 of 17
I know your pain only my beef is with the lab ... It is going on three weeks to get my dogs results ... As for the sezure issue , I have a seizure type disorder and it is controled via diet ...
post #4 of 17
Maybe you could try a Holistic vet. I went from vet to vet until I was happy. I dont like ones who are obssessed with Eukanuba, vaccines or try to tell me that by products are ok for my cat to eat.
Next is holistic vet, cost more, but we shall see.
post #5 of 17
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I have considered using a holistic vet and have not been so sure about it myself, and they are expensive. We have even recently tried acupuncture and that seemed to help for a few days, but now the stress of taking him in for it seems to have made things worse. We will keep our fingers crossed that everything will start getting better and that maybe this 3rd neurologist will have some answers. We are not ready to put him to sleep yet since when he is not seizuring he is playing like the kitten that he is, and does not seem to be suffering that badly yet-his quality of life still seems good.
post #6 of 17
the accupucturist likely can come to you , thus less stress...

HOLISTIC vets usually are NOT more $$$ cept maybe for the first trip
post #7 of 17
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the accupucturist likely can come to you , thus less stress...

HOLISTIC vets usually are NOT more $$$ cept maybe for the first trip
Actually the acupuncture vet that I use is one that I work with, and unfortunately we live very far away from work and she is not willing to come all the way out here. I am not sure where you are from but out here a holistic vet can get pretty pricey, but I will be looking into it here in the very near future-we just have to get my baby born so we can move on and get back to poor Squeeker. Everything has sort of been put on hold until she arrives-never want to be too far away from the hospital!
post #8 of 17
for you and the family ... major kitty issues and a baby on the way
post #9 of 17
Awww I'm sorry about Squeeker, if I remember correctly you posted about his seizures a long time ago I had no idea that sweet baby was still having them, bless his heart. I have never had that problem with a specialist, MY Joey is sick right now and they have been wonderful even though they haven't figured out what he has yet.

Many Hugs and good vibes to you to find answers for Squeeker and for a safe delivery for you and your new baby...Congratulations
post #10 of 17
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Awww I'm sorry about Squeeker, if I remember correctly you posted about his seizures a long time ago I had no idea that sweet baby was still having them, bless his heart. I have never had that problem with a specialist, MY Joey is sick right now and they have been wonderful even though they haven't figured out what he has yet.

Many Hugs and good vibes to you to find answers for Squeeker and for a safe delivery for you and your new baby...Congratulations
Thanks for the good thoughts for all of us, yes I have posted before about Squeeker and his seizures, unfortunatly they are just not getting any better. I did have one of the doctors I work with contact the only other neurologist in town and it was a good plan-she suggested we try a 3rd medication that is supposed to work on the nerves and not affect his liver in any way. I had it compounded today and we will see what happens-lucky for me Squeeker seems to like the new liquid medication! I am just hoping that it will work and maybe we can wean him off of some of the other medications that are harder on his liver. Everyone keep your fingers crossed that it works!

I am sorry to hear that your poor Joey is sick, I will keep my fingers crossed that they find answers for you soon and that he has a speedy recovery from what ever it may be.
post #11 of 17
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Well Squeeker has now taken a turn for the worse-we talked with the 3rd neurologist-she recommended a new drug that we had compounded and started Monday evening. Yesterday I took him to work with me because he blew with massive diarrhea-over the course of the day, he slowly became almost comatose. When you would pick him up he would fall limp like a ragdoll. He is now currently hospitalized on IV fluids and seizure watch after having 2 seizures yesterday. We have an appointment with this 3rd neurologist tomorrow morning and we will see what happens-we just need a whole lot of prayers for him. We have discussed his quality of life and are going to make a decision after the appointment tomorrow-I am just not sure that I am ready to let him go yet, and I know that is extremely selfish of me, but we have been through too much together to not exhaust all options. Please keep him in your thoughts today and maybe we can get him through all this.
post #12 of 17
and prayers //
post #13 of 17
Oh no Squeeker I hate to hear this...MANY prayers coming his way
post #14 of 17
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Just got off the phone with the vet-Squeeker is hanging in there-he is no longer comatose, but he is unable to walk still. They are going to continue IV fluids today and I am planning on going to visit him after my doctors appointment. If he has not had any seizures he may be able to come home for the night, if he seizures then he will stay under 24 hr surveilance. Poor Squeeker!
post #15 of 17
I am so, so sorry. I'm sending hugs and prayers your way that your baby gets better. Please keep us posted.

As far as vets/specialists not returning calls..... this has been my experience as well, not only with vets, but also with doctors. It's unfortunate, but in this day and age we must be proactive and persistant when wanting answers for our babies and also our own health. I am generally a thorn in somebody's side until they return the call. I'll call every day if I have to when it comes to my babies.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.
post #16 of 17
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I just picked up Squeeker from the vet, he is still unable to walk, but atleast he is home where he feels comfortable. I am taking him to the neurologist in the morning and will let you know what is going on. I figured even though I am due any day now, the only way I was going to get any answers was to make the hour drive and physically talk with the doctor. Hopefully I won't go into labor while I am there with all the stress that has been going on lately. Keep your fingers crossed for some answers as well as a speedy recovery!

Thanks to all who have been there to listen and lend us support and good thoughts!
post #17 of 17
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Well I have good news to report, we went to the neurologist today and Squeeker is doing much better. She gave us suggestions on how to alter his medication and she says that his quality of life in her opinion is excellent. She is going to try and see if she can get a discounted or even free MRI-so we will know what is going on with his little brain. She is soo interested in his case that she is willing to do all she can at a cheap price just so she can use it as a learning experience. She said in her 20 yrs as a neurologist she has never seen a case soo bizzarre as Squeeker. Keep your fingers crossed that he continues to do as well as he is doing today!
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