Mimosa was brought to the shelter in September with a shattered hind leg. I took her to the emergency vet as soon as I saw her!
When the e-vet was stabilizing her leg (and cleaning it - it was very very infected) Mimosa stopped breathing under anesthesia. she came back, but with some major problems.
I knew something was amiss when the e-vet came to talk to me w/out Mimosa. I've been to this clinic countless times, they know me well. The e-vet told me what happend and then said, "If it was anyone else, i would say euthanize her. But I know you, you can do this. She just needs really good care for the first week. She will get better."
Mimosa had seizure-like activity that the e-vet said was actually middle ear damage. the poor kitten had the worst earmites I'd every seen, you couldn't even see the folds in her ears.
The first week was heartbreaking. I had to syringe feed her, and I carried her everywhere. I had a diaper on her because she couldn't walk, she couldn't do anything.
Towards the end of the first week she started improving. Shortly after that I realized she was blind and deaf, but I kept telling myself that the vet said she'd recover.
She now has most of her sight and hearing back. She still has some co-ordination problems and balance problems but every day she is a little better. She can get around on her own quite well, and even plays some
At night she stays in a pen, so I don't have to worry about where she is when I get up in the morning.
The other cats treat her well. They groom her and sleep with her. They even try to play sometimes.
I am so glad that the e-vet knew me well enough ot trust me with this little girl. I named her Mimosa for the tree. it is a beautiful ornamental that is almost impossible to kill, you can cut it to its roots and it comes back.
The tree is also a kind of legume (bean type plant) - and Legume was a very very special handicapped boy of mine. I'll tell you about him another time.
The details of Mimosa's recovery are on my website, along with many pictures. Please visit!