Lucy slept on me from about 7am through till about 2pm. We were very late last night as my hubby worked to gone 3am. Apart from falling over and one eye (the left) slightly more dilated than the other, she's eating normally, purring normally and just being Lucy.
As today is Christmas Day the cost of any vet treatment is more than we can afford and it wouldn't be our own vet but some locums. I know it sounds as if we're putting money before Lucy but the last lot of treatment left us broke and in debt. I work as a temp and had my contract cut short by a week and a half - money we were relying on. We haven't even bought any Christmas presents this year - the first time ever in my life.
Lucy seems a little steadier - still obviously off-balance but she was able to jump up and down from the bed herself today. Last night I had to help her up.
I'm hoping our vet will be open tomorrow (Boxing Day).
I'm assuming she's had a stroke and did some research just after I posted. She certainly has the symptoms of a stroke but I'm hoping it's a mild one. I found a website with a forum from people who's cats have had strokes. One cat is 19 and has made a 99% recovery so I'm not writing Lucy off yet.
One person had written in that they thought their cat had had a stroke and it turned out to be an inner ear infection. Given that Lucy has had this awful illness recently, that has also crossed my mind.
If the Mods don't object, here is the link to that site as it may be useful to others (Note to Mods: Please edit this post if this is not allowed).http://www.faqs.org/qa/qa-5712.html
It's all from people who have nursed their cats through this and sometimes had to let their beloved friends go.
I'll post later on and let you know how Lucy is.