My cats and I have a psychic bond that allows me to sometimes know what they are thinking. Sulie looked like he was eating. It took me days of him wasting away, with me drowning in my own misery, to pick up on the fact that he was starving to death. The poison he ingested affected his mouth so he couldn't pick up food or move it down his throat, though he could swallow. He finally screamed at me, "Mom, I'm starving here!", and I "got it".
I immediately got a seringe (spelling) and filled it with chicken broth and began feeding him with that every 2 hours. Slowly, he began to respond and gain a little strength. Once I saw that, I began mixing a little wet cat food with the broth and feeding him this mixture. After almost a week, he was finally able to stand alone. It took another week before he could at least bolt food into his mouth, and this morning he was finally able to get food into his mouth and chew. I groomed him and cleaned him up several times a day because he kept wetting himself. He looks and feels so much better and is now well on his way to recovery.
Throughout all of this, I was aware of how thin our hold on life can be. It was a humbling experience to know that the life of my kitten was in my hands those four days. I couldn't have gotten him to a vet if I had tried. I could barely make it up and feed myself. Yet that little guy struggled for days to make me understand what was happening to him. His strength and courage were awe inspiring. Lady Bast, Beth, and Jeff sent so much healing to him and it helped so much. I was too sick to heal him myself, so I am blessed in my healer friends.
My own struggle to breathe and deal with this just seemed to flow. I knew exactly what to do for myself and how to do it. The only medicine I needed was a decongestant and Guafenasin to help me breathe. Once I called my friends, they bought this for me and brought it over, and Michelle made a whole pot of home made chicken/vegetable soup for me so that I didn't have to cook. I slept propped up on the couch arm for 10 days because I couldn't breathe laying down. Thank goodness for pillows and high couch arms!
Now Sulie and I are both mostly recovered, just recovering our strength. I hate being "sick-sick" and feeling so helpless. I imagine everyone does. I am, in spite of this, a good patient though, thankfully. I'm so glad I am able to finally get up and around again. If any of you reading this gets the upper respiratory, pneumonia like crud that is going around, go to Walmart and buy the Equate brand "Severe Sinus Relief" that has guafenasin in it. Or, go to Family Dollar and buy Mucus Relief DM. It will thin the mucus and quiet the cough so you can sleep. Both cost about $3.00. It's worked on everyone I recommended it to. And take Zinc every day. It keeps you from getting as sick as you normally would. Stay healthy!