Update for Cherny

Update for Cherny

Dear Friends of Cherny,

I decided to do this update as a “formal” update, including a photo, because I wanted you all to see how well Cherny is doing.
Please read on …

On Friday evening I took Cherny for her checkup with the surgeon.
He confirmed that her tongue was doing just what we had hoped: the dead tissue had sloughed off and the tongue was nice and pink underneath.
He said that he also expected any pain she was feeling to diminish greatly over the next few days and that we should start trying to taper off on her pain medication.

He said that there was plenty of tongue left.
Now, we had to wait and see if Cherny would/could start eating on her own again.
Only time would tell and it could take a few weeks for her to relearn to use her tongue.
Meanwhile, we are to keep feeding her through the tube to be sure that she is getting needed nourishment.

I am happy to say that Cherny’s mood has improved tremendously over the last 4-5 days.
She has once again become active and interested in her surroundings.
She again loves spending the day in the outside Solarium.
Since she was an indoor-outdoor cat long ago, she is very interested in the outdoors.
In fact, she was so insistent in going “out” the other day that we decided to take her for a walk.

We fitted her with a cat harness and leash and took her to the lawn behind our building.
Cherny was so happy to be outdoors roaming the property.
You can see from the photo above how intent she was on exploring the area. (If you look closely, you can see the end of her feeding tube hanging down behind her left shoulder.)
Outdoor walks are now part of Cherny’s daily routine.

And, to top off the good news, yesterday it appears that Cherny was able to take a small sip of water on her own!
Things are still touch and go with her, so we don’t eant to get carried away.
But, we are hopeful that this is a sign that she will be able to start eating on her own again.

Once again, thank you for your prayers and support.
Please keep doing whatever you’re doing.
I will keep you up to date on our girl’s progress.