Tuesday, July 11, 2017

(June 2017) New Mexico: Sunny's little body couldn't handle all the trauma after being attacked by two Pit Bulls. Owner's GoFundMe page still open to help them with the $8,000 in medical bills owed for trying to save sweet Sunny's life

NEW MEXICO -- Sunny, one of our cats, was attacked by two pit bulls while playing in the yard today.

Sunny is currently at the vet and being stabilized to undergo surgery for abdominal wounds and possible internal injuries. The VCA Animal Hospital estimates the cost for stabilizing Sunny so she can go to surgery and the cost of the surgery, to be almost $8,000.00.

We have been spending all our extra money on helping Colt, the dog that was attacked by coyotes in April, and now that our own pet needs surgery, we find ourselves without the resources to help her.

Sunny will be 2 on June 20th. She is much too young to die just because she was playing in the wrong place at the wrong time and her family has spent their money helping another hurt animal. If you could find it in your heart to help save Sunny's young life, Sunny, my children, and I would be forever grateful.

Sunny needs surgery TODAY (June 4, 2017) so the sooner we can raise the funds for her surgery and treatment the better her chance of survival will be.

Won't you please help Sunny?

Good Evening,
Sunny went to surgery yesterday after being stabilized. It took approximately 3 hours to stabilize her and then she was in surgery over 3 hours. Thankfully, none of her internal organs were damaged as they initially thought. I guess having a little tummy fat is a good thing because it protected her vital organs. Unfortunately, they cannot stabilize her blood pressure (too low) and her labs are all out of whack including her potassium which is at a critical level which in turn could lead to dangerous changes in her heart rhythm. They are planning on administering FFP (fresh frozen plasma) and or a blood transfusion tonight to try and stabilize her in addition to giving intravenous insulin and glucose to lower her potassium level.

Sunny is in critical condition and has had a doctor at her bedside all day. What Sunny needs is a fighting chance. For this to happen, I must be able to cover the cost of her treatment. Again, if you could find it in your heart to help give Sunny a fighting chance, Sunny, my children and I would be forever grateful.
Thank you in advance for any help that you can give little Sunny.

Good Morning,
Sunny made it through the night and is in guarded condition. She has had 3 techs and a doctor at her bedside all night. I am told she is the most critical patient they have now.

Sunny’s FFP infusion ended about 1130 last night and when I spoke to one of the techs caring for her at 3 am, she was more alert and trying to lift her head. Her blood pressures are slightly improved, and she is urinating. I am told that when they changed her bed after she urinated, she was meowing. Sunny’s potassium is much improved, but now it is a little low. The doctor, also named Sunny, said that she would prefer it being a little low to critically high; and I agree. These are all good signs, but Sunny is nowhere near being out of the woods yet. Dr. Young, an internist is going to consult on Sunny this morning. The hope is that they will be able to stabilize her blood pressures today.

Again, Sunny and I need your help. If you can help Sunny in anyway, it would be greatly appreciated. No donation is too small to help this young cat. There are two ways to help: Donate here or call the VCA directly (292-5353) and donate to Sunny’s account #42271. If you are unable to help financially, if you could please keep Sunny in your thoughts and prayers, that would help too.
Have a wonderful day.

Good morning,
Yesterday Dr Young, the internist, placed a "long line" in Sunny. This is the equivalent to a PICC line or central line in a human. Dr. Young also placed an NG (nasogastric tube) to start feedings. Sunny is getting 5 ml/hour of food dripped into her tummy. So far, Sunny is tolerating it well.

Sunny's labs looked good yesterday but her blood pressure remains low.
They moved Sunny to an oxygen cage and added a heater to help Sunny conserve energy. With the oxygen, sunny doesn't have to work so hard to breathe and oxygen aids in wound healing. With the additional heat, Sunny will not need to be expending energy to stay warm and therefore, she can use that same energy to heal.

Sunny had her eyes open yesterday during our visit and even nodded her head once.

Sunny continues to have one on one care at this time. Both Brandy and Katie, her nursing techs last night, stated that Sunny's edema in her legs has improved and she is just slightly more alert.

I will give you additional updates as I get them.

Thank you to everyone that has supported little Sunny either through donation and/or prayer. Sunny and I couldn't do it without the support of caring and generous people like you.

I hope your day is bright and "Sunny".

Good Morning,
Sunny is still in critical condition but she is still fighting. Sunny still has a one to one nursing tech but no longer has a doctor at her bedside.

Sunny’s “long line” that they put in on Tuesday was pulled yesterday afternoon due to it “no longer working”. They did not place a new one I am told because the “criticalist” (specially trained veterinarian dedicated to treating life–threatening conditions) Dr. Reese, didn’t feel that Sunny would survive the procedure. Sunny also lost her urinary catheter and a peripheral IV site yesterday. Sunny’s NG tube clogged up and had to be replaced yesterday as well. Apparently, yesterday was not a good day for Sunny’s lines.

Sunny had compression stockings on when I got there but unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture before the doctor put a blanket on her to help conserve body heat. Sunny’s temp this morning at 0200 was 100.4 without the blanket and with the “hotdog” (heating pad) turned down, so it looks as though she is starting to maintain her body temperature better. Her edema in her legs is much improved and although they removed her compression stockings around 0100 today, Brandy, her nurse, stated she will be putting them back on later this morning. They will be used intermittently to help with the edema.

Although Sunny’s labs are stable, we are still fighting to stabilize her blood pressure. Her MAP or mean arterial pressure was hanging around 55 this morning. We need the MAP to be greater than 60 otherwise she will be shunting blood away from her vital organs to keep her brain perfused.

Sunny is continuing to receive nutrition via her NG tube and appears to be tolerating it well. She continues to urinate and defecate so there does not seem to be any issues with her bowel or bladder at this time.

We decorated Sunny’s oxygen cage yesterday with pictures of St. Francis, Jesus and a guardian angel. We also gave Sunny a St. Francis figurine to hold on to. (see picture) Sunny needs all the good thoughts and prayers you can send her way. She is a fighter, but she can’t do it alone. 

Sunny’s hospital bill isn’t getting any smaller. If you could please send the Go Fund Me link to all your social media contacts and share it with your family and friends, Sunny and I would appreciate it. https://www.gofundme.com/help-sunny-shine-again

If people would prefer to donate directly to the VCA, their number is 292-5353 and Sunny’s account number is #42271. No donation is too small, but every donation makes an impact on Sunny’s survival.

Thank you for helping Sunny to shine again. I hope you have a nice, "Sunny" day.

Good Morning,
I regret to tell you that my beautiful Sunny succumbed to her wounds and has passed away. Sunny fought the good fight, but apparently, she went into SIRS (Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome) and she was just too weak and tired to fight anymore. 

Sunny was a special kitty. She was very loving and trusting, which ultimately appears to have caused her death. Sunny leaves behind 5 litter mates and her mama cat. Sunny's other litter mate, Skyler disappeared from our house in February. It has not been a good spring at the Burns house for kitties. Although my children and I are just heartbroken when we look at Sunny’s litter mates and mom, we take solace in a quote from Lord Byron that states “Once you have loved, You will always love. For what's in your mind may escape, but what's in your heart will remain forever.” Sunny will forever remain in our hearts.

Thank you to all who donated to Sunny's account and/or sent prayers and good thoughts Sunny's way. Sunny and I appreciate it more than you will ever know. I will be keeping the Go Fund me site active in case anyone would like to make a donation to help cover Sunny’s medical expenses. I know it is a lot to ask, but the bill is enormous and I could use some help. Thank you in advance for anyone who can find it in their heart to help us out.

Nishan Panwar said “Death takes the body. God takes the soul. Our mind holds the memories. Our heart keeps the love. Our faith lets us know we will meet again. I believe that one day I will be reunited with my beloved Sunny so in closing, I will end with the Rainbow Bridge Poem.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
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GoFundMe: Help Sunny Shine Again
Created June 4, 2017
Barbie Burns

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