We've gotten the results of Maddie's biopsies and the news is good, if a bit unusual. Or Strange. As in StrangeRanger. There's a reason I picked this name for my blog.
There is no cancer <insert massive sigh of relief>. Maddie has several ulcers and inflammatory bowel disease. The cause of the ulcers is a massive amount of helicobacter.
Cats normally have some of it, but Maddie apparently is prime property for the bacteria. Think Boardwalk and Park Place. The internal medicine vet thinks that somehow Maddie got a massive influx of this stuff, thus causing the ulcers and inflammatory bowel. The ulcers got worse and worse and led to the bloody vomit.
Prognosis? Cautiously optimistic. Maddie has three (!) different flavors of anti-biotic, a stomach-coating med, and Pepcid AC. We do this for two weeks and report back to the doc. With luck, Maddie will be back to normal. We're not out of the woods yet (have you tried to give a 15 pound cat close to 10mL of nasty-tasting liquid meds? ain't easy) and we still have to figure out what happened to get Maddie's system out of whack enough to allow the runaway infection. The inflammatory bowel may be a problem all by itself and made Maddie vulnerable to the helicobacter and we may have to treat that. Also, while cancer doesn't seem to be an issue (and is not very likely) it's not been ruled completely out, but the news is better than we could have hoped.
Thank you to everyone who sent wishes and prayers. That St Francis must have some pull, somewhere. I am humbly grateful. It's meant a lot to know that you guys have been out there, pulling for our girl.