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Sophie doesn't seem to understand what is going on. Yesterday Petey was at the bottom of his home for several hours, and she was next to me as I held him last evening, crying. She was all "omg I'm so special and sweet and I loooove you mommy!" last night, her usual adorable self.

When I put her to bed last night, she yelled a few times. I came to check on her, and the first time I came in, instead of being asleep on her cage or on Petey's cage, she was hanging monkey-style with by one foot from the blinds, looking out to the patio, expectantly. I came back a half hour later to check on her, and she was hanging upside down, watching out the window, waiting.

Tonight I have kept her with me all night. I finally put her to bed around 10:00 pm. When I went in to check on her again at 11:00pm she was perched atop the curtain rod, sleeping... and still waiting. I woke her up again and brought her out with me.

Right now she is on my monitor, preening. Her eyes have always been so expressive. I have never seen her so sad. :( She is usually so soulfully full of life and exuberance, combined with a touch of mischief. Tonight her eyes are deep, and seem filled with confusion and sadness. She keeps running over to me, pressing her head against my cheek, her eyes half open, as if drawing comfort from me. I gave her two feedings of moist, warm food (very comforting).

 

In other news, James and I took Petey to Dr. Clubb for a necropsy. I don't think I could have been more shocked with the results. He died from a parasite he got through exposure to an oppossum! There was (is?) an oppossum who was in our patio shed, but I thought she had left. Apparently not--and Petey, while playing in the dirt, must have come across some of the parasites from the oppossum. His lungs were fully congested (from the parasites) and his spleen was 20x its normal size. :( 

It's almost impossible to diagnose this disease. It's called Sarcocystosis. And I thank God for my vet, Dr. Susan Clubb. She wrote the article on this disease, and is such an excellent researcher. Other articles stated there were no treatments for this, but she has had success. Anyway, the scary bit is that it is likely Sophie and Athie have it, too. Treatment will be 2 or 6 weeks of medicine and/or oxygen, etc. as needed. There may be a recurrence...

The hard thing is that Sarc is asymptomatic, which is why I had no idea Petey was sick until he basically had no chance. I'm quite frankly frightened to let Sophia out of my site. I love this bugaboo like my own child and if anything happens to her I am not sure what I will do...

She and Athie will be going to visit Dr. Clubb first thing tomorrow to get started on the treatment. Please, please don't let anything happen during the night.

Date: Nov. 21st, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jourdannex.livejournal.com
Jen, thank god your pet knew exactly what you were dealing with...the little ones will be treated and they will be fine, I have to believe that in times like this.

....I am so sorry Petey is gone....I am so sorry that Miss Sophie misses him...I think we underestimate all that they understand. I know Sophie was closer to him but how is Athie doing?

They will be fine Jen. They just will be...because it was caught and it's treatable. Please let me know how it goes tomorrow.

I am so sorry for your loss :(

P.S. typo

Date: Nov. 21st, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jourdannex.livejournal.com
"your pet" should be "your vet!" omg. :(

Re: P.S. typo

Date: Nov. 21st, 2008 05:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sophiedoph.livejournal.com
No prob--I understood :) :)

Date: Nov. 21st, 2008 05:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sophiedoph.livejournal.com
Thank you. *hugs* I will let you know. My home computer is on the fritz so it's hard to do anything on it right now, but I will update you.

Thanks again.

Date: Nov. 21st, 2008 05:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] summer-jackel.livejournal.com
oh, hon. I hope it goes well and they are ok and I'm so glad that you have such an awesome vet. Please keep us posted.

*hugs*

Date: Nov. 21st, 2008 05:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sophiedoph.livejournal.com
I will. Thanks.

Oh I am so thankful for Dr. Clubb. What an earth angel, and such peace to know that we are lucky enough to have her in our area, our birds are in the best hands there are.

Please, Sophie, just last the night. I just put her to bed, finally. I can hardly let her out of my sight, for fear she will suddenly grow ill. At her gravest of moments she would be alone... I can't bear the thought.

*hugs*

Date: Nov. 21st, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rad-frog.livejournal.com
Your vet sounds wonderful. It's nice to have someone who knows what's up so at least you have that to hold on to at a time like this.

My thoughts are with you, J, Sophie, and Athie that you will all be healthy and make it through this. :)

Date: Nov. 21st, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smldada9801.livejournal.com
Your vet sounds wonderful.

Will be thinking of you and of Sophie and Ath in the coming weeks. Keep us posted.

Date: Dec. 9th, 2008 12:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lupinelullaby.livejournal.com
Hello! I saw you post over in [livejournal.com profile] _marriedlife_ and took a peek at your journal. It's absolutely wonderful. I love your posts about your beautiful parrots and your pictures are stunning. Would you mind if I added you as a friend?

Date: Dec. 15th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sophiedoph.livejournal.com
Sure! I'll add you back :)

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