Posted 20 August 2011 - 03:03 AM
Every now and then, she's picking on the bandage - then gives up and leaves it alone for a while. This morning, when I put her in the car, she was so intent on that bandage that she accidentally flipped over upside down, with wings spread - and she had no intention of flipping herself back over. Regardless, I helped her roll back over.
I was honestly worried last night, as she would not support herself. If she was in her food dish, she either used the sides as support for her head, or tucked her head into the dish. If she was on the bottom of the cage, or on the wire shelf I provided for her, she was laying down, head on the wire. She slept last night with one of my monitors as a sort of 'night light' in case she wanted to move around or if she accidentally freaked out. I passed out around 9:30pm, when she couldn't decide to pass out in her food dish, on the perch, wire shelf or elsewhere. Woke up a few times in the middle of the night, starting at 2am. Each time I woke up, she was in a different spot - asleep. At 6am, she was passed out in her dish.
I gave her a piece of millet (6:30 or so) next to her in her dish. At first, she growled at me, and then after the piece was in the dish, she happily munched away at it. I didn't bother her again until around 7:30am to give her her meds, and remove the dish to clean it. She was not happy with either, although when I replaced the dish with seed in it, I had picked her up out of the cage, placed her in the dish, and as I was setting the dish inside the cage, my hand still over her body, she started to munch away at the food. She currently has 1 dish of seed, 1 dish of pellets, 1 of water and a few pieces of millet sprig placed around the cage. The rope perch and wire shelf are placed low in the cage.
The day was spent with her cage near my desk where-in she rested, ate and chewed on the bandage. She's eating well, but she hasn't been drinking. Concerned, I tried giving her some water via syringe, but she was not keen on that idea, to say the least. Early afternoon, I did take her outside so she could enjoy some sun and heat (I sit at the opposite side of the room from a swamp cooler, so it was a tad cooler). That perked her up for a bit, but she wasn't interested in sitting in the sun all the way, and since it was late-ish, the spot I had her in kept losing sun and going into shade.
Took her back to the vets at 5pm, she received the Sub-Q Fluids and the a-vet feels as if she's doing better. She certainly appears to be doing better than yesterday - during the times that she's active. Was told that if she's dehydrated, she would stop eating - so as long as she's eating, I'll assume that's a good sign! And she's definitely eating!
She appears to be doing much better tonight, especially since she tried flying inside the cage and landing on the side - which didn't go over too well... I moved up the platform perch and with some "help" (okay, I wasn't very helpful) she managed to fly up to the perch where she found a piece of millet to nibble on (after eating seeds from one of the dishes)
The Saturday appointment has been cancelled, although she's still going in on Monday. I'll be dropping her off in the morning, the a-vet will remove the bandage and determine if it's okay to leave it off, or if she needs to place a new one on. Likewise, if she's not feeling well on Saturday (not much I can do Sunday) I can take her back in for some more Sub-Q fluids. I suspect I'll be monitoring her over the weekend.
Monica & Fids (Fids = Feathered Kids)