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A mixed bag

20141111_120423_sh21The last blood sample that Bezukhov provided to the vet was fortunately sufficient enough to run the relevant tests.

Unfortunately, the results turned out to be a ‘mixed bag’.  The good news is that compared to the previous blood results, his liver appears to be in a much improved state.  However, Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV) was concerned about the readings for his gallbladder & bile.  It is possible that having a repeat blood test within 7 days could have affected the results, i.e., his protein levels may be lower than normal, so this has to be considered.

Ms EHV recommended ceasing all medication (Ronaxan, Lactulose & nebulising with F10) but continuing with the Aloe Vera & Milk Thistle supplements in his water.  He is to be watched closely for any signs of illness, odd behaviour or seizures.  We plan to repeat the blood tests in about 6 weeks time.

 

 

 

Last Wednesday

As previously posted, Bezukhov has been moulting.   Moults can take a lot out of a bird.  I was not too worried when Bezukhov appeared a bit grumpy & lethargic.  It was after all, the moult.  Or was it?  After awhile, I noticed his poop changing & somehow his lethargy seemed too pronounced.  A few times he also looked like he was vomiting.  He did not bring anything up – it looked more like he had an obstruction or irritation.  My concern was enough to take him to the vet.

On Wednesday 24th September, Bezukhov was seen by Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV).  She had previously seen him over his random seizures.  Since his last visit to her on the 20th May, I made a note of any other ‘episodes’.   In total, he had six over four months, of which two were proper ones & the others were minor that lasted a second or two.

Given Bezukhov’s medical history & his current state, Ms EHV wanted to take x-rays & a blood sample.  With a heavy heart, I signed the form for him to have the x-rays.  She arranged for the x-rays to take place about an hour later & suggested I go home & pick him up later.  With an even heavier heart, I returned home, Bezukhov-less.

Cagney poop top left, Bezukhov poop bottom right.

Cagney poop top left, Bezukhov poop bottom right.

In my absence, though being watched over by the budgie-sitter, Cagney had temporarily & voluntarily moved into the Ferplast with Phineas.  Phineas must have been over the moon with those few hours with just his adored Cagney.

A short time later I received a call from the vet saying that Bezukhov had come round from the anesthetic.  Cue a huge sigh of relief from me.  When I picked him up later that day, Ms EHV gave me a run down of what she had found.  It was already written down & covers a whole sheet of A4 paper.  In short, his condition is “Air Sacculitis & likely liver disease“.

Though it is not confirmed he has Chlamydia Psittaci (this was not detected in his poop sample provided in July), it is apparently a known cause of liver & breathing problems.  His treatment plan takes this into consideration.  It is worth noting that liver disease can cause seizures because toxins are not filtered.

Treatment is as follows:

  • Bezukhov's medication

    Bezukhov’s medication

    Nebulise with F10 solution up to 3 times a day (for Air Sacculitis)

  • Milk Thistle & Aloe Vera to be administered, either directly or in water (for liver)
  • Lactulose twice a day (for liver)
  • Ronaxan once a day for 45 days (for Chlamydia)

I was told the Ronaxan is the most important of his treatments.  Check-up in 4 weeks time.  Results of blood test to be available in a few days.

Though it all sounded very daunting, I was just delighted to be bringing Bezukhov home.  As I brought him into the lounge, there was a chorus of chirping.  He clearly was also relieved & happy to be back home.

Note: Chlamydia Psittaci can be caught by humans so I was advised to take care & also to not allow anyone on chemotherapy, the elderly or very young to handle Bezukhov.

 

A very strong-willed girl

Since I last reported on Atilla’s “step back“, there has been little change in her health. 😦

She sleeps for most of the day.  She still is not drinking (therefore not getting any medication).  She hardly eats.  She has lost a lot of weight.  Throughout the day I offer various food to her – sometimes she eats, but most of the time she does not.

Cagney feeding Atilla

Cagney still feeds her, though it is debatable how much food she actually gets.

The electric blanket is permanently over the Manor making sure she is warm.

Boys staying close to their leader

We have a poop-clearing session every morning & evening as her poops get caught on her lump.  Despite being weak, she can still wriggle for England & each time manages to plant her beak into my finger, much like a mountaineer hurling an ice pick into the side of a cliff to get a firm hold & in Atilla’s case, a way to lever her way out of my grasp.

[Despite not eating much, she often nibbles on the iodine block & I am now convinced she is sharpening her beak for the poop-clearing sessions.]

Once poop has been cleared from the hernia, if possible, during the morning session, I smear some Savlon on the lower part of the lump & aloe vera mixed with vaseline on the top part.  For the following couple of hours, her poops fall past the lump but then start getting caught up again, hence an evening poop-clearing session.

Atilla earlier today

This evening she is quite restless.  Twice I noticed she went down for seed herself (she ignores the seed pots I put in the top level to save her the climb down).  At bedtime, she made her way to the top perch as per usual, but since then there has been some faffing around.  I keep hearing movement & going to investigate.  At  10pm she made her way down to the seed pot again, in the darkness (the cover was on by this time).  Then she decided she wanted to sleep on the swing (despite Cagney being sat on it).  At the next noise, I found her on the perch at the bottom of the manor…  helped her back up.  They seemed to settle but at the next sound I found her on the swing again…  At the last check, she was on the top perch & both boys tucked out of the way on top of the back swing…

I hope she has a restful night.  I will be checking on her as always.

Poop & a sore

Aloe Vera plant

On Sunday there was very little change, if any.  Atilla slept fine overnight, but all poop had got caught on her lump.  I managed to catch her, wrap her in a tea-towel & remove the offending poop.  Once again, I smeared vaseline with aloe vera gel onto her lump to either encourage poop to slide off or at the very least, make it easier to remove poop if it settles again.  Fortunately, after the poop-clearing she was able to poop clear of the lump.  In fact, during the day, only 2 or 3 poops got caught on the lump.

Red sore on left foot

The next day there was still no change – Atilla was sleepy.  Once again, I caught her up & removed her overnight poop from her lump.  Worryingly, Cagney seemed quieter & less active.  His right foot did not appear to be any better.  On closer investigation, I noticed he had a red sore under his left foot.  I can only assume this is because he has been using it all the time & has been unable to rest it.  He must be feeling very fed up.

About 3 times during the day I offered the seed pot to Atilla & she ate.  On one occasion she made her own way down to the seed pot.  She also ate some broccoli & of course anything that Cagney was offering.

Poop mountain, reinforcements & misting

Even though Mr Exotic Vet had cleared poop away from Atilla’s lump, it started building up.  I can only assume this was happening because the poop was either too runny, and/or she was too weak to do her squat & wriggle to propel the poop away from her vent & the lump.  I tried a couple of times to catch her to clean the poop but found it impossible to keep her still in my hand – she could wriggle & squirm for England.  That in itself was quite reassuring in that she was not so ill that she could not resist.

Spinach leaves

In the hope of loosening the poop mountain, I gave Atilla & the toyboys a misting.  As far as leaves, they only had spinach, so I picked out a few large leaves & hoped they would be tempted to get wet.  Atilla came out onto the landing platform quite quickly to investigate but I can only assume the water temperature was not quite to her liking as she turned her back & retired to her perch.  The boys had a little play in the wet spinach but I guess followed their leader & were not able to drum up much enthusiasm.

So, there was no luck with soaking Atilla’s poop, however the poop had to be cleared as it would not be long before it would be mounting up & blocking the vent area.  I decided to call in reinforcements for the next day.

Surprisingly Atilla was quite alert the next morning.  So much so that when I opened up the Manor she clearly wanted to fly & stretch her wings.  She promptly landed on the floor, but when I returned her to the Manor she flew off again, got further around the room but landed on the floor again.  No matter… I felt this was a good sign as she clearly wanted to be active.

Unfortunately, her activity did not shift the ever-growing poop mountain on her lump.

Not long after Atilla’s little fly, the poop-clearing troops arrived (my mum).  After much discussion, we decided the poop should be soaked for at least a minute & the best way to do this would be to put Atilla in a bird bath.  I would be the one to catch/hold her & mum would be armed with cotton buds & cotton wool for shifting the poop.

As a precursor I gave them all another spinach misting (in the hope that Atilla could soak her lump herself!)  Atilla did not have the energy to roll in the spinach but did get a little wet.  Cagney had a crawl through the spinach leaves & got a nice wet belly & Bezukhov had a romp & a dance over the leaves & I think he forgot that he was actually meant to wash himself!

The aftermath

So, after that distraction, it actually took us two attempts to get rid of all the poop.  Both times, I managed to put Atilla into the bird bath with warm water & keep her in by placing my hand over the open doorway (where the bath should hook onto the cage bars).  Atilla attempted to bite a hole through my fingers to escape but the skin on my fingers are like leather now (thanks Atilla & Raspy) so I could withstand the biting.

The soaking definitely helped in removing the poop.  On the second try I managed to wrap Atilla in a tea-towel which made it a lot easier to hold her still for longer.  Once the poop was gone, before releasing Atilla, mum smeared some vaseline on her lump.  I had already mixed in some aloe vera gel from a plant into the vaseline.  I hoped this would protect the skin on her lump as it is difficult to pull off poop that has hardened.

The poop mountain

What a relief.  The deed was done.  Atilla tweeted as she ran back to her perch & I think she appreciated being rid of the poop though did not appreciate the dunking in the bird bath or the general indignity of the process.  I turned the electric blanket on so she could stay warm as her back end was still wet from the bath.

After she recovered she was able to preen her bottom/vent area & tidy it up a bit.