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She is perching and preening.
Thanks much for your information and compassion. We will try to set up a 'bird icu' as you recommend and watch her carefully.
Thank you. About an hour ago my wife got Andrea out of her cage and said she was looking very bad. We put a heating pad on my wife's lap, put Andrea on the pad, and draped a towel over her. Andrea was making a kind of clicking(?) sound (like when you have phlegm in your throat) with each breath. She was breathinh with her beak open. Her body was laying down without leg support. After 30-40 minutes of this, Andrea climbed up my wife's chest and to her favorite shoulder. She has been perched there (2 legs) and no longer with her beak open. She is breathing very rapidly (>100/min), though, looks like it takes effort. We will take turns sitting with her tonight until something changes.
Andrea stayed on my wife's shoulder for several hours more.She was still, awake, and not happy about any kind of movement. She did not want to go to her cage or with me to another chair. Andrea settlted down some hour by hour. When my wife had to get up and go to bed, Andrea let my wife put her in her cage. That was about 7 hours ago. I woke up a short while ago and peeked in on Andrea. She is on her perch and breathing more slowly (more like 60/min than the 120/min we saw earlier) and it looks like she is not working as hard to breathe. (Fwiw, we all have an unusual sleep cycle here, and napping or slowly waking up about this time (1:00PM Eastern) is not uncommon for these two humans and two cockatiels.) I am trying to line up an emergency vet visit today or tomorrow; I'm concerned about the travel and vet visit trauma, though.
I appreciate your concern and will be updating you later today.
Time for an update. Andrea did survive through that ordeal. In the two days since, she has been 'acting somehat normally', to the point of vocally protesting my taking her out of the cage for her oral liver support med. She has spent some time out on my wife's shoulder and with her buddy.
Andrea was more subdued today and didn't eat for half of the day, but she has been eating some pellets and Avicakes on her own in the last couple of hours. She is moving about in the cage sometimes, looks 'normal'. (I think I'm getting over-vigilant.)
Anyway, The vet said a few days ago that he wanted to give her an 'injection of liver supplement'. I think we will go ahead asap since she and we have survived the weeekend. What can you tell us about such an injection?
Thanks again for your continued caring for Andrea. More updates as they come...
Dr. Abbott - I am happy to report that Andrea has apparently established a 'new normal' baseline for the last few days this week.
She lost about 10% of her weight since this ordeal began a couple of weeks ago. She was a bit plump at 105g for years before this. She is eating a consistent amount now (1tsp pellets, 2 Avicakes, a few grams of millet) on a daily basis and maintaining her weight at 94g.
Andrea is adapting to the loss of vision that was occurring at the same time that this episode began. She generally has a short daily walkabout with her cockatiel buddy April, and likes to 'watch TV' with her mother or me for an hour or two in the late evening. She is less active in her cage than months ago, but easily navigates to her food and water (w vitamins now) dishes.
We have been placing and changing often paper towels under her perch so that we can observe her poop patterns, which are looking pretty normal.
We did not get that injection yet, but plan to do so this week.
I will contact you if there are any major developments.
Thank you once more for your wonderful support! Best wishes.
Well, Andrea left us yesterday evening. We humans and her cockatiel buddy April are all very sad.
Right after I gave her the usual 2nd dose of liver medicine,... I started to describe the details... She is gone and we miss her. It is tempting to run through the 'woulda, coulda, shoulda' scenarios and find blame, but we know that will not change the sad fact of Andrea's departure.
Twenty years of love.
If you have any words of advice for these days of grieving they would be welcome. Thanks again for everything you have done to make her time with us a little longer.
Christopher and Ana Woodard