Duran Moon had
surgery yesterday and the strange cyst inside his
upper eyelid turned out to be an abscess, just as I
suspected. Cleaning it out was very involved and
we're hoping it didn't result in any nerve damage.
I'll have to wait for the swelling to go down to see
how well his outer eyelid can blink (inner eyelid is
also has an oral yeast infection, likely due to the
infection taxing his immune system and possibly also
brought on by his daily Baytril.
So... he is off
Baytril and gets ointment on his stitches (which are
purple!) twice a day. In addition he gets his mouth
rinsed out with 28 ml of Nystatin twice a day and
100 mg Ketoconazole tablet once a day to get rid of
the oral yeast infection. He'll go back for a check
up February 10th.
meantime, he needed a full avian blood chemistry
done to check the level of infection from the
abscess and we had to do a culture on it as well.
Total vet bill
for Moon was nearly $1000. Prescriptions today cost
over $200 more.
Young Matthew's bills are up to $700 and we have a
culture out on him to see if that tells us anything
else. If it comes back clear then it appears that
testosterone levels are the culprit--having ruled
all else out.
I spoke to Dr.
Otka today about Young Matthew and his prolapsed
phallus (about 1/2 inch exposed). We're going to
wait for him to get a little stronger and then he
will need to have his phallus reinserted and then
get a few stitches (in the tissue surrounding the
phallus) to hold it inside.
Good news is
Young Matthew is eating a couple earthworms and even
took a few bites of watermelon today. This is a big
improvement from not eating anything. I still have
to syringe feed him 30 mls, 4 times a day to keep
him strong. My whole life revolves around these
feedings... his life in my hands. Dear boy...
Tomorrow I will
be driving to get Lulu the Toulouse goose from
Nevin's farm and bringing her to Mystic Village.
They have a 22 year old male Toulouse who needs a
companion. I'm volunteering my time to unite the two
lonely geese together.
I'll get up in
the morning, change out Young Matthew's towels, feed
him breakfast, put him in the tub for 30-45 minutes,
load Isabel onto the school bus, let the barn ducks
out for the day, give Moon his meds, come inside and
blow dry Young Matthew (45 minutes), set him up in
the sunroom for the day, drive 2 hours to Nevins
Farm, drive 2 hours home, feed Young Matthew brunch,
change out his towels, drive Lulu the goose to her
new home (45 minutes), drive 45 minutes back home,
feed Young Matthew lunch, change out his towels, do
laundry, change out all the sanctuary water buckets,
top off feed and hay, check daily emails, pick up
Isabel from basketball practice, bring ducks back up
into the barn for the night, give Moon meds, feed
Young Matthew dinner, change out his towels, do more
day... Thank goodness we haven't been hit with a ton
of snow like last year or I think I'd be falling
apart right now. Phew!
I put out the
February newsletter and posted messages on Facebook.
When I sent it out we needed to raise $1700 for Moon
and Young Matthew, but since then Moon's
prescriptions brought the total up to $1950. We need
to raise this before the credit card bill arrives at
the end of the month. 30 days... Can we do it?
Back on line
because I just checked email and donations and
commitments are starting to come through! I can't
believe so many people are helping already! I'm so
overwhelmed, my eyes are tearing up (could be
because of sleep-deprivation, but I doubt it!).
Laura, Kristen, Phyllis, Tanya & Tim, Marlys, Tom &
Deb, Julie, Alexandre, Scott & Kim, Susan and a few
people are posting our call for help through their
own website venues--thank you, thank you, thank
I think we're
at about $350 so far... I hope they keep coming...
THANK YOU, EVERYONE for helping put Momma Duck's
heart at ease. You are all so wonderful and amazing!
You mean the world to me and to our ducks and geese!