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Old 02-11-2019, 08:41 AM
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Re: Severe Head Trauma - what would you do?

Congrats on getting him back home...I think you'll find that his recovery will be all the more quick now that he's in his home with his family. It's going to take time, but you guys are obviously committed to caring for him and helping him along, so hopefully you start seeing more and more of his old self every single day...That's how head-injuries and severe Concussions work, the damage slowly goes away and the patient slowly comes back a little each day. It's no different for a little Green Cheek than it is for a person...And I'm certain you and your CAV made the correct choice...

Keep us all updated on how Loki is doing, and if you have any questions don't ever hesitate to ask the community!
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Old 02-11-2019, 09:01 AM
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Re: Severe Head Trauma - what would you do?

I would leave him at the vet (with your visits of course), to see if he stabilizes, for 1 mre week, and then brig him home ,to be with his flock. I am rooting for the little guy !!
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Old 02-11-2019, 09:53 AM
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Re: Severe Head Trauma - what would you do?

Quote: Originally Posted by K4rest View Post
UPDATE:
We spoke with the vet, who agreed, and as i type, Loki is resting comfortably in his modified cage on our coffee table in the living room with us.

The vet and technicians showed us how to administer his anti-inflammatory meds and the proper way to gavage feed him. The provided a gavage tube and syringe as well as the "formula" (for lack of a better word) to feed him.
We will follow up with his avian vet in 3 days time to make sure that he is progressing ok at home.



I am overwhelmed at the response i have received to my post and i want to take a moment to personally thank you all for your kind words.
Laurasea, Flboy, Noodles123, ChristaNL, Tami2, clark_conure, Terry57, Scott, Sandy19, Heedless, MMARC234 and LaManuka your kind words and stories have helped us to know that we arent alone in our experiences. I am thankful for your concerns and your honesty in your advice.



EllenD, my husband and i cried out loud as we read your remarks. We read all this after we got home with Loki and you helped drive home the assurance that we were doing what was best for Loki and i am more confident now that we made the right choice.



All of you are the reason why i turned to THIS forum for help/hope. I have never in my life met a more compassionate group of people that share a common love than i have with everyone here at parrotforums.



I am giving each and every one of you a great big hug of thanks!!!
I was going to reply but...wouldn't you know it my conures just kicked up a bunch of dust and now my eyes are watering....you know, from the dust.

But keep us updated....
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Old 02-12-2019, 12:37 PM
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Re: Severe Head Trauma - what would you do?

Quote: Originally Posted by clark_conure View Post
Quote: Originally Posted by K4rest View Post
UPDATE:
We spoke with the vet, who agreed, and as i type, Loki is resting comfortably in his modified cage on our coffee table in the living room with us.

The vet and technicians showed us how to administer his anti-inflammatory meds and the proper way to gavage feed him. The provided a gavage tube and syringe as well as the "formula" (for lack of a better word) to feed him.
We will follow up with his avian vet in 3 days time to make sure that he is progressing ok at home.



I am overwhelmed at the response i have received to my post and i want to take a moment to personally thank you all for your kind words.
Laurasea, Flboy, Noodles123, ChristaNL, Tami2, clark_conure, Terry57, Scott, Sandy19, Heedless, MMARC234 and LaManuka your kind words and stories have helped us to know that we arent alone in our experiences. I am thankful for your concerns and your honesty in your advice.



EllenD, my husband and i cried out loud as we read your remarks. We read all this after we got home with Loki and you helped drive home the assurance that we were doing what was best for Loki and i am more confident now that we made the right choice.



All of you are the reason why i turned to THIS forum for help/hope. I have never in my life met a more compassionate group of people that share a common love than i have with everyone here at parrotforums.



I am giving each and every one of you a great big hug of thanks!!!
I was going to reply but...wouldn't you know it my conures just kicked up a bunch of dust and now my eyes are watering....you know, from the dust.

But keep us updated....

Damn Green Cheeks...
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Re: Severe Head Trauma - what would you do?

I'm glad he's home too. I don't remember who made the post about dog wheel chairs but my take is I've seen perfectly happy dogs using wheel chairs. They are for the dogs benefit. They help the dog be mobile. We don't euthanize disabled people why is it ok to euthanize disabled animals who can recover and have a decent quality of life.

If they are suffering horribly and can not be helped that's different.
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Re: Severe Head Trauma - what would you do?

Actually that was me and I argued both sides ... but thats okay.


now for the real posting:


Glad you got your bird home!
Now you can journey with him and see how much he improves.
I love the craftsmanship of CAV's but you *know* your bird.
(and nobody really likes hospitals)
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Old 02-16-2019, 10:46 AM
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Smile Re: Severe Head Trauma - what would you do? - LOKI UPDATE

A very good morning to you all. I hope you had a Happy Valentines Day. I was sending my love to you all.


I'm sorry i haven't posted an update before now, but it's been a hectic week with round the clock gavage feeding and a full time work schedule.



I am excited to say that Loki seems to be doing considerably better!


Yesterday was the first day that he ate a significant amount of fresh food and seed since we brought him home. Previously, We were able to get him to drink water when we offered it to him and he would occasionally make his way to the water bowl on his own, but he really wouln't eat much at all.


I came home from work yesterday and he had appeared to been at the small bowl of seed we'd left for him, so i offered him a chunk of apple which he proceeded to chow down on. he followed that up with about 6 pomegranate seeds. i offered him fresh seed and he chowed down on that as well. it was the first time i'd seen him eat "normally". he had eaten enough that we bypassed 2 gavage feedings. (we are weighing him to ensure he's maintaining weight through all this).


Loki is slowly regaining motor control. He is standing on his own now, no longer laying all the time. He still is having major issues with balance and coordination, but we are seeing improvement little by little every day. he appears to have some trouble with his right foot, but he is getting better with it day by day. He is certainly is regaining strength and has taken flight on us a few times when we least expected it. I am struggling with the decision of trimming his flight feathers while he is recovering, for safety sake.


He did have a milestone today. Loki climbed up the side of his cage for the first time since we brought him home. I was quick to put a hand in the cage in case he fell, but he made it up about 8 inches off the bottom and slowly let himself back down.



He still isn't perching, but he is definitely trying.



All in all he is in much better shape today than when i first made this post. he took his last does of anti-inflammatory medicine this morning and the bruising around his eyes seems to be lessening finally.



I wanted to thank you all again for all the kind words and support you have shown. I am trying to get pictures off my phone to post here so you can see his progress.



We have an appointment this afternoon with his CAV to check his progress and i have a notebook full of observations to take with us.


Keeping fingers and toes crossed that the progress continues!


Hope you all have a wonderful day! More updates to come!


Love,
Kelly



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Re: Severe Head Trauma - what would you do?

This is excellent news!
You might consider moving his perches may lower to the floor (if you haven't) because if he does fall, you don't want it to be from a great height.



I am SO happy for you!
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Re: Severe Head Trauma - what would you do? - LOKI UPDATE

Quote: Originally Posted by K4rest View Post
A very good morning to you all. I hope you had a Happy Valentines Day. I was sending my love to you all.


I'm sorry i haven't posted an update before now, but it's been a hectic week with round the clock gavage feeding and a full time work schedule.



I am excited to say that Loki seems to be doing considerably better!


Yesterday was the first day that he ate a significant amount of fresh food and seed since we brought him home. Previously, We were able to get him to drink water when we offered it to him and he would occasionally make his way to the water bowl on his own, but he really wouln't eat much at all.


I came home from work yesterday and he had appeared to been at the small bowl of seed we'd left for him, so i offered him a chunk of apple which he proceeded to chow down on. he followed that up with about 6 pomegranate seeds. i offered him fresh seed and he chowed down on that as well. it was the first time i'd seen him eat "normally". he had eaten enough that we bypassed 2 gavage feedings. (we are weighing him to ensure he's maintaining weight through all this).


Loki is slowly regaining motor control. He is standing on his own now, no longer laying all the time. He still is having major issues with balance and coordination, but we are seeing improvement little by little every day. he appears to have some trouble with his right foot, but he is getting better with it day by day. He is certainly is regaining strength and has taken flight on us a few times when we least expected it. I am struggling with the decision of trimming his flight feathers while he is recovering, for safety sake.


He did have a milestone today. Loki climbed up the side of his cage for the first time since we brought him home. I was quick to put a hand in the cage in case he fell, but he made it up about 8 inches off the bottom and slowly let himself back down.



He still isn't perching, but he is definitely trying.



All in all he is in much better shape today than when i first made this post. he took his last does of anti-inflammatory medicine this morning and the bruising around his eyes seems to be lessening finally.



I wanted to thank you all again for all the kind words and support you have shown. I am trying to get pictures off my phone to post here so you can see his progress.



We have an appointment this afternoon with his CAV to check his progress and i have a notebook full of observations to take with us.


Keeping fingers and toes crossed that the progress continues!


Hope you all have a wonderful day! More updates to come!


Love,
Kelly



This is great news he is recovering.
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Re: Severe Head Trauma - what would you do?

Thank you for updating us
Balance takes a bit to get back. I had that problem with my head trauma. So glad he keeps improving!
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