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Old 02-16-2019, 11:26 AM
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Re: Severe Head Trauma - what would you do?

Thanks for a wonderful update! That Loki visibly improves day by day is most heartening. Hope he returns to normalcy, if not high functioning. You and your husband are awesome parronts!
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Old 02-16-2019, 01:24 PM
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Re: Severe Head Trauma - what would you do?

I just saw this thread now. Just wanted to say "go Loki!" So happy things are coming along!
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Old 02-16-2019, 02:58 PM
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Re: Severe Head Trauma - what would you do?

I’m so very happy for you and Loki, this is wonderful news and I’m sure his doctor will also be impressed with his progress when he sees him. Keep us in the loop!
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Old 02-16-2019, 05:21 PM
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Re: Severe Head Trauma - what would you do?

I think the general medical consensus at least with humans is the first 24 hours there could be brain swelling and all that...given that your bird has passed that and improving, means that we can call loki "out of the woods".

I have to believe you have a great vet and that you take excellent care of your precious family member. I was encouraged they also thought you should bring loki home, and taught you how to administer the meds.

I'd send a positive YELP to that clinic.
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Re: Severe Head Trauma - what would you do?

I keep smiling every time I pass this thread: so glad he is home and improving (a lot!).


Every time I read about parrots in hospital I feel so sorry for them: they bond like crazy with their flock ..and then they are all alone (depending how well the people in the clinic are with birds), so when they get reunited \o/
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Re: Severe Head Trauma - what would you do?

This is awesome news!!! It really does sound like he's going to make close to if not a full recovery over time. It is amazing how recovery from a concussion/head trauma starts progressing more and more each day after the swelling and bruising subsides. The fact that he's actually able to fly and get off the ground is huge. I didn't expect that so quickly. He's obviously a strong, healthy bird and wasn't at all ready to throw in the towel...

Keep us posted, I'm sure your CAV is very pleased with his progress...
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Old 02-17-2019, 08:16 PM
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Re: Severe Head Trauma - what would you do? - LOKI UPDATE

Loki's CAV was very impressed with his progress. She was present when Loki was first brought in to emergency and when he took his turn for the worse 2 days later. She has now dubbed him her "Lucky Bird" and was proud to show him off to the rest of the ICU staff that had worked with him the previous week. It made me very happy that she saw such a huge improvement in him.


We have been able to stop the gavage feeding for now. Loki has been actively eating his fresh foods and seed on his own. I have noticed that he seems to have trouble lowering his head for now. I did comment on this to the vet and she stated she wasn't surprised. We've bought and modified some new bowls to raise the food to a higher level to make it easier for Loki to eat on his own. We are still giving him formula to ensure he is getting all the nutrients he needs, but we are able to just use a syringe now. The CAV recommended we use Harrison's recovery formula once we run out of the Emeraid they provided.



She did tell us that it is possible that this is as good as Loki can get, but i feel that was just her way of letting us know what the worse case scenario is. I feel very confident that Loki will recover more than he has. I will be pleasantly surprised if he does make a full recovery. But for now, I just want happy, healthy and functional. We'll deal with whatever issues or deficiencies with as much love and care as if he made a full recovery.



My little daredevil has actively taken to climbing the sides of his cage. He is currently being housed in his sleep cage in which we had removed all of his perches and lined the bottom with some quilted pads i made. And we have a small heater near by to keep the cage at a constant temperature. I have a small towel draped over the top of the cage to help stabilize the temp in the cage which covers about the top 1/3 of the cage completely.
We came home from a shopping trip yesterday (after dropping Loki off after his Vet visit) and i look in on him only to find an empty cage!


Well let me tell you, i about had a heart attack, lol. i for the life of me could not figure out how our little Houdini managed to escape.



Here, Loki had climbed all the way to the top of the cage and was out of sight under where the towel was covering. Needless to say, we have once again modified his sleep cage with a few strategically placed pieces of cardboard to lower the height of the cage temporarily. i have placed a low perch (about 3 inches off the bottom of the cage) to give him a place to step up and try to perch while he continues his recovery. Right now he is still climbing the side of his cage, but the cardboard is limiting his height. if he were to fall, it will be less than his body length. Knock on wood, so far, he has been able to climb down from his low point on the side of the cage without too much trouble.



I am finally breathing easier since this all went down. I want to thank you all again for your kindness and support. And i hope (god forbid anyone would need it) that this post will be helpful for anyone else that goes through an issue similar to ours.



I'm trying to get organized so i can get some of my photos transferred to my pc so i can document his recovery in pictures as well.



Thanks again!
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Re: Severe Head Trauma - what would you do?

Sooooo happy reading this!
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:43 PM
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Re: Severe Head Trauma - what would you do?

Just some photos to show progress.
1. 2 days after the accident. We weren't sure he was going to make it. You can see the bruising under his eye. I had put my hand in his incubator to try and clean up the seed a bit and he crawled over into my hand and just lay there. (also, that's pomegranate juice on his mat, not blood)





2. This is 6 days after the accident. We had survive our first night at home with round the clock feedings. (sorry for the crappy pic, i was half asleep) He wasn't very active the first 48 hours we had him home.





3. 8 days after accident and 3rd day at home, he began trying to use his feet and was trying to get a grip on my fingers. Bruising was also less prominent.





4. Tonight (2 weeks since the accident) He's standing on his own, giving cuddles, climbing around the walls of his cage, eating well on his own (still offering him formula supplements twice a day). He's still very wobbly on his own, but we can see the progress every day and the bruises are almost completely healed.






Sorry, not sure why the pictures rotated the way they did. I'm still new to this.



But as you can see, our Lucky Loki still has a long way to go.... but he's determined!



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Re: Severe Head Trauma - what would you do?

What a good baby! Sounds like he's recovering rather well. I wish you both the best of luck and I am so glad you decided to take him home.
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