The Rickeybird Scrapbook, 1984 - Updates

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Oh, mannnnnnnnnnnnn, now there is a fun idea for a thread, or a few posts...
A Cheesecake Calendar... of sexy hens... or hey, why not "The Roosters of PF" with buff boy-birds posing and flexing?
Okay, somebody should do that. Anybody? Go ahead?
I will slack around and maybe give it a try this weekend.
I mean... THAT would be some funny stuff right there!
Challenge Accepted!!!

I present this pretty pair for your delectation, Aunty G! Cheesecake or Beefcake, I know you will agree these two have all bases of masculine pulchritude covered between them! πŸ₯°

I would like to suggest Valentino as "Mr February" cos February 14 is his gotcha day. 😍

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GaleriaGila

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OH, GOOD GLORY, MARTINUKA!!!!!
Alright, then, once again, she exposes and exploits my profound vulnerability to buff green budgies and sloe-eyed hirsute rmenfolk. Yeah, Valentino can have February, but your ol' man gets the whole year.
Okay, I gotta get busy here...!
 

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And, in the BUFF ROOSTERS category...
MR. SEPTEMBER!
Hang on a moment... wait for it...


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I wish to pay tribute to Mr September by way of haiku.

"Barbarians!! Bow
Before Budgie Boy Buffness!
Breathtaking Bird Boss!"

γ©γ†γ‚‚γ‚γ‚ŠγŒγ¨γ†γ”γ–γ„γΎγ™
 
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The Rickeybird Medical Update

In response to your kind inquiries, here is the sketchy lay person version of the Rb's issues.

To start with, he's going on 39, the rough equivalent of a 95-ish-year-old-man.

Hematocrit reveals high percentage of red blood cells, which is a flag for over-production due to poor circulation system... i.e., the body isn't getting circulation and perceives this as not enough red blood cells. Unfortunately, this only results in sludge-like blood due to too-much-red-blood cell percentage. Eventual result, heart failure due to strain. So there are meds that help. Enalapril... helped for a while. Then began to fail. I still continue that, and will.
Tried Isoxsuprine to augment the Enalapril, but he refuses it. I'm still trying to get it in him but it is FUNKY-tasting. Meanwhile, hematocrit creeps up. Healthy number is 50... his has been rising, is now 60. Critical is 70-plus. So... vet wants to do an outpatient procedure where he simply takes out a bunch of blood, thus lessening the concentration, thinning the blood, perhaps resetting the system, while I continue to attempt better administration of Isox... various juices, sauces, whatever may make it palatable. Due to my muscular dystrophy, I can't restrain him for meds, not even sure that would be productive...
Bottom line, he has to ingest meds willingly, through trickey, flavoring, whatever.
So in two weeks, we go in for the procedure. It really won't be much scarier for him than the routine blood tests, and he will only be away from me for 45 minutes or so. I will of course be crying and hopefully not throwing up. I'm SOOOOOO mature about this stuff. My own medical issues? I'm good. The bird's issues? I'm a hysterical embarrassment to myself. Happily, Vet is a wonder, a master, an international DUDE, and has seen the Rb since '97. when we moved back up North. He genuinely loves birds, especially his special buddy, and I trust him completely. So.
So.
Having been unable to have kids, my amygdala (the main locus of maternal attachment to infantile stimuli) has definitely grabbed on to the Rb's tail and he is my neuro-child. LOL
What am I gonna do?
I'm gonna do what can be done until the treatment is more odious than the symptoms. I wanted a long life with my bird... does the phrase "be careful what you wish for" come to mind? Nawwwwwww... I'm grateful. We will work it out. Friends and family don't really get it, but... Y'ALL DO! And I'm so happy to have you here.
And that's the Rb update.


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"No, is all liez, Im fine. Ridicululious! Wherez the chilleez?"​
 

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People yaaaa!! They barely understand human with human relationships. Come with a Parrot and the clueless factor raises vertically. I have found that with a known group, I do not even discuss or bring-up the topic.

You are so very correct, as other Parrot lovers do deeply understand. Know that we are here and will be long into the future, dear friend.

RB Strong!! With Huge Warm Amazon Feather Hugs and our Prayers flowing your way dear friend!!
 
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All our hopes, Aunty G, from MrLK and me and our little flock. Sending a Universe of strength to the Rb, and all our love and prayers to all three of you too πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™
 
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Where have you all BEEN all my life?
How I treasure you.
Rb goes back in tomorrow. I promise a full report.

Geez... ya know... I'm re-reading this thread... over the years...
And I'm feeling pretty strong, thanks to that. I have really done right by the ill-tempered old rooster. I adore him, and always will. I will be strong for him and grateful for our decades together.

Film at 11.

NO, NOT REALLY!

Thanks, darlings.
 

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Aunty G, it's us who need to thank you. You've been there for each and every one of us, again and again, in times of great joy and devastating heartache, the pages of the epic Scrapbook bear witness to your incredible strength and generosity of spirit. We treasure you too, and your marvellous ill-tempered rooster and the magnificent Rival - you three are stronger together, and all of us are stronger because of you. πŸ’– πŸ’– πŸ’–

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I can't believe I missed this. Sending prayers and much love to you and Rb, and I hope yesterday vet visit went well.


Aunty G, it's us who need to thank you. You've been there for each and every one of us, again and again, in times of great joy and devastating heartache, the pages of the epic Scrapbook bear witness to your incredible strength and generosity of spirit. We treasure you too, and your marvellous ill-tempered rooster and the magnificent Rival - you three are stronger together, and all of us are stronger because of you. πŸ’– πŸ’– πŸ’–

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There is no way I could have said this as eloquently as Mart, but I agree with all my heart.
 

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In response to your kind inquiries, here is the sketchy lay person version of the Rb's issues.

To start with, he's going on 39, the rough equivalent of a 95-ish-year-old-man.

Hematocrit reveals high percentage of red blood cells, which is a flag for over-production due to poor circulation system... i.e., the body isn't getting circulation and perceives this as not enough red blood cells. Unfortunately, this only results in sludge-like blood due to too-much-red-blood cell percentage. Eventual result, heart failure due to strain. So there are meds that help. Enalapril... helped for a while. Then began to fail. I still continue that, and will.
Tried Isoxsuprine to augment the Enalapril, but he refuses it. I'm still trying to get it in him but it is FUNKY-tasting. Meanwhile, hematocrit creeps up. Healthy number is 50... his has been rising, is now 60. Critical is 70-plus. So... vet wants to do an outpatient procedure where he simply takes out a bunch of blood, thus lessening the concentration, thinning the blood, perhaps resetting the system, while I continue to attempt better administration of Isox... various juices, sauces, whatever may make it palatable. Due to my muscular dystrophy, I can't restrain him for meds, not even sure that would be productive...
Bottom line, he has to ingest meds willingly, through trickey, flavoring, whatever.
So in two weeks, we go in for the procedure. It really won't be much scarier for him than the routine blood tests, and he will only be away from me for 45 minutes or so. I will of course be crying and hopefully not throwing up. I'm SOOOOOO mature about this stuff. My own medical issues? I'm good. The bird's issues? I'm a hysterical embarrassment to myself. Happily, Vet is a wonder, a master, an international DUDE, and has seen the Rb since '97. when we moved back up North. He genuinely loves birds, especially his special buddy, and I trust him completely. So.
So.
Having been unable to have kids, my amygdala (the main locus of maternal attachment to infantile stimuli) has definitely grabbed on to the Rb's tail and he is my neuro-child. LOL
What am I gonna do?
I'm gonna do what can be done until the treatment is more odious than the symptoms. I wanted a long life with my bird... does the phrase "be careful what you wish for" come to mind? Nawwwwwww... I'm grateful. We will work it out. Friends and family don't really get it, but... Y'ALL DO! And I'm so happy to have you here.
And that's the Rb update.


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"No, is all liez, Im fine. Ridicululious! Wherez the chilleez?"​
Oh no, that doesn't sound good! I hope everything will be ok! Sending hugs and prayers.
 
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GaleriaGila

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Well... no big change... his hematocrit continues to sneak upwards, which is bad, BUTTT... he is in excellent spirits, looks fine, sounds fine (well, you know what I mean) and we have The Plan for that procedure next Tuesday morning. He won't be away from me long, We should be home that afternoon.
AND I WILL TELL YOU SOMETHING --- I feel alright. I promise. No fibbing. You have really helped me settle and find peace with my journey.

Onwards, to a good POTM entry this month!
 

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