Thursday, June 2, 2016

LITTLE SAMMY

It all started as what I interpreted to be a sneeze. I checked for dust, hay and whatnot. There was no dust, no hay, no whatnot. Sammy was fine the next day. Fast forward two weeks ...

It all started as what I interpreted to be a sneeze. I checked for dust, hay and whatnot. There was no dust, no hay, no whatnot. Sammy was NOT fine the next day. I know what the beginning of stasis looks like all too well. I rung up the vet.

Sitting in the vet's office, I just *knew* -- call it intuition, if you will.

The Vet decided upon X Rays in order to rule out low grade pneumonia (it has been seen around here). She brought back the X Rays - and this is what we saw:


Yes. Stasis. But wait ... WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?!

THAT
is some sort of mass in the urinary tract. Cue Sammy's mournful "mew."
I will spare all the details of everything done (which included medications, sending him home, going back to the Med Vet twice). What I will share is that I hope to never hear such a mournful sound from any of my bunnies ever again.

Come Saturday, or maybe it was Sunday. It could have even been Monday ... Sammy went BACK to Med Vet. Procedures were discussed. Chins were tapped. Brows were furrowed. With each moment I felt a little worse -- to the point I was sure I was about to have a nervous breakdown.

IN PAIN AT THE VET'S

The next day the phone rang. GOOD NEWS! Sammy gave birth, without need of surgery (which would have more or less been fatal due to his stasis) to a .25" stone. A full fledged, bona fide STONE.



Sammy's full name is SAMUEL L. JACKSON -- because he is one tough MOFO.
After seeing this, I believe he has lived up to his name.

We are still majorly medicating, giving SUB Qs all the while watching what is left of my hopes and dreams march single file out of the bank account.

Meanwhile....
I spent an evening in the hospital. I decided upon that nervous breakdown after all.
This lady was grossly upset or sick or tired or some such. I bided my time with nurses and doctors -- mostly weeping about a sick rabbit and explaining my diagnosis garnered from WEB MD concerning the pain in my side.  Their diagnosis was that WEB MD is wrong; it isn't fatal. I'm not sure I believe them ... BUT I am currently on a plethora of meds and am ordered to stay away from WEB MD.
I go back for my own set of tests next week.

Sammy sits here looking at me as if to say: What's wrong with you?
My response: I got stasis.

Me and Sammy.


CREGGAN WHITE HARE


27 comments:

  1. I hope you both feel better soon!

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  2. My heart goes out to you and Sammy! What a ride! Take care and snuggle each other!

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  3. Sending you both love and hugs!

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  4. My heart and prayers are with you and Sammy, We've been there - my rabbit, Spice (a Dutch Rabbit), was dribbling urine and straining we too thought Stasis or Urinary Infection, well to make a long story short, she also had a bladder stone, But... too big to pass so into surgery she went, much hand wringing and worrying being she was about 8 or 9 yrs old, she came out of surgery fine, and they removed... a Large Bladder Stone... the size of a Quarter!!!

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  5. Hope all three of you fully recover soon; bunny, you, and the bank account.

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  6. Omg. You're a great storyteller Penny. You should do a gofundme campaign to get funds for Sammy and you. Get well you both. Xxx

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  7. Poor Sammy! He's my hero. I hope you feel better soon!

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  8. Get well soon to you and Sammy..
    Lots of love from all of us here...
    ~ Soleha, Bella and Mommy

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  9. Wow, just wow....so glad Sammy and you are toughies

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  10. Wow, just wow....so glad Sammy and you are toughies

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  11. Our two buns, Beezus and Ramona (sisters from the same litter) both had bladder stones. We ran Ramona back and forth (80 miles on way) to MedVet for a few weeks, waiting for Dr. Oglesby to return from vacation to operate on her. Beezus passed hers on her own. They were both relatively huge for 6 lb bunnies. Our love to Sammy!

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  12. Love to you both! Prayers, good vibes, the health fairy...whatever you both need to mend.

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  13. I am so glad that Sammy was able to pass the stone. I have worked with some very tough urinary problem bunnies and they can really be touch and go. I hope he recovers well and gets back to regular eating and pooping!
    (Part of me is wondering if I should recommend one set of x-rays at routine wellness exam visits. I don't know if it is just a matter of more being diagnosed these days, or if there are just so many bunnies now with good human slaves who notice when they are ill that it *seems* like an increase in cases.)

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  14. I am so glad that Sammy was able to pass the stone. I have worked with some very tough urinary problem bunnies and they can really be touch and go. I hope he recovers well and gets back to regular eating and pooping!
    (Part of me is wondering if I should recommend one set of x-rays at routine wellness exam visits. I don't know if it is just a matter of more being diagnosed these days, or if there are just so many bunnies now with good human slaves who notice when they are ill that it *seems* like an increase in cases.)

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  15. Oh sweet Sammy! I'm so glad he's okay. My bun Professor Fritz just had a bladder stone back in March. It was horrible; he was shuddering in pain. He ended up having a series of surgeries and a torn urethra, and every time he went back for an operation, I kept thinking I'd never see him again, but he came through all right (just like you, can't say the same of my savings account, but worth every penny). He's performing his morning zooming and grooming, so I think he feels it was worth it too. Thank God for our vets & their bunny techs! It's absolutely heartbreaking to have a sick bun, so your reaction sounds totally reasonable - hang in there yourself! The good news maybe for Sammy, is that when Fritz was recovering, the only way I could get him to eat anything was to whet his appetite with a little banana, so his daily banana offerings increased dramatically! I even tried mixing some banana in with the critical care (didn't help much, yuck). Sending lots of bunny love from Marcie, Fritz and our other bun who looks like Sammy - Natty Bunppo (came to all the bladder stone vet visits for moral support, so definitely deserves a shout out).

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  16. Prayers and hope for you Sammy. Just get well very soon to give new adventures to your mother to draw. You are Samuel L. Jackson, so you are a hero, you are strong and you are tough, fight against disease little warrior, be courageous and be back soon. Love and support from France, kisses and prayers from Paris.

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  17. So much love for you both. ❤️😘

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  18. Love to you both! Prayers, good vibes, the health fairy...whatever you both need to mend.

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  19. So glad you both are in the mend. And that no one needed any procedures!!!

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  20. Yikes!
    Glad he passed it. Our late, great Rex Derby had a stone that he very nearly passed - it got stuck and had to be removed.

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  21. I have never seen an x-raid rabbit. That is good to have people who will help you.

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  23. The carrying out of such research has allowed to put the exact diagnosis and to appoint the treatment. It was serious enough, because it had to do with the urethra.

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