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.
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|