With great sadness I must report that our beloved Lucy passed away.
I sat with her for two hours, stroking her,
telling I love her, begging for her to get better.
At 20:45 Lucy passed away while I was holding her.
I am soo sad, that I can't talk right now...
Drying my tears as I write this
Lucy's Health Update day 3 (16:15 CET)
This morning at 6:45 am (CET) it was time to give Lucy her medicine again.
So I 'unlocked' her bedroom again, placed it on a towel on the couch,
opened it, and took Lucy out. I then had to give her her medicine,
which is a bit of a struggle. Holding Lucy on her back in my right hand,
with my right thumb, trying to keep Lucy's paws away,
while administring the medicine with my left hand.
Using a stand-in here.
After I took Lucy out of her bedroom I noticed that she urinated just a little bit earlier;
because it contained still some blood, it was horrifying to see:
Heartbreaking isn't it?
I am supposing that not all blood has been removed from her blatter,
therefore it could well be that this has been in her blatter for a while.
I personally have never suffered something like this, but people who have
assured me that going to the bathroom is painfull.
At least I know now, that Lucy's blatter must be as good as empty.
I am hoping this will give her some relief for now.
Good news is that Lucy produced some droppings!
I didn't see them for two days, maybe it was just too painfull for Lucy.
Lucy is also breathing more relaxed as opposed to yesterday.
For documentation purposes, here's Lucy havin' a nap,
15 minutes after I gave her her medicine this morning:
Do you see the blood in the above video?
This is how it looked like, when I got back from work:
current treadmill total: 485,033.00 meters! (17:30 CET)
Lucy's Health Update
Lucy didn't like it when I woke her up this morning to give her her medicine.
I 'unlocked' her bedroom, took it on the couch, opened it there I found grumpy Lucy.
She didn't feel getting out, so I took her out and with a bit of a struggle managed
to get her medicine in her mouth.
I then returned her to her bedroom, and 'locked' it back on her cage.
She didn't want to stay in her bedroom, (with a probably horrible taste in her mouth).
So she went to have an hours worth of sleep in her Meditation Room.
Because it's a huge climb for her, I lowered it today.
I have never disturbed Lucy in her Meditation Room (although I could in case of an emergency),
so it's a safe-haven for Lucy:
Now it is easier for her to get in.
So today I bought an Apple, Carrot and Cucumber for Lucy.
I cut out a disc of the (washed and scraped) carrot, which I divided in two.
Then I 'unlocked' Lucy's bedroom again, now solely for a treat.
(I am hoping this will help in not scaring her everytime I do this).
So I put a piece of carrot in the entrance of her bedroom,
and waited with the camera:
She's eating it!!!
This is ofcourse always important, because if Lucy would stop drinking or eating...
Although I am very worried about her...
HamsterTracker™-shouts to all for sending such supportive messages!
(via email, or guestbook or any other thinkable way.)
current treadmill total: 485,033.00 meters! (12:30 CET)
Taking Lucy to the Veterinarian
After posting Lucy's graphs yesterday, I was a bit shocked on the many days of Treadmill-In-Activity.
So I took Lucy on the couch to give her another inspection.
Unfortunately Lucy was moving slower than usual, although she seemed happy sharing some time with me.
I gave her some parsley and carrot which she ate immediately.
At least she is eating and drinking normally!
So after a restless night (checking up on Lucy every few hours),
I got up at 6:00 am, when Lucy appeared:
After having a drink, Lucy chewed off one piece of TP-roll.
As you can see by her posture she doesn't really seem to be feeling well.
So I made preperations to take Lucy to the vet at 9:00 am.
At 8:40 I put Lucy and sleeping quarters in her 'Ambulance'.
At 8:50 we arrived at the vet's waiting room.
The Medical Examination
When the vet just started inspecting Lucy, I noticed some blood on one of the vet's fingers.
So I asked him if Lucy just had bitten him. When he looked at Lucy's bottom it was all red...
"It must be a blatter infection", he said.
He also explained what happened just now:
Because Lucy was a bit stressed by him handling her, she urinated over his hand.
He also explained that if you add a drop of blood to a cup of water, the water will turn red.
So, it looks worse than it actually is.
Then Lucy needed to be weighed; A solid 95 grams of hamster!
When Lucy was on the scale, she was very inquisitive and adorable.
The vet even complimented her on that!!!
Here's Lucy when the Vet is prescribing her medicine.
I need to give Lucy 0.05 ml. of medicine twice a day, for the comming 8 days.
I gave Lucy her first just a few hours ago.
After 8 days, I have to go back to the vet for a checkup.
I am soooooo hoping this will all work out!
HamsterTracker™-shouts to the vet and his assistent
A while ago I went on a small business trip to Turnhout.
During the lunchbreak, I managed to get outside to do some Extreme HamsterTrackin'
The last shot I published last was of Prof. Adhemar with the following building in the background:
I didn't know what that building was, so I went back inside to ask.
When asking about it a very nice man (with a very huge Key-chain) responded,
" That's Turnhout's Court of Justice " - Mr. Huge Key-chain
Then he (I forgot to ask his name in all excitement) showed me to a better place to photo-shoot the building;
The (so called) 'Wood room' on the second floor
This 'Wood room' is all wood and a few windows (as you can see),
there for a purpose; acoustics.
Pretty neat, it was all empty and I did notice a difference in sound when talking to Mr. Huge Key-chain.
See, awesome things can happen when Extreme HamsterTrackin' it!