|LILLY'S BIRTHDAY PRESENTS :-(|
|LILLY TAKING HER MEDICINE|
It seems like we've got a break through... Today Lilly was in heat. According to what our veterinarian said this is the time when animal's bottom opens wide. That's why this evening I massaged Lilly's belly gently but even more thoroughly (for about an hour), taking this chance to help clearing her inside.
|MASSAGED OUT PLUG OF PUS|
Lilly's received her third part of medications: there's about 8 ml of solution less in the water dispenser again. Her opening is sealed today. No leaks in my presence but the fur on her belly is sticky so I know the pus still flows. Weight: 184 g. Apetite: good. Lilly is strong and full of energy. She gladly left the cage to rip a paper toy I made for her and get to the treats hidden inside. I'm still learning about the pyometra disease. There's many pieces of information in the net, some of them are mutually exclusive so one can really get lost. Thank you all for your support and kind words. It helps alot, I'm not so scared anymore. Tina from 'Feldhamster' made very wise remark that dosing medications via water dispenser is controversial as it may be risky in hamsters case since they often drink too little (underdosing) and sometimes too much (overdosing). Supposedly it is safer to use medicines that don't require mixing with water. Well, I admit there's strong logic in it and I like the idea but right now I decided to stick to the method we've already started. PRIMO: I trust my veterinarian who's got experience curing rodents and he says Enrofloxacin seems to work better if received randomly so it works for hamsters even if given via water dispenser. SECUNDO: I can't change Lilly's treatment in the middle of the therapy. You just don't do that, it's antibiotic we're talking about. She must take it all once she started. You can't mix it now with another one. Still, I don't exclude the possibility of trying something different if this one doesn't work. One thing I know for sure: at this point an operation is counted out. I'm aware that only sterylization gives 100% insurance that this disease is bitten and won't strike again but on the other hand the risk of such a procedure is too big. I don't wanna take it as long as Lilly's life is not directly in danger and it is not.
Weight: 185 g (is it my imagination or is she getting even more fluffy under my nursing...?); about 4 ml of Enrofloxacin solution drank (that's a decent number); Lakcid from two halfs of a hazelnut licked; belly massaged. There was a small discharge of liquid pus today, just like in the beginning. Lilly wasn't in the mood to play outside her cage, she'd rather run in her spinning wheel and hoarded. She slept more today and stayed active for much shorter time than before. I guess she needs her day off, just like everybody else does... I watched her sleeping... My little furry angel... She really tamed me, you know...
Today Lilly was full of energy again. She slept long and well, and when she woke up she craved for pranks: first she was trying to eat her own spinning wheel, than she demanded taking her out of the cage in purpose to scoot under my desk and dig in the carpet (I thought she's a big girl now, but seems like old childish habits returned). Well, I know it's not much educative, but I gave her walnuts anyway... After all, that's what a hamster life is about: hoarding. Although, when I put her on weight today and the display showed me number 186 I was confused. Than I realised she was weighted along with this nut hidden in her cheek pouch and after drinking :-) By the way: Lilly drank about 6 ml of Enrofloxacin solution today, so again she delivered a desirable dose of medicine to her organism. Good job, Lilly! Seems we don't have a dosing problem. I also came across this article about pyometra on 'Hammy's World' website. It's very informative and specialist so if you have any doubts - read it.
It's been five days, so I called the vet and consulted with him the following procedure: since Lilly seems to respond well to the therapy I'm to give her Enrofloxacin for next two days. Than we'll take a break and see the results. What's most important, I was told to continue her belly massages as that's what gives her the biggest relief and helps to keep her womb in a decent state.
Today was a big day. According to my calculations Lilly should be in heat and she was. The mucus flowed, but it was different: thiner, cleaner than before (I've got a feeling that's a good sign). So once again, I took my chances and after an hour of working I massaged out of her even twice (!) as much of pus plug (pudding-like colour, wax-like consistency, no blood - I'll spare you and myself pictures this time). When this thing came out there were no more leaks this night at all (I checked many times, believe me) and Lilly's opening looked nice and clean. I hope, I SO hope that maybe we've just managed to get rid of this nasty disease...? After today massage Lilly has gone crazy: she became so fast and rapid I couldn't keep up! She acted as if she was light like a feather: jumping, climbing, running... As if someone magicaly changed my hamster! At some point this thought arised in my head: what if this feature of her character I called 'shyness', what if it wasn't even a feature of the character, but this damned plug of pus growing inside her, constantly disturbing her...? During this evening Lilly drank about 9 ml (!) of Enrofloxacin solution. That's just great since the medicine seems to be working. She was so hyper active I didn't manage to weight her properly: she couldn't stay one second in place, constantly running away from the weight cup. The display showed me once a number 180 but it's impossible she lost 6 g over a day eating and drinking normally (this plug of pus wasn't so heavy, for God's sake!). Anyway, today events gave me hope. Now I trully believe that together we can make it through.
It was the last day of Lilly's medical treatment. She received last doses of her medicine: Enrofloxacin (about 8 ml of solution drank) and Lakcid. If you believe in electronic devices she weights now 187 g (even more than before the therapy). But I don't have good news: the pudding-like mucus flows again. It's thick, smelly and there's much more of it this time (maybe because nothing's blocking the uterus any more). Anyway, I'm a little bit dispirited. After yeasterday success I really hoped for a change... But Lilly seems not to bother at all. She looks perfectly happy, acting normally (I mean: not quite, 'cause she's still hyper active) and doing all those things a happy hamster is supposed to do: grooming, hoarding, playing. In the end of the evening I cleaned the cage thoroughly again and first thing she did with her clean-new spinning wheel was inventing a rattle (by dragging a bunch of sunflower seeds into it, husking them there and than running along with the shells). So much for my cleaning [sight]. I also had to lure her from behind the counter 'cause she was strong enough to pull of the old rug blocking the secret passage leading to the Forbidden Dark Hole. I just... love her. And I'd like to keep her a lil' bit longer...
To sum it up:
- meeting Lilly vs. Pyometra round one (1:1),
- Enrofloxacin didn't fight the bacteria (we'll have to try something else),
- abdomen massages - the best thing to do! (we will continue),
- the surroundings must be kept clean,
- most important thing: not giving up.