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Truman Update

I woke up at 1:55 am on Monday morning, certain that the day was going to hold bad news.  His condition didn’t change over the weekend, by which I mean that it didn’t get worse, but it certainly didn’t get better.  When I went to bed Sunday night, his head was still tilted to the side.  He would eat if we put the food to his mouth and drink if I gave him water in a syringe.  But he could barely walk.  He hadn’t made a sound in almost a week.  He couldn’t bite into his alfalfa cookies.

I spent the morning before we left for the vet with my stomach in knots.

I’m glad we waited.  I am clearly saying that in retrospect because we got to see our normal vet instead of a stranger, and I’m sure I would be saying otherwise if he hadn’t made it through the weekend.  But our vet has a basis of comparison for his normal self vs. his last week self vs. his current self.  Plus she is so compassionate and patient: With me and with him.

She thinks the infection has spread to his brain or inner ear.  She switched the antibiotic to one that gets into the central nervous system — though not one the other vet was suggesting — and put him on a food supplement to keep him from losing more weight.  She wants me to keep giving him water from a syringe.  And she warned that if he starts rolling over, he is having seizures and needs to be euthanized quickly.

She also said that she has never seen a guinea pig this sick rally so hard.  That guinea pigs are usually poor patients that give up fairly easily in the face of infection.  But she said that it was a good sign that he was fighting this hard to get through this.  I am going to cling to that thought because my brain cannot go to the otherwise without melting down.  He has to get better.

My poor sweet boy is resting a lot.  I’ll post another update this week when things get better.  Thank you for abiding with me though this.



1 Persnickety { 06.07.16 at 7:21 am }

Oh fingers crossed that he does improve.

2 Lavonne @ the OCD infertile { 06.07.16 at 8:08 am }

Keeping your little fluffy buddy in my thoughts and prayers.

3 Middle Girl { 06.07.16 at 8:49 am }

Sending recovery vibes. Rally Truman.

4 A.M.S. { 06.07.16 at 9:03 am }

Abiding with you and sending all the good witch-y thoughts I can.

5 katherinea12 { 06.07.16 at 9:03 am }

Keeping you and Truman in my thoughts. Hoping this antibiotic works and for a speedy recovery.

6 Journeywoman { 06.07.16 at 9:12 am }

Thinking good thoughts for him.

7 Karen { 06.07.16 at 9:35 am }

I have been thinking about you and him both. Lots of love to both of you. Come on, Truman – you can do this, buddy. <3

8 Delenn { 06.07.16 at 9:38 am }

Abiding with you and hoping Truman makes a full recovery!

9 nonsequiturchica { 06.07.16 at 10:01 am }

Come on Truman you can pull through this!

10 a { 06.07.16 at 10:39 am }

Poor little guy…

I hope he improves soon. But it’s sweet how hard he is fighting to stay with you…

11 Cristy { 06.07.16 at 10:57 am }

Been on pins and needles for this update. Come on Truman! You’re a fighter and you’re getting the meds you need to make you well. Rest up and keep holding on. We’re all rooting for you.

12 Sharon { 06.07.16 at 11:35 am }

Poor Truman. I hope he improves soon

13 Pom { 06.07.16 at 2:26 pm }

Poor fur-baby. Hope you all get through this soon and hoping Truman can pull through!

14 Battynurse { 06.07.16 at 2:50 pm }

Poor baby. Hope he is getting better and sending you hugs.

15 Mona Darling { 06.07.16 at 3:02 pm }

🙁 Sending love and happy squeals of “you can do it Truman” from my inner cavy.

16 TasIVFer { 06.07.16 at 5:11 pm }

I’m certain the reason he is being a Super Guinea Pig is that you have given strength with your love. I hope he starts improving. I hope he makes a sound.

17 Charlotte { 06.07.16 at 8:39 pm }

This is so hard. I agree…he is getting his strength from you. Prayers for all of you.

18 Elana Kahn { 06.07.16 at 10:08 pm }

Keep fighting, Truman!!! I’m sending you lots of love and prayers.

19 Deathstar { 06.08.16 at 12:36 am }

I will chant for you, Truman. You are very brave and you are also very loved.

20 Mina { 06.08.16 at 12:49 am }

I was thinking of you two. It’s so difficult to see loved ones suffer. I hope he gets better soon. My heart melts when I think of him fighting to stay with you, I have to say. And makes me wish ten times more that he makes it.

21 Jess { 06.08.16 at 10:14 pm }

I’m so glad you could get in with your regular vet. I am also glad that Truman is rallying. He is such a sweetheart…I’m hoping so hard that the new antibiotics do the trick.

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