Life is always busy, but it seems we're battling infections in our home. You know that Zack (our male sun conure) had a sinus infection about a month ago, that Ollie got a kidney infection last week, and that I'm recovering from an infection myself. Well, Rick got extremely ill Thursday and went to the doctor. It turns out he has a tissue infection in his right cheek, and it's extremely painful. The doctor gave him an antibiotic for the infection, but nothing for the pain. He was hurting so badly that he couldn't sleep or even function, so there were more calls to the doctor yesterday. Finally, they called him in a painkiller. Problem is, Rick is pretty resistant to painkillers - so sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.
On top of that, Ollie (our parakeet) was still limping around yesterday. He seemed better, but that leg was still obviously bothering him. So I had to do the schedule juggle of getting Rick's medicine and supplies and taking Ollie back to the vet for his follow up. It turns out that Ollie's infection is gone (thank God), but he still has inflammation in that leg nerve under his kidney. The vet gave him an anti-inflammatory shot and said to keep an eye on him over the weekend. He was doing better last night, so here's hoping one more illness is on the path to recovery.
Needless to say, I didn't make it to work yesterday. I always feel bad about being out, especially on a Friday because it just seems so suspicious. But it couldn't be helped. I was running from 8:30 until about 2 yesterday, and then there were things around the house that needed tending to. It was more active than a normal work day. In fact, I promised the co-worker that I called in to that I'd check my emails periodically throughout the day, but I didn't have a chance to do that during business hours - I just did it. Thankfully, it looks like I didn't miss much, at least through emails. And Fridays are usually slower days, so maybe I won't get pounded too hard when I get back to the office. Maybe.
If you're keeping count, that means that Chloe (our female sun conure) is the last hen standing. She'd the only one in this house that hasn't had an infection, and I pray fervently that she isn't touched by whatever it is that keep infecting us. I really have no idea why this is happening. We have the cleanest house in the county, perhaps the state, and we're careful to wash hands and pick up after ourselves. It's not like we live in a pigsty that should be breeding this mess.
And finally, on Splinter - it could be released any time between now and mid-month. I'll let you know when I hear more on that. But it won't be much longer. And I'll be grateful because frankly, I could desperately use some good news.
So that's why my updates and posts have been more rare, and hit and miss when they happen. Life has just collapsed into nothing but problem solving and troubleshooting these days. Here's hoping this is a brief season and that it passes quickly so we can get back to living and enjoying life.
That's all today. Take care and have a great weekend.