[Gpdd] ANNOUNCEMENT: belated tribute to Eddie, Part II
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Sun Nov 18 19:28:19 EST 2018
Eddie also loved floortime and exploring his wood house, perching on a
wood table to eat pellets (and he would stand on it with his full body),
or lounging in the carrier, but after Ethan passed away, he didn't enjoy
the floor as much and would literally chase me around until I picked him
up. I always wondered if he associated floortime with Ethan and didn't
want to be on the floor after Ethan's passing. I always felt that Eddie
was a thinker.
I have a theory that cresteds are prone to bladder stones, and
unfortunately Eddie was diagnosed with one in January 2014. We did our
best both before and after to feed a good diet to prevent stones, but
one returned in January 2017.
Honestly, the anesthesia after the second surgery affected him so much
that I was sure we were going to lose him. It was a guinea-pig-safe
anesthesia, but I think that, like people, some piggies are more
affected by it. When he finally came to full consciousness, I felt that
it was a miracle.
During the last six months or so of Eddie's life, he seemed to be trying
to get another stone, and we took him for sub-Q fluids, encouraged water
drinking as much as possible, and did everything we could think of. His
real condition, however, was a mystery, as despite blood in his urine,
X-rays showed no stones, and urinalyses showed no infection.
Unfortunately he couldn't keep up the fight and had to be euthanized on
June 1st of this year. He was a brave boy to the end, and was comforted
by Nugget, who most of those last months was only inches away.
Of course we all know that piggies are never with us long enough, no
matter what a good lifespan they have. Eddie certainly was not with us
long enough, but I feel that somehow we had extra time with him, almost
a full year and a half after the second surgery, so I am thankful for
those "extra days."
Eddie, I know you are enjoying being reunited with Ethan and with new
friends at the Bridge, and I am sure that celestial floortime is
wonderful. We miss you so much.
Love from your mom and brother,
Cindy and Nugget (with Stuart Little sending his love, too)
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