Please think of my little girl on Friday Mar 6, 2023 22:10:24 GMT -5
Post by Pappagallo on Mar 6, 2023 22:10:24 GMT -5
It's been a long time since I posted on this forum, mainly because I forgot my username and password.
I have two feathered daughters:
Sunny, a Sun Conure hatched March 23, 2004
Nikki, a Quaker Parrot hatched April 19, 2004.
My Nikki has been through a lot this past year. On January 25, 2022, she had a wing amputation surgery do to a large tumor on the wing, which was later discovered to be a spindle cell sarcoma. My vet at the time told me that it is usually a local cancer.
While the surgery was successful, the anesthesia nearly killed her. She went into cardiac arrest and they had to do CPR. Things did not look good for Nikki and we all thought she wasn't going to make it until the next morning when she made a huge improvement. She was alert and even bit the vet. She came home that day and made a full recovery. I believe that God had His hand on her. He truly did a miracle. Everyone was amazed and she is a little celebrity at the vet clinic.
Fast forward to February 13, 2023. I took both my girls for their annual physicals which included lab work. Sunny's labs all came back number but Nikki's had some elevated values. The vet advised us to check her liver function via a blood test. I agreed because I know that fatty liver disease is common among Quaker parrots. Well when the results were in, the vet told me that her bile acids were very high. I think the normal range for a bird is 40-50. Well, Nikki's was 380. That is really high and I was very scared.
My little girl has been acting very normal for the most party. She is not as energetic as she used to be when she had two wings but her feathers look great, her appetite is great, she is drinking, she is talking and she is chirping happily.
She is getting a liver ultrasound this Friday and I am so scared of what it will reveal. Why? I can't help but fear that she has a tumor or something inside of her. What if that Spindle Cell Sarcoma metasticized.
I am also worried that the ultrasound won't provide any answers and she will have to get more testing.
I love both my birds, but my Quaker, Nikki, was my first bird and I had her since she was 11 weeks old. I am not ready for her to leave me just yet. I was hoping that after the wing amputation surgery, she would have some more years with me.