Dear everyone, here we offer here a (rather long) proclamation on Her Royal Highness’s health and well being which we hope will answer any questions you might have. We also include several photos of Her Highness taken today.
Her Highness thanks you all for the great outpouring of concern, kindness, and offers of help. We are grateful and it warms our heart to see good in the world coming forward in times of need. You all are the best and are proof that good will triumph.
Please let your hearts rest easy. Her Highness is doing fairly well and far better than she was a week ago. After many tests the vet determined from a blood test that the issues Her Highness was seeing were caused by kidney problems. It might be that Her Highness’s selective picking out of some bits of kibble might have increased her protein and caused some troubles, but we can only guess. Knowing the cause lets us treat the issue, so we’re grateful to the vet for figuring this out. If you’re in Austin, the vets and staff at Research Boulevard Pet & Bird Hospital are all very good.
Her Highness was dehydrated a week ago, but is now doing well on that front, and back to drinking her water as usual. This is an excellent improvement. Since last Wednesday Her Highness has taken daily trips to the vet to get subcutaneous fluids for fluid support to help keep her electrolytes in balance and get her system cleaned up. Today was the first day we didn’t take her to the vet, but we were trained in doing the subcutaneous fluid treatment (don’t ask) and that therapy is continuing.
Her Highness’ weight had gotten troublingly low, but at this point has stabilized and we seem on track for a healthy recovery.
The vet gave the hand servants an anti-nausea med that is being administered twice a day. This seems to be helping with interest in food.
The royal palace has had some extra heating added to ensure it’s extra comfortable for Her Highness as she lounges in the Huffledome, and this is being monitored with great care. While it had been somewhere in the mid 70s to low 80s, it’s now in the mid 80s to low 90s to help while Her Highness has a bit less weight for heat regulation.
The hand servants are still hand feeding a diet the vet provided via syringe, but are attempting to coax Her Highness to try a bit of food with limited success, but feeding via syringe is easy and Her Highness is a good, helpful patient so there there’s much food in the hedgie (and much food on the humans).
Her Highness is perky, sniffy, and by all signs appears to be feeling bette. She is sniffing around her home, occasionally liner diving, and visiting the wheel a little (though not much yet).
She is happy to receive pets from the hands and plays with the hands like normal, playing endless tunnel, and flip floop, and nuzzle rub, and so on.
In all, while Her Highness still has some issues that require extra care, they seem manageable. The hand servants will do all they can to ensure Her Highness is healthy, comfortable and well cared for.