Quick note about the rats before I copy and paste about Rochelle...
Jim was here yesterday, dropping off some cages, and picking up his rat hanging thing (I dunno what it's called, he saw I had em and asked me to pick one up for him). Well, today I get a text that he's getting some rats and wants to know when I'd be home to get them. Well, turns out there was a craigslist ad that someone had bought two rats from the pet store and, surprise, they were male and female, and so they had babies. They had the babies and the parents now separated and all, but had on their craigslist page that they would sell the babies as feeders if need be.
Well, Jim emailed them and said he could take them into the rescue and so they waived the adoption fee saying they'd much rather someone able to find them homes than snake food. So, he drove out to Joliet to get them, and we pulled out two of the cages that he brought just yesterday, and set those up and now have 6 new baby ratties.
Onto Rochelle.... as written on her chip-in page --> http://rochelleslegrecovery.chipin.com/rochelles-leg-recovery :
So I took Rochelle in for her second laser therapy treatment today. She did well.
vet tech asked what had happened to her, and I explained the situation.
She said that when she's seen legs (or other body parts) looking like
this before, it's usually when they're on their way to drying up and
falling off. She said it's likely that we caught it in time to heal the
tissue that hadn't already become necrotic, though she did notice (as
did the vet) that a portion already is necrotic. It's sad to think that
the leg would have died (probably taking the chin with it) if not
treated. Lucky for Rochelle that her previous family didn't let it go
any longer, as it seems the longer you wait to treat, the more the leg
dies without treatment.
She did well today, she is eating and
drinking still, so very good. The leg is definitely dry today. Still
very very puffy and a bit warm, which I would think would indicate
infection (course, that is why she is on antibiotics 2x day), but
definitely dry. The bloody fingernail areas oozed a tad today when I
was getting her out of her cage, but that may be due to the fact that
she really does not want to come out of her comfy hammock and go back in
her carrier yet again. She is very spunky.
She doesn't act
like anything's wrong, which shows just how much chins can hide their
discomfort and pain. Amazingly, she isn't holding the leg up, she
actually does put weight on it. Course, the necrotic tissue is mostly
on the bottom, so there's a question as to whether she can actually feel
that she's putting the leg down, as the dead tissue would be a barrier
between the live tissue and the hammock/shavings/cage. The vet did
mention about potentially removing that tissue, but said we would wait
until she is a bit more healed, just in case we end up with more
necrotic tissue before she is completely healed. Apparently a 6+ week
healing time leaves ample time (even with laser treatment and
antibiotics) for tissue to die if it's already too late to "save."
Well, we will see.
We go back for more laser therapy on Monday,
at which time I get to pay for the next few sessions. I sat down and
broke down my receipt and -- Thanks to everyone who donated, I believe
we will have enough money to completely pay for 3-4 of the next four
sessions! The receipt was a tad confusing about what fees were for
what, but possibly even all four! How awesome is that! You all are
Also, Jean, from TJ's Chinchilla Supplies, has said
that she will donate $2 from every Dream Catcher Toy or Bagel Tree Toy
sold to Rochelle's recovery. The toys are the toip two toys on this
page --> http://www.tjschinchillasupplies.com/new.html for anyone curious. So far we have $2 coming our way from that.
one of my adoptive homes donated $20 directly through my website (so it
doesn't show up on the amount on the screen in here) when they
purchased some other supplies. I am amazed at everyone's generosity,
thanks so much!!