Is Ginger gonna die? Did I do it? I'm sick at heart.
Monday, January 15, 2018
I mentioned in my previous blog I stayed far from my pet while I knew I was sick with some respiratory problems because of birds' delicate respiratory systems. The doctors said I wasn't contagious on New Year's Day -- I still stayed far away. The doc said I wasn't contagious January 13th and explained why (even though I still have the occasional cough). This time I believed the doc -- and gradually re-introduced myself to my parrot over the next 2 days. And now she's sneezing and I can hear the catch when she breathes that indicates a respiratory illness.
If pneumonia could kill me, then it certainly could kill her. I got her as a baby and she's been with me 27 years. Dear God, PLEASE don't let her die. Please.
(Later Additional) Edit: Remember the Bird Flu scare what? 5 years ago in South Asia? Americans fretted that it might find its way here. Bird lung structure and respiratory patterns are different from humans -- and theirs causes 'bugs' to more likely be retained if inhaled. Yes, birds can catch respiratory human diseases and vice versa. I know she can handle colds. No idea about pneumonia. I e-mailed a vet clinic which has an exotics expert for advice. Only advice was to bring her in, with list of potential treatments and charges (~$700). I used to be able to get vitamin drops and cold-treatment drops to add to water, but those weren't on the list. I shall keep a watchful eye on her for 2 days and pray she's okay and that I'm just a fool needlessly panicking.