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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.
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  • LINDAF49
    SO sorry - so do you call a vet or just ride it out?/? I wondered if our Yorkie Dog might catch hubby's bug but so far so good and he hasn't been scary sick like you have been. Gentle hugs for you and prayers for your parrot. Get well ginger!
    464 days ago
  • -JAMES-
    I did look into birds getting sick from people. Everything I've read says that the bacteria and viruses that we have do not impact birds, and that makes sense to me.

    So if Ginger is sick, I think it has nothing to do with you.
    464 days ago
    I'm so sorry, I hope your baby is ok!
    465 days ago
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