Monday, September 15, 2014
I have been trying to maintain my weight right now and doing pretty good I think. Hovering around 242. I still have plenty of weight to lose, but I can't focus on that right now.
All of my spare time is spent caring for my bunnies. Big Brown is very disabled and he can't stand up on his own. I have to lay a towel under him for feedings and to help him get in a comfortable position. His scabs from the Fly Strike are coming loose and a big one came off today. The skin underneath is pink and white and tender and not really for prime time.
Bobby is functioning pretty well. He is still wobbly when he hops and he falls over to the side and can't right himself. He is getting a pressure sore/carpet burn on his down side. Today I clipped his fur back by his tail to make butt baths a little faster. Both bunnies need to be kept clean and dry. I have to be very diligent about their hygiene. Bunnies can get scalded from urine and also they can get cecotropes stuck and smeared in their fur which attract the dreaded flies.
I am in a confusing time. I want to help them. I want their condition to improve, but it is a very real possibility that they may not. Big Brown's skin is healing, but he will probably never regain his mobility. I still have to go to work and leave him alone for a long time and it kills me.
What makes the problem even harder is financially it costs more to care for them, and the vet in town doesn't even treat rabbits. It is hard for me to find and afford professional care. I am relying on a book called "When your rabbit needs special care" and I also participate on an online forum for rabbit owners. This is hard and time consuming and costly. I am managing, but I wonder how long I can keep it up.
Even though I am sad and stressed by the circumstances, they are so sweet and such a blessing. The sweet nuzzles and the appreciation they show just steals my heart. Caring for something that relies on you so completely, just endears them to you even more. They are almost 6 years old which is entering senior age for bunnies, so I wonder how much quality time they have. They are both being treated right now for E. Cuniculi and I will evaluate the situation at the end of their treatment.