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~magpie~ PRO 7:36pm, 19 January 2007
Just returned month-long trip to SE Asia, where I had much opportunity for introspection. I actually picked up a journal and was reminded at how helpful it could be to sort out the muddled ramblings in my brain. A goal I return with is to continue to journal and regularly check in with myself. Take notice of the small day-to-day details that make life so rich.

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~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
September 22nd
hold on, little guy...

Another Otis-dedicated day. Went out and bought plexiglass to make him a temporary enclosure because he can't be in his cage right now, and he hates the tupperware bin I've rigged up for him. He is a quiet little snugglebug all day. My usually chatty little guy doesn't utter a word except a few baby peeps. He sleeps in a towel on my lap and often holds on to the towel while he naps for extra stability. He's in pain.

The leg had a compound fracture (meaning the bone was sticking out of the skin) and lots of soft tissue damage. The vet said that his leg was so swollen it was as big as her thumb. (His leg is usually a bit thinner than a pencil.) He has a cast for 10 days, then we remove it and see how it's healing. Bird bones are hollow and she says they typically heal in about 2 weeks. Our vet is amazing - she only does birds and is very matter-of-fact while still coming across as friendly and caring. She isn't sure he'll be able to keep the leg... it all depends on how things go in the upcoming weeks.

It's likely that the dish didn't immediately pinch his leg, but when he tried to move to another part of his cage, he realized he was trapped and thrashed around desperately. He's flighted, which gives him more power to do so... I don't want to think about it, really - it makes me sick...
jrayfarm1980 11 years ago
Poor Otis - I hope everything turns out okay! He seems like a really sweet bird. And I'm not much of a bird person.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Man - Otis...kids and pets fall into the same realm when it comes to pain...hurts us worse than them. Heres to hoping for the best of outcomes...good to see the climbing shots...and ouch - climbing cracks..
Glow* 11 years ago
you wrote "september 22nd"
is Otis better now ?
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Oh, poor O-bird! I grew up with lots of different kinds of birds--I remember how delightful, but delicate they are...hope you're doing well, Otis!
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Thanks, everyone!

Well, I GUESS I can jump the gun since I'm so far behind in my entries and I refuse to just skip two months... :) Otis' recovery was slow and worry-filled. He got an infection and the bone was not healing. I came home from one appointment thinking about how I'd adapt his area for a one-legged bird, as I was sure they'd have to amputate...

However, he's doing great now! He definitely had nerve damage, but now he's putting weight through the leg, and he can move 3 of his 4 toes. (the smallest back one is still not working but it's the least important.) He can hold large, light things with it, but not small things yet. Even if he stays like this, he can at least walk using both legs, and he can use it to stabilize things. He's adapted really well and even will drape toys over that leg to use it in a different way. Really smart little guy... and tough! I don't think it hurts him anymore.

I'm hoping that he'll gain even more use of that foot so that he can eventually hold smaller things like an almond... we shall see...
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
September 24th

Phillip broke my favorite mug... actually it's his mug, given to him by his sister many years ago. It's nice and big for a fullll dose of coffee on quiet mornings. Time to go get a new one.
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
September 25th
bedtime story

The rain has come, too early. A quiet day with reading at bedtime.
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
September 27th
follow the yellowtree road

The trees are turning everywhere... the sky is moody, like in the spring. Deep gray skies with sun beaming through at times. I'm wondering if the sun or rain wins today. I'm not ready for the rain yet... Days like this are gorgeous though.
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
September 28th
the City of Books

A day of errands and a few hours (yes, hours) at Powell's - Portland's pride and joy, the city of books. You just can't imagine. New, used, and of any topic you can dream of. The place is amazing. You either go there with a list and stick to it, or plan on spending hours.
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
October 1st

I'm on our team for the Tuality Walking Challenge. I've never worn a pedometer before, and it's interesting to find out how many steps you take on an average day... to notice which days are nutty and which are quiet.
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
October 4th
autumn reigns

Again, a gray/sunny day. The sunflowers out back are dying - the birds have picked them over. There are still a few flowers mixed in, but they're mostly done their course. Had a hard time choosing from today's shots - P chose this one.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Awesome.. thanks for your herculean effort on catching up.. and I'm glad you used the magic time machine to let us know how Otis did... Poor little fella!
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Yay Otis!
Beautiful tree-lined street on the 27th--I must learn how to handle RAW images...
And Powell's!!! One of these days I will make it there in person...and I will spend all day in there!
ebilflindas 10 years ago
Happy Solstice!
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