Jack is soldiering on. We have concluded that he gets, bored, lonely and a bit depressed. So today he's had a good "run" round and... Elsie has been allowed to keep him company. She has been so, so gentle and sweet with him and her company brought a little sonar wheeking from Jack as well as an increase in his appetite.
This, we think is key because he is not eating enough and we have to reverse that trend.
He is looking very stiff and Hilary is thefore getting her magic touch on the job with some extra massage.
I am so grateful for Hilary's time, care and knowledge in giving Jack the support he needs at this hugely challenging time.
Jack is eating a little better, his poops are improving slightly and the increased water intake has resulted in better fluid output.
The bad news:
He continues to lose weight and is clearly therefore not taking enough on board.
We are going to review things over the week-end for him.
I was hopeful Jack was turning the corner yesterday, as he seemed brighter and was eating of his own volition. His poops were returning to a more normal size and consistency and he produced a good amount of urine.
Today, he is not eating much at all. He has had a little cucumber and maybe one sprig of coriander. I am getting as much critical care as I can, into him, but I fear it is not enough..
Please all send your healing thoughts and prayers for this sweet little chap. I can't see to type any more.
We cannot express our gratitude enough for what you are doing for him for us as we are unable to care for him.
We will keep thinking positive thoughts and fingers crossed that he makes progress.
From the bottom of our hearts our profund thanks.
From Jack's human parents.
Despite my last downbeat posting, Jack is miraculously holding his own! Last Friday, we had decided we would give him over the weekend to see how he did, before making any decisions. However, I was working the weekend, and BamBam was away, so although he would get fed before and after I was at work, it wasn't an ideal situation. BamBam remembered a rodentologist we know and thought she may be able to look after him for us. At least that way he would be fed and cared for as he deserves.
He is currently still there, as the situation this weekend is the same as last. I haven't spoken to her, but BamBam has, and as of Monday, he was showing some signs of improvement, and she feels, given his age, the outlook is hopeful. He is showing interest in his surroundings and food, although I believe she is still syringe feeding him. She is looking for some means of correcting the position of his back legs, which are in a very abnormal position. I had been doing some passive stretching to keep the joints moving, but something more permanent is needed.
BamBam and I are hoping to go over to see him on Monday, and then to come up with a plan for his long term care. He is such a sweet little fellow, and deserves a chance.
Thank you all for your healing thoughts, looks like they are working!
I'm delighted to be able to say that Jack is looking very much better. He is being syringe fed only once a day now, and has clearly gained weight, his coat is shiny, and he is bright and alert, interacting with his surroundings. BamBam and I are going to have "joint custody" of him, and he has gone home with her for a short time, to meet her gang.
I had started doing some passive exercises, to try and keep his joints moving, and these have been continued. He now has a better range of movement, although it is not back to normal yet. The great news is that he is starting to have some spontaneous movements of his back legs and he is holding them in a much more normal position. We are going to have to develop some kind of "Roxy Roller" to aid his mobility, and hopefully, his recovery.
The plan is that he will continue to have regular stretching of his joints and have daily hydrotherapy. We will be giving him regular (daily) pain relief, to aid these exercises, and to keep him comfortable, since his joints are still bound to be sore. We will stop his steroids.
He is such a delightfu little chap, and clearly full of spirit, so we are thrilled to be able to have helped his recovery. Maybe he is our Christmas miracle.
Jack seems to be thriving, in that he is now eating for himself and not needing syringe feeding. However, he still needs syringe feeding water, as he won't take it from a bowl, and seems to find the angle of the spout on the water bottle too difficult to manage. He is passing urine well and his poops are now a normal shape and consistency.
The biggest problem remains his mobility, and despite regular physio and hydrotherapy, he is still unable to walk on his back legs. They do seem to have more movement than they did, and he is resisting some of the physio he is getting, so he must have some sensation there. However, we are concerned about his right hip, which he seems to hold in an abnormal position so we will possibly get that X-rayed after Christmas. A version of the "Roxy Roller", is currently under development.
He is interacting with the other pigs, and will drag himself around a little with them (especially if it happens to be one of the girls!)
We are cautiously optimistic and hopeful for further improvement.
He will be having a further x-ray of his hips soon as I can arrange it but in meantime is being inextricably integrated with my mini herd.
As some of you may know, my pigs free range in the house. Pudding, Lil and Trev have their bedroom in the hall next to the kitchen (good access to the fridge) and Jack's c&c cage is the other side of the kitchen.
All three have spent time sitting next to Jack on the other side of the cage and have been having their meals all together.
On going to bed last night, I tasked Mr Bambam with turfing Puds out of Jack's bedroom over night so that he could get a good night 's rest. It was apparent that he failed in that task and in the morning I came down to serve breakfast to find Puds, Lil and Trev snuggled around Jack (admittedly having eaten him out of house and home) all 4 of them looking decidedly pleased with themselves.
The company of other pigs is doing him a world of good and if I can at least not allow him to go backwards (physically) when he is with me, he will continue to improve with the benefit of Hilary's professional touch.