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    A very sad day

    Sadly, my darling baby Kodiak is no longer with us. It was a very sad abd scary day with times we thought he would be okay but the day ended very sad.

    It is very hard for me to write this, so I am going to try and get out it before I start balling again. I got up this morning to find kodiak on the bottom of his cage which is not like him before - he unlike Becca is always on the hig perches. I asked him to step up on my finger so I could check him over and nothing - he didn't even look at me. I got very worried, so I just picked him up and noticed his left foot was completely closed as if he was perching on air. He's other foot seemed okay, but he was still paying me no attention. I put him on the table and nothing - he didn't move a muscle. I tried to open his foot a little with my finger and while I could open it some I didn't want to force it and once I let go and closed again.

    I was very worried still in my pajama bottoms I threw on a coat and rushed him to the vets. I didn't even call first. In the car he was making a racket, so I looked and noticed he started having a seizure. There was nothing I could do while driving, so already speeding I started going even faster. Luckily we didn't get pulled over and we got there safely.

    I walk in and he sees me right away - I tell him what happened and about the seziure in the car. He tells me that without tests and looking him over it sounds as if he had a seizure over night and that is why he was on the bottom of the cage and as for his left foot - he could be in shock and just not moving it or could possibly be paralized - possibly temporarily.

    He looks him over and comes to the thought that it looks as if his whole left side is paralized. He then quickly pulls some blood and makes a phone call. He is calling a specialist to see if they can fit me in right away. My vet is then telling me he was going to send me to a specialist to see what is going on and that deals with this stuff on a more regular basis and that he will fit me in today. As I am getting ready to take Kodiak there he has yet another seizure.

    The vet then calls up back to the room and decides Kodiak should not be transported until he is more stable which I agree with him. He then goes 30 minutes with no seizures and is acting okay and actually paying attention to me and asking for itches and then has another one. Right then I talk to me vet and tell him I have had enough - this is no way for him to live. I ask if there is anything that can be done. Nothing has seemed to work. He then has another 3 seizures in the course of 20 minutes. I then yell "STOP" - I told him it just wasn't right and we have to end it. I decided then to have Kodiak put to sleep.

    My vet wanted to leave that decision up to me and thought it was a good decision as did I. It just wasn't right and non of the drugs helped him. Maybe I should have given him more time, but I feel I had to do this. I hope you all don't judge me and think I made the wrong call, but I felt it was right.

    Later my vet told me that he believes Kodiak could have had a neurological disorder.

    Meanwhile, Becca has an appointment was my vet Sunday for a recheck on her allergies.

    I feel so awful and sad right now and miss my good friend so much. Kodiak meant the world to me and I loved him with every breath of my heart.

    I love you Kodiak
    Meredith

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    Re: A very sad day

    I'm so sorry Meredith, that's awful I think you did the right thing by Kodiak.


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    Re: A very sad day

    RIP Kodiak. I think we have better instincts then we sometimes let ourselves to believe.

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    Re: A very sad day

    *hugs*

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    Re: A very sad day

    I am so sorry to hear about Kodiak. What a terrible time with Becca having problems too. *hugs* From what I know about seizures, if they are less than 1min and infrequent, then they can be helped. Beyond that, with seizures lasting as frequent as and long as Kodiak's appeared to, I think you made the right decision. Even once he was stabilized, the course of action for a parrot that may be paralyzed and/or have irreversible neurological disorders makes it very difficult on everyone, including the bird. With Becca to worry about as well, I know it couldn't have been an easy decision and I'm sorry you had to say goodbye in this fashion. RIP Kodiak.

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    Ohhhh - he was so beautiful. I'm so sorry. I'm sure you did the right thing.

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    Re: A very sad day

    Oh, Meredith! So sorry to hear this I know how much you loved him and it sounds like you did everything you could.

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    Re: A very sad day

    meredith, im so sorry to hear about this, i think that you did the right thing. i wish i could say somthing to maek you feel better but i dont think that it would work. so im sending you a virtural hug.. i hope thinngs get better for you..

    *hugs* for you again!

    Thank You Cara!!

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    so sorry to hear about this meredith, many hugs and you did the right thing by kodiak.

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    Oh Meredith, I am so sorry.
    You made the decision you felt was best for your friend, so I could never judge you for that.

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    Re: A very sad day

    Meredith~ My heart is aching for you. I am so very sorry for your loss and what you had to endure. You made a very brave, hard and proper decision. You ended Kodiak's suffering even though it broke your heart to do so, that is true love. Please take comfort in knowing that he is not suffering anymore.
    Keeping you and yours in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Kodiak.

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    I'm so sorry Meredith.
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    He was so beautiful. I can't even picture it all. I'm very sorry.

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    Re: A very sad day

    Such a handsome guy...I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm sure that under the circumstances you did just what you had to do. Try not to doubt your decision - you did it out of love...RIP Kodiak
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    I am so sorry for your loss. You made the best decision you could under the circumstances and your Kodiak is no longer in pain. Bless you for doing what was best in a difficult situation.

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    Re: A very sad day

    I'm so sorry, meredith. That must have been so totally traumatic. My thoughts are with you.

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    I'm so sorry.
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    i'm sorry you had to experience this again - so soon.... ;( i know what seizures are like in beloved pets - they are no fun - i know how painful it absolutely is to watch them go thru it, having seen my dog go thru the same thing hugs to you..........

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    Oh no! I'm so sorry for your loss, Meredith. I know there is nothing anyone can say that will make things any easier, but I believe that though difficult, you made the right decision.




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    Re: A very sad day

    Thank you all for the support and kind words you have given me, I really appreciate it. I really do miss my good friend and am taking this very hard, even harder then I did BB's death. I loved Kodiak so much and he came along way with me, sadly I had to watch him at his worse. I am sure there was a possibility of him coming around, but I just couldn't wait to see if that could happen and the possibility of that was so small. He was having seizures every 5 minutes and his whole left side was paralized. My vet said there is a posibility that he is just temporarily paralized, but we would just have to wait and see. I just couldn't wait any more and let his suffering go on.

    Thank you all again, you are a great bunch of people. RIP my darling Kodiak - I miss you so much!!.
    Meredith

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    So sorry to hear about Kodiak. Fly free sweet Kodiak.

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    Sorry to hear about this.

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    Oh No! I am SO so sorry for your loss Meredith! BIG hugs for you dear! ((((HUGS))))
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    Meredith - we are so sorry for your loss. (((((((((hugs))))))))
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    Re: A very sad day

    Dear Meredith, I am so sorry for your loss it takes a great person to make such a decision like you did. Several years ago my daughter and I had to make the decision to have our horse put to sleep so I have sympathy for you. I know its not much but I give you hugs

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