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In Loving Memory of Baby Dou Dou (25 March 1993 – 4 May 2015)

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Monday 4th May
The darkest and most tragic day for Itchyfingers.

After battling distemper for more than a month, my darling darling Dou Dou 豆豆, too known as Baby, left us in the in good season morning of 4th May. He had pure passed his 22nd birthday.

Dou Dou was the in the beginning Red-eared Slider turtle that my sister brought home in 1993. He arrived in our lineage as a small little baby put ~ the 25 March, so I beyond a doubt to make that his birthday. Three days later, he was joined ~ the agency of his sister, Mei Mei 妹妹, who had passed from home seven years ago… 🙁 Subsequently, my parents brought back Mr Mark and Girl Girl, into our group of genera. Baby sliders are simply too deserving of worship to resist bringing home…

Dou Dou was the greatest number timid among my four turtles, and furthermore the sweetest of all. I used to lay him on my tummy for afternoon naps steady the cool marbled floor cos he was the sole one that would not panic and attempt to jump down…probably he was likewise timid to do that. Maybe the rhythmic up-into a denser consistence movement of my breathing made him lethargic, as many times I would stir up up to find the cute male child sleeping too…

There was formerly he was out walking around the swing, anxiously scratching with his front legs and position only on his back legs trying to increase out from the closed door. Suddenly he made a loud and alarmed hissing good as his tummy landed harshly without interrupti~ the ground. Then, he quickly hid under the chair, all limbs tucked ~ of his shell. Upon checking on him, I found that he had snapped individual of his front claws against the metal house stopper! The tiny claw was ~atory stuck there. A bit of disposition was oozing out from his palm (I like to refer their front limbs as hands) and I SWEAR his eyes were moisture! It must had been so vexatious and traumatised for the timid boy!

Like all growing adolescents, Dou Dou loved to molest Mei Mei with his sexy long claws doing his pre-mating figured and rhythmic motion. Unlike the naughtier Mr Mark who started displaying typical aggressive behaviors in boys, Dou Dou was not at any time a bully even though he was bigger greatness. He was such a sweet male child, never bit Mei Mei when she showed not at all interest to mate, and never showed territorial behaviour towards Mr Mark.

But he was furthermore one fussy eater. Sometimes he would skilfully eat what was offered to him, exist it veggies or his favourite fruits or in a small degree fish and prawns. But sometimes, posterior eating the same thing for couple or three days, he would ingest less or reject them. So I had to constantly change the menu to make it attractive. But this made detecting if he was out of sorts a bit difficult, as you would not have existence sure if he was just fussy over the freshness of the subsistence or if he was not sensibility well…

It could be what is ~ to age, or maybe the symptoms of complaint gradually showed itself? In recent years, I plant myself bringing my turtles to the vet again regularly. For Girl Girl, most of the time it would subsist egg-laying problems, and for the boys, either abrasion or respiratory enigma. Maybe it was also because I at last found a vet that is supposed to have ~ing more experienced with reptiles to try to find help from without much delay.

Dou Dou was brought to the vet a man and wife of times for some early respiratory infection and eating problems. We also ground the flesh near his hind legs acquisition a bit bulging. I thought it was for the reason that he was getting a little profitable there. But x-rays showed that his lungs seemed to be not very well-developed, a conclusion of a slight deformed shell. When I heard that, I felt in the same manner bad…When they were smaller, the four of them stayed together, and later lived separately as they got bigger. But likewise after separation, the housing size was stifle not so ideal due to extension and budget constraints back then. As by Mei Mei, I didn’t perceive that poor housing would lead to deformed shells…and Dou Dou’s hull was pretty normal until much later that it regularly began to cave in slightly in the between the extremes. But any deformity is not profit, so that probably affected the interior organs’ development. With a slightly smaller lung dimensions, many factors may trigger into a bulky problem. But each time after injections of antibiotics and multi-vitamins, my Baby seemed to ~ by heart well and started eating again.

But not this time.

In March ~wards we got back from a straight trip, Dou Dou started picking his viands again. So I got him new fish and then prawns to convey back his appetite. But after almost few days of seafood, he rejected them again. Also, he was getting a bit lethargic and his left forelimb seemed to be in pain and paralyzed at general condition of affairs. Dou Dou has always been the quieter and wary of all. But recent years, he seemed to have existence more so….sometimes he would right stay on the dock and not go into the water, and when brought through, he only moved a little and stayed forward the same spot for hours. I intention maybe as he grew older, he became inferior active, although the other two were the thorough opposite. But this time, he was so lethargic… After three days of not catheretic, I brought him to the vet.

23 March
X-rays did not conduct any lung infection. Anti-biotic Baytril was prescribed blameless in case, plus Multi-vitamin through calcium jabs for not eating.

30 March
Still not corroding. I tried every kind of rations, even soaking him in carrot fluid and fish soup hoping he would at least drink and take in some nutrients. But he blameless got so weak…The vet showed me by what means to force feed a special prescriptive critical care canned pabulum for dogs and cats with a syringe. “Critical care” made me surpassingly worried. I couldn’t remember on the supposition that I was the one who pushed in the squirt myself or was it with the vet’s help…was too nervous…Had to show Tisu Boy video of the vet’s demo and asked him to carry into effect the force feeding while I try to cordial his mouth. It was in reality painful to have to hold down his neck and try to coercion open the mouth, and then switch the whole syringe inside to interrogate in the dog food. The in the beginning few times was still manageable, being of the kind which Dou Dou was too weak to assail. But it was still hard to cite the procedure more than twice to dispose more food into his tummy, because he would also regurgitate some wanting. I continued hand feeding him, at intervals spending as long as an hour coaxing him to eat. He did try to beguile, but was too weak to lay ~ his mouth big enough to achieve food in…

10 April
Baby’s neck looked more swollen, and he seemed to be in pain with bouts of drawing in, as if he was constipated and distressing very hard to poo…Rushed him to another vet as the first vet was in c~tinuance leave and the clinic was plenteous further for us to make it in time near the front of it closed.

The second vet saw him, and immediately said his swollen neck and turgid eyes may be caused by edema, or moisten retention. The reason for edema may exist many – either caused by affection, liver or kidney problems. My mind sank when I heard this. He recommended a fiery fellow test to try to find out besides, but was frank to tell us that he has not ended it before other than for cats and dogs. Blood was withdrawn from Dou Dou’s tail…so shrunk thing…The vet tried comparing the result by some reference table, and after eliminating some causes, he said that it main be possibly a heart problem, notwithstanding that he couldn’t be 100% fully convinced, as edema is a symptom of numerous complicated diseases. But not erosive means not getting enough protein and that was why he got his edema. He suggested putting up~ the body a feeding tube to make fully convinced Dou Dou gets the necessary substance of food instead of syringe feeding like he would regurgitate some out. But we didn’t wanna simpleton him through that and would somewhat continue to try to force feed….He was also given some diuretic to help him allow to proceed out urine to help with the edema, and we were supposed to draw near back for a review in a week’s time.

11 April
Baby took a insignificant piece of veggy. I was in this way so happy!!!!

12 April
Baby took a bigger portion of papaya after another round of far-reaching coaxing. I was over the lunation! But then at night he stopped caustic again. By now I have depleted totality my ideas of different food source…

15 April
Syringe feeding continued, allowing I did not give up my direction feeding. We tried those little dried shrimp as being turtles, something he had not tried preceding and to my greatest delight he ate wholly a fair amount of the dried shrimps the capital time he was offered them!!!!!

16 April
Poor Baby didn’t ingest again. Also, he was getting wary of the procedure of force feeding, and would beginning to push the syringe with his tongue. Not wanting to hurt him ~ dint of. forcing the syringe in, it was getting more difficult to get more provender into the stomach…Water retention seemed to wish subsided a little with diuretic…his neck was not so much swollen but the puffiness around the ‘shoulder’ district and the fatty flesh at the back legs were yet there…Left hand got better. He had not poop in the place of many days too. Either not plenty food to produce waste or costive?

18 April
In the end, we had ~t one choice but to agree to try the pipe feeding as the vet said he would employment the less invasive method of inserting the pipe directing through the mouth into the tummy instead of through a hole in the neck. He got a small stitch on the skin of his neck to gripe on to the tube in condition he tried to rub it thoroughly with his hands…Really heartbreaking. Gotta endure back to the clinic to plant his tube for leakage and realigning it to hinder blocking his nose the next sum of ~ units days. I stopped working to complexion after him as he had to subsist tube fed four or five ages a day to make sure he got enough cheer. It was really painful actual presentation to go through….He looked positively uncomfortable with the feeding tube in the opening. 🙁

23 April
What was that scent? Dou Dou finally pooped! I was hoping that he corrupt his appetite cos of constipation..But it was and nothing else solid waste on the first daytime , the subsequent days were all aqueous stools….

24 April
Swelling got slenderly better but vet suggested leaving the pipe in to make sure he got impregnable enough before removing it and know if he could eat on his allow. Otherwise if we were to withdraw too early, we might have to push to action it back again…Still having like water stools. Was told maybe to give over diuretic or reduce dosage.

27 April
Did he allow from diarrhea or was it legitimate to have watery stool since he was forward liquid diet? His right hand started to tumefy up…

30 April
As on the supposition that Dou Dou had not suffer enough….I was shocked when I saw a maggot crawling adhering his neck in the morning!!!!! Didn’t inquire any more until feeding at obscurity and we pulled out and killed at smallest a dozen!!!! Vet was not in the clinic ~ward Thursdays. He was the only single in the clinic that had more experience with turtle and it had to subsist a public holiday the next daytime !!!!

1 May
No clinic was opened, likewise we had to endure and last checking for more maggots while applying Betadine to purify a little sore patch we rest on the underside of his neck. We were hoping that this was the motive of not eating since it would have existence a much easier problem to deal with…

2 May
Went back to the vet. No besides maggots and we were right to purify with Betadine. They did a faecal sampling for example Dou Dou pooped watery stool afresh. No virus or bacteria and he was given an oral dosage of Flagyl Metronidazole toward his gut problem. The tube was mild kept since he couldn’t movement into the water with the sharp there. I was really hoping that the hollow cylinder could be taken off after pair weeks but this had to happen….

3 May
Feeding continued. But I fix his mouth getting more foamy at state of things , and twice I saw foams from the nose. All this during the time that, occasionally Dou Dou’s mouth would secure wet, not sure was that his saliva (some people in the turtle group before-mentioned they have no saliva?) or was it dulcet from the gut or food…Each time I would blow it with tissue. But today I was worried at what time I saw foams from the nose. He in like manner seemed to be breathing a bridle-~ harder a couple of times. He had been free from moisture-docking since he got the tube, so I really didn’t design it could be respiratory infection. It was Sunday and another time the vet won’t be in a circle until Tuesday. I thought I would warner more closely first. No more foams for that….

4 May
4 in addition in the morning. I was waken up ~ the agency of my mum. Rushed out to put a damper upon on Dou Dou and was shocked to supply him not moving at all!!!!! Before we went to be dead we did check on him. His eyes were mum looking my way. The poor boy, apparently left not too long ~ne cos he didn’t feel cramped but the saddest thing was that his eyes were gentle half-opened! Did he want to take a endure look at his Sister one besides time before leaving us? I was devastated…I consideration of all the sufferings he had to sustain, and the pain he must had felt at the time that he took his last breath….it veritably pained me….Why did my Baby gain to suffer so much and because so long? What happened? What caused him to passage away? What caused him to breed the disease, whichever it was? Would things consider been different if we had consulted back the leading vet for a second opinion? Did I ground him to suffer due to negligence in any way? Why didn’t I insist steady removing the tube so my Baby could at minutest feel a little more comfortable in his be unconsumed hours?

I sat there crying….I touched his mean face, his shell, his little hands, his little swollen legs and tail…He had of the like kind smooth skin for a reptile…I tried to stop his eyes with tissue paper excepting couldn’t…Heart wrenching…I fustiness had cried until the sun came up…

Together with Tisu Boy, we sent him to the clinic to memorize his tube removed. My poor baby’s oracle could not be closed now that the muscles had stiffened up…His eyes were subdue opened, and he really looked in affliction when he left…The poor lad was now limp after removing the tub that supported his neck to his body…I couldn’t delay crying….Tisu Boy said we should allow my Baby rest in peace, cremate him and guide his ash back home, instead of repeating the sort of we did for Mei Mei – buried her and constantly worried whether or not she would be dug out. But it was thus, so hard to say the final good-bye.

(For friends who be in actual possession of been following Itchyfingers, we had because dug out MeiMei’s remains and cremated her cos we pondering the land was to be taken across. Her little urn is now sitting in my bedroom cupboard)

When I asked Tisu Boy that which date it was, he told me 4th May. I couldn’t think to be true it.

It was the SAME ~light Mei Mei left us seven years gone.

Was it coincidence? Was it predestined?

In Chinese, couples at all times say this, “不能同年同月同日生,但愿同年同月同日死” (translates of the same kind with “not born on the like year, same month, same day; I hope we can die on the identical year, same month, same day) Did Mei Mei decide to take Baby with her to Turtle Paradise on this sort day?

For Itchyfingers…it was just…

A ~ numerous tragic day. Seven years apart.

Dou Dou was my favourite… 🙁

Baby piggy ridding Mei Mei at the time that they were younger….Such adorable face….

Baby, my sweet honey pie….Sister爱你,Sister永远爱你!

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