Yesterday, my son let his 4" Green Rumped Parrotlet get out of the house... Always my worst nightmare with a full-flighted bird. How do you find a tiny bright green bird in the massive trees on our large property? When he called to me in a panic, he told me she had flown around the house, and that he thought she had come back around to the front yard. The only thing going in our favor (and it was a big one) is that she is extremely well socialized and very attached to us.
We started calling to her, and before long she started answering back. We finally figured out which tree she was in... An enormous oak tree, and WAY up. My older son, who is an arborist, went up the tree to try to locate her. He was able to see her, finally, but she was out on branches too small to climb, and I was also afraid of him scaring her out of that tree, and us having to find her all over again. FINALLY, I was able to move to a position where I could see her, and obviously, then she could see me. i had my younger son (she is his bird) move where she could see him too.
Then started the long, painful process of coaxing her down. She wanted so much to come to us, but didn't want to fly down. She wanted to climb. The problem was that the branches weren't close enough together for that, and the lowest branches were a good 20-25 ft up. She finally worked her way down to those lower branches; each time she moved momentarily out of sight behind a leaf (even the LEAVES are twice her size!) our hearts were in our mouths. When she got to that lowest branch, she had to get up her nerve to fly the rest of the way down. It would have been funny if it hadn't been so scary... She looked just like a kid on the high dive platform for the first time. "I'm gonna do it! No, I can't, I can't! No, I can do it!... It took about 20 minutes to get her to make the leap, and I can't tell you how heartwarming it was to see that tiny speck of green soaring toward us! Total time as a "wild bird"? About 2 hours. I think Timothy now believes me about HOW important it is to make sure she is secure if the outside door is being opened. We have had Sunny for about 7 years now, including nursing her back from an illness that almost took her life a year and a half ago, and what a horrible way this would have been to lose her!
So, whether it was the stress of all that, or just happenstance, I woke up today with a KILLER migraine around 6 AM. I took some Imitrex, but it had gone way too far before I woke up. By 8:30, when my Dr's office opened, it was totally out of control, the worst one I've had in my life. I couldn't see anything, opening my eyes was so painful, and I couldn't keep anything down, so I couldn't take any other oral drugs. So my Dr. had my son take me to the ER, where I spent the day being pumped full of various drugs and IV fluids.
They finally sent me home this evening, with anti-nausea meds, and my regular migraine meds to sleep off the rest of it. I'm still a bit queazy and headachy, but after sleeping (or at least lying in a dark room) for over 24 hours, I got myself some toast and decided to check in on the forum. Hope everyone else has had a better couple of days!
When I went down to make toast, I had a call on the answering machine reminding me that Kodi has a grooming appt. tomorrow morning at 9. I hope I'm up to it! So I guess I'd better turn this off, take one more round of meds and try to get some sleep again!