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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 07-17-2012, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Bad couple of days

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!

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post #2 of 48 (permalink) Old 07-18-2012, 01:01 AM
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Wow, tomorrow has got to be better. At least the birdie is back. Feel better soon!
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post #3 of 48 (permalink) Old 07-18-2012, 05:09 AM
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Oh I am so sorry to hear that you and you family had to go through all that! That poor scared little bird too. I would imagine an ordeal like that would most certainly trigger a migraine!! Those are just pure hell...but i'm glad you are starting to feel better. If you have to spend more time in a dark room, I'm sure that Kodi's appointment can wait for a another day of so.

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Karen, how frightening and how stressful. The situation probably contributed to the migraine. It certainly sounds like a true migraine. In my old age I no longer get them, but surely remember how awful they were. The only thing that helped was Fiorinal with codeine taken at the onset. It would sometimes ward it off if I took it and went to bed for a few hours.

At any rate, sure glad it's over and the awful thought of losing the bird didn't happen.

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Aww poor you and your bird. I get what I call "sinus headaches", that render me useless, but never to the hospital. Usually it makes me finally throw up, then I feel relief. I hope that the meds have finally put that migraine headache to rest and you can get back to the living (as my mother used to say)

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I can't believe that you were able to coax her down! I applaud your patience. Too many owners would've said "she's gone" & went back inside. Such a happy ending - except for the horrid migraine. Hope you're feeling better today.

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I just read your other post mentioning the ER so I quck checked to see what was up. Happy to here you got the bird back, but migraines really stink. My 13 year old gets them and they are heartbreaking and knock her out for a day sometimes. She too had migraine meds but there is a small window of when she takes them to do any good. Glad you're feeling better though and can hopefully make Kodi's grooming appointment. I think stress plays a part for her migraines but her doctor also thinks hormones are playing a roll. Stay out of this nasty heat and drink lots of fluids!

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Karen, I am so glad that the bird was coaxed down. Sorry about your migraine. They stink. I am sure the stress and this awful heat were contributing factors.

I have a friend who is German and she and her husband were walking their dog at a little nature trail around here. She said all of a sudden she starts screaming the German word for parakeet. Her husband kept asking her what and she is screaming the word and saying I don't know what it is in English. Well, the bird landed on the car mirror and they were able to catch it with the help of a passerby. She said it would not have survived the night as it was cold that night. She now has a pet parakeet!

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Karen, The fear you must have felt for your son's bird! What a stressful event...stress can exasperate a chronic condition. I have been taking Ondansetron for nausea for about two months, I can not vomit (I had a operation over 20 years ago that changed my life for the better but this is a side effect) so the nausea is intense causing a headache (I don't normally get them) and panic attack. So I truely understand how bad a headache can be!!! My doctor has told me stress plays a bigger role then doctors use to believe...often after a event we have no control over...does not matter the out come, the damaged is done to our systems. Hope your recovery is uneventful and quick. Thinking of you. Hugs

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Oh Karen! I am so sorry. I am glad you got your bird back safely and I hope tomorrow is a better day. Hugs!

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