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    Re: Health & Other Issues and properly caring for reptiles right now.....

    Three quick things.

    1. I had a scare with my kidney in the past couple of weeks and had to have a kidney biopsy (on my transplanted kidney). It's the first I've had to have in about 8 years. It looks like there may have been a confluence of events that caused concern and reduced kidney function, but that things are potentially improving. I'll have a lot more information this week after the biopsy results come back and I discuss with my nephrologist (kidney doctor). I'll advise when I can, but assume no news is good news.

    2. On top of dealing with kidney stuff, I got COVID the day after my biopsy. I've had it for a week and it's kicking my butt. Having a reduced immune system doesn't help (see kidney transplant recipient above). However, they put me on antiviral meds, stopped one immune suppressant, and I am fully vaccinated. I am convinced that combination kept me out of the hospital. Today is my first day upright in a week and I am tired and weak, but able to write this. Cough was killer, but is 80% better now, as are the chills/hot spells. I am mostly dealing with severe weakness and a cough now.

    3. Katie's been a saint. She's cared for me, made sure I drank a ton of fluids and fed me, and even did a bunch of the reptile stuff (with me). I wasn't much help because of how weak I was and still am. However, we worked together and she cleaned bowls and tanks etc. All the reptiles are doing fine, but Behira and Feliz will eat a few days past 3 weeks as Katie draws the line with feeding, at least for now.

    As you all know, I worry about my pets. Katie's been there for me and them beyond what I expected.

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    David (dakski), it's great that you're sharing what you're going through with the rest of us on this forum- because none of us ever knows when we might be similarly "out of commission" & we need to consider (ahead of time, if possible) just how we might deal with our responsibilities in similar circumstances. It's something no one wants to think about, & as many members here are younger & likely consider themselves to be healthy, it's probably tempting to think none of this applies to them- but in reality, it could- we never know.

    In truth, you're not even the first long-time member here to be laid-low by COVID- I got some pms about a year ago from another member who was unable to continue working, or dealing with their snake-breeding projects, due to COVID- fortunately, "they" had (have?) help from those close to them, but the recovery can be very long, as it was/is in their case- even though they didn't have predisposing issues. I'm not sharing their identity out of respect for their privacy, as they apparently didn't wish to discuss it here- they just wanted me to know why they disappeared.

    This forum has been around a while, & over time, many members have come & gone for all sorts of reasons & life changes- but in these more recent years we can only wonder how many others we have lost that were pandemic-related. We all want to charge forward in our lives, not live in fear of the many "what-ifs"- but it never hurts to have some contingency plans. It's easy to take our health for granted.

    David- it sounds to me like you're in good hands & we're all pulling for you to regain your health.
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    Re: Health & Other Issues and properly caring for reptiles right now.....

    Great news all around.

    The biopsy came back and although the kidney had been less than stellar for some time, it appears to be on the mend/recovering from "acute trauma." They think it was a confluence of events that caused the kidney to operate below normal capacity for a bit and it took longer than expected to recover. Either way, blood work in 6 weeks and assuming that comes back stable, should be able to breathe easy for a bit.

    In the meantime, COVID symptoms are easing and I am feeling better.

    Again, so thankful for Katie and we are both incredibly relieved today.

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    Re: Health & Other Issues and properly caring for reptiles right now.....

    Quote Originally Posted by dakski View Post
    Great news all around.

    The biopsy came back and although the kidney had been less than stellar for some time, it appears to be on the mend/recovering from "acute trauma." They think it was a confluence of events that caused the kidney to operate below normal capacity for a bit and it took longer than expected to recover. Either way, blood work in 6 weeks and assuming that comes back stable, should be able to breathe easy for a bit.

    In the meantime, COVID symptoms are easing and I am feeling better.

    Again, so thankful for Katie and we are both incredibly relieved today.
    And just in time for Thanksgiving too...

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE!
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