Tuesday, May 15, 2007

GORDY UPDATE: nebulized!

We wound up taking Gordy in for a second nebulization this morning. He took it like a man. No hooplah whatsoever and when we opened up his chamber of vapors, he was chillin' like Cheech in the opposite corner of the box with a look on his face like, "Excuse me? Can I help you with something?".

He also came back testing positive for Giardia. We're two for two! Err...

I have since Googled this charming parasite and, in addition to convincing myself that I too have this single cell protozoa hatching and multiplying deep within my intestinal walls, I have discovered that Giardia also goes by the lovely psuedonym, BEAVER FEVER. Something about dam water and... oh, whatever. I am too distracted by my heebie jeebies to get scientific on you. Wikipedia has plenty to say, including captivating visuals. Mmmm. Time for lunch.

So we'll be administering treatment to our little dude by way of powder mixed in with his food for the next five days. He's absolutely asymptomatic right now so we're not waiting for much. Just negative test results in another four weeks. In the meantime I won't be sleeping at night (might I note they describe this parasite as looking like a clown face under a microscope?) and will instead be luxuriating in Gordy's predicted increase in flatulence.

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