My son loved to watch episodes of “Jay Jay the Jet Plane” when he was little. I figure it was probably a knock-off of “Thomas the Tank Engine”, but I don’t know. At any rate, it was about a bunch of young planes and a helicopter, and how they learn things as they are growing up.
One episode was called “Herky Catches Upsy-Downosis”. Herky was the young helicopter friend of Jay Jay. Upsy-Downosis was like a cold, and Herky got it. It caused him to fly upside-down, and was very disorienting, as you can imagine. Like people who drag themselves to work when they are sick, and force themselves to try to perform, Herky expended great effort to fly upright so no one would know he was sick. Eventually, it got bad enough that he couldn’t hide it, and he had to take a few days to rest and recover.
What does this have to do with anything?
Well, our buck, Pinto, has Upsy-Downosis.
Actually, it’s called Wry Neck, or Torticollis, but the effect is pretty much the same. Poor Pinto expends lots of effort to remain upright, but his head is never upright unless we hold him that way. To him, upright is this:
This can be caused by several things, but probably most common is a protozoan (or a fungus, they can’t decide) called Encephalitozoon Cuniculi.
While I’m not absolutely positive that is the correct diagnosis, I really need to treat it like it is.
So for the last eight days, since this started on July 4th, we’ve been spending a lot of time getting medicine, food, and water into Pinto.
Fact: A rabbit with Wry Neck will drain all the time in your life away. And I am soooooooo tired! He’s doing better, though.
Time to go give Pinto some water and then go to bed!