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A little update on Lemon:

1-We stopped the oral meds bc it was too stressful on Lemon. He would literally look as if he was panting after we had to hold him to administer. And the doc only said they "might" help.

2-I started him on the knotgrass and am trying it in LOTS of different ways to get him to ingest it. The only sure thing is soaking millet in a "knotgrass tea" w/ a spash of ACV cocktail. (Got the idea from Banana's journal thread on here!) He loves this. I'm also sprinkling it on his veggies and over his seeds. Also crushing it and mixing some in.

3-I read about and ordered some Harrison's mash pellets and am offering those too.

4-I"m putting a few drops of ACV into his water.

Results: He's definitely showing improvement! I can't tell if the tumor is smaller, but he's still standing fine and doing more hopping and climbing about his cage. He is still tail bobbing so I know his breathing is labored, BUT he's started tweeting here and there, so I do think there is some respiratory relief from the tumor. He is still happy, but showing signs of increased content: giving "kisses," runny over atop his cage for up-close-and-personal talking time, and dinging his bells. He's even doing some head bobbing in the mirror. He is not attempting his normal swan dive into the bathroom sink whenever the water gets turned on, but he is enjoying warm showers. He's eating and drinking and pooping. The poops are normal over night, but the daytime ones are still larger and runnier than norm and do seem to take some effort.

All in all, I'm very thrilled with state of health, considering where we thought we were coming home from the vet. I am regretful that I didn't know as much as I do know about natural health/nutritional care for my budgie. But trying to focus on being thankful. So thank you all very, very much! I'm hoping for continued improvement.

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Whenever I offer my budgies something new I make a real big fuss about it. Pretend to eat some or actually eat some, lots of Mmmmmm, Yumm!!! and get all excited about it. Then once they come to see what it is I offer them a bit, still eating some myself and making a fuss for a while. I find if I do this they are at least willing to try the new food a few times and then eat it. If i just put it in their cage they will stay away from it.
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Thank you for the advice! He definitely is interested in the things I'm eating, so I'm incorporating this into the mix!

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Thank you for the update on Lemon.

I'm very pleased to hear he seems to be showing some improvement with the knotgrass and ACV and pray it will continue.

I'll be looking forward to periodic updates on his progress.

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Oh my goodness, I hope Lemon gets well soon. Keep us posted on his condition, I'm glad he's improving and taking his medicine.
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It's wonderful to hear that Lemon is showing some improvement! I hope that he continues to do so, please keep us posted
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I was out of town for 5 days, but my husband continued the extra love and care for Lemon while I was gone. When I got back I could definitely tell that the tumor had increased in size.

The good and the bad: Lemon is leaning over more and seems heavier & less agile in his movements. He's still pooping regularly, although the ones first thing in the morning are still huge and runny. He is still eating, and shows excitement when I put fresh veggies and the soaked millet in his cage. He still wants to get out and hang out with me. He's loving his showers still. His breathing is the same, labored w/ tail bobbing. If he does fly (which isn't often or very good), he clicks for a bit when he breathes. And no chirping. He'll chirp a sweet little tweet about once or twice a day.

I'm really trying to give Lemon the extra-good life. And I'm trying to be a good bird parent by making sure he's not suffering too much, and I don't think it's time to make the hard decision yet. It is so heartbreaking though. Any thoughts on "when it's time," would be greatly appreciated.

We have a funny little family motto: Try to be more like Lemon... sweet, happy, laid-back and forgiving.

He's an awesome little guy. Thanks so much for checking in on him.

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I love your family's motto:

Try to be more like Lemon... sweet, happy, laid-back and forgiving.

I think we all could benefit from that advice.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Just wanted to let you know that Lemon passed away. He was taking a shower, or rather just getting splashed from the spray and loving it. He leaned in a little too far to duck under the water and fluttered/fell down. I guess the exertion was too much for him, and he died in my hand. Heartbroken. But thankful his last moments were doing one of his favorite things. Thank you for your thoughts and walking through this with me.
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I'm very sorry for your loss of darling Lemon.
He was a very loved budgie and will be sorely missed.

If you'd like to post a tribute or memorial to your little boy, you may do so in the "In Memory" section of the forum.

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