June 24th, 2008



Yesterday was the day to take off Pan's paw bandage. His broken toe is taped in two places, there were stitches in his paw, and there was cotton batting, vetwrap, and tape over all of that.

Mind you, getting this off required about 45 minutes of making tiny tiny nips with ineffectual scissors, while Pan was wrapped in a blanket and pinned by at least two other people.

Needless to say, once the bandage came off, Pan had torn his toe tape off within an hour. Plus, he hated us all forever. And his paw was bleeding a bit because he took the stitches out too.

He seems better this morning, and not so freaked out. His broken toe sticks out a bit, like a velociraptor. There's nothing we can do about it now, so he'll just have to deal for a few weeks. The bleeding also stopped, so I'm hoping that's just the aftermatch of the stitches. It was only a few drops here and there anyway.

He doesn't seem to trust us at the moment, and I got scratched last night when I was trying to fix his toe, so I feel kinda crappy.

The unlucky

We have a graduate student here doing research on rattlesnakes. While that's ordinarily a high-risk sort of topic, he's never been bitten. However, he was evacuated out of here for the 2006 fires, and had to be flown out last year for a bad gash on his finger (broken glass).

Last week, the day after his parents left from a week-long visit, he was running a very high fever and seemed really out of it. By the next morning, he had muscular aches, headache, and bad chills. This was all very indicative of tick fever, so we flew him out. He spent a few hours in the ER in Boise, got on antibiotics, and felt better right away. He's still on antibiotics, but he flew back in yesterday.

About two hours ago, he was walking down a hill and fell.

Onto his telemetry antenna.

Which went into his eye.

It punctured his eyelid and went pretty deep into the socket. The bleeding is minimal and there's no fluids, but he had a good headache. We don't know the extent of the damage. So, we flew him out again. The plane just left and they're going straight to Boise.