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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Mr. Bun update

Greetings Everybunny!!!

We have 2 pieces of good news:
- I'm keeping dry and peach fuzz has grown over the scalded parts and bits!
- Vet caught an 'ulcer on my eye' which is being treated with eye drops.
... and I feel very, very lively, more so than in a very long time.

Here's how things went down starting with the vet visit a couple of weeks ago.
Hoomin been thinking (scary, ain't it?). He asked the vet to do a tear duct flush. I've done well after it last time they did it to me at Blue Pearl in Tampa.

We were hoping it would take care of my sneezing for a while. The
 vet did the flush and in the process discovered an 'ulcer on my eye'. (Second hand words, that's why the quotes). Now, twice a day I get tormented with eye drops. Until the bottle is empty. Do you know how many torture sessions that is? Me neither.  But, it doesn't hurt and I kinda like being cuddled by my hoomin while his Concubine puts the drops on my eyeball.  I have extra long beautiful lashes that I use like armor to bounce the drop away, alas, the Concubine is very skilled in drop-fu.

Drops are working though, or so it seems. I do feel much better and I manifest that with lightning fast scoots for treats and almost no teeth grinding. I'm much more my 'old' self (no pun intended). 

Alas, there was a price to pay. I managed to snag and break one of my toenails on the bum leg (while at the vet.) It got dressed and taped up. Dressing stayed on for a couple of days. Hoomin almost fainted when he took it off.

Here's the really good part. For a few weeks now we've been using 'hoomin' grade incontinence pads as wrappers for my sitting pads. They wick away moisture like magic. Redness and irritation have gone away and I'm growing fresh peach fuzz where I lost my hair.

That with Neem shampoo and Calendula cream are working pure magic!

It was a mad chase to find a pad that would work. Again, by chance, we found store brand pads at CVS that are, hands down, the best. I say "by chance" because those particular pads are very hard to find and most stores don't have them in stock. He found them by pure luck and since then been hunting for them.

When we tested them, we observed drops of liquid get immediately absorbed and the surface staying only slightly damp. Not moist or wet, but only very slightly damp.

We've gone through a large set of pads of various makes and brands and none of them compared with the CVS ones.  To be honest, they are not fit to keep anything dry, complete rubbish!




Water got absorbed INSTANTLY and surface stayed almost completely dry, so very slightly damp.

Purchased these on-line directly form NorthShore (Amazon had some fake stuff that people complained about :-( )

Note the drop of water staying on the surface for a good while. Long enough to snap few pixes before it disappeared. Meaning long enough to get absorbed by bunn's fur.
After absorption, surface stays damp. More than we would like it to.
Water got absorbed instantly, but the surface felt moist to the touch for a long time.
We will try a few more brands just to see what else is out there. The only drawback is, those 'hoomin grade' pads are way more expensive than doggie pads.  A bunn slaves gotta do what a bun slaves gotta do.

In the meantime we'll be visiting the vet for a follow-up next Saturday.

While he was changing my pads I scooted out and settled in the doggie bed. I've never done something like that before so he felt compelled to snap a pix of it of course.

... and we'll keep you posted.

- Mr. Bun

 - Editing credit goes to the Concubine


Fleetie said...

Well done, Mr. Bun! You are a very, *very* brave, tolerant bun!

We are all sending you continued healing vibes!

~~~~~~ <3 Mr. Bun heart emoticon <3 ~~~~~~

And well done to your devoted hoomins, for going to such lengths, and such expense, to give you the best possible treatment!

RG said...

Oh My! A Science lesson, a medical report, advertising, and all around good news all in one post. And the photos!

THAT is the FULL MEAL DEAL! Thanks all.

Auntie Jane (It is official!) said...

Mr. Bun, and supporting cast of thousands, this really is the best news. I am going to look for some of those CVS pads for our bunns. I know it's a busy time, but I don't know about calendula cream. Could you tell me where one finds "Mr. Bun Approved Calendula Cream?" You and yours are the best, little bunn.

Ijon Tichy the Nth said...

Here's the cream on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000V4813S?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00 :-) Ohhhhh, the fuzz growing back on his leg :-) Priceless!

Anonymous said...

Yay! Good news that you are feeling sparkier, Mr. Bun :)= Maybe your hoomins will allow you a concu-bun friend of your own?
-Jen (Kohl's mom)

Auntie Jane (It is official!) said...

Priceless! Yes, priceless!

Anonymous said...

Mr Bun and humans, outstanding news. Keep up the good work and keep on Disapproving, Mr Bun : ) Ken, Kaci & the Desert Warren

sallyneary said...

Hey wasn't that one of my suggestions? I'm gonna need some credit. Keep getting better, Mr. Bun!

Ijon Tichy the Nth said...

I think so :-) I feel like we've gone a full circle with this. We started with pads, but he kept sliding on them. Then we found the vet beds. In the mean time he adjusted a little bit to his predicament and now we can go back to the pads. Sigh.... and so the wheel of disapproval keeps on turning ;-)

Ijon Tichy the Nth said...

... if you like, we'd love to send you a sample box of those pads :-)

Auntie Jane (It is official!) said...

Dear Mr. Bun, You or your humans made a really kind offer about a sample box of pads, but we have CVSes here, and, with your expert advice, are willing to go all in and get a box here. There is a problem you may be able to help us with. There is this whacky old auntie who wants to try knitting some stuff for you. Is there any way WOA could send you something. I know that bunns do not usually let human's knit for them once the bunn has reached the age of reason, but with your special needs, maybe you could design something that could be useful, but not available commercially.

Little Miss Titch said...

Auntie Jane that's a great idea,bless you!Great up date Mr Bun,xx Speedy

Ijon Tichy the Nth said...

That is a truly a heart flutter inducing proposition :-) My apologies for such a late response, but we were just thinking if there's anything at all he wouldn't mind. Came up with nothing. But... there's this routine we go through every time Mr. Bun gets a bum baf. He sits in a little doggie bed lined with a pad and hair towel so he can get a little less wet. Then I cover him up snugly with a towel and administer all the headrubs he likes. Maybe a little rectangular knit would be great? I think that would change the status of the procedure from 'routine' to 'ceremony' ;-)