Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Toby, day 18
We almost lost Toby last night. We didn’t realize we had moved his feedings too far apart and he was getting dehydrated. Then, because the dehydration made him more vulnerable, he got chilled when I was wipa tinying him with a damp washcloth. He stopped eating and became lethargic. After a frantic call to the vet, we started feeding him pretty much constantly for 5 hours--he’d eat a tiny bit, fall asleep, wake up, we’d feed him another few drops. He got sicker until 3:30 a.m., when he rallied and began to be more alert and eat more. Now he is back to feedings every 2 hours and we will go to every 3 after he’s well back on the path of wellness and weight gain. We have not slept more than an hour each. Matt is having a nap so he can make lunch without burning the house down, and I get a nap when he gets up. I have 3 lessons to teach this afternoon.