||[Nov. 24th, 2007|01:02 am]
We brought Biff in last Saturday because he was breathing funny. Nothing else wrong. Not even lethargic. We did an xray and some blood work. The xray showed one lung had collapsed. We started calling around for an ultrasound to get a better idea. The blood work should show something in about 24 hours. Somehow the blood 'didn't get picked up' and was sent out later. Come Tuesday, no results and Biff was getting worse. He was lethargic and didn't want to eat. I called the vet back again. I was livid at the lack of blood results. I felt blown off. She called around and got someone to do the ultrasound and a tap. I rushed him in. They pulled a water bottles worth of fluid out of his chest. We have no idea how he even held that much there. It was awful. He was doped up all night. The next morning, he was eating, drinking, hulking out on the cage bars wanting out. He was basically back to normal all the sudden like a miracle. Later Wed. night, he started breathing a bit faster. I kept him in cuddles as I had been all week. Babying my baby so-to speak. He just kept getting worse and worse through the night. Thanksgiving morning after an awful scene I wish I could erase from my memory, Biff suddenly passed away. The bloodwork came back completely healthy. No results yet on the fluids.
Biff was the inspiration that lead to us rescuing ferrets as we have. He was a gorgeous blonde with dark blue eyes. He was a hob that I desperately wanted to breed. He was an angel in life and had been a part of our lives for the last 3 and a half years. There is a terrible void in our home. We're in shock and denial. It all happened so fast and with Biff, seemed impossible. The always healthy, well behaved little boy seemed invincible. We really feel like we lost a child. And, no one seems to understand that. Now, we're just left feeling void and paranoid that whatever this mystery is might be contagious. I don't know if I want to know what the fluid results say.
Please keep Biff, his fuzzy siblings and family in your prayers.