I’ve been dealing with a sick parrot today. When I went to get her out of her cage, she was just laying there on the bottom. She’s been sitting down there a lot, ever since laying her first eggs a month or so ago. Today, though, she didn’t get up, and it became immediately clear that something is wrong with her legs—they are mostly paralyzed and one of them developed a swelling as the day went on.
I”m so worried about her. I don’t know if she’s egg bound or if something else is going on. But now I know why she was so unnaturally quiet earlier this week—she wasn’t feeling good! Poor thing. So I’ve been towelling her and cradling her a lot, and then also letting her sleep in a small cat carrier lined with blankets and heated with one of those bean neck thingies (we don’t have a hot water bottle or heating pad, later, I’ll need to heat that up for her again). Apparently, it’s very important to keep her warm as it takes so much energy to maintain body temperature. I had to move her into the carrier because even though I put cardboard and towels down for her on the bottom of her cage, she kept crawling off them and I found her laying there, both feet just dangling through the cage floor. At least now I can keep her upstairs in the bathroom and check on her frequently. Weird thing is, she seems fairly alert, and took food out of a dropper that I offered her a few different times. She even nibbled a bit of walnut, one of her favorite foods.
My vet wasn’t in today (the one that is good with birds), but we have an appointment for early tomorrow morning, so hopefully she’ll hold on until then.
I’d been wanting to watch the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, and was going to borrow it from a friend. Until I discovered last night that it was available on Netflix. I watched it with the kids today on a lazy Saturday afternoon before being sucked into going out into the pre-4th crowds to go grocery shopping.
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead is well done, has a nice pace, and just enough animated segments to break it up and keep it interesting. In short, it’s about an Australian guy who is very overweight and has an autoimmune skin condition that causes him to frequently break out in severe rashes. He’s fed up with all the different doctors and advice he’s been given, so he decides to come to America, go on a 60-day juice fast, and talk to people across America as he does it. Not only do we get to see his healthy transformation throughout the 60 days and beyond, but the film follows another guy, a morbidly obese American truck driver, who meets the Australian and decides he too needs to make a change. I love transformation stories (which is why I’m a fan of The Biggest Loser), and this is a good one.
I’d love to see a followup on both of these guys and to learn more about what they are eating in between juice fasts. Also, how healthy is this for somebody that is not overweight and doesn’t have all those fat stores to tide them over? I wonder if the DVD has any special features on it? The website doesn’t seem to have any followup features on it, nor does jointhereboot.com.
I’ve never previously considered a juice fast (I can get VERY cranky when hungry), but after watching this documentary, a 10-day juice fast with fresh organic fruits and vegetables seems like a doable thing, although I’d probably have to get a nice juicer, which isn’t happening any time soon. But it does make me want to commit to making daily green smoothies and juices in the Vitamix. It seems like it would be better to use something like the Vitamix anyway, then you don’t lose the fiber. But what do I know. Not a “juicing” expert here.
Have you tried juice fasting?