I am reposting what Budgiekin posted in the Budgie health forum.
Originally Posted by Budgiekin
I am so very sorry to hear about your precious little Diamond and would like to offer you and your wife my condolences.
My heart sank when I read your post about him having passed away and it also made me cry. This was not what I was hoping to read. How devastating... And yes, it is quite amazing the effect these little ones have on us. (I was never a "pet person" until I had my first budgie!)
I too know about hindsight and wishing I had done things differently. With Apollo, my first budgie, we had brought him in the the vet one evening because he was bleeding from his vent. The vet had poked and prodded him and he had spent the entire night wimpering with us at home. We brought him back the next day where he had exploratory surgery, but that turned out to be too much for the little guy as he had died during recovery.
If I could do it over again, I would not have put him through the surgery.......
It is obvious that you had such care and concern for Diamond. You did everything for him out of love, so please remember that. Hold on to that tail feather and think of all of the great memories you have had over the last several years with him.
May Diamond fly high forever and may your memories last a lifetime.
Rest in peace sweetheart.
Budgiekin- your post meant so much to me. It definitely brightened my spirits a lot. I don't know if it's because of the last paragraph you wrote, or because I find solace in knowing that someone else has been in a situation similar to my own, or both. Probably both because I've been beating myself up over this. I wish I wouldn't have allowed the vet to take him back in there the 2nd time. I keep praying that he'll forgive me or show me a sign that he's ok and he knew why I was doing what I was doing and that it's not my fault. If only I could have 24 hours back.
He was my only budgie, and will probably be my only budgie ever as he was brought home by himself without a companion. I couldn't possibly get another one because that budgie just won't compare and it wouldn't be fair to either bird.
Diamond and I were like peas and carrots.
I have some photos to share of him if you don't mind.
Pic1 - Blues and I.
Pic2 - Blues trying to pay the bills.
Pic3 - Blues trying to keep me off the telephone so I would spend some time with him.
Pic4 - Blues playing hide and seek in my wife's hair.
Pic5 - Blues helping my wife with her homework, or asking her to play.. He always did that.. Was so funny!
Hopefully people will read this and realize to spend as much time with your budgie as possible, take time to listen to them chirp, sing, and talk, and to err on the side of caution with your bud... ..You just never know how much time you'll have left with him or her and you don't want them leaving this world with any regrets like I do.