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In Memory Tributes and Memorials to Budgies which have moved on to the Rainbow Bridge
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Old 01-18-2016, 03:42 PM
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Hello everyone. It's been a while since I visited the forums, but if you've been on Talk Budgies for many years, you may remember me.

On Friday, my sweet girl, Pistachio passed away. She was approximately 8 years old. She had always been a very healthy budgie and never had any signs of illness since her hatch date.

Two weeks ago, I noticed what looked like an open sore on her chest area next to her wing. I brought her into the avian vet, and they were planning to close the area. It turned out, she had an abscess that needed to be removed, as it was next to her vital organs. I opted to get the surgery done to have the abscess removed during their surgery hours the following week.

My honey dropped off Pistachio at the avian vet for surgery last Friday. In less than a week's time, the mass had at least doubled in size. The doctor and surgeon both greeted him and explained the procedure and said they felt "cautiously optimistic" about the surgery. I was working, but had my phone nearby in case they needed to reach me for any reason or if Pistachio was ready to go home.

My phone rang around noon, and they were having complications during surgery prep. Without even puncturing the abscess, just manipulating the mass to access how they were going to approach the surgery caused excessive bleeding and a decrease in the heartbeat. They wanted to know if I wanted to stop surgery or continue with the heightened risks.

At the doctors recommendation, I opted to stop surgery. I was put on hold while matters deteriorated. They came back on the phone and told me they were giving Pistachio emergency CPR and wanted to know if I wanted them to continue. Of course, I told them to continue.

On hold again, and the doctor came back to the phone while I was in tears. She explained that Pistachio's little heart stopped beating, while five of them attempted to revive her. The mass was supplying her head and heart with blood, and was associated with a nerve that links to the respiratory system. I was devastated...

I rushed home and had the opportunity to say goodbye to my little one. We took her home in a very thoughtful little box with her name on it and some artwork. We had a burial in the backyard where she now joins her mom, dad and sister.

The next morning, I received the test results for the biopsy of the mass and it turned out my little girl had cancer.

Her sister, Pear Bear, is the only remaining sibling of Banana and Peaches. Their daughters, Sunflower and Pistachio are now flying high on Rainbow Bridge with their parents. I'm just hoping that Pear Bear will be okay as the lone ranger. I will do whatever it takes to make sure she has the happiest life she can have.

Pear Bear's been through so much already. She had her hormones killed off through a three part injection series because they were killing her. This also associated to her inability to have full use of her feet. She definitely gets around in her own way, just fine though and is always energetic and full of life. She will without a doubt, be spoiled rotten for the remainder of her days.

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Old 01-18-2016, 03:47 PM
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I am so very sorry. At least you know she isnt hurting any more and flying free.
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Thank you KathyP. It hurts me to know she could have been in pain for a prolonged period of time without me even knowing. I know cancer doesn't just happen overnight... Knowing she is no longer hurting and flying high and free with her family helps make this bearable.
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So sorry for your loss!
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Oh, Kristen - my heart goes out to you in your Great loss of little Pistachio - she was such a cutie beauty. I just lost my girl of 7 years to cancer - it's devastating, even though we know they are bound to leave our life before we do. I'm glad you still have Pear Bear to love and spoil - She sounds like a a honey and a fighter.
Please accept my deepest sympathy over Pistachio - may she rest in peace, free from all sickness and pain forever
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Very sorry she has gone Kristen, you did everything you could to help her...
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Thank you SPBudgie. I'm sorry to hear your little one also died of cancer. Was it something diagnosed early or was it sudden like my Pistachio? I guess either scenario would be just as devastating. I never knew how susceptible budgies were to tumors and cancer until my budgie family of five started aging.

Pear Bear is going to get all the love and attention she needs and desires! I'm planning on keeping her as a single bird for the time being. If I find she would be happiest with a friend, I will cross that bridge, but I want to give her time to bond with my other half and I as a companion bird if it makes her happy.
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Thank you, Jonah. I agree, I did do everything I could for her. Most people wouldn't have spent over a grand on a budgie, but I have done this multiple times. I don't regret one penny spent on her, even if she didn't make it.

She remains in my heart forever though!
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Kristen,

You have my deepest sympathy in your loss of Pistachio.
She was a very fortunate little budgie to have had so much love and a wonderful life with you.

Fly high and soar free sweet Pistachio; rest peacefully wee girl.
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In Memories, may you find Healing
In Time, may you find Peace
In the Power of Love, may you find Comfort

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