Some may remember helping me with questions about our first budgie, Job. It seems that every time I came here, it was with questions regarding her health (even more times than it seems, since I ended up having to register a new account at one point). The folks here were always so helpful and knowledgeable, and I just want to thank you all for that from the bottom of my heart.
Job was constantly molting, ever since we got her, which made her grumpy sometimes, but she was very smart and very sweet otherwise. I lost track of how often we took her to the vet to be checked, and it wasn't until her last visit with swelling in her eye that she was finally diagnosed with a pituitary tumor. She went blind at first, and was coping OK with that, but after a few weeks the tumor got worse and she was going steadily downhill. I came here with a heavy heart, knowing what needed to be done, and received very good advice and support.
At the beginning of last week, I took Job to her last vet visit. I sat in a room with her and waited, just the two of us, and for the first time in several days she got relaxed and came up onto my hand without getting scared, and then onto my shoulder and rested against my neck. I got a few final minutes with her at her sweetest, almost like she knew her pain would be over soon. It was a real blessing.
So thank you all; the rest of our flock remains... Buddy, Star and Dino and their cockatiel cousins of course. With luck I can find time to be a more frequent lurker here, and under some happier circumstances.