On Tuesday morning I made my first ever trip with PT and David to the vet at Mae Hong Son’s “Provincial Livestock Office.” Essentially this was the only vet that was open during the day (clinics are only open in the evening – at least in Mae Hong Son) and David needed immediate attention.
I have no idea what happened to David but on Tuesday morning I noticed David sleeping upstairs and realised that he had come into the house without eating. Strange thing number one. Strange thing number two was some blood in a spot where he had been sleeping a little bit earlier. Strange thing number three was when I brought up a little bit of food to see if he’d eat it, he didn’t want it at all. Strange thing number four was noticed when he started licking his stomach… and I noticed something protruding out… that shouldn’t have been protruding out. Without further examining, I thought about the vet’s office – which was closed until 5pm – and decided he couldn’t wait that long. I called PT and she told me to pick her up in town and we’d go to where there was a vet open during the day – the Mae Hong Son Provincial Livestock Office.
The vet was shocked when he saw David’s wound. I was as well. I hadn’t got a good look at it at the house but at the vet, I saw more than I wanted to see. It was like something rather large had punctured the skin of his belly. The doctor said that the wound wasn’t recent – so I’m guessing that it had happened the night before when David was out during the night. I’m kind of amazed he managed to survive the puncture, the night and climb up the stairs the next morning. He’s a tough cat.
The vet said to come back at 4:30pm when he’d be done stitching David up.
So at 4:30pm, we arrived back at the Provincial Livestock Office at the vet was just finishing up. When he was done, we went in and David was still knocked out. The vet said we would have to come back in a week to get the stitches out.
So we’re more than halfway through the week – Tuesday’s not too far away. David is definitely getting better and has his appetite back. We’re both tired of him being in the cage by now though.
I still have no idea what happened to him to have caused such a horrible open wound like that.
On a side note, I am still looking for someone to take David and Bowie in for 10 months while I’m gone from Thailand. I’ll actually be gone from Thailand only 9 months but I’ll be gone from Mae Hong Son for 10 months. So…. spread the word that David and Bowie need a temporary home. And please pray! Packing is going okay but I’m not sure what to do about David and Bowie!
[Added Note on May 19th: David’s stitches came out on May 19th but the vet said that the wound could rupture open easily. So… David has to stay in his cage for another 3 weeks! And his wound has to be cleaned everyday and he has to keep wearing the plastic cone around his head.
I was intending to leave MHS in a little over a week. So I’m not sure what to do. Praying and asking God to help.]
[Added Note on May 21st: So… David’s wound ruptured yesterday. I called the vet. I took David in. And Dr. Jacky, the vet, said that he could take David for 3 weeks to look after him so the wound would heal up well. I’m grateful for his help. Still need to figure out what to do with David after 3 weeks… considering I’ll be gone from MHS in 1 week… But I’m sure God’s got this figured out – right?]