I'm very, very sad to report that Pancakes has crossed to the Bridge, early this morning.
His family is devestated and to be honest, so am I.
My one thought is that Pancakes is now pain free, and before he died he had 5 weeks of unconditional love and care from two amazing people.
Dustin has stated that any donations that have been made and are still left, he will donate to other rabbits in need.
For those of you who would like to email him directly, with any words you might be able to scrounge up (I know I'm having a hard time) you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you all for your thoughts and support on behalf of Pancakes and his family.
"Pancakes was not getting any better. He keeps going through, what looks like progression and then falling two steps worse than the last round.
Today, we decided to hospitalize him to help him get better. We had hoped so much that he would be able to do it on his own and I know that each and every one of your parents who has ever had to hospitalize you will understand the horrible heartache that Maria and I are feeling right now. We don't like the fact that he is in a different environment with new people and without us to be there to cuddle and support him and I reaaaaaaaaally hope he doesn't feel abandoned (it is breaking my heart just thinking about it.)
I spoke with the doctor on the phone (because I was at work all day) and he said that so far Pancakes is on IV, a catheter (sp?), and has a concoction of medications and pain killers. He has been incredibly co-operative (moreso than one of the staff has ever seen a bunny be.) He has voluntarily eaten pellets and critical care food. The doctor won't say if he is out of the woods yet or not because it is too early to tell but so far, he is progressing really, really, well.
I had a long and earnest discussion with him about options. We talked about Bicillin (thank you bunspace because I had never heard about it until the wonderful bunnies here had told Pancakes about it.) The vet is going to investigate it because I wanted him to be absolutely certain that a bunny in Pancakes condition can handle it.
I also spoke with him frankly on the matter of his mouth and in particular, options regarding his experience with bunny mouths. He was kind (and honest) to share where his expertise is at and where it isn't. Thankfully, that too, is not a worrisome issue as there is a hospital not very far from our town that specializes in it...so...while Pancakes gets stronger, his mouth will be fully assessed to find out if the problem is in the Doctor's skillset to fix or if the other hospital will need to join in the Saving Pancakes program.
I thank everyone who has supported Pancakes in his fight and I am doing everything I can think of to keep that support going because I am not sure how the hospitalization will affect us financially....
I need LOTS of moral support (because although people at my work understand how important Pancakes is, it's still no excuse for crying at work :P)
So, if you are reading this, please make your next click to be toward leaving a comment because although I haven't come anywhere CLOSE to replying to everyone and saying hello to all Pancakes' new friends, your comments, are very very very very very very very important to us. We are (in our city) surrounded by people who would have long given up on Pancakes who simply do not understand why we are fighting so hard for this sweeet (ok, now I am crying)...sweet bunny.
Bunspace is full, and I mean just packed, with bunnies and bipeds who do understand how special a bunny can be and I cannot possibly capture just how your words, how bunspace, how BiN, how Winston, Rocky, Binky, and soooo many other bunnies (no offense to anyone I haven't listed, it would just take me about 5 pages to list everyone), how this entire community has given Maria and I the exact words that we needed to hear.
I am not saying we would have ever given up on Pancakes if we didn't discover bunspace but what I am saying is that without bunspace:
1) Pancakes would not be getting the care he is receiving now. His options would have been far less open.
2) I would have struggled 1000 times harder to make options available to him
3) We would have never known about Bicillin or these recommended bunny-expert health care places
4) Maria and I would have been fighting this battle with our hearts shredded to pieces. Our morale has been crushed with each downfall.
Bunspace bunnies have been there to help us with everything. Pancakes owes you everything and although Maria and I only took Pancakes into our care to avoid him being sent to the rainbow bridge before his time...we have in the past month discovered that we owe Pancakes for all the joy and happiness he has brought into our lives. Little magical moments like him hopping up to you for no other reason than he wants to cuddle and feel safe in your arms.....it makes you think..that this little tiny bundle of sweetness, looks at our touch and our embrace as a safety and comfort feeling for him....how could we not fall in love with him?
In about 3 hours time, he will have been personally away from my arms for a complete 24 hours. This has been the hardest day that my memory can think of.
-Dustin (ever-loving Dad of Pancakes)"
He is on BunSpace for those of you who are as well under Pancakes, from London, Ontario. The support you all send means a lot as you can tell. I know we have all felt this way - and knowing there are people there who understand and who genuinely care, even though they are strangers, somehow makes things just a tiny bit easier.
I hope everyone and their bunnies are well tonight! And stay that way! The gang here is all fine. There is a special anniversary coming up on March 12th (The Barrie Bunny Anniversary). I, too, am grateful to have a caring community and feel lucky to know that somewhere I am understood!
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