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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

NX Update..

December 28 update
The veterinary team caught up NX this morning to remove her body wrap — diagnostic intern Katie reports that NX continues to remain very feisty. Dr. Miranda removed the body wrap and was pleased with the extension of NX’s injured wing.  She left “bumpers” [protective bandages] on NX’s carpi [wrists] to protect the injured area on the right carpus and to prevent any injuries to the left carpus, now that NX is free to flap that wing.

Dr. Miranda would like to keep NX inside until the next set of radiographs next week — but if NX becomes too jumpy and active indoors, the veterinary team will move her to a small outdoor enclosure.

December 30 update
Dr. Miranda reports that the wounds on NX’s right carpus are healing well; all but one wound has scabbed and healed.  The veterinary team continues to check the protective bumpers on NX’s wings each day to ensure that they are intact — this prevents NX from aggravating any carpal injuries.  NX is still quite feisty and is a challenge to catch-up, but Dr. Miranda is still comfortable with keeping her inside until the next set of radiographson January 3. If radiographs look good, the plan will be to move NX to a small outdoor enclosure.

NX will also receive an ophthalmic examination to check on her right eye injury on January 3

Jan 3 2012 update
NX update: NX continues to heal! Dr. Miranda is pleased with her range of motion in her injured shoulder, and the avulsed piece of bone seems to be reattaching. NX is now in a small outdoor enclosure until her next set of rads on January 16th.