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Old 06-05-2013, 04:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone, some of you probably remember me. I used to be on here a lot, but several months ago I sort of fell off the face of the earth. I've just been really busy with school and mental health stuff. I got diagnosed with depression and anxiety several months ago and was figuring out medication for that for a few months before I found one that works well for me. And even then I was struggling with getting a lot of my everyday stuff done and didn't have the energy to do anything else on top of classes, school work, and taking care of myself, our house, and Zannah.

I recently was also diagnosed with ADHD and now have medication for that, which is further improving my energy level, concentration, organization, and general happiness level. So I figured now that my life doesn't feel like such a cluttered disarray that I'd try to come back here sometimes! Now I'm also volunteering at a local wildlife rehabilitation center and an animal shelter and have made the decision that I'm switching from a general biology major to pre-professional bio major and chemistry minor and will hoping to go to vet school after undergrad.

As far as Zannah goes, she's been doing well. When I stopped coming to HHC, she had been having some medical issues--first constipation and having trouble urinating which improved for about a month then got worse again when she also suddenly got an infected growth on her face. But after her antibiotics for the growth, everything seemed to improve and she's now going potty back at her normal amount. I can only assume that whatever bacteria caused the skin thing much have also been affecting her digestive system.

But anyway, she's doing well now! I've got a mealworm farm going so she's getting regular beetles. I've been handling her a little less because of all the stuff I've been going through, but I'm getting in at least a little bit of cuddles or sitting by her cage while she runs around almost every day. She's as sweet as ever and doing really well about being held and checked over and everything. She's been doing great about nail clipping too, which is always a blessing.

I'll have to get some picture of her later. I realized I haven't been taking many pictures of her recently! But I just wanted to say hi again. I probably won't be here a whole lot because it still takes quite a bit of effort for me to manage my life and stuff, but I'll probably be around and posting cute pictures and stuff on occasion.

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Old 06-05-2013, 09:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, I am glad you are doing better and that Zannah is doing well. I hope you can take some comfort in her when you are having hard times. I think hedgies are great therapy! They are always there for you no matter what is going on in your life. You can take an hour or so out of your day and just sit with them, or watch them run in the wheel like you said.
Hang in there and we hope to hear more from you both soon.
Take care,
Susan H.
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Old 06-06-2013, 01:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome back! I've been worried about you two since her health issues were unresolved when you left. I'm glad that you both are doing much better!
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Old 06-07-2013, 05:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Glad to hear you're both doing better.
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