He's home, adjusting, and learning life with one foot. We caved and took him out yesterday evening for cuddles. He was too excited and trying to use his head to pet us, and his tail as a rudder to stabilize!
Sundae is now in surgery. He didn't need a blood transfusion after all, as his red blood cell count returned from 20% last week to an acceptable level today. I'll be a wreck for a while. Fingers crossed.
Update and Good news:
Sundae comes home tomorrow. It is cancer, but they are going to wait to do surgery until next week. He goes in for a pre-op on Saturday, and a blood donation, thanks to one of his wonderful nurses. He will lose his leg but should be just fine going forward and one heck of an ambassador for individuals with differing needs and cancer survivors!
Thank you again to anyone who donated and shared Sundae's story, we still have a road ahead and great expense, but we are again hopeful and glad to be hugging him again.
This note is perhaps one of the most personally painful messages for me to write and ask. On Friday, we rushed our beloved Goffin Cockatoo, Sundae, to the ER at the beautiful Mount Laurel Hospital with a severely troubled foot and frighteningly lethargic behavior. He immediately was admitted and had one toe amputated, as well as the remainder of his foot cleaned, x-rayed, bandaged, diagnostics began, and plenty of rest, warmth, observation, medication, feeding, stability, and care.
These initial three critical days of intense treatment cost us $4000, all that we had in our pockets and account at the time, but we truly felt we had to fight for Sundae and all that he has given.
With just having lost my job on Tuesday, this was not only truly painful but necessary.
Sundae is both an integral part of our lives and a part of the lives of all that he touches through our free Environmental Education programming in the North Philadelphia, Fishtown, and East Kensington neighborhoods of Philadelphia and beyond. If you would like to see Sundae in action, please feel free to check out the video Good Night Goffin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2Wvd46o188.
Fast forward to today, where the prognosis is to amputate his leg due to the possibility of cancer and deterioration present in the bone. Hopefully, this will occur on Wednesday after three more days of care, treatment, and monitoring, looking for increases in eating and red blood cell count to signal that it is safe to proceed with surgery. With the additional days of care and surgery, we are looking at a bill of upwards of $10,000 altogether.
An amount that we certainly cannot afford nor ask the family to take on. It brings me to this difficult decision to create a GoFundMe. Help Sundae continue to brighten the lives of others, and now perhaps become even more of an ambassador animal for those of differing needs, with him soon to have only one leg; imagine the potential impact!
If you are able, please consider helping Sundae. If you feel more comfortable, my Venmo is @Sandi-Vincenti.
If you would like to learn more about our work with Sundae and others through our neighborhood initiatives, please see more below. I would also like to add that any money above and beyond will go towards our free programming and protection of the Discovery Garden; EIN: 84-3842739!
Thank you all!
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Our Mission is to provide a safe, nurturing, and inspiring environment that supports the child's growth.
A Child's Inspiration: Wildlife Discovery Garden is a resource for environmental education programming. We encourage love and respect for our environment and the natural world. We work towards a commitment to the conservation of our environment through the discovery and engagement of nature heroes.
A Child's Inspiration: Wildlife Discovery Garden is a natural resource preserved and maintained to act as an educational and environmental demonstration garden/site. Through our work, we hope that we will pass along the love of learning, love, and conservation of our shared environment and the natural world in our community and beyond.
* We Believe that learning happens holistically through relationships with people and wildlife in nature.
* We Empower children through creativity and discovery to think for themselves while considering the environment and others.
* We Envision strong, curious, open-ended, meaningful, and engaging, STEAM-powered problem-solving and exploration.
* We Strive for a natural environment that immerses us in an overall joyful experience.
* We Value and Emphasize a multicultural, age-appropriate approach that respects and honors All children as individuals, All families as unique, and of course, All of Nature.
* We Understand that a child's work is discovery, inquiry, and play, and we look for a balance of independence and community building.
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"Every child should have mud pies. They should have grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, and mud turtles. They should have elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, and chestnuts. They should have trees to climb and brooks to wade. They should have water lilies. They should have woodchucks, bats, bees, and butterflies. They should have hayfields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, and sand. They should have snakes. They should have huckleberries. They should have hornets, and any child who is missing these are missing the best learning."
"One has that magical capacity to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee; to know a hundred different smells of mud and listen consciously to the soughing of the trees."
We believe that regular connections with the natural world encourage children to develop:
* Respect for local cultures and climates and themselves as a part of nature.
* Feelings of unity, peace, and well-being as global citizens.
We believe it is essential for children to:
* Be respected as competent, powerful learners and risk-takers who have a voice in what they create and learn through nature.
* Be supported in developing life skills through holistic nature-based learning.
We believe it is vital for families to:
* Understand the value of children's daily connections with nature.
* Support children's appropriate risk-taking and exploration in nature
* Enjoy regular experiences in the natural world with their children.
We believe it is crucial for educators to:
* Allow enough time each day for children to explore freely in nature-based spaces.
* Support children's appropriate risk-taking and adventurous play in nature.
* Provide children with opportunities for silence and contemplation in natural settings.
* Encourage children's development of a sense of wonder and a sense of environmental stewardship.
At A Child's Inspiration: Wildlife Discovery Garden, we strive to create learning experiences that are enriching, innovative, meaningful, and engaging. Our network of green spaces/gardens/wildlife sanctuaries, including our very our Discovery Garden right here, and green spaces/gardens/nature centers located in urban and suburban communities around the Greater Philadelphia area enable us to develop, evaluate, and sustain nature-based education and early childhood education programs in all settings.
We are fully committed to creating a positive and supportive learning environment inclusive, open to all learners, and sensitive to cultural diversity.