Why, Mr. Turtle?

Today we introduce a new feature on Turtles All the Way: Why, Mr. Turtle?

Q: Why, Mr. Turtle, are you up so late?

A: Because one of my pet red-eared humans, let's call him "P.J.", got a very serious injury to his eye. He lost one eyelid and some other skin on his face, but we managed to save the eye itself, as well as his life.

For now he is in a special humarium (human aquarium) on the living room floor. Every morning and evening we replace his water with fresh, clean water, and smear silver sulfadiazine cream (1%) over his eye and nearby skin. Every other day, one of us gets the opportunity to inject his arm with 0.12 ml of Fortaz, an antibiotic.

As luck would have it, Mrs. Turtle was called away to New York city on an important project for her company. It's a great opportunity, and she finally gets to do some of the exciting traveling that she's always wanted to do. Plus, she gets to visit one of her best friends while she's there.

So, tonight was my lucky night. Again. P.J. didn't feel very lucky, though, so he threw a tantrum as I was taking him from his humarium, and got human water all over the carpet, the TV stand, and Mr. Turtle. I, of all people, understand his pain. I hate getting shots, and once punished a nurse quite harshly for attempting to do so. (I was a little kid, give me a break!) But it needs to be done.

Now, you have to understand that humans live in their own filth, so getting splashed with human water is pretty gross water, even though it's new from this morning. Of course, I had to take a shower tonight, even though I usually shower in the morning. I'm out of the shower now, as you have probably surmised, but our apartment's attic soaks up the heat during the day and lets it out into the apartment all night, so it's been really hot up here. Add that to the fact that I just got out of the shower, and I'm way too hot to sleep.

So, to answer your question, I'm waiting to cool down so I can get to sleep.


Anonymous Turtle Bro said...

Poor P.J. -- do you know what caused the injury?

7/10/2008 12:15 AM  

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