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PostSubject: Re: Rich's Vivarium Thread   Sun Dec 26, 2010 5:14 pm

Wow, that looks pretty cool Very Happy Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Rich's Vivarium Thread   Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:16 pm

This is the other female I got - youll notice the markings she has which is called a 'harlequin'

She has gotten cheely and learned the routine for dinner n shower and as soon as the lid opens in the evening - she is up n ready and waiting for food (usually crickets is whats she's hoping to find)

I'll have to try and film her feeding from the bowl when she gets her fruit paste.





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PostSubject: Re: Rich's Vivarium Thread   Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:43 pm

Oh I like her, she looks cute!


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PostSubject: Re: Rich's Vivarium Thread   Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:48 am

looks are decpetive - she is a little biter Very Happy which is fine as it doesnt hurt or draw blood.

As for me - its war again with quacks - on xmas eve I had a letter (actually 2) saying I should take xyz pills before bed - I have been doing exactly that for 5YEARS already (and ive told them as much) and they said 'your blood pressure rises significantly when your in bed and is low when your awake - no s**t sherlock I have postural hypo-tension (blood pressure drops when i satnd up) so it stands to reeason it rises when i sleep.

The other letter is 'you WILL attend two appointments for iron infusions blah blah - remember last year i was afk for months with water on the lungs, heart etc? that was from - wait for it - drum roll.....

AN IRON INFUSION

and i was told by 3 consultants then to never have it again.

WTF? so anyway - i phoned the 'senior nurse' who demanded my presence and basically he wittered about alternatives so in the end I had to just say 'I wont be attending any clinic for iron - period'.

As a result ive had to write a huge long convoluted letter and send to each and every doc n nurse who deal with me saying all this and 'suggesting' (telling them) ways to proceed.

As a result - my GO has asked me to see him tomorrow - so now im armed and dangerous - trust me folks - im very very angry about all this - The issue is that these doctors send letters to one another about me and half the time the facts are wrong. Its horribly scary to think how many of these mistakes go unchecked.

All this is why I cannot trust any of them and ultimately why I am refusing a transplant - if they cant get what meds and the times i take em right - what hope is there for anything complicated?

Anyway - did mention the geckos are SSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cute Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Rich's Vivarium Thread   Sun Jan 16, 2011 9:27 pm

They just send out stock letters Rich and dont bother checking your history, but stuff like that should all be down on computer surely so it gets seen when iron is mentioned?

Sounds like sheer incompetence - cant you switch hospitals?

What a great thread this is, love gecko's - a mate of mine used to have about 4 of them years ago, great little characters but one was demented and really vicious!
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PostSubject: Re: Rich's Vivarium Thread   Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:38 am

Tokkay geckos are the real biters Very Happy

Mine are calming down - developing some annoying habits tho - especially that they know its feeding time at about 8pm and when i open the lid - they sit in such a way they i cant shut it again Very Happy

Theyve also taken to feeding from a spoon Very Happy i'll have to video this when my camera behaves Very Happy and they aslo go into 'terminator' mode when im feeding crickets or locusts Very Happy

I have found a way to tame them somewhat - everyday - I just put my hand in front of them and let them smell me - after a while they will start to lick (which they do now) and thus get used to my smell and know im not a threat (or just an annoyance Very Happy )

I also bought an automatic spraying system - wasnt cheap either and tbh - isnt wuite good enough - it sprays every 12hours for 15 sec (i can alter the timings) but has a limited spray zone and small water holding capacity - the aim was to make it easier for whoever feeds etc if im in hospital - so whilst it does add to the humidity - it doesnt quite do the job - so whoever does the care will still have to spary with a pressurised garden type thing every three days or so - still, better than having to do it everyday I suppose Wink

They are still a wee bit fussy on food but getting better - im just trying out different things and seeing what they eat - the more theyll take without fuss the better all round - for them and me Wink but one thing remains top favourite - crickets Sad

Anyway - here is a recent pic - proving there are two of them (so far Very Happy ) this is then just after lights out so they are waiting for bugs to arrive- these lizards can move really fast when they want to and are so quiet when they do move - I have to be very careful each time I close the lid for little fingers etc Smile



As for the mofo'ing hospitals - I am seriously considering moving away from Devon just to get to a different hospital/health authority - My results etc are on a computer but other docs cant get access for some stupid reason - so at least I have access and copy results and send them around. But yes - incompetence sums it up.

I had another appt sent to me to attend an iron infusion - so this time I marched in and had a shouting fit at them - then a 2hour convo with senior nurse (cos i refused to leave unless it was sorted) and upshot is all of what i told them (and apparently is not in my notes) was written down and I will not be getting any more appts for anything until all the monkeys have banged heads together and sorted stuff out.

The stock thing - it applies to their thinking as well - the so called renal nurse specialist said 'ive never heard of that reaction before (ie like im making it up) so then i pointed out my long list of reactions etc etc etc and he had a fit of horror with a look of 'im out of my depth' on his face.

Good job i know my s**t cos they sure dont - and when i showed the scars all over my arms from the blisters I got from the last iron - well, he stfu then Very Happy

Problem is - they assume too much. Anyway - from now on im recording all appts without them knowing Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Rich's Vivarium Thread   Tue Jan 25, 2011 8:30 pm

Sounds like you have had a nightmare time Rich.

Thats the think with some doctors etc, they think they know it all.
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I have a relative with various health problems - he has regular check ups at the hospital where the cardiologist (a Professor so I guess he knows his stuff), decides on the medication needed.

His GP then says he is going to change things, put him on a different lot of tablets altogether and he got into problems.

He ended up having a blazing row with the GP in the surgery, demanding he be put back onto the original tablkets and that all changes in future are discussed with the professor first.

The only reason the changes were made was because the tablets the GP put him on were cheaper!
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PostSubject: Re: Rich's Vivarium Thread   Thu Jan 27, 2011 10:12 am

Cheaper - thats why im on the s**te insulin im on now - cos its 'cheaper'

Im stuck in a 'I surrender' triangle atm - The Diabetes Guy (at the hospital) says 'I'll leave that to the Nephrologist (Kidney guy - who is prof') - Nephrologish then says 'Its upto Diabetic Specialist' and all the while the GP shakes his head and basically cant/wont do anything

Then I have a screaming fit at all of them armed with reams of paper n print outs of what each of them should be doing

The thing is - im incredibly tired all the time - no energy at all, sleep 16hrs a day and I do not feel like fighting anymore.

I seriously give up
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PostSubject: Re: Rich's Vivarium Thread   Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:43 am

Dont give up lad!!

You know what you want to do? Decide which of your senior doctors you trust the most = the kidney or diabetes man and make an appointment to see him.

Tell him you want it written down exactlly what he ants to do.

Then go and see the other one and show them what he has written.

My Mum was in a similar position to you Rich, getting the run around between all the different consultants and the GP.

I got real mad in the end and went in and saw one of them, demanded it got written down and took it to the others. Got them to add their instructions to it.

Took it all to the GP and told him, banging on the bloody desk that if he dared to change anything without checking with them first he would have me to answer to.

Never heard from him again.

Bunch of tossers!
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PostSubject: Re: Rich's Vivarium Thread   Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:46 am

Well - saw the diabetes monkey last week - now they are gonna play the game MY MAY (after 33 years) they have decided the patient knows their body best Very Happy

What always amazes me is each n every anaesthetist ive come across takes my word as gospel with no question and plays all the games by my rules no questions and very appreciative of my help before any procedure - now these guys are consultants - so what happens to the rest of these doctors? do they go to some sort of special finishing class where theyre untrained again?

Anyway - screw them - ive had enough of it all anyway - call it 'palliative care' from here on in if you like (as far as im concerned)

Other news - I no longer have 2 crested geckos - nope, since last weeks ive had THREE Very Happy

couldnt resist another cheeky gecko - another female (i think) but this one is a pale pink colour

Did I ever mention they are SSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cute ? Very Happy

I am also in the paper planning stage for their vivarium - essentially I'm going to increase the height for them, using a fairly simple frame construction and perspex front doors (not sure what to use for the hood and back yet) - as they like height being tree dwellers - I can aslo add some shelving inside to make it easier to feed them etc - and when it comes to a thorough clean - simply lift the top section off Wink

Anyway - all in the planning only at present - need to weigh up costs etc - I may even get someone else to build it for me if the pricing for DIY isnt quite to my liking - the guy who built my chipmunk cage did a great job (although I did have to further reinforce it afterwards with angle iron but thats rodents gnawing for you)

anyway - i'll have to come up with a sketch or two first Wink - my tanks has a 1.5" thick metal rim all around the inside of the tank for lighting etc to be mounted on and im sure this will be ok with a lightweight frame etc on top given it held a 3' double light fitting etc with no bother Smile

Im not looking at raising the height by too much - about 50cm or so - kinda doubling the height from what it is now.
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PostSubject: Re: Rich's Vivarium Thread   Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:49 pm

So your little gecks are going to be living in luxury accommodation by the sound of things Rich. Look forward to seeing it evolve.

Glad you have finally got some of the docs to pay a bit of attention.

It doesnt surprise me when you mention the difference between anaesthetists and other consultants Rich, they are like chalk and cheese. Surgeons are the worse - maybe down to the whole Dr/Mr thing.

When I used to work on ICU it was 'gasmen' led - they had final say over how all the patients were treated and NO ONE, not even consultants could make changes to treatments without their approval.

It was funny some days as we would have a snotty, big headed Consultant surgeon trying to make changes to the treatment of a patient he has operated on and saw as 'his' (on a ventilator, maybe dialysis, 10's of various infusions etc), and a much more junior gasman would just say "No, we are not going to do that".

There would sometimes be stand up rows in ICU between them and I would go over and tell them to shut up or get out!

It took a while but eventually all the other disciplines realised that nothing would be done without ok'ing it with the gasmen.

Mind you it didnt help that one of our most senior consultant anaesthetists would come in in scruffy jeans and t shirts with some sort of suggestive or rude motif on it and the surgeons would come in wearing very expensive suits and shoes, dickie bow ties etc.

I remember once a very officious facial surgeon consultant chatting a long time to our 't shirt' consultant about management of an ill patient. Our chap eventually went off and the officious sod said "get me the consultant, I want to talk to hinm NOW"

It gave me great pleasure to say "You just have done" Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Rich's Vivarium Thread   Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:02 pm

you know why anaesthetists dress as scruff? its obvious really - they spend half the day getting changed into gowns etc - so whats the spoint Very Happy

anyway - if anyone needs proof - it was an anethathingy who diagnosed me WITHOUT doing tests - just based on observation whilst i was under. They are the only ones I have any respect or trus t for these days - as for surgeons - there is one i nearly punched - my dad stopped me doing so - probably cos he wanted to get in first Very Happy

Back to beasties - little toad horror beastie did another harry houdini today Very Happy - got out and hid EXACTLY where she did last time using exact same route - so ive discovered they learn fast Very Happy

So here is a pic - well, a game - spot the gecko Very Happy followed by a shot of my newest arrival



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PostSubject: Re: Rich's Vivarium Thread   Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:31 pm

Well I can spot it in the bottom one Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Rich's Vivarium Thread   Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:13 am

Your having a laugh - top pic - little nose under the picture frame follow the bottom edge of the picture - i know its all outta focus (little camera, bad lighting, flighty beastie, me oone foot stand on a ladder etc)

i dont plan on doing this shot again Very Happy

I should have had a close up done of her when id caught her in a box - didnt think until she was back (and sulking) in her house


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PostSubject: Re: Rich's Vivarium Thread   Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:19 pm

As if I would ever question your photography skills Rich Smile

I would have loved a vid of you trying to take the photo = by the sounds of things it wasn't the easiest! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Rich's Vivarium Thread   Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:09 am

well the tricly bit is ;ifting one of those clip frames (an A3 size) off the wall without dropping it, without the clips popping off and glass slipping out all the while hoping one very smart and wide awake gecko looking for another chance to leg it Very Happy

Ive sort of got a routine now but the little horror knows EXACTLY which route to take every time i open the lid - so the faster i can make the doors on the front the better now

I cant see my folks chasing the little monster around the walls n ceiling somehow Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Rich's Vivarium Thread   Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:05 pm

Sound more trouble than the fishy water changes rich Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Rich's Vivarium Thread   Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:17 am

Youve got a really good set up there Rich.

Apols if this has already been covered but how many geck's do you think your converted tank would hold.

I presume there is a recommended inch per gecko quota or whatever is there?
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PostSubject: Re: Rich's Vivarium Thread   Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:26 am

Well - the so called 'prop0er' vivs for these gecks at half the size hold 3 females n 1 male

Admittedly those thanks are 60cm tall (40x40cm footprint) so in theory I could probably house double the above - but i wont - just cos we can dont mean we should and I reckon the tighter the squeeze - the3 more chances of fighting.

I may get a male in the future - not sure yet - 3 females (as far as i can tell at present they are females) is enough Very Happy

compared to fish (especially when water quality drops) these geks are easy Very Happy Only need to 'clean them out' once a month which is basically take all the trees n branches out - rinse them under water - spray em with disinfectant and re-rinse and put back into tank - then simply rake over the soil - job done - this time (so trouble didnt get any bright ideas) I put all three in a box which they were not happy about but tough Very Happy

Once again i forgot to get pictures of them whilst they were out n about (on me etc) but ho hum - i'll do it one day Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Rich's Vivarium Thread   Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:00 am



My newest gecko sleeping in the most uncomfortable position possible (and the picture is taken the right way up - no need to rotate it) - taken at midday showing her resting colours



Same gecko - more or less same position but taken at feeding time (8pm) - notice the eyes are now visible (they dont have eyelids but draw their eyes into their heads when sleeping and the pupils disappear to fine lines during sleep)

This is also her night time colouring or 'fired up' as they call it

Tring to get shots of the other two in the same day night comparisons but they hide under leaves in the day so its tricky
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PostSubject: Re: Rich's Vivarium Thread   Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:50 pm

Funniest looking fish I have ever seen Rich scratch

They look great. Interesting little critters arent they Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Rich's Vivarium Thread   Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:36 am

But they live in a fishtank so they must be fish

Anyway - here is a pic i took just now titled '3 little pigs' cos as you can see, they are waiting at the top for food and bath time (sadly they forget tuesday is a no food day Very Happy ) oh and proof I do have 3 of them now Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Rich's Vivarium Thread   Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:11 pm

Thats a great photob Rich.

Ive forgotten if they are all males or females = there seems to be quite a difference in sozes - are the males bigger?

I like the little one at th front, great patterns on his skin Smile

You are a mean bugger starving the poot little things just coz it's a Tuesday!
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PostSubject: Re: Rich's Vivarium Thread   Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:52 am

All girls as far as I can tell - the one at the front is in factt he biggest the one at the back looking at the camera is the smallest and the most recent addition and she is 5 months old the others are 7 months

Males grow bigger.

The one att e front i think is iether a harlequin or tiger pattern - the middle one is what they call dalmation (but she isnt a good example as she only has the spots on her tail) and the one at the back is what is termed a blonde - ie the same colour all over - the colour can be anything but she is a pinky colour - and she needs bulking up but im lucky as they all feed from my hand now so fattening her up wontbe hard Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Rich's Vivarium Thread   Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:44 am



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