I think I have said it before that when Mommy brought me home, I had some rotten parts on my shell, both carapace and plastron. The picture on the left shows the souvenirs of my darkest days. You can see 2 dented marks where my rotten parts used to be.
My plastron was even worse than my carapace, the disease took small parts of my plastron. You can compare it with Kame’s healthy plastron. Look at how perfect her plastron curve is…then, look at mine. It doesn’t look as perfect as Kame’s. Mommy peeled off my rotten shell to stop it from spreading out. The peeled part hasn’t grown back again, I don’t know will it ever grow again. For now, tho it isn’t in perfect shape, at least I have healthy plastron…and I can live with that.
Unfortunately, my shell’s problem hasn’t stopped yet 😦
Few months ago, I had fungus on small part of my carapace (see the picture on the left), she used ointment for human to clean the fungus. Fortunately, it worked. But it didn’t work for long. Somehow, that fungus had returned.
Mommy used Acriflavine Plus, a water medicine usually used for fish. It is said that Acriflavine can prevent fungus. She also used Acriflavine to tend my rotten shell. Acriflavine turned my water into yellowish.
Beyond her prediction, the fungus had spread everywhere.
She became panic. She asked around how to get rid the fungus. I was in the middle of my shedding process (my shedding is different compare to Kame),the fungus got under my scute. Redearslider.com advised her to use Silver Sulphadiazine. She couldn’t find it in any pet shop. Finally, someone told her to buy it under the name of Burnazin, it was sold in human’s drug store.
She bought it and put it on me. She put it on me at night because I had to stay dry while the ointment was on me. I had been sleeping outside my tank since I was brought home, so it wasn’t a hard thing to keep me on the floor throughout the night. She only applied the ointment on me few days in a week because she was afraid that the residue of the ointment could be dangerous for me. The result…my fungus stayed, neither increasing nor decreasing.
She stopped using it for 2 months. My fungus became worst than ever.
People said that silver sulphadiazine really worked. She decided to use it again…but this time she used it every night.
Less than 2 months ago, she has been putting the ointment on me every single night (with one free night every 5 days). She put it on me before she went to bed. Put me on my ‘bed’ (a piece of fabric). In the morning, she washed the ointment away with water and soap by using toothbrush. She did it till all the ointment has been washed clean. I often scratched her hand because I hate being brushed. She gave me free ointment day after 5 days of ointment treatment because she had no heart to see me always in agony whenever she brushed me.
Thank God the treatment works!!
You can see from the picture below, my fungus area has decreased so significantly.
She is still using the ointment till ALL my fungus disappeared.
Apart from Acriflavine and Burnazin, mommy always put me under the sun when she wasn’t working early in the morning. Sunlight also helps the healing process. I will close this post by sharing one of my sunbath moments.