Thank you. I know what you mean about having understanding family members. It's just my husband and me, so our animals are like our little family since we have no children.
I do have that book and have found it to be incredibly useful. It hasn't been much help with this particular problem, but it did give us great advice on how to bathe our guy. :) Boy, I was so surprised to find that he really actually seems to enjoy it and doesn't squirm at all. :)
Every time we think it's going to be time to send him to that great roost in the sky, he rallies. For the last 3 days he was having, shall we say, some "gastric" problems. I was convinced that if things didn't start to normalize by today, that today would be his day. Sure enough, this morning we had evidence of "normalcy" and him looking at us like "where's breakfast?" His injured leg is recovering its mobility--that much we can see improving from day to day. Now that the digestion issue seems to be resolving, we're wondering how to help him rebuild his strength. For the first time today, we left him in his sling with access to food/water for the entire time we'll be at work (we are both teachers.) He got used to the set up pretty well over the past week, but he has only been in it for 3 hours at a time at the longest. Hopefully, he'll be fine.
Meanwhile, I told my husband this morning that if we do end up losing him, he will have served one huge purpose in his short time on Earth: my education. Even though we've had some interesting issues at our school after last Friday's events, and I've had final exams at the college where I work a second job, I think I've probably put in 30 hours or so researching so many different "chicken health" issues that I have learned a ton. If we lose him, he will have done me a huge favor by forcing me to educate myself that much further.
Meanwhile, I hope your baby is doing better. I am terrible about the pictures since we don't have "smart phones." Oh well!
Take care! Pam