Galapagos

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Species: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Arrival Date
: June 24, 2019
Stranding Location: Jupiter, FL

Initial Weight
: 223.74 lbs.
Current Weight: 184.1 lbs.

Issue: Unintentional Boat Strike

Galapagos is an adult male green sea turtle patient that was found floating and unable to dive offshore of Jupiter. The turtle has an old unintentional boat strike injury to the back of his carapace, and fresh boat strike injuries on his right marginal carapace. The wounds will be treated topically with betadine, honey, and therapeutic laser. Galapagos will receive antibiotics and be monitored closely as the buoyancy disorder and boat strike injuries are treated.

 

PROGRESS KEY:

Sea_turtle_icon(green) This turtle is progressing well and responding to therapy as desired.

Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)There is a minor issue that we are working to resolve.

Sea_turtle_icon(red)More details to follow.

PROGRESS NOTES:

06/25/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(red)Galapagos' white cell count has increased mildly but he remains off all medications at the moment. We continue to watch his progress closely. He continues to take food well and is more responsive.

06/19/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(red)Galapagos' white cell count remains elevated but stable and his medications have been discontinued. We continue to watch his progress closely. The turtle has begun to eat again.

06/11/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(red)Galapagos' white cell count has continued decreasing, but he is having side effects from the antibiotics, so they had to be discontinued.

06/05/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(red)Galapagos' white cell count has decreased on his new medication and TPN has been added to his treatment plan.

05/28/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(red)Galapagos' white cell count remains elevated. Treatment with a new medication protocol has been initiated.

05/22/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(red)Galapagos' white cell count is increasing despite the treatment. A new drug has been ordered and it will be started as soon as it arrives.

05/15/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(red)Galapagos' white cell count continues to increase, so we are introducing a new treatment this week.

05/08/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(red)Galapagos' white cell count has gone up again, but we are giving the new treatment regimen a little longer before making a change.

05/01/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(red)Galapagos' white cell count has gone up, so the treatment regimen is being modified.

04/28/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(red)Galapagos' white cell count is now coming back down.

04/17/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(red)Galapagos is more responsive with the current treatment, but the white cell count has gone up, so a new treatment regimen was initiated.

04/09/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(red)Galapagos has developed symptoms of vestibular disease and is being treated accordingly.

03/26/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Galapagos' white cell count is now down to normal.

03/19/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Galapagos' white cell count is almost down to normal.

03/12/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Galapagos' white cell count is continuing to come down.

03/05/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Galapagos' white cell count is coming down with new treatment.

02/27/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green) Galapagos’ white cell count stopped coming down so the treatment regimen was changed.

02/20/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green) Galapagos’ white cell count is coming down with the new oral treatment via the pharyngostomy tube.

02/13/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green) Galapagos underwent surgery to put a pharyngostomy tube into his stomach so oral medications could be administered. Since the surgery, the turtle has already begun to eat on its own.

02/06/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green) Galapagos seems to be recovering from the drug reaction.

01/30/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Galapagos seems to be having a reaction to one of the antibiotics. That antibiotic has been discontinued and treatment regimen has been modified.

01/23/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Galapagos' carapace weight was reduced this week to 9oz. and he continues to rest flat on the bottom.

01/16/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Galapagos' carapace weight was reduced this week to 11 oz and he continues to rest flat on the bottom.

01/09/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Galapagos' carapace weight was reduced this week from 16 oz to 13 oz and he continues to rest flat on the bottom.

01/02/2020 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Galapagos' white cell count continues to be variable, but the turtle seems to be doing well otherwise.

12/26/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Galapagos’ white cell count is coming back down with new treatment.

12/19/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Galapagos' white cell count is going back up, so treatment was changed again.

12/12/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green) Galapagos' white cell count is coming down with the new treatment

12/05/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green) Galapagos' white cell count went up slightly, so the treatment regimen was changed.

11/27/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Galapagos' white cell count is remaining normal.

11/21/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green) Galapagos' white cell count is back to normal with the new treatment.

11/14/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green) Galapagos' white cell count went back up, so treatment regimen was changed.

11/07/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green) Galapagos' white cell count is almost down to normal.

10/31/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green) Galapagos' white cell count is continuing to improve and the wounds appear completely healed.

10/24/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green) Galapagos seems to be responding to the new treatment.

10/17/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green) Galapagos' white cell count went back up, so a new treatment was initiated.

10/10/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green) Galapagos' medication has been reduced.

10/03/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Galapagos' white cell count is back down to normal.

09/26/2019 -Sea_turtle_icon(green)Galapagos' white cell count is approaching normal numbers again.

09/12/2019 - Sea_turtle_icon(green)One of the prop wounds on the carapace had to be debrided, but it looks like it should heal well now.

08/23/2019 - Sea_turtle_icon(green)Galapagos finally passed the BIPS, indicating that he is able to defecate.

08/16/2019 - Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Galapagos had another endoscopy procedure to confirm the scarring in the colon and that the turtle is now passing feces on its own.

08/09/2019 - Sea_turtle_icon(red)Galapagos’ surgery has been postponed as the turtle has passed some waste, but we are uncertain how it is coming out. More info to come.

08/05/2019 - Sea_turtle_icon(red)Galapagos has given an indication that he is unable to defecate, so we performed a colonoscopy. There appears to be severe scar tissue at the colon sphincter, probably due to the earlier boat strike. We are investigating possible options, but there may not be any.

07/26/2019 - Sea_turtle_icon(green)Galapagos’ white cell count is approaching normal. Radiographs reveal a possible intestinal obstruction that we will be investigating.

07/18/2019 - Sea_turtle_icon(green)Galapagos’ white cell count is coming down.

07/11/2019 - Sea_turtle_icon(green)Galapagos’ appetite continues to improve. We have attached weights to the carapace and the turtle is now resting comfortably on the bottom.

07/04/2019 - Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)Galapagos is eating better.

06/25/2019 - New Patient