Species: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Arrival Date: March 15, 2019
Stranding Location: Jupiter, FL
Initial Weight: 3.74 lbs.
Current Weight: 5.24 lbs.
Patrick is a juvenile green sea turtle patient that was found in the Intracoastal Waterway in Jupiter with a heavy epibiota load on its carapace and plastron. The turtle is underweight,lethargic, and in poor health overall due to being debilitated. Patrick also has wounds on its carapace, most likely from the heavy epibiota load, that will be treated topically and with therapeutic laser. We will monitor Patrick’s bloodwork closely as we treat with antibiotics.
This turtle is progressing well and responding to therapy as desired.
There is a minor issue that we are working to resolve.
More details to follow.
06/13/2019 -Patrick’s white blood cell count went back up again, so treatment was changed.
06/06/2019 -Patrick’s white blood cell count is still unstable, but it is improving.
05/30/2019 -Patrick was tagged this week for eventual release.
05/23/2019 -Patrick’s white cell count is approaching normal.
05/16/2019 -The white cell count is coming down.
05/09/2019 -Patricks treatment has been modified again.
05/05/2019 -Patrick's white cell count has gone back up, so a new treatment regimen was started.
04/25/2019 -Patrick's white cell count has finally started coming down.
04/17/2019 -Patrick's white cell count has leveled off an should start coming down soon.
04/11/2019 -Patrick's treatment regimen was changed due to ongoing infection.
04/04/2019 - Patrick's white cell count is coming back down and is responding well to new antibiotics.
03/27/2019 - Patrick is eating well, but the white count is rising, so additional antibiotics have been added.
03/14/2019 - New patient