Species: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Arrival Date: December 30, 2018
Stranding Location: Fort Pierce, FL
Initial Weight: 88.2 lbs.
Current Weight: 84.2 lbs.
Topsy is a sub-adult green sea turtle patient that was rescued offshore by the Coast Guard. The turtle was in distress, as it was unable to dive and stay under water. There are healing unintentional boat strike injuries to the carapace that most likely had occurred several months before arrival to the hospital. Bloodwork shows a systemic infection and hypoglycemia. Topsy will receive antibiotics and wound care daily. Further diagnostics will be done to determine the cause of the buoyancy disorder.
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.
03/26/2020 -Topsy's white cell count has gone up slightly, but no change was made.
03/19/2020 -Topsy's white cell count is continuing to come down.
03/12/2020 -Topsy's white cell count is still not quite normal.
03/05/2020 -Topsy’s white cell count is now coming down. Surgery delayed one more week.
02/27/2020 -Topsy’s white cell count has quit going up, but has not come down yet. Surgery remains on delay.
02/20/2020 -Topsy's white cell count has gone up, so antibiotics were changed and surgery is temporarily delayed.
02/13/2020 -We received the custom implants this week and will make a decision on surgery early next week.
02/06/2020 - We are waiting on the implant to be manufactured.
01/30/2020 -We are maintaining Topsy on 7oz carapace weight and have ordered an implant to be made. FWC has given the "go ahead" to proceed with the implant surgery. It is hoped that the surgery can be performed in the next couple of weeks.
01/23/2020 -We have reduced the weight on Topsy to 5oz and the turtle is mostly on the bottom but not always. We will target a weight for implant between 5 and 7 oz.
01/16/2020 -We have reduced the weight on Topsy to 9 oz and again to 7 oz and the turtle remains flat on the bottom.
01/09/2020 -We have reduced the weight on Topsy from 16 oz to 13 oz and now to 11 oz and the turtle remains flat on the bottom.
01/02/2020 -We have reduced the weight on Topsy from 16 oz. to 13 oz. and the turtle is still resting on the bottom. We plan to reduce it again to 11 oz. in the next few days.
12/26/2019 - Discussion with FWC has been slowed by the holidays, but we expect to keep pursuing weight implantation.
12/19/2019 - We have been discussing implanting weights for Topsy with FWC.
12/12/2019 - Topsy is being considered for a surgical implant to replace the external weight prior to releasing.
12/05/2019 - Topsy will be released in the near future.
11/27/2019 - Topsy has been medically cleared and will be released in the near future.
11/21/2019 - Topsy has been taken off all medication.
11/14/2019 - Topsy's white cell count is remaining normal and treatment has been reduced.
11/07/2019 - Topsy's white cell count is remaining normal.
10/31/2019 -Topsy's white cell count is back within normal limits.
10/24/2019 -Topsy's treatment regimen has been changed again.
10/17/2019 - Topsy's white cell count is coming down with the new treatment. Lungs look good radiographically.
10/10/2019 - Topsy's white cell count went up as soon as we reduced antibiotics. We are planning to get new radiographs tomorrow to determine what might be happening internally.
10/03/2019 -Topsy's treatment has been reduced to a single antibiotic.
09/26/2019 -Topsy's white cell count is normal again, so antibiotics may be discontinued soon.
09/12/2019 -Topsy’s white cell count is coming down at this time.
08/23/2019 -Topsy's white cell count is closer to normal.
08/16/2019 -Topsy’s white cell count is almost normal again.
08/09/2019 -Topsy’s white cell count is coming back down on the new treatment.
08/05/2019 -Topsy’s white cell count went back up, so it was restarted on antibiotics.
07/26/2019 -Topsy’s white cell count is stable this week.
07/18/2019 -Topsy’s white cell count went back up, so the turtle is back on medication.
07/11/2019 -Topsy’s white cell count is remaining normal since being taken off of meds.
07/04/2019 -Topsy’s white cell count is now normal and the skin infection is almost healed.
06/27/2019 -Topsy’s weights have been removed and the turtle was moved out of Big Blue due to a mild skin infection. The turtle is occasionally resting on the bottom flat without any weights.
06/20/2019 -Topsy’s weights were reduced by a total of 2 ounces and the turtle continues to rest completely flat on the bottom.
06/13/2019 -Topsy’s white cell count continues toward normal.
06/06/2019 -Topsy’s white cell count is almost back down to normal.
05/30/2019 -Topsy’s white cell count went up again, so the antibiotic treatment was changed. Weight on the carapace was reduced and turtle remains flat on the bottom when resting.
05/23/2019 - Topsy is doing well in Big Blue and the white cell count is approaching normal.
05/16/2019 - Topsy was moved back into big blue and is really enjoying the ledge, which the turtle is using as a back scratcher.
05/09/2019 - Topsy refused to eat for a few days after being moved out of Big Blue, but is now eating well again.
05/05/2019 - Topsy has been moved to a green tank to make room for Flynn in Big Blue.
04/25/2019 -Topsy has difficulty with the new weight, so have increased it again and will reduce it more slowly in the future.
04/17/2019 -Topsy's carapace weight was reduced again.
04/11/2019 -Topsy's carapace weight was reduced again and topsy is doing well off of medication.
04/04/2019 - Topsy's carapace weight has been reduced again and medication has been discontinued.
03/27/2019 - Topsy's white cell count is now normal.
03/20/2019 - Topsy's treatment regimen has been changed again.
03/13/2019 - Topsy's white cell count is slightly higher again.
03/06/2019 - Topsy's white cell count is back down to normal.
02/27/2019 - Topsy's white cell count went back up, so the antibiotics were changed
02/20/2019 - Topsy’s white cell count is improving.
02/13/2019 - Topy's lead weight was reduced, but the turtle began floating again, so it was raised again.
02/06/2019 - Topsy was moved to big blue and is resting on the bottom.
02/04/2019 - Topsy now has a "belt and suspenders" to hold the weight on the carapace and is doing very well. White blood cell count is normal.
01/25/2019 - We tried attaching weights to Topy's carapace and it allowed the turtle to rest on the bottom. We are now working on a different method to attached the weights so that they remain on the turtle.
01/10/2019 - Topsy is now eating well, but is still floating continuously
12/31/2018 - New patient