Friday, November 9, 2007

A time to heal

Two days ago, Cookie woke me up, upset and told me that Sammy's legs were broken. "What?" (His legs were not broken last time I saw him). Sure enough, I looked in his tank and saw about 4 half pieces of crab legs. You can't imagine the heaviness I felt in my stomach. "What do we do?" Cookie asked. I'm no crab expert. So we got out the Hermit Crab Care book which of course had no info in it. Then I went on the website and found out what was going on. Due to some kind of stress in his/her environment or disease the poor thing can loose legs. Can you imagine? A hermit crab can have stress? I have 4 kids, 7 years and under, home school, cook, clean, chauffeur, breastfeed, volunteer for a mom's group, and blog and you mean to tell me that our hermit crab has more stress than I do? Needless to say. We cleaned out any poop and old food in the tank, put more sand in. Gave them fresh water. Took out a small piece of driftwood. Put new food in. And waited to see what would happen. (Although we read we were suppose to isolate Sammy and wait for him to die). Well he didn't die. As a matter of fact he was crawling around and trying to get some water. Then Dylan, was crawling around too. Yesterday both of them were huddled together in the corner of the tank. I assumed that Dylan sensed that Sammy was not okay and he was comforting him/her. Mind you Sammy is 5 times the size of Dylan. I don't know if we are out of the woods yet. But we all prayed for Sammy and believe that he/she is healed. : ) I am so glad I did not have to take him/her to the vet. Dr's visits can be a pest.