Yes I’ve been wearing gloves as is when I do stuff with him at the moment just to minimise any risks of transferring anything to him.
About 5 days ago he had a bit of an impromptu DIY proceedure where he decided to remove his feeding tube himself.
Thankfully he did a great job of it and didn’t do any damage to himself and the vets have said that they’re happy for the tube to stay out at this stage as he’s eating well.
He still has his appointment with the specialist on the 30th of this month to check the infection and general healing progress.
As for what I’m doing with him at home now it’s one ampicillin injection every day, oral Meloxicam at 0.22ml every second day and Cisapride at 0.12ml via mouth daily.
I’m also washing the wound where the tube was daily with an iodine rinse followed by a saline rinse then application of an iodine ointment.
He’s continuing to make improvements and I think he’s looking forward to having all his enclosure decor back hopefully soon.
His surgical wound in the throat area is healing great and the wound where the tube was is noticeably closing up and hasn’t had any bleeding, discharge, bad smell or discoloration at all. It was initially a bit moist after he removed the tube but that’s dried up quickly and the exposed flesh I can see is a consistent healthy color for a reptile.
I’ll check in again here after his appointment on the 30th or sooner if anything happens between now and then but so far so good for him.
Here’s some more photos showing healing progress, the tube site and him in general.
As for how the time came out it appears that the scales it was stitched into had been ‘shed’ off resulting in the tube essentially being unsecured and he simply turned his head one afternoon and it half popped out then just kinda slid the rest of the way out. He thankfully did have a dose of pain relief earlier that day so hopefully that meant this whole situation wasn’t too uncomfortable for him.
This photo is immediately after he removed the tube: