4:41 AM

I can’t sleep. I’m worried about my turtle, Popcorn. I’ve got 5 (yes, FIVE) turtles: Watermelon, Big Mac, Cheeseburger, Pizza, and Popcorn. The biggest is Watermelon (HUGE AND HEAVY, weighs god-knows-how-much, and requires two strong hands to hold, and picking her up involves the whole body) is the biggest followed by Big Mac, Cheeseburger, Pizza, and Popcorn is the smallest (slightly larger than a closed fist). Aggressive Pizza and flirty Popcorn are brothers. Always hungry Big Mac and cowardly Cheeseburger are a pair; gal pal BFFs. Watermelon… well I posted on here about her a year ago about how I found her. Fun fact, Popcorn likes to flirt with Watermelon…. whom is quite literally at least 10X (ten times) his weight and size. Popcorn is always rejected. Turtle interactions are entertaining. 

Popcorn hasn’t been eating for the past few days and spends all his time curled up out of water on his sunbathing rocks. As of yesterday, he has a bit of a runny nose on top of all that. He is quite sick. 

Today he has been transferred to his own isolated aquarium where the water is warmer and he has a warm UV light concentrated on him during the day. I really hope the warmth allows his immune system to get rid of his sickness. There are no turtle specialist animal hospitals nearby and I don’t want to travel far away to one with a distressed and sick turtle. The trip might do more harm than good. 

Also I feel very bad because I was entrusted by the first caretakers of Popcorn and Pizza to take care of them, twoish years ago. I don’t want to let them down. In addition, all my turtles are a big, happy family together and it wouldn’t feel right or happy if one passed away. I would look at Pizza every time and apologize that his brother passed away because of my incompetence. I don’t want that to happen. But I don’t know what else to do. I feel helpless, useless, and worried. All that has been done has been done. I hate this waiting and hoping. I love each and every one of them and I feel terrible because Popcorn is so sick and I don’t know what more to do. I wish I could help. I expected all my babies to outlive me, not die young. 

One of my life goals is to have an outdoor all-season garden greenhouse and build a large pond in that greenhouse. All my 5 turtles will swim and be free and warm and safe in the locked greenhouse. The greenhouse floor will be filled with edible greens, the pond will be gigantic, sparkling clean and filled with fish to hunt, and food to eat. There will be lots of rocks everywhere for them to climb. It will be called “Amanda’s Turtle Sanctuary”. Popcorn needs to hang on until I can build it. 

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