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The Move, Un-Packing, and an Accident

Posted by TribalCorns at 4/15/2020 7:19:49 PM

Well todays my birthday, but I feel like utter s--t. I'm still realing over a loss of a gecko over the stupidest of accidents. For the moment though lets go over the move stuff first.


We moved on April 2nd because I fell down the stairs on the 1st while moving some of the last few things. I was out of commission for the day and took many many pain pills to work through it on the second to get us finished and into the uhaul. Nothing broke but it's taken me a few weeks to repair and not need ibuprofin anymore.

Surpsingly didn't break any tanks or tubs and I would say 95% of the plants made it through the move. All the animals were fine as I had them in the front compartment next to the drivers seat with myself and the cat squished in there.

We arrive and the movers help get everything into the apartment although haphazardly and they broke a whole lot of stuff dropping things and rushing through everything. Mom is very angry over this to say the least. The animals are still in their moving deli containers and snake cloth bags at this point. The first night there I get the geckos out as they needed water and food immediately after three days in delis. I knew the baby geckos would be needing it immediately. I have 13 of these temporary holding tubs that were supposed to be ready for the geckos. Literally spent a day drilling holes into a stack of them before the move so I really don't know how I missed one. Everyone gets sorted into their tubs, fed, and watered. At this point I'm still drugged up on pain meds, lacking sleep due to insomnia and just stress from staying up moving stuff during the night. This is probably how I missed the un drilled tub that Pumice went into. In the days to come she's lucky I suppose and gets stacked near to the top after I feed and water them. The tubs near the top don't have the weight of the other tubs on them so she was getting air from the lid (which the lid itself had holes but not the tub). However everyone is fine. I get the snakes out later into temporary big plastic tubs as well and start bringing them out of brumation.

Fast forward to the 12th where I fed and watered everybody, still haven't noticed the tub with no holes, and now restack Pumice at the bottom of the tower. At the bottom even with holes in the lid they are closed off by the bottom of the tub above her. The next day she's gone. I'm still lack of sleep roboting around so it took me a minute to realize why she died. You know how many times I punched my bed and pillow after this? Nobody should have died. I'm blaming myself though moms saying that it was an accident. She watched me and helped to drill all those tubs. A fluke that costed Pumice's life. I feel like crap during my birthday in this quarentine and I wish I had been awake enough to see that there were no holes in the tub.

So yeah I'm kicking myself for this. Dunno if I should consider it a loss of the move or just something outside of the move. IDK I'm still semi roboting right now. We also lost all of the tropical white isopods wherver I had them including the one colony I was maintaining. This was definitely the extra night in the uhaul cause I hurt myself. Fortunately the other crawlies are fine and nothing else bit the dust.Well other than all three of my African violets. I'm not sure why they all died.

I don't expect anyone else to die for many many years now. I only have the two geriatric corns to watch on, but their deaths won't be a surprise, and both are very healthy so I don't expect that in the coming year. Please please let my bad luck stop at this. I just want to get everyone in their homes and healthy.

Hope your easter week was better. Someone will probably yell at me for this, but I don't think you could make me feel any worse than I do.

 Comments: View Oldest First  

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 4/16/2020 1:46:33 PM  

It was an ACCIDENT. You can beat yourself up all you want but given the circumstances and all you had going on it could have been a lot worse!

Posted At: 4/16/2020 7:01:01 PM  

I just hate adding anything to the death list/group on Iherp or anywhere really. I see everyone in the list and I get depressed as all heck. Even if each had their own story. I hope it will be a few years before I add anymore to the list, and that it is the oldest ones to go normally.

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 4/16/2020 7:07:01 PM  

Andy Krauss,
Posted At: 4/17/2020 12:34:50 AM  

So sorry to hear of your loss.  Never easy, no matter how it happens.  

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