|One of our great summer interns Lara is holding Cyclops prior to the start of therapy.|
|Hard to see but there is moderate swelling in the right front flipper wrist and elbow area. Less intense swelling in the left elbow region.|
|Here you can see the left rear knee has some pronounced swelling.|
When all the results were in it turned out this turtle has a systemic infection. We started treating for the infection but the swelling did not seem to diminish. As we continued the antibiotics we also started using a laser for the edema (swelling) of the joint area.
|Our turtle's namesake Cyclops from X-men.|
|The LiteCure Companion Laser unit.|
The cool glasses aren't just a fashion statement, they provide protection for our eyes from errant laser beams.
Unfortunately they don't make glasses for the turtle so when we are doing therapy on the front flippers we make sure to cover its eyes.
When I saw the photo above I thought, "Really cool photo for Cyclops!" But, it also demonstrates why we are wearing the protective glasses and cover the turtle's eyes. We probably didn't even notice the light coming out from under the shell, our camera sure did.
|Cyclops eating a squid head.|
|Cyclops chasing after a piece of squid!|