About 2 months ago I woke up one Sat morning with “my head in a bag”. Since Jesse eats once a week on Saturdays nowadays, he was ready to go, but I was very sleepy. Still on auto-pilot, got his feeding pail out, filled it with water, got the Lugol’s and attempted to put the usual 2 drops in his water. The dropper was on its last leg, something went wrong, and I figure 5-7 drops got into the water. I was not in the mood to redo the whole thing, so I thought I’d put him in and watch for any sign of displeasure. I put him in and to my surprise, he fully stretched his body and instantly seemed to have reached “turtle Heaven”. I looked and looked at him, waiting for him to “come out of it” – he did not. After about 20 minutes, the fish had thawed, I cut it and placed it in the pail. Normally he’d be frantic by now, trying to get his food. This time, he looked as ecstatic as when he first got into the water, completely ignoring me and the FOOD. It took him another 10 min to become aware of the food (smell, perhaps) and start eating. I thought that was remarkable.
I was going to post the story then, but stuff happened and I just hadn’t found the time to do it. This was the start of the “6-drops-era”. In the meantime, every Saturday since, we had a carbon copy of the above story, with him in the same amount of water as during the “2-drops-era”, only on 6 drops now. The result(s)? Nothing, on the surface. For a while, I hadn’t noticed anything unusual e.g. an increase in his energy levels, appetite, stamina, etc. – but I kept him on the 6 drops, since he seemed to enjoy it so much.
However, a couple of weeks ago, I found a rather large piece of shell somewhere on the floor. I put it in some “safe place” with the intent to take a picture and post the story. Of course, I completely forgot where I put it (I need to up MY dose, too!); I’m sure I’ll eventually find it when I’ll look for something else. Last week I found a second piece – I’ll post a picture of this one. This Saturday, after taking him out of the pail, I washed him as usual, and when I flipped him over, I noticed there are 4 large pieces missing from the shell underneath his body. The new “scales” where the shedding happened are “younger”, smoother (of course, they are new), pinkier (like all new tissue), and they look fresher. The scales above these 4 new ones are loose and appear to be shedding soon. I find this very exciting. We’ve had him since 2000 and we never saw anything like this happen before.
I believe the upper shell is next in the shedding process; it is comprised of smaller, sturdier, denser scales and I think they will need more iodine/time for the shedding to occur here.
I find all this very exciting. This is tissue much stronger/harder/hardier than our nails, and yet, I could see REGENERATION and RENEWAL in a relatively short time (about 6 weeks) at a dose 3 times higher than his usual dose (2 drops/week), the one he was on since I started him on iodine, probably close to Apr/May 2007. Obviously, he is a TURTLE so I’m not suggesting in any form or shape we do the same, I’m just observing and sharing my observations with you. Please do not think I’m using him as a “lab rat” – he is my “turtly” son and I love him dearly. DEARLY. I hope you all know that. I just took the pictures I’m going to use for this post. You should have seen him: he was so calm, so patient, he just waited for me to finish and did not fight me at all! (He knows).