Shell Game

The bone loss is obvious from Patty's shellPatty continues to loose aspects of her top shell, called the carapace, secondary to the damage caused by the exposure to freezing temperatures almost a year ago.  The delayed tissue lost is a consequence of micro-vascular damage and a lost of blood flow to the shell (avascular necrosis) which resulted in bone death.  Patty is on antibiotics to help control bacterial infections while a new growth, termed the pseudoshell, develops.  It is not known if this new covering can restore the shell entirely.  Patty is however active with a good appetite and has recovered completely from the injuries to her eyes and back legs, also a result of exposure to freezing temperatures.  We all wish for Patty continued healing and restoration of her shell.