Things are already looking better! You saved his life, OFL!
1. He ATE!!!!!!! Not much, but I'm over the moon that he expressed interest. He ate, then spit out his Hikari gold pellets, but ate the freeze dried "betta treats" after I soaked them first. Yay!!!
2. He had a couple of short nosy spells today. While he still floated, or sank, swam sideways or upside down, he DID keep his balance and press his face to the glass to watch me for a minute while I washed dishes tonight. That was a terribly written sentence, so forgive me.
3. He is a little bit more lively, and perhaps best of all, his belly isn't distended anymore!!!! Progress!!!!!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your help and support. I am so hopeful that my sweet boy will pull through. I love him so much, and I think he loves me back in his own fishy way.
I will post more updates. My friends all think I'm crazy for not flushing him yet, so I am turning to fellow betta lovers who would go through a lot of trouble to get them better - and never give up.