Well, this has officially been one of the worst weeks I've ever had. I kind of just want to curl up and hide until it's over, almost everything I touch seems to just explode.
Anyway, moving Robert from one house to another yet again, there was an accident. I had put him in his "moving cup" and floated him in his tank so that none of the tank decor could shift and hurt him but he would still stay warm. It has a lid with plenty of holes poked in it. When we reached home and I went to check on him, I realized that the cup had sunk, filled with water and trapped him inside unable to surface for air (despite the tank being mostly drained of water, apparently there was still a spot deep enough for this to happen). I have no idea how long he was submerged in there, could have been anywhere from five minutes to an hour and a half.
He was lying on his side in an s-shape at the bottom. I only knew he was alive because I saw him bend his little head up to look at me. I went into rescue mode and drained the cup so he could get air immediately, left about an inch of water in the bottom so he didn't have to swim. I watched him and after a couple minutes he was sitting straight, a couple more and he wasn't gasping any more. I let him sit like that for a while in the shallow water floating in his tank for heat (NO LID this time). When he seemed like he had enough strength that he could be released into his tank, I set him loose.
He seems okay right now. I have his tank in a dark place with its light off. He ignored food and hid from me when I offered it, but I guess he's stressed... he still seems tired and slow and sits on the bottom occasionally, which he never did before. Last time I checked on him, I caught him attacking a snail, so hopefully that means he feels better.
I feel terrible, though. :( Did I do everything right? Is there anything else I can do, anything I should watch for?