Howdy all! Yes I`m still alive here on the hillside farm!
Actually things here have been so hectic that I haven`t had time to even blog. I do apologize for not being around more the past week. Thankfully I crested my 50,000 word mark for NaNoWriMo this morning. Although the story is far from done at least I don`t have to spend every free moment working on it! I don`t know if my fingers could have taken much more to be frank.
Not sure even where to begin with the happenings around here. I suppose we`ll start with my dad and his constant troubles with his medication, the blood thinner Coumadin in particular. Last week the home health nurse called me frantic about the fact that he took a week` s supply of the powerful blood thinner in one day. We rushed to get some vitamin K into him. Then a few days later I went with him to his next doctor`s appointment. Suffice it to say me and the doc had a nice long talk about the plethora of medication my dad was on. Now forgive me as I tug out my soapbox, something I don`t try to do here since who wants to hear some pudgy farmwoman rant? I`ll be brief I promise folks!
*Clears throat and steps onto soapbox*
Why in the world would a man whose blood pressure is notoriously low be on three different medications for high blood pressure?!?!? When we were at the family doctor`s I inquired about each of the many bottles dad had in his little grocery sack. I was informed that he was taking three pills for high blood pressure that had been prescribed for him when he was in the hospital. Now call me a dolt if you will but I think I mentioned that his BP when he was recuperating from his cancer surgery dropped so low he was unresponsive did I not? Then why the heck would he be on medication to lower his already low blood pressure?!? What am I missing here??
Feral was not pleased.
I expressed my feelings to our family doctor who could only say it may have been prescribed due to his BP being high due to pain. Okay doc I`ll give you that possibility. Does no-one check on the hundreds of meds that are given to older folks after their discharged? I fully can understand how confused he was looking at the many, many pills he was sent home with. Heck I`d be confused too! Long story short I told the good doctor (And he is a good doctor please don`t get me wrong here) that I would be taking all meds home that were not needed to avoid any more confusion on dad`s part. After the visit with his doctor he now takes 1 blood thinner, 1 tablet for his BP and 1 iron tablet. That`s it. Three. The problems with over-medicating seem to be over and despite his blood being thinner than they would like things have calmed down on that front. Okay, I`m done ranting.
*Steps off soapbox*
Along with the daily calls from home health about dad and his blood we`ve had some losses to deal with. One of my drake ducks disappeared the other day. Not a feather could be found. I`m still stumped as to what could have taken him since a hawk has trouble picking up one of my bantam chickens. Could have been an owl right at dusk before they were locked into their coop for the night I suppose. That was a real bummer since I really adore my ducks and geese.
Then we lost one of our goats. That really knocked us all down for a bit. She was my daughter`s LaMancha doe Bianca and it hit Miss Yodeling very hard. Here on our farm we fight a battle of astronomical proportions with intestinal worms in our goats. We are literally worming non-stop and yet cannot get ahead of the barber-pole worm. For those who are not goatherder`s the barber-pole worm or Haemonchus Contortis is a parasitic worm that attaches itself to the abomasum of a goat and sucks their blood. A severely infected goat can become deathly anemic and in severe cases of infestation death can occur. Bianca, despite our heavy worming and weekly checking of lower eyelids called the Famacha method, was one of those goats that could not handle the worm load. She grew weaker and weaker. We would give her iron shots and injections of B vitamins. Her lower jaw would swell with a condition known as bottle jaw. She grew thinner and thinner until she simply passed away.
It is a terrible thing to lose a valued animal like that. You work and work and try everything you can think of to help the poor thing and it`s just not enough. So we have a new grave now under the pine tree. *Sighs* Enjoy that alfalfa-rich goat pasture in the sky Bianca. We`ll miss you.
Then there was the tick that Mister discovered near his armpit last night. The bite sight was red and inflamed and I insisted he go to the doctor`s. This was one instance where he did not fight me on things medical. Usually he will balk like a mule when the mention of a doctor visit is brought up. Not this time. He went this afternoon and just came home with a positive ID of a bulls-eye rash and a course of antibiotics for twenty-one days. I am SO glad he went as soon as he did because left untreated Lymes can be a very nasty disease.
But there has been some good things happening around here don`t despair! Saturday we went to see Harry Potter with my mother-in-law and daughter along. She had already seen it with a group of her friends. Those crazy teens went to the midnight showing when it premiered. I have proof now that the zombie curse is indeed hereditary! You all should have seen her Friday morning when mama shook her at six AM. Now I know how Mister Yodeling feels when he sees me early in the morning!
As I mentioned I got over the hurdle of words for the NaNoWriMo which I`m very proud of. Tomorrow of course is Thanksgiving Day and my dad and mother-in-law will be coming to share the bounty with us. I shall not and I repeat shall not venture near a store beside the grocery store on Friday! I avoid shopping on Black Friday like a chicken avoids the duck pond! I do need to get cracking on the shopping though since I have bought exactly nothing yet. If I knew what to buy it would make things SO much easier! So I guess I should wrap this up. I`m off to catch up on what y`all have been doing then I think I`m going to go take a long bubble bath and play some Assassin`s Creed-Brotherhood with Miss Yodeling.
From our farm to yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday everyone!