Wai The Armadillo Pig and I are getting into a rhythm of procedures three times a day and a walk around the field three times a day. He is getting to learn a few Sheila commands “Go to Bed”, “Off for a walk”, “Where’s your bowl”. Though he ignores them all. But stands absolutely still, making little squeaking noises, as I gently trim him, bit by bit, to freedom. He still shuffles along in his old man way, with a little bit of a limp, sniffing his way around the field. He still cannot see. I do not see his eyes open at all. (That helmet on his head does not help). But he does hear that is for sure. And pigs have a great sense of smell.
I have a call in with the first vet that saw him. We need to get to the bottom of these injuries. I hate not knowing what started this.
Today I go to get more supplies for him. Although he arrived with a runny bottom he has not pooed since Monday, so my vet, who thinks he is a Burn Victim – maybe a massive sunburn? if he passed out from overeating? – has recommended an enema before the bowel problem gets out of hand. (The things we talk about here!) The vet thinks all the antibiotics and medications and overeating of grain, then lack of eating and fright have bound him up. He needs to get all his insides balanced or we will be in even more trouble.
However after studying the pig’s photos in shocked silence, the pig vet thinks we are on the right track treatment wise. Though it will be a long, long time before he enjoys a sunny day again. If he can shed all this hardened skin without trouble then we will be winning.
The good news is that he smells a bit better!
A BIG, BIG THANK YOU from Wai and I to all those of you who have donated towards his care. This is simply wonderful and such a big help with all his expenses. There is a lot of work ahead of Wai and I (and BooBoo) and it is a wonderful feeling to know you all are there with me, whether with good wishes, great advice, pressing the paypal button, mailing donations or goods. I am so grateful. You are all part of my wonderful team.
And on to other news – or lack thereof:
It did not rain yesterday afternoon!
And my replacement phone still has not arrived. It is inconvenient but not too dramatic to be without my phone. At least that is what I am telling myself.
Look at Alex. See her inflated udder pressed out below her. Maybe a calf within the next week or so.
Aunty Anna does not like her private parts being discussed in public so we will return to her another day when she is not watching me over her shoulder.
Our beautiful Rosy and her chick. Rosy is a startling and competent young woman, I am so lucky to have her on this week of all weeks. In fact I would be happy to have her any week.
I hope you have a lovely day.
Weather Forecast: Maybe Not Dry.
Friday 06/23 30% / 0.01 in
Isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then skies turning partly cloudy late. High 83F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Friday Night 06/23 10% / 0 in
A few clouds. Low near 60F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.