Thursday, July 21, 2011

a hot one

It's a hot one. Nearly 100 degrees, humid, and begging for a thunderstorm that never came. I didn't run tonight, and the main reason for skipping it had to do with the fact that just thirty minutes of basic outdoor chores left me soaked in sweat. I sometimes don't end a run that damp...

Sal is still limping, it seems a little worse. The day after I gave him the antibiotics, he seemed better. Then I stopped giving them to him, thinking he was on the up and up, and he started up again. So tonight I checked him again, and gave him the designated dosage for a 20-stone wether. I no longer think about going into my kitchen drawers and picking out a syringe and needle, loading it with that white Pen G, and walking right up to him and delivering the needle under his muscle. He is calm and lets me. I'll treat him for four days straight and trim his hoof and hope for the best.

12 Comments:

Blogger CallieK said...

The tempurature on my deck was 38.4 C at 4pm and that was in the shade, without the humidex. I worked up a solid sweat just riding home in the streetcar. The best part of today was a neighbour's party that turned into a giant water fight in the alley- chasing total strangers with water balloons was a blast!

July 21, 2011 at 11:01 PM  
OpenID notherethenwhere said...

It was hot here, too - hot enough not only to skip a bike ride, but to skip pretty much everything else that might have been done as well.

Congrats on a new day of freedom to write tomorrow - sounds like a great day is ahead.

July 21, 2011 at 11:37 PM  
Blogger Odie Langley said...

We're all pulling for Sal to bounce back quickly. Hope you have a great 1st friday off.

July 22, 2011 at 6:54 AM  
Blogger Alicia said...

It is supposed to feel like 100 degrees in CT today. Well, it is 7:20 and already humid. It will probably be another day of indoor activities with the kids at the daycare center where I work. I hope Sal is okay!

July 22, 2011 at 7:18 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I just finished mowing, and let me tell you, it is HOT out there. I'm hopping into a cold shower and then meeting the insurance guy....

then its a trip to the Salem Agway to settle my charge and get some gear. Feels like Saturday.

July 22, 2011 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger shepherdkelly said...

Thunderstorms and rain this morning in Illinois, moving your way :)

July 22, 2011 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger WeekendFarmer said...

Try the Banamine shots for Sal. If he is hurting...he needs something to ease the pain. It will help him heal as well. Ask the vet for a few syringes of it.

July 22, 2011 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

what does your vet think about Sal's lameness?

July 22, 2011 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

if antibiotics in livestock work the same as in humans (and I can't think of a reason why not), you really need to finish the prescribed course (in humans usually 9 days, at least in the UK) in order to get the proper full effect. I hope Sal improves soon.

July 22, 2011 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger The Natalie that lives in a tipi said...

I wonder if there there is air conditioning in the farm house...? I'm sure those huskies are feelin' this weather, girl!

July 22, 2011 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger Pusscat said...

I hope Sal gets better and this heat abates soon!
With that said, I was disturbed by what you wrote. Never stop a course of antibiotics without finishing it unless there is some seriously good vet / doctor approved reason. Otherwise you're just breeding antibiotic-resistant bacteria and storing up trouble for everyone for the future.

July 22, 2011 at 11:34 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

I'm sorry to hear that Sal isn't well- I'm behind in my reading. Sal is a sweet soul- I hope he heals quickly!

July 22, 2011 at 11:46 PM  

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