It’s been awhile since we’ve posted how Amy’s doing these days.
She’s doing well. Slowly, oh so slowly, improving. Thanks to concern and feedback from one of our readers after I wrote her describing Amy’s present symptoms, we’ve both come to the conclusion that she could be very well suffering from a very, very bad pinched/pulled nerve.
Though we are not sure if she’ll ever fully recover, we can hardly believe that she’s gone from looking like this (extreme shock)
She’s one tough cookie! We are continuing her massage, supplements and water treatments – so far so good.
This week Jordanne spotted her resting/balancing on one leg (that’s awesome) and she seems to be holding her neck slightly higher. She’s even growing her tail feathers back (she had worn them away during her weeks and weeks of balancing spasms)
We learned a lot about the resilience of animals and ourselves thru this ordeal. (Read this entry about learning to rely on yourselves when it comes to treating your own animals)
When you bring living animals onto your urban homestead, they become part of you “Extended Family” and being in the city sometimes you are the only ones they can rely on when the get sick or injured and that’s a huge responsibility.
Our advice to folks is do your research first. Besides learning all their is about housing and feed, learn about spotting/diagnosing and treating problems/illness/disease. To often when we give our animals to “experts” to deal with. But when it comes to urban homestead you will have to ask yourself the question “can I do it myself” The animal’s welfare is in your hands along with a responsibility to care and treat them.
You’ll win some and you’ll lose some, it comes with the territory.
It was a traumatic time for us all,and thanks to all those of you who told us you cared.