Today everything was just a bit off. I guess it started yesterday. I am not sure if it is because I am tired or if my asthma is acting up or what … Anyway, yesterday we did get some things done and we had one thing come up that we are not so happy about. First, I got up and roped and then Mom and I went to the City wide garage sale. We were on the hunt for a few spare radios for the barns and Mom wanted a old fashioned roll top desk.
We didn’t have any luck with the roll top desk but we did get the radios and I got a few awesome bargains as well. I have to say that I love my new bargains. First I got a digital dart board. It works and even has the booklet with it. It was only 5 bucks so that was a plus. Then I cam upon a foosball table for ten bucks. Who wouldn’t see the value in that? I am telling you my room is going to be a real man cave. And I only have 17 bucks in it.
When Mom and I got home from town we went out to record our next Ag in the Classroom lesson. That is where the day went haywire. We heard a funny sound and followed it. We found Cinnamon the goat in the equipment pen, under the baler shed, Behind the wooden sides to the chicken coop. How in the world she got there we have no idea. We also don’t know how long she was there. I really feel bad about her being in that situation. I have been doing chores before day break and I thought I had everyone accounted for but what if I didn’t. And with us getting home later in the evening Thursday I have no idea if I saw her then either. Again it was really early before daybreak on Friday and Saturday that I fed. She was found Saturday about noon so that just leaves Friday evening’s feeding that I would have taken a head count. Sadly I can’t remember if I took count then or if I just thought everyone was there.
Anyway, we got her out and took her to the house. She was hot, hungry and dehydrated. We got her under the a/c. Then I grabbed the saline solution and goat electrolytes from the barn. Dad and I got solution under her skin while Mom mixed her water and got her to drink. After we got fluids going we got her some feed and hay. At this point she couldn’t stand but as long as she is eating and drinking there is hope for her.
Dad took time to move the boards so that it wouldn’t happen again and Mom took time to cover the only place we can figure she might have gotten in the equipment pen at. I know we will never know how she managed to get herself in that tiny spot but we will also never know Why she did it. We are just doing everything we can and praying she is able to get back to normal.
I left her in Mom’s care and headed out because last night I had a rodeo to get to. I placed 2nd and was happy with that. While I was gone Mom worked with Cinnamon. By the time I got home Mom had gotten Cinnamon to a point where she could stand on her own back end but her front legs just wouldn’t hold her. Mom would hold up her front while she did her own thing on the backend. She was urinating and have bowel movements. That is another good sign she had a chance of coming out of it.
Last night was a long one for Mom as she took care of Cinnamon through the night and didn’t get much sleep. I was up early this morning too but I took over Cinnamon’s care. At the break of dawn I took her out to get some cool air, sun and grass. I made sure she was safe and doing well, then since it was Father’s Day, Dad and I headed to the practice pen. We had fun and Dad even helped turn out cattle for me.
When we got back to the house I gave Cinnamon a shot of antibiotic because for whatever reason she still can’t stand. We kept checking her and watching her through out the day. She can now get her backend up on her own. However, she can’t get to her feet on her front end yet. She can get to her knees and she moves around grazing and drinking. Not to mention she still has all her bodily functions going. We are praying that within a few days she will be able to get to her feet and be back to normal.
Then after practice we took an easy day. Mom sent Dad and I to Arby’s to pick up Lunch as a treat for Father’s Day. When we got home I cleaned up my room so that I could get my man cave put together. I still have to clean off my dresser, nightstand and frig, but for the most part Mom is happy I cleaned up. Then Dad and I took some time to play darts and foosball.
Every hour or so we would stop to check Cinnamon and offer her a drink. As the day progressed she seems to be getting stronger but still can’t stand on her front legs. She does this crawl kind of thing and gets around pretty good now. She even tried to get to her feet to eat dinner but just didn’t happen. She ate and that is a good thing.
Mom spent her time in the kitchen. She was working on her first batch of goat’s milk soap. Then she made a batch of lotion bars as well. For now I am off to bed so I can get up and do it all over again. I an not really liking getting up early but it is the only cool time there is to rope that isn’t to hard on the livestock.