2.21.2008

It's Not Consumption

I finally saw the trusty doctor yesterday and I can now report that I have neither consumption nor pneumonia. It's merely a sinus infection that I've been carefully nursing since the cold I got at Christmastime, and it seems I require a course of antibiotics--which I am vehemently opposed to since every time I take them I seem to get sick with something else as soon as the original thing they're supposed to treat clears up.


I don't even think I've taken antibiotics since before I got sober. In any event, the good doctor gave me some really old type of antibiotic, not one of those supermax turbo-powered ones, and suggested I eat some yogurt to help keep my flora and fauna in balance.

As evidence that my system does not like antibiotics, I soiled myself twice within several hours of taking the first pill (and this while being seated only about 15 feet from the bathroom). Then I read that they're not supposed to be taken with food (not that I've had much appetite anyway)-- incidentally, the small print on the bottle did not inform me of this. I've since avoided combining food and antibiotic, and my digestive system seems to have returned to something resembling normal. Fingers crossed.

Total Eclipse of the Moon

Last night we watched the total eclipse of the full moon. Well, I should say we stood outside on the back deck as long as we could stand the 2 degree (-17 C) temperature.

It looked pretty much like this (a photo taken my Marc Nozell that I snagged from a google search). Such an eerie rusty copper color.


NASA tells you when eclipses are happening--and where they'll be visible. Kind of nifty. I mean, if you like knowing that sort of thing.

The Boys Go for a Stroll


Here are Graty (the llama at left), one of the sheep in the middle, and Llannie (llama at right, the black one). This is where they belong, in their stall, eating hay, or kushed down for a snooze, or possibly wandering out into the snowy pasture for a brief inspection of the premises.

When I got back from my doctor's appointment yesterday afternoon, I headed out to the barn to make sure everyone had water and hay. There were an unusual number of pawprints in the deep snow outside the opening into the barn, but raccoons and possums do go in to forage. However, it almost looked as if deer had been there, which would be pretty strange that close to the barn.

Once inside, I noticed a few things out of place--a rake on the floor, a sawhorse on its side, which I uprighted...and then the most out of place thing of all: Llannie standing in the open door of his stall.

The hay bales usually stacked there were in complete disarray, and as soon as I came up to Llannie he stopped eating from the hay and ambled back into his quarters. Graty and the sheep (who I presume never left) looked at me as if nothing were amiss.

After feeding everybody and securing the door very tightly I went for a walk, and followed a lot of these:

[I should mention I didn't take this picture. I was too annoyed and it's been far too cold to take my camera out. But she has some good llamas in the snow pictures (besides this one).] See how they just have two toes?


But back to my llama tracking. The prints wandered around the east side of the barn and along the pasture and well beyond it. Then all the way around the pasture and back alongside the barn on the west side. Past the brooder shed, then to our house and all the way up to our deck. Across the yard to my parents' house, to their porch and behind their garage. Around the chicken house and eventually back to the barn.

At least they were smart enough to go home after all their adventures, because by the time I arrived (mid-afternoon) it was if nothing had happened, everyone was back in the barn all safe and sound and giving me that "Who, me?" look that cats and llamas have perfected.

Llannie, innocent.


Graty, obviously innocent.


Tyr, completely innocent, likely never left the barn and probably never even noticed anything untoward was going on. (I mean, he's a sheep.)


Just another day at the homestead.
But hey, at least I haven't got consumption.


11 comments:

mrspao said...

Hope you get better quickly.

Those llamas are very sneaky :)

Becky said...

Sounds like one of the boys went out for a morning constitutional. Silly llama!

Glad to hear you don't have TB! Hope you feel better. :-)

Mouse said...

I'm horribly allergic to antibiotics.. so much so that I laugh hysterically when anyone suggest that I might "need" them for something. My reaction is throwing up uncontrollably for hours.. it sounds just as fun as your issues with them! I'm glad you don't have consumption.. I'm wondering if I might at this point though.. lol.

Chris said...

Ugh - hit the "active cultures" yogurt hard!

Hee hee - that picture of Tyr: "Huh? I'm cute! Hi!"

Anonymous said...

Yea, happy to hear that you are feeling better. Mr. O'kitten sounds great too. :)

As far as all your little ones in the barn I guess they were getting barn fever (ha-instead of cabin fever) and wanted to go for a needed walk. Like you said thank goodness they knew how to get back home.
We are having a snow storm here but no where to the amount of snow that you have had. I feel so blessed that I do not have to leave the house today. We have a brand new computer so we are having fun with that today.

Have a great day/weekend and take care of you and your hubby.
Hugs
Joaning

pins&needles said...

I hope you feel better. Eat you some active cultures (aka yogurt).

I wanted to see the lunar eclipse, but it was too cloudy down here in the south. It looks beautiful.

Laura said...

In addition to the yogurt, don't forget the locally-harvested honey! It can also be good support for your digestive system during antibiotic treatment.

And if you can get air in and out through your nose, a neti pot (which allows you to rinse your sinuses with a mild salin solution) can also help speed recovery.

Good luck!

Claire said...

I hope you feel better soon and conquer the side effects of your meds.

Carrie K said...

Oh, that's hilarious! The llamas, not the antibiotics or your sinuses. As a person who wouldn't be around if it wasn't for antibiotics, I'm quite fond of them. OTOH, I don't have many side effects from meds. Just my body and the outside world.

Get well soon! Sinuses are nothing to fool with. My mom went blind from a sinus infection. (Temporarily. But still I think she thought it was too long.)

Elizabeth said...

Antibiotics make me dizzy.
The llamas, quite an adventure! Reminds me of a friend who shut her border collie in her fenced yard on a very hot day before going to work. She thought it would be too hot to keep her in the house all day.
When she got home from work she took her for a walk around the neighbourhood and found out from several people that the dog had already taken herself for a walk and was spotted by several people, although she wagged her tail in greeting from the right side of the fence when my friend got home as if she had been there all along :)

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