It's Saturday night February 12, 2011 and I am very happy to report that my sweet little old Ripley is eating again. Thursday night he ate a tiny little bite of grain and a mouthful of hay! I nearly keeled over and didn't even dare believe it but then Friday morning he ate about two tablespoons of the sweet mix grain and started just grazing away on the hay. I called Stephen, our Vet, and told him that I finally believed old Ripley had turned the corner! He said I had done some darn good nursing to pull him through.
(Darcy is inserting a comment here - Ripley is doing well because my mother has worked morning and night for the past two weeks, feeding him with a giant syringe, giving him shots, and worrying herself about sick, and contacting all of her sheep resources and people to try to help him. She is why he is better! Also - doing this while she is recovering from a broken finger and broken toe!)
I believe it was a combination of Stephen and Deb (that are my two Vets), Elizabeth that works in their office, Faye, Kat, Nadine, Donna and Jocelyn all offering suggestions, advice and encouragement and lots of prayers that pulled my Ripley through. Thank you to everyone for all the help, especially Darcy for bringing the children to the barn and helping feed the alfalfa/rumen starter to poor old Ripley. Oh yes, thanks to my son David for coming to hold Ripley one night because I couldn't manage on my own. I guess I need to back up and thank Stephen and Todd for starting to treat Ripley two weeks ago when he was first sick. Whewwwww! I am worn out from this and think I'll go to bed early tonight.
I'm attaching some pictures and tomorrow my brother Everett is coming with his bulldozer to clean out around the barn on both sides. First so Luther can come home from Massachusetts and get into the back of the barn with his buddies. And then second, Everett will clean on the girls side so they can all go out and run around and also I can finally muck out the stalls. I thought the sheep would be pressed up on the roof before I could get it cleaned out around the barn. Well that's all for tonight.
Goodnight from Maybelle MaMa.