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September 29 th

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JERAS Daily Diary Sept. 28

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I did all the morning chores, let the dogs into the new yard to play for awhile and tried to catch up with emails. I have a lot of Lyme die-off and malaise. It is still hot, too. At noon, I decided to try booting Rene’ to soak her feet and give them a bit of a trim. Surprisingly, she was fine about the boots, but did a little hop and slammed down on my foot. I have a very bruised toe, swollen, but I don’t think broken. Tonka broke 2 of my toes last year…it just goes with the territory. I have been limping all afternoon.

Rene' -first time in soaking boots

 

I spent a lot of time on the computer networking animals in need and promoting our hay drive. Susan Monty will be donating 3 prints of our horses to use as thank you gifts.

We need ~$3500 to  get from late October through March. I think we will give all the people who donate through the Stay Classy link a chance to receive some artwork and collectibles. You cannot have “raffles” online, but we can randomly pick  some donors to send thank you gifts to. So, from now until the end of October, we will be having our campaign. As part of this event, you can create a personal fundraising page and raise money for the cause.

http://www.stayclassy.org/city/events/winter-hay-funds-drive/e7443

a portrait of Windy and Scout by Susan Monty

I need to get the vet out in the next week or so for our annual inspection, renew the Az. Equine Rescue License, examine the dogs and take blood for thyroid checks, and check Raven, who seems like he may have some joint issues. Unfortunately, he was raised on straight alfalfa and the mineral imbalances can cause DOD (developmental orthopedic disease). When I handle his feet, his joints crackle and he wears his hooves abnormally, which can both be signs of joint damage. It would be a shame, as he is only 5 and was never even ridden. The ignorance out there breaks my heart, so many animals suffer because people do not do research on proper care, even though they may mean well. C’est la vie.

Helloooo from Raven!

I am going to limp through washing my dishes and dog dishes and try to maybe get 8 hours sleep for once. LOL.

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September 26 th

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JERAS Daily Diary Sept. 26

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Today, I did all the AM chores- meds to 10 dogs, fed the horses, burros, sheep and pig, picked up dog doo..fed dogs and gave them rawhide…had breakfast. I played tug of war with Missy. I let Bear out and then let Carson and everyone else except Patty out into the new yard. Patty is on restricted exercise due to injuring her stifle a week ago. She acts fine, but I am not taking chances of re-injury. Carson wants back in the house after 10 minutes. The rest stayed out there for a few hours.

I got out the power driver to fix the laundry closet door Patty tore up. I took all the blankets off the dog cots and got the wash started while I worked on the door. I also drilled a hole through the wall for the cord to the new little fence charger to go through. I made a cover for the charger out of a plastic jug and screwed that to the outside wall, so the charger is under the roof overhang and enclosed- safe from what little rain we get. I washed Patty’s bed cover by hand. When the blankets were dry, I pinned them back on all the cots. I put all the tools away.

By then, it was late AM, still had not turned on the computer. I called in an order for some supplements….this is a HUGE bit of news for Shyla and myself: I have Crohn’s and other GI disease caused by the Lyme bacteria. I used to do pretty well on almost constant antibiotics, but then my immune system got over stimulated and I could not take them anymore. My “gut” has gotten progressively worse for 7 years now. I take tons of probiotics, eat a gluten, dairy and sugar-free diet and mostly organic food, too. The microlactin I started taking about 10 days ago seems to have stimulated my immune system, but without causing it to go out of control. It is an immune modulator. For some reason, I decided to try saccharomyces bouldardii, a beneficial yeast. I had taken it 15 years ago and had no improvement. Well, I started 2 nights ago. Yesterday, I had a huge “gut” headache and knew some bad stuff was dying off. I had wild dreams last night.Today, I feel much better than I have in ages…. Shyla came last December and has been anxious and always badgers the other dogs. She was borderline low thyroid and improved a little on low dose thyroxine. I have detoxed her and she is on supplements. She was on a trial of psyche meds which only helped a little. She has had a chronic abdominal rash which I assumed was from food or other allergies or gut problems. She has taken herbs and probiotics, tried different diets. The rash and anxiety/annoying behavior was getting worse. I gave her one capsule of  saccharomyces bouldardii last night and, I kid you not, today she is a different dog. She was playing nicely and is calm and relaxed,

I urge everyone to go read about it in Wikipdeia. Almost all immune system problems arise in the gut. The gut and brain are closely tied and much “mental” illness is really gut problems poisoning the brain and altering brain chemistry. I got our saccharomyces bouldardii from Swanson – $5 for 30 capsules.

…I fed the horses, burros, sheep and pig their lunch. I booted all 4 of Raven’s feet and mixed up Oxine to soak them for 20 minutes. I changed the water tubs and started soaking pellets for tonight. I then gave Raven a mini trim on all 4 feet and dusted them with antifungal/bacteriocidal powder (wound powder).

Lunch was late as usual…I got on the computer while I ate and responded to messages and threads on Facebook. There are still tons of emails to address later. I have some migraine-y stuff going on from the power tools, even though I wore my ear protection. It is 3PM and time to feed the dogs and take a shower.

Carson is feeling much better on increased adrenal meds  and that makes me VERY happy. He is old and has a lot of health challenges, but I want him here as long as possible, because he really enjoys life.

I will try to get a short nap, then back to the computer and then evening chores.

I think things are looking up! Now that I have the extra projects done here, I can concentrate on our winter  hay funds drive. We need ~$3500 to  get from late October through March. I think we will give all the people who donate through the Stay Classy link a chance to receive some artwork and collectibles. You cannot have “raffles” online, but we can randomly pick  some donors to send thank you gifts to. So, from now until the end of October, we will be having our campaign. As part of this event, you can create a personal fundraising page and raise money for the cause.

http://www.stayclassy.org/city/events/winter-hay-funds-drive/e7443

 

ShylaCarson 3/13/11Raven

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September 25 th

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JERAS Daily Diary Sept. 25/ coyote & rattler

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I am getting hammered by Lyme die-off from taking the microlactin (immune modulating supplement) but my heart pain is gone and I am not turning yellow, so I will persist. If I don’t do something to control the Lyme, I get more and more fatigue and then brain fog. Losing my mind is not an option around here, so I will put up with the flu symptoms, pain and neuropathy.

Today, I did all the AM chores- meds to 10 dogs, fed the horses, burros, sheep and pig, picked up dog doo…by the way, “poop patrol” is more challenging  now that I have an additional 1/4 acre to keep clean. In the sagebrush out there, it’s a real search effort. I fed the dogs and gave them rawhide. Carson feels better, but is still a bit weak since going through 2 adrenal crises in the past week. I upped his Florinef to 5 a day. That one med alone now costs $60 a month at this dosage. He is worth every cent if it keeps him alive.

I let Bear out loose (he stays within 400 feet of the house) so I could let Carson out into the new yard for about 10 minutes. Took some video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6f5eo4iulJw

I put the latch on the new gate and drove some fiberglass fence posts into the ground  to anchor down every other Fast Fence “push in” post. They only go in 6 inches and the sandy soil here does not hold really well, so I drove the extra posts in 2 feet and tied the 2 posts together.

I went down to check the horses and, much to my surprise, found a pretty big rattler under the hose bib at the shed…. OK, my first pet was a snake (at age 3). I love snakes…for the first 7 years here,  I carefully captured and moved ( to about 5 mies away) about 35 rattlers. Then, I found out that rattlers do not survive if taken out of home territory. Well, if it was just me and them, I would leave them be. However, we have had a horse, burro and 2 dogs bitten.

Patty 2 hours after Mohave rattler bite

Jovita almost died. The vet was out twice at a cost of $400. She then developed severe secondary inflammatory disease and was ill > 2 years. We tried everything, even homeopathy with a world-renowned vet. Finally, I tried Jernigan Neuro Antitox, which I use to detox Lyme toxins myself. It cured all her symptoms except for the head tilt.

Now, the conundrum…..do I follow my moral compass of live & let live, or do I kill an innocent creature to protect our animals..and possibly myself?  Remember, I am very immunocompromised and cannot be hospitalized due to severe MCS. I must treat my own injuries, even stapling my own arm up last year when Carson gave me a 2 inch gash.

I had to make the hard decision last year to protect these animals. I cannot ask the public to help support them and then allow them to be at risk when the risk can be somewhat avoided.  I do believe in Karma, and I am probably going to be reborn into many more lifetimes of illness for my crimes, but kill the snake I did.

I removed the head and put the rest of the snake where the coyotes would find it. They will eat rattlers. I tried to take a nap after lunch, but the dogs kept barking….they saw the coyote who was down there for hours stalking the dead snake. I finally went down and cut it up, so hopefully he will not be so scared of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW2CQye413k

No nap, Karma already hitting ….

We received $30 today from the sale of LaCroix shirts- greatly appreciated.

http://www.lacroixtees.com/animal-rescue/JourneysEndRanchAnimalSanctuary/

This has been a slow month for donations and we have had to spend a lot more than has come in. We did get $60 from sales of Darcy’s calendars yesterday- very much appreciated.

http://www.redbubble.com/people/dgrizzle/calendars/7785615-wild-mustangs-of-las-vegas

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It’s 4:30, dogs have been fed and are sleeping. Maybe I will get a 30 minute nap before attacking paperwork and getting back online. Then, evening feeding and chores….

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