Been where your at with an animal that is down, the fact that she is trying is really really good. I appreciate the compassion/concern that you are demonstrating in her care, hope she makes it
Thanks Jim, I try to have a heart with sick animals. Sometimes it's hard to be nice when say like a large cow tries to swat you with her head, but with smaller animals, like this 300lb heifer, it's easier to be nice. This one sure has life left in her. Went down there just a few minutes ago & gave her another shot of dex for swelling. She gave it a good try to stand up. Her strength is gaining. She finished her 4 or 5lbs of grain, so gave her more. She's drank near 5 gallons of water today and ate a pound or 2 of hay, plus the grain.
But the last 2 days working on the loader then lifting/tugging on this heifer today has taken a toll on my shoulders & neck. I tried working on Hogzilla a little while ago, but with the deep aching and occasional stab pain, I finally called it a day, then took a pain pill. The nerves are sure taking a long time to heal, that's for sure. Trying to hold that 50lb Cat loader starter up to get a bolt in it, and my arm in an awkward position doing it caused pain that dang near could bring tears! Twice I had to let the starter drop down & let it sit while the pain died down. Finally I got a bolt started & all got better, but it's been very uncomfortable to painful since.
Looking forward to my Dr checkup tomorrow to see if he still thinks I'm doing normal for this recovery. I just know every time I have to give it my all (which isn't nearly what I used to be able to do), I end up hurting lots more.
Kind of tough being so limited physically after a life of going full tilt whenever the need called, but getting older changes things, and I just have to adjust my life according. Still good to be alive!