November 6, 2013
received a phone call from Nevins Farm on Saturday
(November 2nd) that Ginger goose is no longer putting
weight on her bum leg. She can't walk. There wasn't
enough time to get her here before our vet closed for
the day and his practice was closed until yesterday
(Tuesday). So... we put them in touch with our vet to
figure out pain medication and we PRAYED that her leg
wasn't broken and she would survive the weekend.
been planning to get her here within the next two weeks,
but this immediately bumped up her amputation surgery
plans. So yesterday, Pam drove both Ginger and Fred to
us and today Ginger went to our vet for x-rays to see
reminder... It appears when Ginger was young she was
probably mishandled or had an accident and slipped a
tendon in her left "knee" joint. As a result, her bones
in that joint slipped out of alignment and then
degenerative arthritis began to destroy her joint. The
ends of her two long bones have hollowed out and a bad
break is in her future. Amputation of the limb is the
only solution, and then fitting her with a new
prayed that it was not broken and our prayers were
answered. But... there were other issues. Ginger also
has arthritis in her RIGHT hip because it has been doing
all the work supporting all of her weight.
this right hip arthritis is bad news, it will make
Ginger even more likely to accept her prosthetic because
putting her weight on her new artificial limb, will
instantly provide relief to her hip joint. This,
combined with her willingness to be handled and her
determination to walk are what make her such a great
candidate for a prosthetic.
our vet suggested that during her surgery, he inject
"Legend" into her arthritic hip to help lubricate and
protect the joint. In addition, she will require weekly
Adequan injections to care for her joints as well.
also decided to test her bone and tissue in that area
for bone cancer. He sent off the cytology in the hopes
that our results would be back in time for surgery in
two days--on Friday. Otherwise... Ginger will need to
wait a WEEK for surgery. Now it's REALLY time to PRAY.
that's not all... We also need to find a way to cover
the cost of her surgery, which will probably run at
least $500, but probably closer to $700.
Pastel came down with pneumonia over the weekend. We
started him on antibiotics and his lungs seem to be
improving, but I brought him to the vet today because
I'm worried that his heart murmur is now causing him
difficulty. When he gets stressed, he collapses and sits
on the ground and can't get up immediately. An
ultrasound is in order and we'll be arranging that soon,
but it's another $350, which we don't have.
which goose do I help? I can't help one and not the
other. It has to be both... there has to be a way. And
then Isabel came home and brought up the mail and there
was a check from a Connecticut business for $1000.00!
We're helping BOTH for sure!!!
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