Things are moving along. Slowly. Crutching around is hard work. Getting down to the barn and back is slow going but worth it. It amazes me how energy and clarity come with those moments out in the barn. By the time I get back to the house my arms are tired, but I feel so much better.
Bonnie Boots, as my friend Monica dubbed her after hearing about poor Kathleen and Sarah, is being a bit of a dic-a-doo. She is lifting feet more than she should, not really trying to hit me but clearly trying to get out of being milked. Don’t tell my mother or my doctor but her hoof has landed on my right leg a few times, nothing below the knee but still… so not cool. I can’t quite figure it out. Perhaps some tenderness from the ‘holding up’ over the weekend, perhaps the idea that kicking might have gotten her extra grain or less time in the stanchion, perhaps simply the change of routine, I wish I could understand her language better. In the past I’ve been able to make eye contact and chat with her a bit; with my back to her I can’t. Before I was ‘flapped’ she would often stop mid-way through milking and lick my face or hands, perhaps my back offends her? I just don’t know.
The other character that has been interesting to watch is Dory. When I’ve been laid up in the past she has been right there, laying near my bed or door, watching and waiting. Until today she has been watching and waiting patiently. Just as Bonnie decided to give me one full day off before I had to come and milk, Dory decided that today was the day I had better play with her. From the moment I got out of bed she was crazed, she put on her whole wiggle-butt, tail-waggety-whack routine – “we are going for a RUN!” Food didn’t satisfy that itch, a quick trip out to pee didn’t either, she was certain that today was THE DAY that we’d be on the move again. So, after William got on the bus I spent about half an hour outside throwing the ball for her. Now she has calmed down and is napping. And once again, her medicine was just what I needed.
What happens when people are stuck in nursing homes, houses, hospitals? I can’t possibly be the only one who benefits from fresh air and outside activity. Convalescing without clarity and energy hardly seems like it can be convalescing.
I have not been able to visit Abba and Per yet. I miss rubbing their ears and bellies. I have to go through a mucky spot so haven’t ventured there yet. I’ve thrown apples over to them but that’s it. They are surely missing our excursions. They got out of their pen on Saturday so Eric and Sarah had to move them and set them for being penned pigs, at least for a while. Poor Per must be losing his mind, he is one high-speed pig, her run circles for the sheer joy of it, his little piggy spirit must be suffering a bit. Their new pen is nice and big and all un-rooted ground, for the moment that is the best we can do.