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Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

A One-Of-A-Kind Day, Thankfully

Yesterday is over.
I am happy to report that we all survived.
I hate to wish any day away, since we only have a finite
amount of them.
But.....

Yesterday was pig vaccination day... traumatic, most likely, only to me. 
Seriously.
And, yesterday, our sweet Chloe had surgery to remove a mass from her neck.


Dr. Becky gave her a sedative that made her a little sleepy.
We walked her out to the soft grass of the pasture and she
was given her anesthesia.
In less than a minute she wobbled her way down to the ground...
asleep.


We rolled her on her back and propped hay bales on each
side to keep her supine.


First a "cat scan"...


Then, Dr. Becky made an incision through an area that at first
looked like a sarcoid (and that first area may have been just that.)
What lay beneath the skin, however, was a plum-sized fibrous tumor.
It's been sent off to a pathology lab for identification.
We'll eventually know what it is.


The underlying tissue was sutured together and
the skin was brought together with stainless steel staples.
All of the blood was cleaned off with peroxide.

We'll have to remove the staples in about 10 days.
Because Chloe is not the most cooperative donkey,
that will have to be done under a little...

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