“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Sweet Relief

I awoke yesterday morning, with a still unsettled feeling in my gut, but relieved that our country had made it through Election Day in a peaceful, organized manner.  Outside, our world was frosty and silent, with temperatures dipping down to 24 degrees.


It didn't take long, though, for the sun to warm us up to an unseasonable 64 degrees.  And the rest of the week is to be as warm or warmer.

I am happy to report that Dr. Becky checked Daphne's hoof yesterday morning and did indeed find a hoof abscess.  She opened the abscess by cutting away part of Daphne's hoof.  As soon as she opened the abscessed area, drainage came from Daphne's hoof... which I am sure was a welcomed relief for my sweet donkey gal.


Dr. Becky slightly enlarged the abscess hole,

 and irrigated it with peroxide...

then packed cotton into the hole to keep it open so that it can continue to drain.

I will have to remove the packing daily, and irrigate the abscess with hydrogen peroxide, and then re-pack the hole.

We Daphne is one stoic donkey.  She didn't flinch while Dr. Becky worked on her hoof... a somewhat painful procedure.  She stood perfectly still while I sat next to her with my nose buried in the fur of her...


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