Monday, August 24, 2009

Early, Ankle, Vet Visit

Shirley and Early peek in to the sunroom.

Last year at this time I was on my back with left ankle above my heart recuperating from a broken ankle and subsequent surgery. The fall was nothing dramatic, slid down a small embankment under a large cherry tree while doing volunteer work at the Humane Society. Cherries on the ground made it slippery and I sure did a number on my ankle. Just writing about it now makes me feel anxious, the pain was bad and then the emergency room experience at our local hospital thereafter was bad. I finally ended up at another hospital with an excellent ortho surgeon but took a lot of agony to get there.

I broke the ankle on July 20th and it was Sept before I could lower my ankle below my heart without agony. Took approx 6 months (and a lot of pain meds) to start walking normally again but I still use it very gingerly, not that it hurts, but I'm very protective of it.

Today, we took 3 young goats to a Farm Vet. Had to go a county over and had never been to this doctor before. A regular Vet isn't allowed to practice on dwarf goats, must have a large-animal license. Sundance has had some diarehha and I needed to know what type of worms he had, can't use one worm medicine for worms, have to know which worms to combat. Cahoot sometimes has a snotty nose. Gabbi developed a lump where I gave her a vaccination. 3 goats checked out and 2 medicines later = $35. Can you believe that? I didn't know you could walk through a doctors door anymore for less than $50 anyway.

I walked out to the truck where Mike was loading the goats, I tried to have a peculiar face, asked, "you know how much that was?" He said, "I don't know, $200?" I cracked up, "$35!"


Diane said...

CONGRATS on the $35...and also for getting thru the year with both ankles in tact. I am about to start up my yearly doc's visit...and I am *holding my breath* for good health and a cheap bill!

Mom L said...

Shirley and Early make an adorable couple - just out for an afternoon stroll, huh?

I'm very glad you haven't had more ankle problems and I don't blame you at all for being protective. Congratulations on the $35 visit - that was well worth a trip to another county!!!

Oh, I see my WV is whawk - is that what Early said when you told him the good news about the vet bill?

Nancy in Iowa

BlueRidge Boomer said...

Don't ya just love living in the mountains!!??


Carol said...

I rather go to a vet than a regular doctor...I think they have more schooling.

Christy said...

That is a good price! My vet charges $45 just to come here. So, anything wrong with the goats?

Jennifer said...

$35 to see three goats? Wow! That is great, you sure can't beat that. I love the chicken picture, such beauties.

thecrazysheeplady said...

$35?!?!? I think I need to move. The ankle story hurts just reading it. Sorry you had to go through it.