Friday, October 31, 2014

happy halloween and part 2 of the drive...

oh, those poor goblins tonight!...
they are going to freeze their tails off!

we have the coldest, windiest day going on here...
and its so cloudy and gloomy...
a perfect spooky looking night coming...

but you better have your long johns on!
I'll bet there will be a lot of Eskimos trick or treating around here...

DH had the day off and we did our by-weekly grocery run to Paris...
ate lunch out and ever got ice cream on the way home...

but he went right to bed for his afternoon nap and I need to get the rest of the stuff put away and then start in on another load of laundry and picking things up...

Patches is having a wonderful day!
hope you are, too...
and make sure you are stocked up on candy...
and tp...
;0)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

prairie roads...

its a partially sunny day and after a very cold start...
it has warmed up pretty good...

we had a low of 32 last night...

that's the elevator in the background...

harvest is winding down...

and soon it will be over for us here...
north of here, where DH works, is another story...

but I have new friends that I love calling to the fence...

isn't he pretty?
and he's a young one, too...

we still have some color going on...

farmer's gold...
they started a second ground pile today...
and its pretty full...
so probably a third one by close of day...

just cleaning house, cooking, laundry...
that sort of thing...
and we took time out for a drive since we ate too much lunch to move...
so back at it here...
have a great day...
;)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Queen of her condo...

reporting on Patches today...
a baby who was very, very sick...

and she took a really bad turn on Sunday night...
and I thought she might pass on me...

but, we got the antibiotics on Sunday afternoon...
but I changed the feed and went back to the slop I make for the kitties...
KMR, beef baby food and baby rice cereal...
and made it with less water than normal and it all worked...
I sat up with her 3 nights in a row...
feeding every few hours...
I got up with her at 2:30 am on Tuesday and found her eating the canned cat food...
she went through 5 cans of canned cat food yesterday...

I am about to open the 6th can here in a bit...
she is finally slowing down on eating...
she had lost 2/3 of her body mass...
but she put almost all of it back on in 24 hours...
and today, I made her the kitty condo...
and she has been playing...
bless her little heart for fighting so hard for so long...

we do know they picked this up from the vet's office...
6 went out of here, Maggie was dropped off first and the other 5 went to the next foster mom...
she took that 5 to the vet...
that 5 all had symptoms and it hasn't spread beyond them...
Maggie is fine and never got sick...

Karen and I were on the phone constantly...
(the other foster mom)
between the two of us we have 30+ years of experience...
the vet didn't supply us with antibiotics, but she had it stock piled...
and we were able to treat them before the vet could open back up on Monday...
it saved them...
and yes, sometimes we know more than the vets do about the babies...
because we are there 24/7 with them...
we don't close up shop and leave them alone over night...

the vet is waiting until later this week to do more blood work...
to find out what this is for sure...
there is still a chance that if they have something that makes them a carrier and cannot be treated completely, that the whole bunch of them will be put down...
we are hopeful that will not happen...
but we have to save the majority...
and we won't breath easy until that happens...
because our personal babies have been exposed...
they would have to be put down also...

so please keep them all in your prayers...
until this is finally resolved...
and I am looking forward to the day when I can pack up Miss Patches...
and send her north to her furever mommie...
Debbie from Lakehouse...

Debbie-
she is such a sweet girl...
and she is sleeping with me at night now!
we got our first night's sleep last night...
and her whiskers tickle!
she has this knack for getting them up my nose...
she is gaining...
and she is having fun...
she even chased Mr Wiggles this morning...
;)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Patches is finally doing better...

Patches started crashing on me Thursday night...
and she went down quick...
and so did the others from her litter...
at the other foster home...
its some kind of blood parasite that kills the red blood cells...
but, she is through the worst of it and have antibiotics arriving this afternoon...
since they helped the others so much...
and that's what I have been doing...
working with the vets to determine which parasite...
but they all come from a flea bite...
and we know how its spread...
and we are having the worst year ever with fleas in our area...
we have a hard frost or freeze coming later this week, and that will help with those...
so, all I can do is keep hand feeding her...
she is drinking water on her own...
keep her isolated and calm...
Oliver, who was at the other foster home...
didn't make it...
and the other fosterer ran him to the vet and they started an IV...
but it hits so fast and within 14 hours half of their body mass is just gone...
within 36 hours of first symptoms, he was gone...
and the vet said if we can keep them alive through the weekend...
that would be the big hurtle...
I have been staying up all night with Patches...
feeding every 3 hours...
changing her bedding when she pooped...
Hermie playing in the leaves...
I took a few minutes this afternoon to get out a little bit...
and just soak up some sun and enjoy the warm day full of color...
they picked the beans behind us this morning...
the yard doesn't need mowed this week...
we still have things blooming here and there...
and our next door neighbor won another pageant yesterday...
she is headed for state next...
Springfield, Il...
and if she wins that...
its regionals in Atlanta, Georgia!
she was out riding her bike in her tiara and black boots...
;0)
and had to come talk awhile when she saw me out...
and of course, she loved on Charlie and Mr Wiggles...
so, that's where I am...
still bottle feeding the four babies...
taking care of Patches...
purging and fall cleaning are at a halt right now...
doing laundry left and right...
(baby towels)
DH is still working the long hours and harvest is only half over north of here...
with the field going out behind us, we are close to being finished around here...
but they were in the fields a good 2 weeks before they hit them up there...
and its been a bumper crop...
trains hauling out every time you turn around and the ground piles are getting bigger...
long lines to dump at the elevators and all the fun that comes with harvest...
and those crazy japanese beetles are swarming everywhere!
I hate it when they try to fly up my nose walking through the yard!
will keep you posted...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

we need prayers...

this is Jade...
a sweet little girl...

she is now very sick...

she is in the hospital and will be there for a long time...
you can click on the name to take you to the Mayo Clinic website to read up on it...


Guillain-Barre (gee-YAH-buh-RAY) syndrome is a rare disorder in which your body's immune system attacks your nerves. Weakness and tingling in your extremities are usually the first symptoms.

These sensations can quickly spread, eventually paralyzing your whole body. In its most severe form Guillain-Barre syndrome is a medical emergency. Most people with the condition must be hospitalized to receive treatment.

The exact cause of Guillain-Barre syndrome is unknown. But it is often preceded by an infectious illness such as a respiratory infection or the stomach flu.

There's no known cure for Guillain-Barre syndrome, but several treatments can ease symptoms and reduce the duration of the illness. Most people recover from Guillain-Barre syndrome, though some may experience lingering effects from it, such as weakness, numbness or fatigue.

it can take anywhere from 6 months to 3 years to treat this...
from what the Mayo Clinic says...
she is my neighbor's granddaughter...
and she is 3 years old...
I used to babysit her daddy when he was that age...

so, if you could keep in your prayers...
put her on your lists...
and remember the family...
they are pretty scared...
it would be so appreciated...