Thursday, December 15, 2011

B. Willard B. Well

Poor Willard's been sick. Today is day three. And three days of worry due to some unusual symptoms that weren't getting any better prompted a veterinary team visit.



His breathing has been labored and while that could easily be pneumonia, it could also easily be a sign of something wrong inside making him uncomfortable. After a thorough external exam and finding nothing significant, including clear breathing, they decided to ultrasound him.



They were initially worried that his hair would be a problem, but it turns out his "fat layer" was a bigger issue with getting a clear scan. Willard got by with just a few shaved spots...and a little good natured teasing.



And they found fluid around his lungs and something else that was uneven that showed up on the screen that now I'm so tired I can't really explain (and probably couldn't even if I wasn't tired). A lung problem. That's treatable.

They spent a long time looking at him, discussing what they were seeing, answering my questions... I can't express how much I appreciate all the time and help all of our vets provide. We are so lucky.



And Louann, crouched down on the ground until her legs went numb, never stopped scratching Willard's face, making him feel as good as she could about everything Dr. Barron and Dr. Dortch were doing to him.



Which made me feel as good as I could.

28 comments:

Tombstone Livestock said...

hope he has a speedy and complete recovery so you can have a Merry Christmas.

gowestferalwoman said...

Oh Willard ; get better sooon! :(

Alice said...

Hopefully his medical treatment will soon turn things around for B. Willard and he will be better before Christmas.
How blessed you are to have such a great medical team.
Sending prayers upward and get well wishes your way.

Nancy K. said...

I'm glad that B. Willard's condition is treatable! I hope he has a speedy recovery and that you are able to relax and enjoy the Holidays!

Hugs

Dreaming said...

How scary. It's awful when animals are sick - it's like young children who can't tell you where it hurts.
I hope B. Willard has a swift recovery!

farmlady said...

What a gift, to find out that Willard's malady is treatable.
These animals are so wonderful. You just hate to see them suffering. Thank heaven for good Vets.

Gayle said...

Oh, I so hope B. Willard is going to be okay. Take a deep breath Mama.

small farm girl said...

Aawwwww! Poor wittle B Willder. I hope he feels better soon. Things like that are scary!

Christine said...

I hope you get to feeling better right quick B. Willard.

Lori Skoog said...

How is he this morning Sara? I am so glad it is treatable...please keep me posted. It's not easy, especially when you love your animals so much. You guys will be in my thoughts today.

Deb at Merciful Hearts Farm said...

Prayers for a speedy recovery. We've recently nursed a Lincoln lamb through listeriosis & know what a stress the ups & downs can be. I am also amazed at your vet team. What a blessing!

Shirley said...

Wishes for effective treatment and a speedy recovery winging in from Canada. Poor little(?) guy, hope he is back to normal soon. Love that last photo, and a big pat on the back for your vet team.

gtyyup said...

Poor lil' B. Willard...healing thoughts for the boy...calming thoughts for you. It's hard when our kids are not well. Good team of doctors is definitely helpful.

Misfit in Paradise said...

What a great photo that last one is!

I'm gonna tell Mom! said...

That last photo is precious.

I hope he is feeling better (and you get rested) soon.

kim

Susan said...

Oh, what a worry. It's so hard when they can't tell you where it hurts. You are, indeed, lucky to have such fine vets. I will send B. Willard healing thoughts. It was also so nice to see that he had steady comfort. That makes it so much less scary.

janna Edrington said...

I'm so glad it is treatable. Keep us posted.

June said...

Prayers and good thoughts for B. Willard and for you. Hope he has a speedy recovery!

Marcy said...

What a lovely boy B. Willard is! I wish him a speedy recovery and peace for you.

Sheepmom said...

Poor Willard. You can't even give him chicken soup! Hope you are both well soon. Keep up the cookie therapy too, for both of you. Attitude helps you get well, you know!

Becky Utecht said...

Best wishes to Willard for a speedy recovery. He's so lucky to have such an attentive shepherdess and good sheep vets available. Not to mention Louann's TLC. :)

Claire the Shepherdess said...

Ooooh, poor B. Willard. I am so glad you have such a great vet team and hope that his treatment is effective and efficient. xox

Peacecat said...

Those last two photographs are simply beautiful. No captions needed. Get well soon Willard!!!

Terry and Linda said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhh I so hope he is getting better by the time you get this message. Well for Christmas is a perfect present for all.

Linda
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Ed said...

Get well B, and stay of a steady cookie regiment..:-)

kenleighacres.com said...

That last picture melts my heart. I hope B. Willard is feeling better!

Michelle said...

Frame that last photo; it's beautiful and touching!

sheepsclothing said...

How is the boy doing? Really hope he's feeling better-

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