Saturday, March 4, 2017

Off To A Wild Start

A bonus story - aka not one I thought I'd be telling!

We did the spring sheep vaccinations this morning.  I've had some trouble giving bottle lambs their CDT shots and boosters, but never any trouble with adult sheep.  Still, it's always a possibility and it's not a bad idea to keep a shot of epinephrine on hand.  

I've had babies get pretty punky for a day or so after getting a vaccination.  You always hate to see babies (or anyone) not feeling well, but we give them good supportive care and everything ends up fine.  Last year Bullwinkle had an anaphylactic reaction :-o.

It didn't happen right away.  Seems like it was almost an hour later that I noticed him having trouble breathing.  I threw him in the car and was at the clinic in less than 10 minutes.  Dr. Bridge was on call (it was the weekend, of course) and she got him straightened around right away. Still, very scary!

We saved Bullwinkle for last this morning just in case he had trouble.  He was fine.  I turned everyone out and guess who was laying around looking droopy.  Liddy.

"Liddy?"  

"Yes, momma."  

"What's the matter, baby?"  

"I dunno."  

"You don't want to go out and eat grass?" 

"No."  

"Would you like some hay here in the barn?" 

"No."

If you flunk the eating test...

I got her up and noticed her ears hanging down.  She shook her head a couple times.  Is she breathing a little too fast?  Standing kind of funny?  Then she started coughing.  I panicked and hit speed dial. Dr. Bridge, on call this weekend as well, was there in 15 minutes.

She wasn't having an anaphylactic reaction, thankfully, but something was definitely wrong.  She also had a bit of a temperature, so she may have been working on a respiratory issue and the vaccination pushed her over the edge.  We treated her accordingly and I was to keep an eye on her...

Here's where it gets a little funny.  Dr. Bridge didn't meet Liddy as a baby and doesn't know her history of quality napping.  As we watched Liddy standing in the barn lot with her eyes getting sleepy, she said, "Liddy, you look like you need to take a nap."

Poor Liddy.  Almost killed on the first day of her Iknitarod.  That sounds more like a Maisie story!


So, as the sun was starting to set, I finally got everything together to start knitting.  I picked out the bag I wanted to use, wound the yarn into balls, dug out my red lantern, ...


The needles I'm using are the same needles I used for the first Liddy shawl.  See that crooked spot in the blue cable down towards the bottom right?  That's the spot Liddy chewed on as a baby and I had to sand the teefer marks off :-).


Auntie Reg gave me these darling sheep - a momma and a baby who are actually hot/cold packs. Wait, what?  You can't put sheeps in the microwave :-o.  They tuck in perfectly at the top of my knitting bag and will be great mascots for this year :-).


By late afternoon Liddy felt up to going out for a little bite.  "Liddle?"


"Yes, momma?"

"It's time to start knitting."


"Okay, I'm ready!"



20 comments:

  1. Glad to hear that Liddy is ok. I love the bag you are using....did you make that? Tonight we are below 10 degrees! Looks a lot warmer at Punkin's Patch.

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  2. Dear wonderful crazy sheep lady: reading your blog causes me to Google the medical terms; to grab my knitting needles and knit and also gives me such a warm feeling to see such care lavished on your sheep. Thanks for sharing. Jo PS I also love the bag you're using...

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  3. After all that you deserve to relax and start the Iknitarod! Liddie and the Mama and Baby are perfect mascots - they are going to see you thru to the winning end. Yesterday we had 10 in the am and 24 by the end of the day, but going on the roller coaster weather ride it will be in the 50's in a day or two.

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  4. Those kids! Sheep moms are always vigilant of how the family is acting. Good catch! You look well prepared for the Iknitarod. Forward ho!

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  5. A perfect way to begin a leisurely Sunday morning for me - a cup of coffee and sheep tales from the Crazy Sheep Lady. Thanks for allowing me to live your life if, but for a few moments.

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  6. Oh my! You have such a watchful eye!! What a good steward you are!! Now enjoy your Iknitarod together. Check the batteries in your lantern. Stay calm and knit on!

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  7. OH! I'm so glad she is feeling better! What a scare!

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  8. That is scary...back in the 2000's I had a little pug who also had a bad reaction to a Bordatella vaccination. He started to puff up and have trouble breathing, and like you, I raced to the vet and they treated him for the allergy. Poor thing...that has turned me off vaccinations for the dogs. I'm so glad she's doing okay and that you have a great vet on call! Happy knitting :)

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  9. Thank you for the updates; so glad to hear Liddy has bounced back. You are such a wonderful mama to everyone!

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  10. Oh, love! Liddle Liddy! What a scare. Thank goodness she's ok.

    (Why do babies always get sick on the weekends?)

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  11. Yikes! So glad she's feeling better now!

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  12. Wow, I had no idea they could have such reactions. Glad none of my former flock ever had such a thing happen, because I'm not sure I would have recognized the signs and known what to do. I absolutely adore your knitting bag - where did that one come from? I'd love to get a similar one.

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    1. That was a vintage print to cut out and make stuffed sheep. Amy Klee from Stone Edge Fibers made it for me :-). My MIL found the material.

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  13. Awwww...glad to hear Liddy is okay!

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  14. I have never met these sheep but my heart took a jump as I read the post. So glad it turned out ok for you and Liddy. I still remember her in your lap. Go Knitting!

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  15. OMG ~ I am so glad she'll be okay. What a scare for all. My cat, the one related to MM, had a reaction to the vaccines for the first 2 - 3 years. So no surprise that any creature that receives vaccines could have a reaction... You just don't need those vet runs! Here's hoping the rest of the race is... just full of relaxing knitting with the sweetest lambie :-) That last photo is just.. *priceless*

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    1. I knew she'd stop and look so I just waited. She's a good girl :-).

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  16. We had a dog that had to be premedicated before his shots...those reactions can happen so fast. I am glad Liddy is okay! :)

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