Wednesday, March 24, 2021

WW: Getting By


All out of order again. FUCKING NEW BLOGGER UGH. 

Cici has been in and out of the vet's office for the last week. She went in last Monday for bloodwork to check her thyroid (photo at the bottom of the post I guess) and also to check out a limp she developed over the weekend before the appointment. 

She's still a little ouchy even with drugs on board so trying to balance cage rest (which she despises) and letting her out but limiting her activity. The thyroid meds are working (a little TOO well, we had to back her dose down) and her head tilt is barely noticeable anymore. However she still has some neuro symptoms, including a weird ear twitch. The working hypothesis right now after a very long visit last Saturday with lots of tests (and where the vet finally said "this isn't a dog, this is a cat, I'm sorry" haha) is that the facial muscle that was paralyzed (from the thyroid issues) is waking back up, and probably uncomfortable -- think pins and needles in your foot when it falls asleep. She's on gabapentin, and that seems to be helping A LOT, but obviously it's not a long-term solution. I'm supposed to start weaning her down off the max dose today, we'll see how it goes :-/

Shitty spring storms yesterday brought beautiful rainbows, so I can't even be mad. 

I love our little piece of dirt. 

Dogs still have it "ruff", obviously. 

The gabapentin makes her tired a lot, so she's a lot more amenable to sleeping in her crate right behind my chair. Bonus is I get to hear her little sleep barks and growls and ITS TOOOOOO CUTE. 

DH and I spent Monday night ripping out goat fence (yassssss) and refencing some of the horse areas, including shrinking down the size of our front dry lot (which was originally fenced as a grass pasture and way too big to be a sacrifice area). Cinna was NOT AMUSED. I'm amused at how downhill she's standing lol. 

There's something so eminently satisfying about pulling t-posts out by hand lol (which I can only do when the ground is super soft, like it is now, but I still enjoy it). 

Ruby couldn't figure out why we weren't riding. Sorry Rubes, sometimes farm maintenance comes first. 

Of the SIX trees I planted last spring, this appears to be the only one that lived. Sigh. Will try again this year I guess. 

We had a really nice sunny day Monday and Hayden took full advantage of the sunbathing opportunity. 

It's hummingbird time! I officially have too many bird feeders lol. 

Did sneak in some good riding over the weekend though!

Peep that freshly dragged arena. HEART EYES. 

DH rang in the first day of spring with his favorite type of horsepower, lol. Finally an upgrade over that shitty riding lawnmower he got for free 5+ years ago and has been limping along on a hope and a prayer every since haha. 

Weather was pretty garbage last week and we had one day cold enough for what I hope is the last fire of the season! The noodles approved. 

I have a truly shocking number of finches that come to my four finch socks lol. 

Someone sent me this anonymous octopus and he stares at me from my desk daily. 

Like two days after reading Jen's post about Vitalyze Alimend and musing that I didn't think I needed any but it was nice to know about, Ruby FREAKED for no reason when my farrier was out and almost broke the crossties, for the second visit in a row. Her lifestyle should make her a low risk for ulcers (food available 24/7, she only gets a small amount of ration balancer, minimal stress), I can't pinpoint any other changes her routine that would make her so spastic in the crossties, so when I got a FB ad for Gut-X (same active ingredients as VA) being on super sale, I picked up a gallon just to see if that could be the issue. She doesn't seem substantially different to me since starting the loading dose, but she's typically pretty chill (except randomly when she isn't, ha), so I guess we'll see if I notice anything different at her next trim appointment. Worse case scenario, I set $100 on fire. I've done that for dumber reasons, so I'm not worried about it. 

Oh look, the photo that was supposed to be first and wasn't. Sigh. Cici at our first of several vet visits this month. 

Pretty boring around here lately, but I'm trying to stay in the habit of writing SOMETHING, so you get these dumb WW (but not really) posts haha. 


  1. Whoa those finch socks are interesting - I'll have to go read about those!

    1. They call it a sock but really it's like medium sized mesh? So they can get the seeds out pretty easily as long as they're small. I picked one up on clearance on a whim at our local Tractor Supply and the birds LOOOOOOVED it so I have slowly collected more, haha. Two of them came with a weird seed mix that seemed really popular, but for refills I just buy enormous bags of thistle seeds. The two socks I can see out my office window are roughly the same size but out front I have a sock that's SUPER long and for whatever reason that's their favorite, I have to refill it almost weekly some times lol.

  2. Thyroid meds are weird like that. I know when I started them we had to adjust several times to get it right. I hope your pup is feeling all better soon! Poor girl.
    Glad spring has sprung for you guys! The best time of year!

    1. Yeah and it isn't helped by the fact that this dog is the most neurotic little drama queen on the planet, haha. Oh well. I think we're trending in the right direction, so hopefully we find her happy place sometime soon!