Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happenings and Lots of Baby Animals

Well it seems I sure haven't been doing well with keeping up with my blog. I think about things all the time to post, but never get around to actually posting them.

I have finally been able to see a Endocrinologist over the past several months. My doctor was trying to get me in to see one since last Fall. I have had so many weird health issues, that she said it was basically beyond her knowledge, and required a specialist. So after waiting, and waiting I have been sent to the most wonderful doctor. A Christian doctor that really spends a LOT of time with me. In fact I couldn't believe it when my Mom and I left his office the last time, and looked at the clock. We had been their about 2 hours, and he spent that whole time with us. (Yes, I drag my Mom in with me. That way she remembers all the things I forget to say or ask, and I don't have to repeat everything to her afterwards.) He is tweaking my thyroid dosage to get it just right. Not just within the normal range, but perfectly in the center of the normal range. I am very sensitive to the most minute change in dosage. He does a few tests to see how fast my muscles relax (which are relaxing to fast), and that also tells how off my thyroid is, but they are getting a little better. I can feel this difference, like I might actually be able to gain muscle strength with some more improvement. I am soooooo happy to have been sent to this doctor. Can you tell I am happy ; )

I have been on a gluten free diet for quite a while now, but have discovered more food issues. So now I am on a gluten free, dairy free, and peanut free diet. That leaves a VERY limited diet, but I don't feel dizzy every day from my right ear being clogged. The inside of my lips aren't swollen, and my stomach isn't hurting on a daily basis. And the strangest thing of all went away. I am only going to mention this for the hopes of that someone else out there that has this problem will find the answer. Because it is very embarrassing. My sweat smelled like cat urine. If something made me nervous or scared me, it would make it worse. I was always insecure when out in public about this, that if I started sweating that someone would notice. Although I don't think anyone did, because I was very careful and used antiperspirants. Upon removing DAIRY from my diet it is GONE! I told my doctor about this, and he said he had never heard of it before, and seemed to find it very interesting. All I know is that I tried google searching it, I could find people with this problem, but no one had an answer. So I hope that people will find the answer now, because otherwise that was just a very embarrassing thing to write about for nothing!

That is enough about my health, here are some pictures of what I have been up to, and some new babies on the farm.

 I slowly but surely built this four level cage, over about a two month period, for the guinea pigs. So they will have plenty of room. It was a clothing rack for hanging clothes in, that a store was throwing out.

 Linoleum floors to keep them from spoiling the wood, and for easier cleaning.
I went cheap, and made all the latches with scrap wood, and nuts and bolts I robbed from my Dads shop.

I just finished this one today. I made it last year to hold these 2'x3' cement mixing pans that work great for GP's, but they needed to be contained, so they couldn't jump out. I added wire mesh all around and doors. It's finally complete, yay. But unoccupied for now.

Vicky stepped on a bee. I put plantain on her foot with a band aid for a while. She hopped around on three legs all day, till the swelling went down.

 Tulip had this cute little girl that looks just like her daddy Kanga. She had her in the evening, and the next day when I went out to check on everybody, Tulip had something hanging off of her. I looked closer to discover it was a little mummified baby goat! I guess something went wrong and her body mummified it to protect the remaining twin. I looked it up and its kinda rare. She was perfectly fine, and never had any problems.

Daffodil had this flashy big boy. He is polled meaning naturally hornless which he got from his Daddy Kanga. Although he was presented normally at birth, we did have to assist in pulling as he was a big guy, and Daffodils first kid. My bothers 8y.o. son was over visiting and got to watch the whole experience. Afterwards he thought he was going to throw up. Boys! It was good for him to witness birth, even if it did churn his stomach.

After his bellyache wore off, my nephew helped me take these pictures. I was trying to show the gelatin coating on the bottoms of the hooves, that starts shedding off right after birth. It protects the mothers insides.

Jetta had twin girls! Who also look like their Daddy. You guessed it, Kanga.

 One doeling has swirls.

And the other doesn't. This is supposed to tell if they are polled or not. The swirls are supposed to have horns. We will have to wait and see if this is true.

 Sir Locksley and Lady Miriam (both Texels) a couple days before she had her babies.

 Proud Mama with her two little sons.

Running back to Mama.



Kelly said...

Glad you are feeling better. I think it's great that you share your embarrassing stuff. Someone somewhere will benefit from it :)))
Your guinea pigs are adorable! Do you keep them outside? I'm about sick of the smell in my house. I tried to sell the whole lot of them but my little one pitched a fit. She helped me clean the poo poo palace last night and said go ahead and sell them. They smell so bad, but I love them....

An At Home Daughter said...

Hi Kelly,
Yes they are all outside now, but I have to be very careful about the heat. It gets VERY hot here.
I have really bad allergies, and a very sensitive nose, so cannot stand any smells. If they smell, the cage gets cleaned. The bigger the cage the better. The big cage made from the rack is about 2'x5' on each shelf, and I change it once a week. When I had two pig each in the house in the cement pans, I had to change them twice a week uggggg. But its the only way to keep them dry and healthy. I guess that why hardly anyone raises them. They take a lot of work compared to rabbits.


Harry Flashman said...

My wife has thyroid gland problems and is constantly at the doctor to have her medication fine tuned. I can sympathize with you. As for the thing that was bothering you, don't sweat the small stuff, young lady. When you're older you'll laugh when you remember being concerned about that.

I like all the goats. We had goats but they ate the side of my house so we found them a good home where the man let them live in the pasture and they lived out their natural lives with other animals. We didn't let the Mexicans get them.

I have indoor ferrets, but they are like cats and use their litter box.

Glad to see you back on the web, I was getting a little worried about you.

jean said...

Glad you found yourself a good doctor, Kimberly. Sometimes, it's hard to find one who can take the time to help one out with their medical issues. I have gluten problems, too and keep off of it. The babies are cute, for sure. I had to laugh at Vicky who looks "embarrassed" to be photographed with her boo-boo.

An At Home Daughter said...

Thanks for stopping by. It seems as though everyone has thyroid problems anymore. It seems if anyone mentions it, someone chimes in that they are on thyroid medication also. Mine is due to Graves Disease which causes more problems then then for someone that just has a low thyroid. My Brother also has it, and my sister has problems also.

Glad your goats didn't get eaten. Goat does taste good though. We have thought about having a male done for our own freezer, when we have one that's not up to par.

I wish the guinea pigs would learn to use a litter box. It sure would save time, and energy.

An At Home Daughter said...

Hi Jean,
I love your blog! It must be so neat to live in the Caribbeans, and have all that tropical fruit.

Vicky is a drama queen! That was her "I have a boo-boo face". She pouted all day, holding her paw up. She is a extremely vocal dog, and expressive, and she also smiles to get attention! We love her dearly. Everyone that comes over, wants to take her home with them.


Jeannine said...

My oldest daughter had thyroid cancer and her thyroid removed a couple of years ago. She is still having problems getting her medication regulated.
She also is gluten and lactose intolerant as well as has several food allergies. She has felt so much better since she has removed those items from her diet.
I hope you are able to get your health and dietary problems figured out soon. :)

An At Home Daughter said...

Thanks, It is really shocking just how many people have thyroid problems anymore. When I started having problems in my teen, and I mentioned the word thyroid, nobody knew what it was. Now EVERYBODY knows what the thyroid is, because either they have a problem or they know someone who does.