Quick tonight. I have not talked about it, but three weeks ago I tried to wear heels for the first time in over a year, and fell out of them gracefully (NOT!) at work. Thank heavens I landed on carpet, because falling is one of my biggest fears. I knew as soon as I came to rest that I had done something to the back that was just feeling better after several epidural injections.
I found out today from the doctor that I had caused soft tissue damage, and it was causing muscle spasms. No wonder it has hurt to walk or even to sleep in the last 3 weeks! I will be having another epidural soon, and I have muscle relaxers to take at night if I am in a lot of pain.
I am afraid of falling on the farm, and afraid of laying there with no one finding me for hours, so I try to be careful as I do chores. I once had a neighbor at the old Calamity Acres who fell down her basement stairs one morning... by a miracle of God, her son stopped at home on his lunch hour, and found her hurt at the bottom of the stairs, calling 911. I've tried always to be careful since that time. I think this is a concern for any farmer, hobby or "real".
Here are some things I saw tonight:
Inca and Aztec, laying just inside the pasture gate.
Welsummer cockerel, tried to mount one of the pullets tonight... time for him to leave the juvenile pen.
The larger of the two Mille Fleur cockerels... he has muffs, which you can't see from this angle.
Clouds in the sky over the pasture this evening. Fortunately, they were breaking up. Folks upriver, however, have much to worry about in the next few days. Keith believes (and he works in emergency management) that there will be literally a tsunami coming down the Missouri River if they keep releasing as much water from the dams upstream as they are. He is worried that not just a few, but many towns will suffer as a result. Please say a prayer for all the folks about to be hit in the next few days.