Thursday, January 24, 2019

Goodbye Critters

 Of all the critters we have kept on our little acre, my goats were always my favorite. Sure they were harder to take care of. Their food was heavier to carry, the cleanup chores were never-ending, and we spent way more money on them than any of the other animals. But their personalities were worth every single dime and minute spent on them- to me. I miss them the most.
 Last week my surgeon told me there was nothing else that could be done to help my back pain except surgery. He left the decision to me and I chose to have it. The procedure will be less invasive than traditional back surgery but the recovery will be slow. I will be in a brace. Lifting and movement will be restricted. When I asked about the timeline, I was told it would probably be a year before I could move a bale of straw or hay. A year. For the first several weeks I won't be allowed to lift over 5 pounds. I'm pretty sure a bucket full of goat pellets weighs more than that!
 So, in the best interest of the critters, I made the decision to sell them. It just wasn't in the budget to hire someone for that length of time to come out every day to take care of them. The goats went as a herd to a new family. We also sold the rabbits since I won't be able to clean their cages. Some of our fancy roosters went to auction but most of the chickens have made their way to freezer camp.
 Right now I still have a few hens and some turkeys. Their fate is undetermined at this time. My backyard feels like a ghost town. The quiet is deafening when I step out. I find myself hollering to the turkeys just so I can hear them holler back. 
 It could be months before the insurance company approves the surgery and I thought about holding off on the critter sales until I knew for sure. But I'm a "rip the band-aid off fast" kind of girl. I knew it was going to hurt and I needed it to be done quick. 
 Now I'm keeping myself busy trying to figure out what I'm going to do with myself during this down time. I don't know what my gardening season is going to look like. Lifting a canner will be out of the question. But sitting for long periods is not recommended either. Hmmm. I think there is going to be a lesson or two in this experience- finding a purpose and homesteading while disabled for sure.


  1. Have you done any research into other options? Not knowing the cause I had a bulging disc almost 3 years ago, could barely walk. I did intensive chiropractic, accupunture and a few other things. Took 7 months but fixed my up. My insurance didn't cover it but probably about the same as the copay for surgery, much less risk. I also work for a hospital system and it's good to look at 2nd opinions, etc. Back surgery can be tricky.

    1. I have tried different types of physical therapy and shots for the past several years.

  2. Oh my goodness! I was so sorry to hear of this. I wish I lived closer so I could help you out somehow. Having gone through 3 surgeries last year (both knee joints replaced and one hip joint replaced) I fully understand the trouble it can create. I will keep you in my prayers for a speedy recovery. Let me know when you are going to get the surgery. Bora.

  3. I am so sorry. Hopefully everything will go great and you can get goats again down the road.

  4. Sorry to hear about your health problem. You must be feeling quite sad about selling the goats.....we had a similar experience when I was taken ill a while ago. I pulled through, and I am sure you will too. Sending you love and hugs, Vx

  5. Sorry to hear about your back surgery, I will pray for all to go well and for your pain to be gone!
    And while waiting or after, maybe spinning? Spin a while, sitting down, then if you need one, I have a walking wheel you're welcome to borrow. Seriously. Moving hasn't left a lot of space for fiber equipment, at least given how much there is here. I'd be happy for you to use it, free lesson included :)

  6. Oh my, Hoosier Girl, I'm so sorry. Loosing the critters, especially the goats, has to be another blow during an already hard time.

    Do hang in there and praying now the insurance company will be quick and all will go well with your surgery and recovery.


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