Friday, 31 December 2010

Eudora Update

That's looks like a sheep on the mend, doesn't it?

She's not out of the woods yet. We're less pessimistic, not yet optimistic.

I'm not sure what, if any, neurological problems she might have. Her eyesight isn't fully back yet. But she's holding her head up, twitching her ears, and making baa-ing noises at me. She's responding more like a sheep should. She's grinding her teeth a lot less, so the pain is subsiding. That's good news.

She's not exactly the cleanest sheep after her ordeal.

The vet's coming by tomorrow to check on her progress. I hope he can give us a prognosis that moves us firmly into the optimistic category.


Captain Shagrat said...

Yep definately a perkier looking face. With the muddy head she looks like she got a toupe on

Maria said...

I too hope the vet will be able to give you a prognosis that gives cause for optimism. From what you say, it certainly sounds like she is turning a corner!
will keep fingers crossed for you.

PS I read your comment over at Paul's Weeding For Godot on the subject of employment and humour/being down, and I have to say - you, underemployed??? Judging from what you tell us about on your blog your days are full and productive! It may not be a 9-to-5 monthly-paycheck job, but it sure sounds like a full time job to me!
PPS I had sometimes wondered if being married to the head gamekeeper was in itself a job description... sorry, that sounds terrible doesn´t it? what I mean is, I thought you might be employed as a couple, since you do so much work with dogs and lunches for shoot days. I live in the UK but I know so little about your way of life on an estate that I can only guess.

Tamar@StarvingofftheLand said...

There's a Eudora, Well-ty joke in there somewhere. Very glad she's on the mend.

Kate said...

I can't say I'd for sure know a healthy sheep from one that's poorly, but she looks pretty good in that picture. Whatever the outcome, you done good, Jennifer. My fingers remain crossed for her.

Jenny Debeaux said...

Thsnk Goodness for that! I've read and re-read your blog for updates and I know she's not my sheep but I'm so very glad for you that she's survived thus far!!!

Dog Hair in my Coffee said...

I have tried to leave a comment after each Eudora post, to no avail. It's not you, it's me, and the stupid blogger/email thing. Anyway, at this point I have no idea what I said, other than obviously wishing you and Eudora well, etc etc and to tell you I'm pulling for you both. Just didn't want you to think I was ignoring your sheepy plight, or Miss Eudora. Glad she is on the mend, and I think she is BEAUTIFUL!

Hazel said...

That's good news.

Hope the vet's visit is positive; fingers still crossed.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I just wanted to introduce myself. I found your blog a few days ago, (just as your ewe was falling ill) and love it! I ended up spending New Year's reading your back posts. Someone keeps urging you to write a book, and I can say, it was just like getting a wonderfully humorous, engorssing book on rural English life for Christmas! I have thoroughly enjoyed it. And I'm especially rooting for Eudora to get all the way better, having now seen her baby pictures...

I am a stay at home mom in New Jersey, and had been feeling a bit down about the drudgery of life with 4 kids (that old quote about shovelling snow while it's still falling) and your blog has really inspired me and helped me remember why I chose this life in the first place; despite the repetative, hard work, it has a great deal of little joys that I was ignoring while feeling sorry for myself, and your blog helped me remember to stop and smell the roses, as it were. Keep up the good work! (and I can't wait to hear what the vet says...)

Jennifer Montero said...

Thanks to everyone for their kind wishes, and for sticking with us through the long winded, sheep disease posts.

I'm happy to report that the vet thinks Eudora is going to make a full recovery! And the condition isn't hereditary.

Captain S - She's definitely got the toupe look - well spotted! If she gets better, maybe she's got a future in hosting game shows?

Maria - Employment usually comes with financial remuneration. I love the work so I guess I'm paid in full spiritually, but the coal man and the farrier still want their check every month.

Gamekeeper's wife is a job in itself but the estates usually view it as a two-for-one deal, hence hiring a married couple is preferable as they pay one salary but expect two workers.

There are ways to earn extra money in the job, mainly cooking for workers and selling extra deer carcases from my own stalking land. Otherwise, harvesting our meat and veg can help save money.

Tamar - Clever you. I didn't spot that, but it was definitely a fortuitous choice. What if I'd named the sheep after painters and she'd been called Walter Sickert? I will be careful in future.

Sara - I don't think I've ever read a more moving comment. Inspiration works both ways. So glad you've joined us.

Hazel said...

I'm glad all is looking good for you and Eudora.

And I think she looks more like a news anchorman with her toupe. There was an English TV series in the 1990's that was a satire on a TV newsroom. Not sure if any of you would have seen it

Maria said...

Jen - so sorry, I meant to reply to your comment (in reply to my comment!) earlier. I totally understand where you're coming from with regards to the coal man and the farrier still wanting payment (in my case it's more like diesel for the car and gas for heating the house, but it's the same idea).

Two-for-the-price-of-one employment deals sound jammy for the employer but unfair for you I have to say!