Tuesday, 30 November 2010

A cloud has lifted!

Indeed readers a large, black, pain filled cloud has lifted!
In my previous post I whinged about suffering from an episode of gout. The 'episode' turned out to be the worst 'episode' of gout that I have ever had. Ten days on and I still can't put a shoe on due to the inflammation.
But, and this is the news that has lifted the cloud and put me back in charge of being the silliest person amongst the mighty Patou, the gout pain has gone! It has buggered off and left me alone and that is, and I can't emphasise this enough people, bloody fantastic!

I am left with the residual swelling and joint pain but that intense soul destroying pain that only fellow gout sufferers will know, has gone. I can now hobble about. I can now feed the mighty herd, I can bring in the logs, I am alive again! Sue and Angus are also sighing a big sigh of relief as the whingeing, grouchy, snappy, depressed, angry, unpleasant lump of sofa bound misery has gone and been replaced by Mr Slightly-Irritatingly-Happy!

I haven't yet been out with the camera, not much point today as it is a cold grey miserable day. So above is a picture from last year of Patou Fifi, one of my favourite girls, mother of Patou Rico who is looking good for next year.

Snow has been forecasted for the next couple of days and the temperature is set to sink below -10C tonight (taking into account the wind-chill factor) but the Mighty Patou herd seem to be coping very well. Qjori, who I think came over from Oz with St Pat of Beckbrow is virtually living in his shed. Being shorn in September he is a little short of fleece compared to the rest.
The main bulk of the herd seem oblivious to the cold, although taking a hint from fellow bloggers, they loved the buckets of warm water that I gave them yesterday.

Thank you for all the gout advice. Having had it before a couple of times I have read most things about gout. On this occasion it was high doses of a gout specific drugs, anti-inflammatories and time. Now that it's gone...............I'm ready for anything!


Rosemary said...

Very pleased to hear the pain has gone - nothing worse than a little pain in your life!

Barbara@beckbrowalpacas said...

Glad you are feeling better Mark and pleased to hear the Qjori also thinks that it would be foolish to be out in just your underwear in these temperatures! :)

Lampwick Sidley said...

Glad to read that your gout has vanished into the night like a rubber on a sheeps flag and has now hopefully been banished into eternity like a piece of salami in an an atlantic neckerchief. Also look upon grey dull days as an opportunity for great black and white photographs, don't be fooled into thinking you can only take good photos in bright sunny weather.

Apple Vale Alpacas said...

Glad to hear you are on the mend Mark, and looking forward to more contributions from Lampwick...

Zanzibah Alpacas said...

Nice to read that you are Mighty Pain Free !! ..... and the grumble monster has disappeared into the sofa ...for good !.....enjoy your hobbling about the Mighty Patou...in varying depths...of snow !!.....Jayne