Wednesday, 24 November 2010

A little bit fed up.

Before the main body of this posting here are a couple of random pictures from a few years ago.
Firstly, Lily, our first female cria and my favourite alpaca in the whole wide world when she was a few weeks old in 2006.
Secondly, here are some alpacas lying down in 2007.

I'm fed up. Properly, totally, unequivocally, miserably, fed up.

I'm fed up because I had 7 long days at work last week where I was leaving in the dark and getting home in the dark. I was looking forward to getting stuck into a lot of jobs that needed doing over a nice long four day weekend.
On Friday, I did get stuck into some alpaca jobs, Baycox Bovis was administered, the herd was given the once over, all seemed well. But I could feel a familiar gentle throbbing in the big toe of my right foot. A throbbing that I have had before and it was a throbbing that filled me with dread. I have tablets to take when this happens and I was taking them but the throbbing continued.
At lunchtime on Saturday, after a morning working outside, I decided to rest for the afternoon with my foot elevated. The throbbing was getting worse. I was becoming worried.

I went to bed at around 10.30pm. Before midnight I had arisen, hobbled, sworn, several times, and was back downstairs. The throbbing had changed to super turbo throbbing. Excrutiating, intense, unrelenting, tear-makingly painful throbbing.

I stayed downstairs, wide awake, for the remainder of Saturday night, mainly trying to put my foot somewhere where it didn't hurt, I couldn't find anywhere, it was a long night.

Anyway, to cut a long and boring story short, I am still sitting with my foot elevated. The throbbing has abated considerably but my toe is still red and shiny. For the third time in my life I have a severe case of gout.
Bugger. Double bugger in fact because the days off I was waiting for have been wasted. Jobs remain undone. Once the gout has abated to the extent whereby I can put a shoe on and walk about I will have to go back to work. Triple bugger.

Why am I telling you this? Why not? After all, I am fed up.


Zanzibah Alpacas said...

Oh...poor you...apparently I have had pseudo gout....just like gout but not really gout...and it was painful...I hobbled round for days...could hardly I can sort of feel your pain !!..hope you are soon much more comfortable.....and in a happier place !!.......Jayne

Barbara@beckbrowalpacas said...

Gout...Oh no... does that mean you can't even have a glass or two to help with the pain...poor you!

Apple Vale Alpacas said...

That's rotten luck Mark, get well soon - I do love the sunbathing 'pacas picture, well worth seeing again.

Terry said...

Oh no! I hope you feel better soon.

Quelvehin Alpagas said...

A friend of mine who suffered with Gout now swears by nettle tea as a cure.
He always has a few dried leaves as an infusion with hot water every night before bedtime and has never had it since!
Not that I'm a great believer in homeopathic hocus pocus but it seems to work for him.
Might be worth a try.
Not only that, it gets rid of the nettles around the paddocks the alpacas never touch.
Get well soon.

Lucy, Coire Alpacas said...

Hope it's better now. Looks like some snow heading our way so hoping to see some festive paca shots shortly!

Lucy, Coire Alpacas said...

your way, not our way. We have snow already. Damned keyboard!!!