Sweet Chloe, one of the donkey sisters, has been plagued by sarcoid tumors in the underneath area where head meets neck. This past spring she had surgery to remove the tumors and then was treated with chemotherapy beads that were inserted in the area. Sadly, the tumor has returned.
Yesterday Dr. Becky sedated Chloe. (She's getting much better about having medical procedures done to her. There was a day when just catching her was the hard part.) Now, she allows me to put her halter on without incident. She stands perfectly still for the injection of the sedative.
I stood with her while the sedation took effect... watching her head sink lower and lower. Eventually she rested her lip on the fence and snoozed.
Chloe's head sunk a little more and her upper lip was all that held her- at which point I gently lifted her head from the fence rail.
When the sedation had taken full effect, Dr. Becky gave her a series of injections of mycobacterium cell wall extract.
Dr. Becky has done a lot of research in the different treatments for this hard-to-cure ailment. Apparently, some vets have had good success with this particular treatment. Say a prayer.
I was happy to find that my saffron crocus have begun to bloom.
And although they were a little soggy from the rain, I was able to harvest a bit of saffron to dry. I will keep an eye on this patch over the next week as the rest of the flowers blossom.
And just because we keep it real around here: