I awoke yesterday morning, with a still unsettled feeling in my gut, but relieved that our country had made it through Election Day in a peaceful, organized manner. Outside, our world was frosty and silent, with temperatures dipping down to 24 degrees.
It didn't take long, though, for the sun to warm us up to an unseasonable 64 degrees. And the rest of the week is to be as warm or warmer.
I am happy to report that Dr. Becky checked Daphne's hoof yesterday morning and did indeed find a hoof abscess. She opened the abscess by cutting away part of Daphne's hoof. As soon as she opened the abscessed area, drainage came from Daphne's hoof... which I am sure was a welcomed relief for my sweet donkey gal.
and irrigated it with peroxide...
then packed cotton into the hole to keep it open so that it can continue to drain.
I will have to remove the packing daily, and irrigate the abscess with hydrogen peroxide, and then re-pack the hole.
We Daphne is one stoic donkey. She didn't flinch while Dr. Becky worked on her hoof... a somewhat painful procedure. She stood perfectly still while I sat next to her with my nose buried in the fur of her face... whispering to her what a good, brave donkey girl she was being.
I seriously think she was relieved to have the painful pressure gone from inside her hoof. Personally, I am relieved that an abscess was found and treated. Now we can move along the road to recovery.
Later in the morning I baked bread... this time a "pain du campagne" - a French country wheat bread.
One of the loaves developed a large air bubble making the loaf look a little like a turtle.
Although it was a beautiful day outside, I spent a few hours working on winter-themed face masks in a push to get them done as soon as possible.
By early afternoon, Daphne was walking much better and going about her normal day in no apparent distress. (sigh of relief!). vSweet girl! I am just glad that it is not Chloe with a hoof abscess. We would have to sedate her every time we messed with her hoof!
I ran to my second favorite fabric store in the afternoon and picked up these additional fabrics...
All winter masks should be completed before the end of the weekend.