Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Saturday, November 30, 2013 2:19 PM
I started writing a Thanksgiving post the other day, but got distracted. A little late is better than never, right?
- A significant amount of tenosynovitis within the peroneus tendon sheath (love Google) - DEBRIDED
- Low lying peroneus brevis muscle belly with significant synovitis - DEBRIDED 2 cm
- A 2 cm longitudinal tear in the peroneus brevus tendon - REPAIRED
- A 3 cm longitudinal tear in the peroneus longus tendon - REPAIRED
- A hard mass within the peroneus longus tendon - REMOVED (pathology determined it was a segment of dense fibrocartilage adjacent to a small area of trabecular bone with focal calcification and adjacent ossification. Now isn't that a mouthful of terms for Google searches)
- A cyst in the proximal lateral aspect of the cuboid bone - CURETTAGED AND MICRODRILLED TO PROMOTE FIBROCARTILAGINOUS GROUTH
- A traverse tear through the ATFL ligament and mild laxity - REPAIRED VIA BROSTROM-GOLD LATERAL ANKLE STABILIZATION PROCEDURE AND FIVE ELASTIC FIBERWIRE SUTURES (permanent)
Post surgery, it would have been impossible to take care of myself, much less the farm (goats, chickens, rabbits, geese, garden). So I asked Kristin if she wanted to come stay with me for several months to help out. She had helped with the petting zoo at the Northern California Renaissance Faire so I knew she was good with the animals. But she's never gardened, canned, fermented, brewed, etc.
I can't afford to pay her as I'm out on disability and have a severely reduced income. But I offered her room and board along with a chance to learn about sustainable living first hand. Lucky for me, she jumped at the opportunity. She and her cat moved into the library (converted garage) so she has her own space and some privacy.
And Kristin? She's thankful for the entire situation too. She didn't have to stress about finding short term housing. She loves the animals and is thoroughly enjoying caring for them. She's learning a lot about gardening, sustainable living, and homesteading skills. Oh, and the homemade lamb lasagna which included two types of cheese she had helped make along with home grown / canned tomatoes, basil and garlic was fantastic. She's getting to experience the joy and pride of homemade meals using home grown produce and home made products that she's had a hand in making.