Monday, September 29, 2008

Sometimes A Negative Can Be Positive

For about the past month, I haven't been feeling well. At first, I started getting tremendous headaches. Then all-over achiness showed up to the party leaving me feeling like I had a grand case of the Flu. My DH took me to breakfast one Saturday morning knowing that I just didn't have it in me to make breakfast that day plus I hadn't been off the farm for two weeks.
It was at breakfast that he posed the question to me: Did I think it could be West Nile Virus? A few years ago our chicken flock was the sentinel flock for our county. When they finally came up with a positive reading, we knew the risk was high that we could have WNV with us each summer as a large wetlands preserve is right behind our place. So, we don long pants and long-sleeved shirts when working outside at dusk and dawn during the summer months. We also slather ourselves with DEET. Still, this year, two of the little bugger mosquitoes got me. It was about two weeks after that incident I started feeling "non-optimal".
So, after the breakfast I began to think maybe I should actually see our doctor and see if maybe DH was on to something. After all, I'm in that over 50 group with "problems". Better safe than sorry, right? A week ago I went in and was sent for the obligatory blood-letting. It was only today I received the results. Negative for WNV. Whew! I dodged it for another year! The assessment made was that I actually did have the flu combined with massive allergy reactions to the bountiful pollen season this year.
So, like the mammatus clouds you see below, something negative can be a positive in life!

(I took this photograph of these beautiful storm clouds from the pasture. Where I was standing there was dead-silence, but these signify great turbulence in the high elevation winds aloft.)
And now that I'm feeling better, on to making some hard decisions as to whom to keep, and who goes from our little this economy and with hay at $20/bale I can not over-winter any but the best of the flock. So now I must make some very hard decisions. I'll keep you posted...


Nancy K. said...

I'm so glad that it wasn't something more serious, Kathy! Take care of your self and feel better.

Beautiful picture of the clouds!!

Mim said...

Good to have you back and healthy. I've been confronted with culling of sheep all summer. Twelve so far, yuck. All and all I do thank them for giving us healthy meat and I'm meeting many new people who want some also. These people want meat that was raised in a caring enviroment fed real food and I can at least do that. Better than the sale barn and not knowing how they were treated when they left me. Did you see the NASSA News and the artical by Heather Ludlum about genetics that can cause the poor sick blind lambs?

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

I thought something might be wrong, we looked at the part deux too long :) Glad you are on the track to feeling better. I know what you mean also, about getting rid of sheep, I am trying valiently to get back down to less than 20, not sure how Im going to do it, but I am trying. I am going to have to get rid of some very nice ewe lambs that I was hoping to keep. I have 5 tunis going to butcher, 2 brockle ewe lambs and 2 suffolks hoping to sell them for breeding.
Nice pic, makes you feel rather small doesnt it?

Tammy said...

Hi Kathy,
I'm glad to hear you don't have West Nile (or Wide Smile as we call it, after my Mom who was sick one time and mumbled out she thought she had West Nile, only I though she said.. Wide Smile..;-) I to ohave been wondering about you and hoping you were just busy.
I feel for you in the months ahead as you choose who gets to stay and who doesn't. Not fun on any part.
Take care,

Tina T-P said...

Glad to hear your news. T.

Leigh said...

Kathy, I'm so sorry you haven't been feeling well but relieved at the diagnosis.

Sharon said...

Phew, you dodged that bullet again. I got my lab work back today. I need iron. Hope that's all, but have some lab work pending. I get it done every fall. I'm in that over 50, soon to be over 60 group and I figure my good health is my good future - don't want any surprises.

Mim says she hates culling because as she walks through her lambs, she's thinking - you stay, you stay, you die. Hard truth. We've bought locker lambs from her the past couple of years - can't eat our pets!

shepherdchik said...

I don't want to rain on your parade Kathy but mnost
WNV tests are less than 50% accurate. If you do not fully recover, I'd get retested. In the mean time just TRY to follow doctors orders!

Kathy said...

Becca, I sure appreciate your input! I did know that from all the info at the CDC's site on WNV - they suggest being tested a couple of times as there is a high number of false negatives.

And it's so nice to "see" you again! :)

Cheryle Hoover Davis said...

Wow, Kathy! I'm sorry to hear you've not been feeling well! Hey, if there's anything I can do to help you out, give me a call...I'm just down the road from you!

Kat said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better, cousin!

That is a pretty incredible cloud pic. Gorgeous!