|Exhaust Pipe the horse!|
So yay! Maybe one medical case solved.
|Odysseus is almost all grown up!|
Dr. H went over what we do know. Tabby has a lot of internal inflammation. She has leaky gut. She is insulin resistant. Her adrenal glands and cortisol levels are a terrible mess. And she struggles a lot emotionally.
He talked to her about the mind and body connection. How staying under emotional stress will eat a person up. How damaging it is for the body to think it needs to stay in the "fight or flight" mode. How gratitude and positive thoughts have been proven to have healing effects on the body. He recommended two interesting sounding books about the mind-body connection: Molecules in Motion and Biology of Belief. He feels that what is going on inside her is all related and she is in a vicious cycle.
|Exhaust Pipe seems to be one of our main photo props around here!|
So we are going to stop testing for awhile and see how her body responds to supplements and food to repair her gut, fix the insulin issue, and heal her adrenals and cortisol. Counseling for emotional help. Getting up and moving more. Taking short walks in the sunshine, or at least sitting outside some each day.
Honestly it was kind of deflating for me to hear all this. I wanted a solid answer and for it to be a quick fix. When I asked Tabby how she felt about what the doctor said, she was fine with it and answered "It makes total sense."
|Tabby was happy the goats still remember her|
After being outside, Tabby felt so good she showered for the first time in days. Then that evening she cleaned up her room for the first time in months. Sunday she went to church in the morning and then back in the evening for a teen lesson. Monday she went to school. She was totally exhausted in all these things but doing OK!
|Yep - Exhaust Pipe again|
When she woke up again later, she was just really sore but the hollow pain was gone. This afternoon she had "regular" stomach pain again and was briefly nauseous.
Man oh man.
|Hunter built and installed a radio for Kelly in her chicken coop|
This is my prayer for ME in all this:
"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him." - James 1:5