The last couple of days have been very scary. You know, I’ve said MJ is getting old (16 1/2) and his joints are bothering him, but I really thought we were near the end yesterday. When I went out Sunday evening, he was standing there leaning against a dead tree dozing.
When he walked, it was with an obvious limp. His front leg has been stiff, and he’s been kind of dragging the hoof off-and-on for the last month, but the gimpy hips were new.
I know a couple of weeks ago, I watched him stand, and it was horrible. He sat like a dog with his front legs straight and his butt on the ground. The amount of work required to heave that huge body up is staggering. I would guess, he either fell before making it up or twisted something in the process. Other than difficulty walking, he didn’t seem to be in huge pain, so I decided to wait until the next day and see how he was doing. It was worse.
He was constantly grinding his teeth, which is a sign of pain. The walking was just as bad. I don’t know that he had lain down at all. I really believed that when he did, he’d never get up again. After talking with the vets, however, it’s been decided that it’s too dangerous to do anything while he’s standing.
the world reflected in a steer’s eye
I took pictures. I kissed and hugged and played with Firecracker Joe. My son came out. I’ve spent a lot of time with him.
Me and MJ
Call me crazy (wouldn’t be the first time), but I swear that orange thing with the lovely gleam in it is the spirit of his first companion cow, Calfey.
This morning, he was in the barnyard. I can only imagine it took most of the night for him to walk up here. When I went up to him, he wasn’t grinding his teeth. Thank goodness, the pain was better.
He’s pretty much back to where he was before whatever was causing the pain; although, he is still standing a lot. I know how hard it is for him to get down or up. I did stop at the vet’s office and got some pain killers for him in case this happens again.
Don’t get me wrong, I still know that every time he lies down, it might be his last. For now, he’s not in pain and doing okay, and I have at least a little more time to love my MJ.
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