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Leah Sattler
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alright...so I am just here whining............sometimes it is good to be that 1 in 1000.........like when you avoid nasty accident or something........other times its really really annoying.......like being the 1 in 1000 that gets a hernia while your pregnant. and not some cute little umbilical hernia but an inguinal hernia. I get to go see a surgeon monday    meanwhile I can't stand to walk around unless I am all bound up with an ace bandage and an old sock in my groin that makes me look like a man. they are probably not going to fix it till I have the baby but my doc wants the surgeon to take a look to really check it out and so he'll have my history if I need emergency surgery in the event it were to get strangulated.    all those times my husband said "you'd better not do that you'll bust your gut" well gee. he was right I guess.     oh fooey.
 
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Bummer!
 
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You are by far the least whiniest person I have ever known!

Hang in there & take it easy for the next few months. I know that's practically impossible for you to do, but DO IT! Be a little lazy for a change.

Bandage your gut, veg out, read and/or watch some DVD's. Play a little Scrabble! All that stuff you're needing to do will be there when you're ready!

Take advantage of a friends helpfulness whenever you can.

They are happy to help! 

 
Leah Sattler
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take it easy? yeah. I'm gonna need some prescription tranquilizers.......at  least it appears i can stand to walk around with ace bandage. went on a walk through the woods yesterday and it was tolerable. as long as i can get out and walk around and look at and plan the things I want to do I will probably keep my sanity.......just barely. it might be time to ask dh to do something so we get more than one channel on the boob tube. if anything will drain my brain and sedate me tv will.

what is really annoying is that in the last few weeks I have made a real effort to "take it easy' especially when it comes to lifting things . I have been asking hubby to carry the big water bucket and to unload feed sacks, fix the buck pen....(a zillion times) and what do I get in return for my good behavior? the exact sort of injury i was trying to avoid!!!
 
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From what I understand about hernias, it seems possible that you could have injured that muscle long ago (when you weren't even pregnant & perhaps didn't even realize it) and now the organs are jostling around to make way for the baby, an intestine found the weakness and pushed down into it. Correct me if I'm wrong, please!

I have movies you can borrow! 
 
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supposedly that is possible. this appeared  and worsened pretty rapidly though. the surgeon comfirmed the round ligaments that the uterus attach to go through the inguinal canal and probably contributed. 

apparantly groin hernias are a mans domain. none of the commercial supports at the place he sent me to fit. mostly because I have actual thighs and not little man chicken legs and I don't have ......er.....well....man parts so I have rigged up a pregancy support belt with an elastic velcro strap to do the job. it stays in place and works much better but is kinda bulky feeling under clothes.

I am still feeling rather grumpy about it. pouting like a little kid actually. I can't wait to get it fixed.
 
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Now wait one cotton picking minute! I don't have chicken legs! What can I say, I used to deliver 100 papers everyday with a bike, and I still mountain bike. I can barely fit into even relaxed fit pants.

I rather doubt your thighs have anything on mine... 
 
Leah Sattler
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Fred Morgan wrote:
Now wait one cotton picking minute! I don't have chicken legs! What can I say, I used to deliver 100 papers everyday with a bike, and I still mountain bike. I can barely fit into even relaxed fit pants.

I rather doubt your thighs have anything on mine... 


oh you don't get it!!! you guys get to have all muscle on your legs! nice firm muscles that don't squish together. us women generally have to be anorexic to not have bulky fat on our thighs even if we are considered muscular for a woman ops: darn estrogen. I have no doubt I would envy your thighs especially right now!

 
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Leah Sattler wrote:
oh you don't get it!!! you guys get to have all muscle on your legs! nice firm muscles that don't squish together. us women generally have to be anorexic to not have bulky fat on our thighs even if we are considered muscular for a woman ops: darn estrogen. I have no doubt I would envy your thighs especially right now!




I doubt anyone would think they are sexy if they were on a woman.  Yeah, my legs don't squish.

I used to rock climb too (bouldering actually) and swim. Too bad it is all under about 25 lbs of fat right now. Sigh.
 
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leah i'm so sorry, hope they can take care of it..make sure they do it..mysister had one for many years and finally got it fixed a couple years ago..she felt so much better after it was done.
 
Leah Sattler
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I can't wait  I'm already a pissy pregnant lady.

of course I have been trying to "take it easy" so as to not make things worse and because quite frankly at this point physical activity is getting harder just because of the pregnancy.
after only a few weeks of asking my husband to take care of the bucks he wants to get rid of them. it wouldn't be a problem if I was in a normal state. I would go out there and fix the fence right myself. but as it stands it just gets semi repaired only to be broken down again in a few days. and hubby takes normal buck behavior personally and doesn't really handle it well and is just picking fights with them and instigating a war and making the bucks aggressive. this is gonna be a disaster. I would so much rather take care of things myself.    taking it easy sounds alot better then it is. what it really means is "mounting problems while I sit on my A**"
 
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Leah Sattler wrote:
after only a few weeks of asking my husband to take care of the bucks he wants to get rid of them. .. hubby takes normal buck behavior personally ... instigating a war making the bucks aggressive.


Good help is so hard to find. 

Why is it that otherwise smart, logical folk, lose it when confronted by a willful animal?  A horse or goat simply being what they are, wanting to get to food or females. 

And oh a smart animal who likes to figure out puzzles is super trouble.

That is why I missed my Thanksgiving holiday in AL. 
 
Leah Sattler
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have you got a puzzle worker? would that be with gate latches or something more sinister pertaining to those sneaky buggers that figure out how to get around standard training methods? 


my dh doesn't understand that there isn't going to be any 'intimidating' my lamancha buck into leaving him alone. you can't get him to back off by simply using intimidating gestures. he is in full rut right now he wants to fight. he head butts the fence for fun! you have to be smarter then the animal not tougher! I explained to him that when he pushes on him or thumps him with something or makes threatening gestures the buck just thinks "oh boy....I get someone to spar with! yippee" my husband gets more and more ticked off as the buck ups the ante and the buck just thinks its great fun! I gave him a bottle of vinegar to squirt him with. which sort of helped but blackjack still sees my husband now and thinks its time to fight.
 
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Good morning Leah, I hope you are feeling well. 

I just have a super smart 2 year old filly who delights in opening latches, unbuckling things, and untying knots.  She is just so smart that she needs mental stimulation...she would make about the best cow horse a walking horse could.  She is going to require a special home... one with plenty of work for her to enjoy.

I want to go get married next month but no one seems qualified to care for my life while I am away.  (that was the plan for the last trip to AL)  Fred will soon think it an excuse much like my having to go home to milk...he got to where he hated Buttercup when we were first dating (that was Buttercup2 and I have Buttercup3 now)
 
Leah Sattler
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wait a minute...you mean you are not getting married 'cause you can't find someone to take care of your place and animals?! 


actually I can completely understand. everytime someone tries to lure me away for vacation or family stuff i always have to explain why I can't just lock up the doors to the house and leave and why I can't really just find someone to farm sit. its not as easy as having a teenager come over to feed and let a dog out twice a day. everyday produces some slight problem that needs to be tackled. often something that could turn into a big problem if let be. especially because I am teetering on the brink of completley insufficient fencing at this time. my dad keeps trying to get me down to the gulf. he says why would you have all those animals that keep you from doing fun stuff?........I say....why would I give up something that gives me enjoyment 365 days a year so I can go on vacation once every five years? he don't get it. oh well.
 
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Leah Sattler wrote:
you are not getting married 'cause you can't find someone to take care of your place and animals?! 

everyday produces some slight problem that needs to be tackled. often something that could turn into a big problem if let be. ...

why would I give up something that gives me enjoyment 365 days a year so I can go on vacation once every five years?


You answer your own question.  I like your explanation of why we do it.
 
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Leah Sattler wrote:
my dad keeps trying to get me down to the gulf. he says why would you have all those animals that keep you from doing fun stuff?


Sounds like dad just wants to share his "happy place" with you & yours. For some people, it takes a special place for them to really feel totally free & relaxed, probably because they've felt that way there before. I understand where he's coming from, in that I've thoroughly enjoyed places I've traveled to and would love to share that with my dear ones. However, I understand that everyone doesn't get the same rush from the same things/places. Different strokes for different folks!

The gulf doesn't do it for me. (Assuming dad means the Gulf of Mexico) I've been to the TX, LA, AL, South FL & FL panhandle gulf coast. I think beaches are beautiful; but if I could only choose 3 places (of the places I've already visited) to go to again, none of them would be the gulf. It's too freakin' flat! IMO. Hey, at least your dad likes the beach. My dad's idea of a family vacation was going to the Indianapolis 500. Whoopee. We traveled there all the way from...Chicago! Drove a whole 3 hours! YAWN! Sometimes we even went to...GASP...Wisconsin! At least you could see lake Michigan & it's beaches.

I've lived in the same house/neighborhood for 18 years now. Dear friends have moved to rural locations. I totally get why and I could see myself living that way. I truly appreciate the self sustainable lifestyle and admire those who work at & strive for it. Mostly, I'm a homebody. BUT...I do like to travel occasionally, & if I had the money, I would do it more. I would love to go to Europe and Hawaii before I die. Would also like to see a whale (any kind) in the open ocean. Maybe someday...

Freedom means a lot of different things to different people. I like having a lifestyle where I'm free to travel if I choose. There is definitely a spirit of adventure to it. Travel has educated me and added to my appreciation of many things. I think about this a lot. The thing is...I ain't getting any younger!
 
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he has had an apartment down in houston off and on over the years  for work. And I know it would be fun to go just because and someday I probably will.

well. I gave one buck away yesterday. my boer buck that is a big ol pussy cat but that I don't want to use anymore was on the verge of getting killed by my lamancha. we seperated him but that didn't fix the problem of him being a moron and getting stuck in the fence (he has rubbed all the hair off his neck at this point) and it created a problem in that the lamancha then became very panicky everytime a doe went near the boer buck's pen and he started beating the fences and panels and tearing them down trying to get over there to make sure brownie didn't steal  a woman. 

a nice gentleman who raises race horses needed a companion for an older mare put up for the winter under lights. he is going to castrate him and keep him as a buddy for the horse and as a pet for his little girls once the testosterone and stink wears off. so off he went. he was very impressed that he was so amicable. I guess he didn't really believe me when I told him that even as a buck he was mr. mellow. but I did give him the third degree over the phone and may have given him the wrong idea then. i was stressing that he was intact and not suitable for those little girls to play with immediatly. he assured me he knew about stinky bucks and that the little danglies in the back would be promptly taken care of .

that ought to ease some fencing problems somewhat and cut down on the feed bill. and poor brownie won't be a punching bag anymore or be hung up in the fence 10 times per day, be worm food or have to go through getting dehorned...10 times a day  is no exaggeration either about getting stuck in the fence.  all he ever wanted to be was someones big dumb pet so it works out good.

this ought to cut down on the fencing problems. and make me feel a whole lot better about seeing all that "stuff that needs to be done" but i shouldn't/can't do right now.
 
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Boy I can relate.  I have a gal coming out today to see about trading a horse for a riding mower... supposed to be some mower ... but mostly it is a good home for a horse I do not ride and just have as a pet.  This gal will ride her and use her, much better.  I am afraid that the gal might be too big, we will see.  This is not a very tall horse.
 
                    
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Leah, I'm looking for a lamancha doe and wether... but I dont suppose doing a cross continental goat drive with pregnant and with a hernia would work for you... im up in the lists like dust on a happy hen due to a spinal disk herniation and sciatic issues...couldnt walk for two weeks, rehab for 4 months+...plenty of time to read posts and make a few.

the good news is that since im not working and couldnt get to the kitchen (aikido, permaculture, building, and cooking are my lifes joy) , so Ive lost that #25 that fred mentioned. i havent been this streamlined in over a decade!

im healing quickly, and i wish the same for you.

"take care, and let other take care of you" is the lesson im learning, ive been a solo mountain man for a long time, out in zone 4-5 6-8 months a year for the last 12 years or so... so leaning on others, even when its welcome, is a bit of a challenge.

youre not complaining to state the facts and make your needs known.

stay bright and thanks for so many great conversation in here!
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jennifer - ihope that works our for your girl. its feels good to find suitable homes for animals. I hope she isn't too big. Iwouldn't worry about height  wise if it is just a pleasure rider but weight can be an issue. I have had to have that hard conversation with several people before and it can be awkward

destin - disk herniation and sciatica issues sound way worse. I'm just being a weeny having to watch other people do things that I would rather do myself. I am not in terrible pain or anything. I imagine that you have to deal with both the irritation of needing 'help' and some very real excruciating pain. i hope they keep you on some feel good meds. not fun at all.

if you wanted my lamancha buck and I could get him to you he'd be yours in about 3 days after he breeds one more girl! not realistic I suppose. I was debating last nite about what to do after that. I don't feel comfortable giving him away like i did the boer. he is too aggressive. If his behaviour were to continue I will not even keep him myself. I don't want to have any animal that regards anyone in my family as a rival.  my husband doesn't want to put him down. because he doesn't want to dig a hole or butcher his nasty stinky body for dog food! and i am not in a position to do it myself. I think I am going to call the vet tommorrow to see what he would charge me to come out and castrate him after he breeds this last doe. after some of the testosterone dwindeled it  would just take a load off my mind to turn him out with the herd where I dont' have to expect anyone else to deal with him and he won't be jumping fences and getting every doe within the square mile pregnant! i cant' deny those lamancha ears!
 
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