So you know how it goes....once you get one pet others follows One of our therapists offered a hen house and three more hens. She told me one of the chickens had seemed to have hurt her leg. I saw the chicken when we went to pick them up and she was alert and eating but limping. Well once we got them home, that chicken continued to get worse.
Jon & I had to go out of town for a funeral and before we left, I noticed Dumpling had the same symptoms! After looking it up I guessed they had Maerk disease-it's fatal in chickens. Some birds are vaccinated against it in the egg before they are hatched or immediately after. I could only guess the other two girls were from a breeder that did that. While we were gone the sick chicken died and Dumpling got worse.
In the scheme of life I know a chicken's death is NOT a big deal! In fact in the scheme of MY life a chicken's death should not be much of a big deal as I have so many things to deal with. But I've enjoyed Dumpling and her funny little non chicken acting self since she was hanging out at our church & I hated that there was no treatment that could be done. But it just made me very sad and I felt guilty bringing the sick chicken home although it really just looked like an injury.
Anyhow I had to go and do errands last week and in the course of my day I had to drop off our church's end of the year paperwork to our church's accountant. He & his wife just had a big scare with the health of their son and they had anointed him with oil and prayed for him. They were testifying to me about the good report they'd gotten from the doctor. Believe it or not I had felt "impressed' to anoint the chicken with oil and pray for her too (I know I sound FLAKY!) but I went home and did it. The very next morning Dumpling was walking normally!!!!
The girl on the top left is Ginger - then Dumpling is on the right looking at the camera. The little fluffy one is called Frenchie but I usually call her Fluffy LOL
I don't understand this but I'm grateful to the Lord! I'm going through some major trying times on several levels and for some reason this was just "the straw that broke the camel's back for me" It was affecting me too much! I'm grateful to God for healing Dumpling and giving my heart a little boost! Certainly naysayers could say I misdiagnosed her but I'm pretty confident i did not, Maerk's causes something like a palsy and lots of shaking. That's what Sunshine ( the one who died) ended up doing. Dumpling was doing the same thing and could barely stumble even a few steps. It makes my heart happy to see her running towards me every day:)
Changing the subject.....A friend of ours gave us some glass art and we finally got it up on the porch. I just love it! Of course I'm sure it will have to be taken down next summer for a hurricane or two!
Jon and I have a goal of going to all the State Parks in Florida. We keep a park pass and love going to some close by but we are expanding out! On our way up to the funeral we stopped at Rainbow River State Park. It was gorgeous and just right to spend a couple of hours walking around
Then we went to the Devils' Millhopper Geological State Park which is a huge sinkhole.
Sinkholes are so scary to me. We have friends who built the most amazing house right on a sinkhole. They have a balcony that is over it. It's gorgeous but I couldn't sleep at night if I lived there. We noticed right outside the park, there was a housing development. You couldn't give me a house in that development!!! Living in Florida means we all live over potential sinkholes and that is so scary to me!!! A few years ago just maybe 25 miles south of us a sinkhole caved in under a house and swallowed a man, they never could retrieve his body!!! That just freaks me out! So Sinkholes are one of my many fears...another fear is finding a snake in my toilet at night LOL what can I say I live in Florida!
So anyhow I'm grateful for all the good things in life and how God can give us a little encouragemnet in dark days. If you think of me say a little prayer- I could use it!