Recreational Drugs

No blowouts this time and our faithful diesel cruised to the show. But the fair people had forgotten to stop the entries at the usual limit of 300 goats, so we were crowded at 480. We have French Alpines and the basic Alpine philosophy is that the last one left standing is the winner so we were very busy with keeping everyone occupied with something to do. Treats, new hay often, back scratches, peanuts, and for the really determined basher, a little water in the face - the penultimate insult.

We took our 11 milkers, 3 dry yearlings, and 2 kids. Snarfi's little sister, Senza, a 2 year old, went Grand Champion and Best of Breed and Leah, a March kid, went Jr. Champion. We were thrilled. We both showed in every class in which we had animals. I was on low-dose flagyli and when my vertigo made me grab the fence I said I was on recreational drugs. That brought things up a little short for a minute. Most people there know what I am doing and watch my missteps with humor, but that was news to a few people. So that led to a few more conversations and I hope some new eyes on our site. We also got Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor. And a good time was had by all.

We arrived home at 3 AM after a 13 hour day of showing, a 4 hour drive, then milked and got a nap. Richard was off to meet with his new medical student, I went to the barn and here I am. (I love this captive audience where I can brag and brag!) The state fair is in 2 weeks and will finish this year's showing and I can try applied flagyl for real. Oh, boy.

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

Rica, Well done to you

Rica, Well done to you Richard and your prize goats.  What amazing stamina...  Any chance of a picture of the prizewinners?   

Michele (UK) GFAi: Wheldon CAPi 1st May 2006. Daily Doxyi, Azi MWF, metroi pulse. Zoo keeper for Ella, RRMSi, At worse EDSSi 9, 3 months later 7 now 5.5 Wheldon CAP 16th March 2006

Michèle (UK) GFAi: Wheldon CAPi 1st May 2006. Daily Doxyi, Azi MWF, metroi pulse.

ABXii not for wimps While

ABXi not for wimps

While Kim and I wait to hear back from the 2 doctors we have approached with the "notebook".  Oh, BTW, both seem receptive but need to digest the info and work out an initial plan to help us.  So while we are in "wait" mode, I printed up and read your entire blog.  I love it and will get Kim a nice copy tonight.  I know nothing about goats, but got stuck taking care of my sister's pony for a couple years when I was a kid in rural VA.  The pony and I did not get along.  Sounds like your goats love you.  I think Kim will really appreciate how you've described the ups and downs and how things felt.  Kim's done Novantrone which is also not for wimps and I hope that her experience with chemo will carry her through much of the tough parts you have described.

My favorite part of your blog is 12/16/2005 when you write, "My conviction is total that I have a chance (maybe one) to get some of me back.  I will do everything possible not to jeopardize that, and I want to see how much."

I cried.  I read this to Kim and cried again.  You have captured the the essense of what this is all about, and it brings me tears of hope and joy each time I read it.  Thank you.  Ken 

In pursuit of ABX<

Don't Allow What You Know To Get In The Way Of What Might Be

Ken - Great post - I have

Ken - Great post - I have read Rica's story too many times to count.  It and others here have sustained me through some very very dark days and nights.  Funny, though I never caught the quote you wrote above. 

"I have a chance (maybe one) to get some of me back".  - Wow - I cried too, just now reading this. 

 You, as a fellow caregiver, may feel the same way I do, that all the work and crazyness we do to try to pursue this chance is worth it . 

It's the only hope we have to just get some of our spouses back.  I would love for my husband to just get a little - any really - of himself back! 

Daisy-Caregiver- Balo's Concentric Sclerosis. Began CAPi 5/10/07. Doxyi 200 mg, Minoi 100 BIDi 9-1, AZI 250 QDi 9-10, AZI 375 QD 10-22, Rifampin 300mg QD 10-15, NACi 2400 mg, HD Flagyli Pulses, Novantrone, Prednisone

Daisy - Husband on CAPi 5/07.  Husband died from Acute Myelogenous Leukemia Secondary to the Infusion of Novantrone.  Ie - the treatment with the conventional MSi drugs killed him.

Daisy on her own CAP 11/2012. 

Congratulations on the

Congratulations on the awards, Rica! You must have a superb herd of goats. It also sounds like you have plenty of stamina these days!! I'm glad it all went so well. Janet On CAPi since June 2006 for high blood pressure">i, nasal allergies, restless legs, memory and cognitive problems. Currently: Doxyi 200 mg/day; Azith 250 mg 3X/wk; Flagyli pulses every three weeks 400 mg 3X/day for 5 days
On CAPi from June 2006 to July 2008 for high blood pressure">i, nasal allergies, restless legs, memory and cognitive problems. On intermittent CAP from July 2008 to August 2009. Currently: using RIFE Machine and under treatment with a Naturopath, symptom free

Wow weeee Rica.. What a haul

Wow weeee Rica..

What a haul for hardware & glory! & it is a good weekend at the show when everything goes smoothly.

Blessings

Ruth

CFIDSi/ME 25yrs, FMSi, IBSi, EBVi, Cpni, (insomnia - melatonin">i, GABA, tarazadone, temazepam, novocyclopine, allergy formula, 2 gm tryptophan), Natural HRT peri-M, NACi 2.5 gm, 6-07 Doxy 200 mg day pm, Azith 375 mg M/W/Fday, 9-30-07 2nd pulse 1 X 250 mg Metroi<

CFIDSi/ME, FMSi, MCS, IBSi, EBVi, CMV, Cpni, H1, chronic insomnia, Chronic Lyme, HME, Babesia, Natural HRT-menopause, NAC 2.4 gm,Full CAP 6-2-07, all supplementsi+Iodorol, Inositol-depression, ultra Chitosan, L lysine Pulse#27 04-19-10 1gm Flagyli/day-5 days<

Rica, that latest haul of

Rica, that latest haul of medals must make you both feel so happy, when you think how things might have been!.........SarahSmile
  
An Itinerary in Light and Shadow  
Finished Stratton/Wheldon regime for aggressive secondary progressive MSi in June 2007, after four years, three of which intermittent.   Still slowly improving with no exacerbation since starting. EDSSi was 7, now 2, less on a good day.
Completed Stratton/Wheldon regime for aggressive secondary progressive MSi in June 2007, after four years, three of which intermittent.   Still improving bit by bit and no relapses since finishing treatment.

It's always inspiring to

It's always inspiring to read about your successes Rica, whether in or out of the ring. Congrats also to that sweet husband of yours! -kk2

 

On Wheldon regime [Doxyi, Azith, and Flagyli]  for rrmsi since October '05.  EDSSi was 6.5, now 5.5.  United States.

Wheldon Protocol for rrmsi since Oct '05.  Added LDN 4.5mg qhs Oct '07.  All supp's.  Positive IGGi's for Lyme Disease,Babesia, & Erlichiosis Sept. 2008.  Currently:  Mepron 750mg bid and Azithromycin 250mg qdi for Babesia.

Congratulations - sounds

Congratulations - sounds like a lot of fun - let us know how the State Fair goes! On Wheldon protocol for MSi since April, 2006.  doxyi 200 mgs daily, zithromax 250 mgs 3x/ week , Flagyli Pulses start end Sept., LDNi 2004

5oo mgs Ceftin 2 x/day, 500 mgs Zithromax, 500 mgs 2 x tinii pulses,100 mg diflucan, 4.5 ldni; Wheldon protocol for MSi April, 2006 to May 2008. 2008 MRI shows NO NEW DISEASE ACTIVITY, 2012 MRI no new disease activity.

Rica - You ROCK!  Congrats

Rica - You ROCK! 

Congrats on another great show!

Daisy-Caregiver- Balo's Concentric Sclerosis. Began CAPi 5/10/07. Doxyi 200 mg, Minoi 100 BIDi 9/1/07, AZI 250mg QDi 9/10/07, NACi 1800 mg, HD Flagyli Pulses, Novantrone, Prednisone & daily lb of supplementsi.

Daisy - Husband on CAPi 5/07.  Husband died from Acute Myelogenous Leukemia Secondary to the Infusion of Novantrone.  Ie - the treatment with the conventional MSi drugs killed him.

Daisy on her own CAP 11/2012. 

Congratulations!  Those are

Congratulations!  Those are some mighty big honors and you have worked hard to get them.   

CAPi for M.S. since 8/2007. Currently: 200 mg Dox. Waiting to start Zithi & Flagyli.

CAPi for M.S. 8/2007 - 3/2009.  Twentieth pulse metronidazolei + INHi completed 3/12/2009.  Intermittent treatment thereafter until 11/20/2009.  

Rica, The 'captive

Rica, The 'captive audience' has been holding their breath waiting for the results! Congratulations, again!

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.  Mohandas Gandhi

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. Mohandas Gandhi