No one is dead and everything is fixable. So, there’s that. But I have to say, there is a huge pang of guilt happening in my heart right now for Norma Jean.
We got home last night. This morning, I went out to feed and she ran up to me with her big eyes – looking hopeful. Really, really hopeful.
?? “What’s up Norma?” And then I stopped in my tracks.
Norma had huge bloody scabs on both of her shoulders and both of her upper and lower legs (above and below her whinny socks). It was her donkey psoriasis on megadrive. Flies, weeping scabs, blood – totally gross. My poor donkey. My poor, poor, perfectly sweet and wonderful donkey.
I didn’t take ‘before’ pics because all I wanted to do was fix it right away. I ran inside, got her psoriasis bucket, warm water and sponges – and went to work. Norma stood there, stoic, happy that someone was finally helping her.
Now, she is fly free, all of her wounds have been washed, cleaned and treated. She has gobs of THE BALM all over her skin, soothing the itch and pain. Tomorrow, I will change out her socks and keep the healing cycle going.
Norma didn’t have any issues when I left. But, I put on her socks anyway, just in case, because we heard that the weather was going to get very hot while we were gone. The heat and flies aggravate her donkey psoriasis.
I set up their misting fan. They had tons of shavings. Norma and Dodger were set.
The issue here – was the helper. Sweet girl. She fed twice a day and filled the waters, and watched the house… but she didn’t pay attention. She just didn’t see it. I cannot fathom how she missed it, but she did. Maybe she was concentrating on my feeding list instead of the actual animal. Dunno.
I’m sure if I showed her the pics, she would be mortified. I know she meant well.
MOVING ON FROM BLAME AND GUILT
So, Norma will have extra, extra special attention for the next few weeks as she heals. And, maybe that’s good. I tend to spend special time with those who are more vocal. Norma is always so quiet and sweet… time to spend time.
I was happy to see her smile back – once I was done.