Homesteading

February……

It has been quite the month. I am guessing God thought we needed to catch up on moisture here in our area.

2 weeks ago we got about 10 inches of snow.

Last week we got some more snow, several more inches.

This week, over an inch of rain has fallen in the last 24 hours. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but it is enough to cause our frozen ground to not let the melting snow and new rain seep down and cause quite a bit of flooding. There are several roads around here that have been closed due to flooding.

Many yards are swimming in water. Including mine.

It looks so messy and muddy. I like better the beauty of the fresh snow. Right now, we have dirty snow. Muddy ground. Dirty water. Almost like “Mud Month” has come a little early.
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The poor horses are doing well despite the weather. Their pasture is a muddy, icy mess. But they have hay to eat so they are fine. Once the frost comes out of the ground though, they will have to be moved somewhere else!! The chickens are happy and are beginning to lay well again. Even my Ameracauna’s have started up again!! The rabbits are doing well- though the rabbit house is GROSS!! As soon as it warms up more, that house is getting a good scrubbing!! 3 will be butchered soon and I just bred the pair again so next month we will have another litter.

Here we are almost through February already. Time to get ready to have babies on the farm!! I am working on my chick order- I am thinking Turkeys again too. I am a little worried about raising them again, since last year we lost so many to the fox and coyote. I have some ideas in mind. Like changing our fencing and using some of the electrified wires. And building new and improved chicken tractors, I think with wire bottoms. (here are 2 affiliate links I added so you can see some of what I am thinking. If you click on them, you will see more of the description and I will also receive a small amount.)



I have ordered some new plants for this year. Some things that will help to use up some of that water problem we have in the front yard. I will write about all that at some point, as it will be one of our bigger projects. Right now, we are planning on doing a dry river bed to help pull the water into one area and then excavating some of the area around it. The stakes you see in my pictures is where we are hoping to put the river bed. Adding some of the trees I ordered should help make it look nice but also pull out some of the excess water.

Chicken babies. Turkey babies. Rabbit babies… Looking at some goat babies too..

Should be a fun spring!! What are you looking forward to as winter dies down??

Blessings,

Vicki

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natural health

My Naturopathic Journey Through These Health Challenges

As most of you know, I have been dealing with some health issues for way too freakin long!!

The Doctors call it Gastritis, which, I would agree with. But I also had my gallbladder out in October and have been also dealing with the consequences of that. I guess what can happen after a gallbladder removal is that for months or even years later, you can have food and digestive issues, like I have been having.

I have been seeing a holistic Doctor, Nichole is her name. She has been amazing- truly amazing. I have given her quite the challenge to be sure. I have not been the easiest patient for her as all my issues have been hidden and not dealt with for some time now. But she is helping me get to the roots of these issues and for that, I am thankful!

I wrote about Gastritis and what the Medical doctors have been doing about it, but I haven’t really written much about this side of things. I guess I was a little nervous about it.

Well here I go…

Last summer, we had quite the challenges happening all at the same time. Some of them were Hubby having Lymes and Son#6 having Mononucleosis. I sent Hubby to a holistic doc that had been recommended to me several times. She was awesome and got him back on track. I think that the 2 things, medical and holistic seemed to have helped him kick it out. So far, he has been doing pretty well. He will get rechecked later this month.

I made an appointment for myself as well because I just wasn’t feeling well. But couldn’t really put my finger on why. That was right before my Son #1’s wedding. I waited til after that to start her recommendations.

I spent September laid out on the couch. I had trouble with acid reflux. I didn’t feel well. I had zero energy. I took long naps. It was not pretty. I thought I was just exhausted from the summers stresses, so I just let my body rest.

At that first appointment, she found that I had several food allergies, several flu viruses that were just “hanging out”, and Epstein Barr virus-(causes Mononucleosis.) And parasites. Along with lots of other stuff. She chose to just focus on the things I mentioned to start with. It seemed like a good plan.

Through September that is what I dealt with.

But then, in October, my digestive system just stopped. I had pain in my belly- severe pain that was diagnosed as a gallbladder problem. That led to my gallbladder being removed. My digestive system would not work properly without lots of help and food was a huge issue both before the gallbladder and after.

I went back to her and found that for some reason, my stomach lining just got irritated. Very irritated. Then is where I found out that I was allergic to most foods. Gallic acid which is in 80% of our foods is specifically what I was allergic to. My liver and gallbladder would not do what they needed to do. My stomach was on FIRE. Most foods would either go straight on back out, or cause terrible stomach pain and bloating.

So I went on a strict diet of bland foods. Oatmeal. Applesauce. White rice. Small amounts of meats- sometimes. Bananas. Dairy was a problem food so no eggs or cottage cheese. I made chicken broths and turkey broths and beef broths and then I could do some soups. I juiced produce. But I had to be careful what I put in.

Still am mostly on that, but I have expanded my diet somewhat.

Later on in an accidental appointment- supposed to be for Hubby- a little mix up.. whoops- we found that I had several tick diseases also. Not Lymes, but some of the other ones. There are LOTS of them!

So now here I am- I have or had, parasites, tick diseases, food allergies, flu viruses, Epstein Barr virus, liver and gallbladder issues, stomach and bowel issues. Oh I almost forgot the yeast and fungal infections.

UGH……

No wonder I feel like crap.

I have been asking the Medical Docs for some help with this stuff and they have given me all they can. Basically they look at my blood work and say, you are fine. Nothing shows up in the blood. I am on Pantoprazole to help with the stomach acid, which has helped in that area at least. The rest, they don’t really know what to do with me about. I was told, “these things take time”. Which, is true. Yes. I didn’t get into this spot in a day, so it’s gonna take some time to get through it.

I have also asked about having a blockage in my liver, I guess that happens often in gallbladder patients. To be fair, I have asked my holistic doc as well and we hadn’t found it yet.

Well today, at the holistic doc, most of the rest of the issues have been dealt with. The parasites and tick diseases still need some work, but the rest seems to have been dealt with- thank goodness. But she also found that my liver is not processing stuff like it should. Like it’s blocked with either sludge or stones.

Hallelujah!!!!

Finally!!!

Now it seems that is why so many things were stuck. My liver doesn’t seem to be processing things correctly. Finally- we are getting somewhere!! How long this has been going on, I have no idea. But I could say it’s been awhile.

I am just excited that we finally figured out what is likely the main problem. Hopefully, from here, things will only get better.

Thank goodness.

Blessings,

Vicki