Feeding Pips her daily herbal medicine.
Recently had a baby alpaca get accidentally kicked by a horse. Her front foot/leg was shattered at the joint, and open and bleeding. It was going to cost $3000+ for surgery, so the owners were going to have to put her down. Perhaps I’ve been reading too much James Herriot, or maybe it is the internal desire and struggle to live self-sufficiently in all aspects of my life, but I asked to have the little babe to put down myself or do whatever I’d like with.
I feel fairly comfortable with the insides of animals from my practice skinning and home tanning roadkill hides these last couple years. I’ve never been a fan of hospitals, (for multiple ethical, economical and social reasons) but, my father is a doctor and I have been able to glean a bit from that world view as well.
My partner is an herbalist and we’ve been doing our best to treat our personal ailments, injuries and general health with the medicine of the Plants and from the earth.
Finally, I live in the appalachian Mountains and am inspired by the independence of the old timers and true mountain men&women of these hills and hollers. Before the luxuries of today, they met each challenge, with whatever wisdom, learning and recklessness as someone who has only what is in front of them.
I would like to be a man who can accomplish whatever is set in front of him. I named the cria, Pipsissewa, an herb which derives its name from the Cree (a native tribe of Canada) term ‘pipsisikweu’ which translated into English literally means ‘it breaks into small pieces’. I did my quick research, talked to my father on the phone about breaks and amputations and to Heather about how to plan an herbal treatment for Pipsissewa.
I decided to amputate 8 days ago. It happened on the day before the blood moon and I am grateful for Spirit and guidance and all plant and animal Teachers.
She stays with her mother most of the time, with her lower joint wrapped around her upper joint, so she does not put pressure on the wound. We are primarily cleaning the injury with goldenseal and covering with a pine pitch salve. Everyday she gets a boneset infusion with goldenseal, astragulus, and oregon grape tincture. Every other day I bring her home for a few hours, milk her mother and mix it with molasses and a slightly modified formula of the daily medicine.
She is recovering rapidly and has learned how to do all the things that baby crias do, when they are young and playful, with her three and 1/2 legs. I’ll be actively monitoring her for the next month or two, to make sure the wound heals and has not begun to get infected. So far, so good. Would appreciate all prayers, energies and songs of love. Aho!