Leah’s Surgery

Leah soaking feet May 2015

I noticed a swelling on one of Leah’s feet, and chicken-researcher that I am, I was very suspicious of bumblefoot, an infection that is common to chickens and other poultry. First step, after a closer inspection when I discovered both feet had a problem, was a nice foot soak in warm water with Epsom salts. Leah enjoyed her foot spa time.

Leah bumblefoot May 2015

After the soak, Leah’s feet were sparkling clean and the scabs were soft. She settled down on Man’s lap while I used a scapel to remove the scabs. No pictures of that process because some people are squeamish (I don’t mean you), but I will tell you she fell asleep in the middle of it. I guess a nap is to be expected after a relaxing spa time, especially while being gently held by a Trusted Man and quiet music is playing in the background.

Leah foot wrapped May 2015

The wound was cleansed with povidone-iodine, treated with triple antibiotic ointment, and covered with a nonstick gauze pad. You may not be able to see the wrap that is holding the gauze pad in place.

Leah after surgery May 2015

And there she is! All done, and out free-ranging! We’ll check her feet every few days and change her dressings after she has a little spa session.


About Jaye Bee

Story-teller and Author My stories: Pink Baby Alligator is a children's early reader book and is a semi-finalist in the 2018 Royal Palm Literary Awards; Sweet Deal Sealed is a novella. Both books are available on Amazon. The Girl Who Saw Clouds is a YA crossover novel and will be published in June! I Always Wanted to Be a Spy, a mystery thriller, is in second-ish draft. I live on a farm with Farmer Man, two dogs, and fifty-five chickens. Follower of Jesus. Thou shalt not plagiarize. (See Commandment #8)
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2 Responses to Leah’s Surgery

  1. Victoria L. Collins says:

    … to the least of these … One of my first adventures in healing ministry was washing the feet of the priest who was Perry’s rector at the time. He was in intense pain and was scheduled for surgery for heel spurs. He sent me a note many years later saying he was still completely healed and pain-free. I think about feet often, centering on Maunday Thursday and on the Gospel record of Jesus’ feet being washed with tears and anointed with costly ointment. Interestingly, many depictions of the crucifixion show Mary Magdalene clinging to the feet of Jesus! We are called to this love; it is a high calling indeed . . .

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