It appears that living right can do good things. And the young coyote is alive and well - she was not euthanized, but instead released, due to a catch-and-release program!
Today was my annual physical, and I passed with high flying colors. Such adjectives as: phenomenal, amazing, beautiful, and several others were used. I was told again that my doctor has fully realized that there is a Vit D deficiency across the county - he used the word "epidemic" - where have I heard that before? Incidentally, mine is again down to 65, so I will increase my intake again from 8,000 to 10,000 for a while. My level seems to go up or down as my diligence - unwitting or not - ebbs and flows.
We did well enough at the National show, bringing home nine ribbons. But it was the same barn where we were at our very first Nationals in 1983, and met again with old friends, some of whom have children who were there with their own goats.
And how am I progressing? I took an abx "holiday" for the Nationals time, stopping two of my five abx. That was ok during the time I was off of them, though I never stopped the supps. When we returned home about four weeks ago on Sunday night, I took up the reins again and went back to my previous schedule. About an hour later, I dropped the reins, fell off my horse, and lay in a stupor for about two weeks. If I had had any idea that I was going to pay such a price for my "holiday", I would not have taken it! But it gave me the idea of taking one of my Rifampin doses in the middle of the night, which has paid off amazingly. I have always cautioned about Rifampin being serious stuff, but had gotten sloppy and was cutting the post one hour to 45 or 50 minutes instead. I am now getting all it has to offer and when I take my second dose later in the day, I make certain to go a full hour before eating. I really wonder if it is possible that this is using more Vit D. I have changed nothing else. Liver functions are perfectly normal.
Next month I have a bone scan. Snce I have been off calcium supps and bone-builders like Fosamax for several years and had osteo-pinea, I am looking forward to the results. My Vit D is much, much higher than then.