Today Dr. Weaver adjusted Natural for the third time. He sounded much more optimistic this visit, saying his hip bones were more level/even prior to the exam. And that he looked fairly relaxed while grazing. When I said, "But! I'm not seeing progress in his mobility." His answer: soft tissue surrounding a trauma takes a long time to heal. And this time when he placed the acupuncture needles in following the chiropractic adjustment he left them for 60-90 (?) seconds, twirled them, then twirled them again until he was satisfied Natural had relaxed.
He's hoping to be out in another three weeks.
My naturopath, Suzy, had suggested I use essential oils corresponding to pain relief while giving the boy massages. I double checked with Dr. Weaver and he concurred massages are still the right course. He sees a naturopath himself and was absolutely in favor of the oils. I'm using Young Living's Relieve It currently.
Gosh, perhaps I'm not wasting my money after all.
Jo, at the barn who owns Justin - Natural's long-term buddy, reminded me that if I wasn't doing everything I could afford to do I would tear myself apart with guilt later. And she's right. My boy has been a pretty easy-keeper over the years and deserves what I can do now. As long as I'm seeing improvement.
This from a recent visit on a Sunday afternoon.
Here is Apollo and Natch. Natural and Justin warmed up to Apollo when he came to the herd and now Jo and I kid that Apollo is their guardian. Yes, he's a b-i-g boy. Hopefully he keeps the bullies away.
But he can sure sneak up behind you, put his head over your shoulder and ask politely for carrots.