Land O'Lakes Rescue Petting Farm
Up-date from Donna Smith
I wish to give an up-date on the farm and some news we have been dealing with on Barry's health. The farm animals are all doing well and are all in good health. It has been a cold winter and we have had issues with our water freezing and have had to bring water by the pail full from the house to the barn. So far we have paid for our hay and grain up to-date. We are in need of more hay by the end of the week. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, we are suffering with short of funds. This year either Barry or I have not been able to work to bring in those extra funds to help support this farm.
Barry has been dealing with some serious health issues and has been in and out of the hospital since October. He has been diagnosed with a decease called Polymyositis and Body Inclusion . It is a decease that causes his own immune system to eat away his muscel tissues in his body. He had lost 50 Lbs in two months. He became very week, his air-wave would not shut when eating and would cause food and liquid to go into his lungs. It took KGH a few weeks to figure out what he had. Only 6 in every 100,000 are diagnosed with this decease. Once they diagnosed it, they were able to treat him with a high amount of Prednisone. Unfortunately, the prednisone would kill his immune system, raise his blood sugars levels, cause high and low blood pressure levels, imsomnia and irritability. Barry than suffered a heart attack. He was again admitted to the hospital. They lowered his prednisone and changed his blood pressure medicine. Barry was discharged. Within one week, Barry suffered another major heart attack. He was in L & A County Hospital in Napanee, but has now been transfered to Ottawa Civic Hospital Heart Institute. Barry still remains in hospital and needs a quad By-Pass. Unfortunately due to the Poly decease, Barry is too weak and can not with stand this operation at this time.They are trying to lower the Prednisone at 5 units per week, but need to keep a close eye on it, because the Poly decease could come back at full force. The plan is to lower it to approx. 15 units/day, hopefully do a single by-pass through his side and then up the prednisone back to levels to keep the poly decease under control. It is a very touchy situation and we are praying he does not have another heart attack before they can preform surgery. Barry may not be able to withstand one more heart attack. With out Barry's immune system, he is open to infections and may not survive this operation.
Due to Barry's health, he will not be at the farm for some time. Any one wishing to visit Barry or call him, is welcome to do so. His number at the hospital is (613 696-7000 Ext.15770) Please call him prior to visiting or you may call the farm at any time for up-dates. I will try and up-date on facebook as much as I can.
I spend 5 hours/day at the farm. My boys try to do what they can after school and on weekends. They have not been able to visit Barry. Every winter, I usually take on a job to help sustain the farm, but due to my time at the farm and assisting with his health, looking after my family and visiting Barry occationally, I just can not take on a job at this time. The farm is suffering financial stress. Even though we have paid for our hay and grain to-date, we need to purchase more hay and grain, pay off some vet bills, hydro and property taxes. We are asking for your assistance once again and hope you can help in either volunteering a few hours a week at the farm or donating. Below is a list of things that we need;
Donation of cash
Kitty Litter (Scoopable)
Dry Cat food (14 Cats)
Rabbit Food(15 Rabbits)
Grain for all other animals at the farm. (We have an account set up at TCO in Selby for cash donations towards feed)
Shavings for bedding
Volunteers to help at the farm
Fund Raising Volunteers - Start your own or join a volunteer group
Beer, Liquor & Pop Can donations (Drop off at farm or in Kingston)
****We want to thank all those who have donated in the past few months. Your generosity has been able to sustain this farm to date.Thank you for your continued support and making this farm important to you and your family.****
Donna Smith with our Children and these wonderful Animals