Tom is back, a snake bite and harvesting
Tom is back from Jordan! He arrived last Sunday, very tired after a short night, long travel and little sleep. He will tell you all about his adventures soon, I am sure! We spent the last couple of days catching up on things, trying to get our heads around what the priorities are!
Last Monday we were happy to have our 2 year old grandson here with us for the day. While he and Tom were picking macadamias, our Jack Russell cross was bitten nearby by a red belly black snake. He was bitten on the snout, and had trouble walking and was panting. We called the vet, but antivenom and snake bite care is more than $2,000, money we just don’t have. So I quickly gave Bandit (the snake bitten dog) 2 charcoal capsules internally and rubbed charcoal into the bite site. He has been sick the past couple of days, but has survived so far. I am a bit worried about renal failure, as that is a common thing to happpen with black snake bites. His urine has been red to black in colour, I believe the charcoal has bound to the poison and is being excreted through the kidneys. Charcoal absorbs about 50x its own weight in poison. Bandit has had reasonably normal coloured poops, it is just his urine that is out of whack. He was unable to hold any water or food down for the past few days, but we have been giving him small amounts of water with a siringe regularly and will give him a little chicken broth a bit later. He is a bit better today, but it may take a while for him to get over this one! He got over a paralysis tick last year, he is a tough little nut!
Yesterday we did some harvesting, chokos, tomatoes, chillies, eggplants, beans and bananas. Two of the banana bunches are sold to the local shop, I blanched the beans and froze them for later use and Marlon (our son) made a yummy chutney from the chillies and tomatoes. The rest is being stored for use. I am very happy to have Marlon in the kitchen, it is great that he is keen to do some experimenting with preserves! I am also making some pickled lime, I cut and salted 50 limes yesterday! The process will take about 3 weeks, I will keep you informed as we go.
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