has grown here at Team Schoonover Farm. So not only is our largest, main nighttime coyote barking and scumbag intimidating “guard” dog out of the lineup, now our main fixer-upper, hay hauling, beagle whispering, greenhouse tending player is out too.
Tom fell off the top of a pile of scrap metal on a trailer yesterday afternoon. There was a special at Skagit Recycling yesterday, $300 per ton for scrap metal. Apparently there were long lines and the local news media there. This is considered big excitement here in Skagit County. I was excited because I was going to get rid of some junk. So we were scrounging around finding stuff that was too inaccessible when we were initially hauling tons of junk (literally) out of here when we bought the place. I ended up falling twice into waist deep mud going after some metal. Here is Tom pulling the scrap from out back to the front yard.
After some rearranging, Tom was on top of the pile to compress it so he could get it strapped down. Well he fell, and his left shoulder and ribs hit some of the metal on the deck of the trailer. I then had turned and watched as he barely missing hitting his head on a metal beam and ended up flipping over and landing on his feet. But he was really hurting. He sat down for a bit before he could tell me where. I was initially thinking I might need to call 911. But once the dust settled I figured out that it was his left shoulder and ribs that were hurting but he was having trouble breathing too. But it was from the pain in taking a breath, not from having any difficulty bringing in air. So I washed the mud off me, called the doctor’s office, loaded him into the truck and brought him to the clinic. We then went to get X-rays. They showed that he had torn the ligaments of the joint between the collarbone and the shoulder-blade and caused some separation there (the AC joint). He also cracked a rib (fracture). So he is out of the lineup for 2-4 weeks and if thing do not improve then he will need surgery and be out for longer. We may not make the playoffs.
To end on a happier note, here are cute goat kids basking in a sun beam in the barn yesterday.