A Quick Howdy….

☆ April 14, 2015

Hi All ~ As of this past weekend, I am *finally* feeling like myself again and capable of more than just napping…. hallelujah! Blooming with the spring and so glad of it. For those wondering, I’m taking NP Thyroid by Acella. It’s a dessicated thyroid prescription and I’m feeling great with it. I’m on a course of steroids at the moment because my voice is still MIA and I have a speech coming up. My doctor believes the issue is residual inflammation and perfectly natural considering my thyroid was the biggest and funkiest he’s seen in the U.S. over the course of his career. I can talk, just not very loudly. Hopefully, that part of me will be a bit stronger by the end of the week.

Items of note – I’m loving Instagram…. I joined in a fit of frustration at feeling trapped in/by my body and am SO glad I did. I look at the pictures of everyone who’s joined me there and it’s just awesome to get a glimpse into your lives and eyes! You can find my pictures here.

Shop update later this week, hopefully tomorrow…. feathers, stone, and sterling, along with some super vintage finds and a few more incredible treasures from my jewelry box.

I have a long post half-written and I hope to get back into the blogging groove again soon……

Charlie is eight years old!


39 Responses to “A Quick Howdy….”

  1. Sheri Nugent
    April 14th, 2015 @ 8:28 am

    So glad you are feeling better! Finally! Happy Birthday Charlie. 8 incredible years of love.

  2. Denise
    April 14th, 2015 @ 8:30 am

    Happy 8th year Charlie!!! Rock on! :)

    Glad to hear you are feeling better Shreve. I’m thinking another book by you in the future, yes? But no pressure. :) It’s just that you are a great writer!!!

    You guys take care and journey on! :)

  3. MJ
    April 14th, 2015 @ 8:33 am

    I don’t always follow your blog, but I do follow your twitter feed, which lead me to this post. What you said about your voice struck me having worked as a speech pathologist for 10 years. Thyroidectomy is associated with vocal cord paralysis/paresis. If one of your vocal cords is not functioning, it will leave you with a very breathy, weak voice. I hope your doctor looked at your larynx with an endoscope (or mirror) to be sure prior to prescribing steroids. If it is paralysis/paresis, steroids will not help restore your voice, though there is a quick procedure (injection laryngoplasty) that will. Get yourself to an otolaryngologist if you can: http://www.wyomingotolaryngology.com/

  4. Carole Alderman
    April 14th, 2015 @ 8:36 am

    Happy birthday Charlie. What a beautiful animal he is and I have enjoyed his photos and adventures since he was little. Glad you are on the mend from your thyroid adventure. Good luck to you and all of your beloved animals. Carole

  5. Prairie girl
    April 14th, 2015 @ 8:37 am

    Happy Birthday, Charlie!
    Happy healing!
    Your speech in a whisper…it’ll be amazing either way. (Even tho I know nothing about the subject…haha)
    I’m STILL smiling after reading ‘I smell like a horse. Which is far better than smelling like a person.’
    Gosh, that belongs on a t-shirt, Shreve! :)

  6. MJ
    April 14th, 2015 @ 8:48 am

    Billings also has an otolaryngology office that can see you for a voice problem: http://www.entabillings.com/voice/voice-disorders/

    I know you’re not a professional voice user per se, but having two functioning vocal cords also makes swallowing and lifting things much easier.

  7. shreve
    April 14th, 2015 @ 8:50 am

    MJ ~ we’re taking that step next, if need be. Because of distance and cost, it made sense to try steroids first.

  8. shreve
    April 14th, 2015 @ 8:59 am

    SN & CA ~ <3 <3

    D ~ Something is slowly emerging on that front! It feels good to want to tackle a book again. Thanks for your sweet words, I am stupidly insecure about my writing!

    PG ~ Ha!! (and thank you!!!)

  9. Ruth
    April 14th, 2015 @ 9:35 am

    Happy Birthday, Charlie! Still a Prince and a Clown! Shreve, be proactive about everything on your body! No one Values it like you do! Just sayin’!

  10. Amy
    April 14th, 2015 @ 9:53 am

    It’s Charlie’s birthday! Holla!


  11. shreve
    April 14th, 2015 @ 10:13 am

    A ~ HAHAhahahahahaahOMG you kill me every time

  12. Marla
    April 14th, 2015 @ 10:26 am

    Happy Birthday, Charlie!! Shreve, glad you are on the mend and feeling like yourself again.

  13. wright1
    April 14th, 2015 @ 11:58 am

    Glad to hear of your continuing recovery. And many happy returns to the Birthday ‘Yote!

  14. mj
    April 14th, 2015 @ 12:23 pm

    Too bad we can’t all raise our collective voices to sing Happy Birthday to Charlie and encourage him to howl in harmony:)

    You are a wonderful writer Shreve and any book you offer us would be a best seller, I’m sure.

  15. Theresa Szpila
    April 14th, 2015 @ 12:37 pm

    So glad to hear you’re starting to feel better and more energized! Good luck with the vocal chords. If you have to whisper your speech, so be it – let a microphone carry the load, not your tender/stiff vocal chords.

    And a big Happy Birthday to Charlie!! I can’t believe he’s eight years old – where has the time gone?

    Hugs and blessings to you and all the Farmily!

  16. Deborah
    April 14th, 2015 @ 2:21 pm

    HaPpY BiRtHdAy, Charlie!

    And continued healing everyday in every way, Shreve!
    Glad to hear you are on the mend and finding your energy/
    The farmily needs you!

  17. Gabriela & Leo
    April 14th, 2015 @ 2:24 pm

    Happy Birthday Charlie!!

  18. Melissa
    April 14th, 2015 @ 2:26 pm

    Happy Birthday Charlie!! :)

  19. Holly
    April 14th, 2015 @ 2:39 pm

    Happy Birthday Charlie…..so glad you are feeling like your old self Shreve. It always take awhile to come back from surgery, and let the medication do what it is supposed to do…keep healing, good luck with your speech.

  20. Debbie Lee
    April 14th, 2015 @ 4:35 pm

    So happy you are feeling better Shreve, Goodness Charlie is 8, fantastic. Keep getting well x

  21. Janet M
    April 14th, 2015 @ 4:36 pm

    Happy Birthday Charlie.

  22. Faye
    April 14th, 2015 @ 4:43 pm

    Yay for Charlie! Happy birthday to my favorite coyote!

    Shreve, be well! May you feel stronger and stronger.

  23. taffy
    April 14th, 2015 @ 7:23 pm

    Happiest Hoppiest birthday to Charlie!
    And many MANY more!
    Shreve your b’day is soon or it has past.
    Happy Birthday to you too!
    Everyday will get better and better. YAY!
    And another book? wow, your writing is wonderful and i can’t wait!!

  24. Nancy Sue rose
    April 14th, 2015 @ 8:15 pm

    Never commented before, but have been been receiving Daily Coyote for several years.
    Hope you healing continues, Shreve! I, too enjoy your writing.
    Happy eighth birthday, Charlie!!!!

  25. Deborah
    April 14th, 2015 @ 10:58 pm

    HBD Charlie! Loved his baby pics last week. My Oliver is the same age as Charlie; I’ll always know my dog’s age.

    So glad you’re recovering well & have found a drug that works for you. Keeping good thoughts for you, the farmily, and your continued healing.

    Love Instagram & your account. Instagram is a wonderful mashup of Twitter & Tumblr; you can post a pic and add words (or not); the pictures often speak for themselves. Yours certainly do.

    Thanks for sharing your amazing life & connections with the world.

  26. Sandy G.
    April 15th, 2015 @ 12:12 am

    It’s great that you are feeling much better, so glad to hear that. You are fortunate that they were able to excise that awful thyroid. You will be “fit as a fiddle” soon. I don’t think anything can keep you down for very long. Best wishes to you.

  27. Colleen G
    April 15th, 2015 @ 6:49 am

    I am so glad to hear that you are gaining your momentum again! I too am ready for that next book of yours :) Happy birthday to the most handsome coyote ever.

    I have been on Instagram for quite some time and love looking through everyone’s pictures, however, I had a few pictures on there that have disappeared, not sure why! Time for new ones!

  28. Susie B
    April 15th, 2015 @ 6:52 am

    Such Good News! Kick up those cowgirl heels and let out a teeny “yahoooo.” (Knew you would!) Happy blooming spring to you and the farmily kids.

  29. Patricia Long
    April 15th, 2015 @ 7:37 am

    I am so glad you are feeling better and I think your voice will return soon. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO CHARLIE! My cat, Annabella Pearl turned 8 in April also. I find your writing to be quite good. Most writers, I think, are insecure about their writing. To some extent it is a little like stage fright for an actor—you need a little anxiety to pump up the creativity or so it seems!

  30. Carol K
    April 15th, 2015 @ 10:47 am

    It just seems like yesterday that Charlie was a little pup. Thanks for all the wonderful pictures and words over the years. May there be many more.

  31. semcc
    April 15th, 2015 @ 2:45 pm

    Happy 8th birthday Charlie! I <3 you! Glad you are on the mend Shreve. Here's to a continuing and speedy recovery.

  32. Taryn
    April 15th, 2015 @ 4:14 pm

    So very happy to hear you are feeling better. I am sure your voice will return to full strength, but maybe not as soon as you need it. Do they have a microphone you can use? ;-)

    Happy Birthday to Charlie!

  33. penny in co
    April 15th, 2015 @ 4:37 pm

    Yay for feeling better Shreve! I cannot BELIEVE that Charlie is already 8!!!! If I remember correctly yours isn’t far behind. Happy Spring!

  34. Tracy
    April 16th, 2015 @ 10:16 am

    Good to see you are definitely finding the way back. That was one tough road for you.

    And Happy Birthday Charlie. I cannot believe I’ve been following for 8 years now. He will likely outlive any of the wild coyotes out there, being under your care and protection. Go Charlie.

  35. Julie
    April 16th, 2015 @ 4:33 pm

    fight on, girl! I too hope you may follow up with a doc for those vocal cord issues.

    I live in Northern CA (bay area) with open space all around our neighborhood, and yes, we have the baby coyotes this season (again) in fact, I was out on my side yard this morning, looked up towards the upper hill neighbors yard and there was a sweet young one staring back at me…he mosied on away from me, but not before I got a chance to have a quick chat with him. He looked like he understood…

    what is the life span of coyotes? on par with maybe a german shepherd-type?

  36. kyley ann
    April 17th, 2015 @ 9:36 am

    Glad you’re feeling better!

  37. Jane
    April 18th, 2015 @ 5:19 pm

    Charlie, Happy happy birthday!

  38. Fox
    April 20th, 2015 @ 1:43 am

    Did they check to make sure one of the nerves to your vocal chords wasn’t paralyzed? I had neuro surgery where they went in through the front of my neck (same as thyroid) and one of me nerves was damaged. My left vocal chord was permanently paralyzed and my voice didn’t come back for over a year. Eventually the other vocal chord grew over to meet the paralyzed one, but the damage is still permanent. Just something to think of!

  39. nancymorgan
    September 12th, 2015 @ 8:56 pm

    Let you know you are in my prayers, I didnt know of your illness till now. I am so glad you are better and back with the fold. I love the pictures of baby chicks, and new calf! Thanks so much. I will need more antler chews for my 6 dogs when you are up to it! Love, and Blessings, NancyMorgan.

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