I Was Sure He Was Dead



When I saw him that morning, I was sure that he was dead.  He was stretched out on his side, hind legs stiffly off the ground.  Head on the ground in an unnatural position. Damn.  The calf was eating well and seemed fine yesterday.

I rushed to him.  His eyes were rolled back in his head but I found him still warm so I lifted his head and forced him to a normal upright position, tucking his legs in under him.  He was only “mostly dead.”  I rushed to the house with a bucket of water to be heated and added some salt and Sam and I went down to see what could be done.

I knew I needed to get him into a separate place where he didn’t have to deal with the pigs and where I could work with him.  He was too heavy for me and a sick boyfriend to pick up so we put my coat under him and drug him to the holding area.  His head fell back on the ground, his eyes rolled up in his head, and there was no resistance.  I hauled him around until he was laid up against a wall.  I put food in front of him and tried to get some warm water down him.  I covered him with a horse blanket. But it looked like he was not going to make it.

Now I have read books by people who have reversed diseases with herbs and everywhere that I have applied these remedies I have been very impressed.  So I started thinking…….cayenne.

Cayenne cauterizes cuts.  It stimulated blood flow increasing body heat and immune response. With an eye tincture with cayenne in it, I reversed Pink Eye in myself in 45 minutes.  I have kept away many infections, stopped bad bleeding, and have heard of it being used to stop a stroke or heart attack and many other things.  So not knowing what was wrong, I knew that I had to stimulate his body to deal with whatever it was.

I started with about 15 drops of cayenne tincture in a dab of water and poured it down his throat.  He started slobbering and licking.  I offered him some hay and he took it.  Maybe to stop the burning, but he took a nibble but that was all.  A little while later I was armed with a turkey baster.  I put a dropper full of tincture into the baster and added water and pried open his mouth and poured it in.

Next time I was there I noticed was that he had passed some really hard poop.  That is not normal for a cow.  Normal is slightly runny.  I put some alfalfa in front of him and the next time I was there it was gone and he was more alert.  I repeated the process with the cayenne at least 4 times spaced at least an hour apart.  And every time that I was at the barn I offered him water.  I left the water where he could reach it but it did not look like he drank any.

I had to leave to call a square dance so with some concern I left him and went to do my job.  When I got out of the dance there was snow everywhere and it took me almost 2 hours to drive home and I barely made it up the hill to my place.  But I was focused on getting to the calf and seeing how he was.  I had been gone for 6 hours.

He heard me coming and mooed. Yes, he is still alive.

WAIT…..…….…YES!  HE WAS ALIVE!!!  AND alert enough to hear me coming AND he was asking for food!

He was lying where I had left him so I knew that he still had not stood up so I poured a little more cayenne down him, offered him some water, put more hay in front of him and went to bed.

The next morning he heard me coming and mooed again.  YES!!!  When I got there, he was struggling to stand so I helped him get up and steadied him for a few minutes.  He had not been on his feet for over 24 hours, his legs had to be stiff…..and he had been brought back from the dead.

He went over to the bucket and drank 3 gallons of water and started eating the hay I just brought to him.  He was going to make it.

I don’t know what was wrong with him.  Only God does.  But with the stimulation that the cayenne supplied, the calf’s own body was able to combat whatever it was and recover.  I am amazed at how simply working with herbs and allowing the body to do its own healing works.  I don’t have all the answers.  No one does.  But I love knowing that by using what God has supplied, I can save a life.

About Janolyn

I am a mother of 5 wonderful children, 4 boys and 1 girl. During the years that my children were growing up, we grew most of our own food with a vegetable garden, many fruit trees and berry patches. I grew flowers for joy. We milked goats and raised our own meats and eggs. I learned to make my own cheeses, butter, canned foods, sourdough, and fermented foods. I made our own health products like soap, hand creams, lip balm, and herbal tinctures. We live off the power grid and have learned to do without conveniences that most Americans consider essential. The land clearing and building has been mostly accomplished with hand tools; some of them even the right tool for the job. After a couple of miscarriages between #2 and #3 due to “standard medical procedures”, I consulted a midwife and my last 3 children were born safely at home. That was when I was first alerted to the fact that doctors did not know everything nor would they have the time to share it with their patients if they did. As I learned the basic principles of heath-through-nutrition from my midwife, I learned alternative gardening practices from her husband. That introduction started a lifelong love of learning the practical life of our ancestors. I want to share what I have been learning with you and learn from those who are also living a sustainable life.


I Was Sure He Was Dead — 5 Comments

  1. My folks nursed a black angus baby who had been abandoned by his Momma, but my Stepdad pretty much moved into the horse barn with him, curled up and slept with him at night etc. The things we do for our critters!!

  2. I’m glad he survived. Poor little guy. He couldn’t get relief from the burning all night, not knowing it was for his own good.

    I’ve never heard of using cayenne to stop bleeding. I’ll have to try that.

  3. Inconceivable! For mostly dead, you should have used chocolate coating:

    VALERIE: The chocolate coating makes it go down easier. But you have to wait fifteen minutes for full potency. And you shouldn’t go in swimming after, for at least, what?
    MIRACLE MAX: An hour?
    VALERIE: Yeah, an hour.

    MIRACLE MAX: Don’t rush me, sonny. You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles.


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