As you may know, Lady’s feet tend to go through cyclical phases where some weeks she’s doing well and other weeks she seems to have more discomfort. At the moment, her feet are on the upswing. We adjust our treatments accordingly, based on what we can observe, since her illness is systemic and resides deep within her feet. So, it’s always a relief to witness those moments when she is once again moving in a positive direction, since we have no large-scale control over the issue – only the ability to mitigate discomfort and slow down the advancement of her osteomyelitis, as much as possible.
Lady is walking more quickly again and seems to feel increasingly comfortable. Her right front foot, which was most problematic this time around, is looking much better. Of course, this doesn’t mean that her feet are fixed, as they never will be – but it does mean that she’s made it to the other side of another downswing. She seems to be feeling better in general and is very rumbly; she’s very soft and light during her foot treatments.
One of the amazing things about Lady, and about elephants in general, is their ability to compartmentalize during times when they’re going through intense emotions. In Lady’s case, she doesn’t seem to allow ongoing hardships with her feet to influence her ability to experience the wonder of sanctuary. In many aspects of life, elephants have the ability to express themselves in deep and empathetic ways, while also focusing on certain issues and setting other things aside in a manner that humans sometimes cannot – and they do so with much grace. Lady likely knows that there’s no guarantee that her feet will improve significantly, but she still approaches life with a sense of exploration and finds joy in the small things around her.
Photo of Lady