More Lady Health Updates

Lady dustingWhen Lady is not feeling well, her mornings tend to be more of a struggle than her afternoons. On Saturday, when Scott visited her, she seemed plenty tired. Lady actually fell asleep and took a standing nap against the fence. Not wanting to wake her, Scott decided to find her later. Sunday she appeared brighter and lighter, but this morning, she seemed a little ornery.

So far, Lady has been staying in the smaller yards by the barn and got some foot soaks this weekend. The caregivers assess where she is at with each interaction, which then dictates how each treatment goes, depending upon Lady’s mood, location, stiffness, and desire to participate. If she seems extra sore, they may not ask for foot presentation and instead just work with topical treatments above her nails. 

The swelling in her right leg seemed to decrease over the past week but today it went back up a touch again. We’re not sure if she is laying down to sleep at night; we haven’t seen any evidence in the way of dirt on her face or a little nest in the grass. But we also can’t see her all night on the observation cameras, and the last thing we want to do is go down to check on her and wake her up, so it’s impossible to know if she’s taking some weight off her feet. Lying down would take some pressure off her sore limbs, but sometimes when an elephant is afraid they may struggle to stand up again after lying down (which is generally an ungraceful task), they stop trying temporarily. For example, the elephant Pelusa (who, devastatingly, never made it to sanctuary) didn’t lie down for five years after a single incident where she needed assistance to stand. But even if Lady opts not to sleep on the ground, she does have multiple sand piles in the small yards that she could lean on to rest if she chooses and, of course, the fences would help bear her weight as well. 

Because we didn’t see any positive change in Lady’s comfort or swelling when switching her medicines, we’ve revised her protocol back to what she was taking in the past. We are working on a couple of short-term things that might relieve some discomfort, both holistic and traditional. In the long term, all we can do is work with different combinations of medications for inflammation and pain to see if any positive results emerge. While Lady is clearly still sore, she is moving faster than she was over the past week; that is likely a positive for her mental state, since it allows her to more easily seek out the young grass she so loves. We will continue to update you on any changes to her status and our approaches to caring for her.


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    Jeanine says

    Poor Lady. Thank you for the update.

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    Carol says

    I am so upset to hear about our girl’s discomfort and struggles. I am praying for her improved condition, reduced inflammation and alleviated pain. 🙏🏻😕🙏🏻💐🙏🏻💕🙏🏻🫶🏻

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      Sara says

      Thank you. It’s definitely not an ideal situation, but she’s holding up as well as she can.

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    Wim says

    Thank you for the news. Worrying situation.

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      Sara says

      We’ll make sure to keep updating you all as the days go by.

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    Audrey says

    Sending my love & healing thoughts to our beautiful Lady 🩷

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    Suzanne Eaton says

    Oh, sweet Lady Bug, I am sad you are struggling with pain and pay for a turn around to give you some peace. Thank you GSE for your love and good care. Thanks for the update.

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    Sue says

    Thank you for the continued updates. Our Brave Girl is such a trooper and never gives up. I pray she finds some relief soon. Thank you as always for the way the team takes such care to help her any way they can. Love and hugs ❤️🐘❤️

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    Andrea Kerin says

    I wish I could take away her pain. So sad, so undeserved…. Thank you for doing everything you can to help her feel better.

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      Sara says

      We wish that, too. But it’s just another terrible result of harmful captivity. Lady is a strong elephant and we’re doing all we can.

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    Tammy says

    Love and prayers go out to you dear sweet Lady, you are a fighter and will get through this just fine I know it with all the love and support at your side and all around the world we send you positive healing thoughts for a speedy recovery and remember we’re not getting older were getting better. All my love to you sweet girl 😘🐘💞🦋

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    Terry says

    I now know from Kat that laser is used, which is wonderful! Thank you for being open to ideas, conventional, holistic, and spiritual. Of course, there is real New York pizza which can cure anything!🤣🤣🤣
    Is Boswellia also in your holistic tool chest?

    Ever day is a new opportunity for Lady to embrace her healing and her comfort. She is a Lady of Wisdom, Love, and Light! Thank you again for watching over her with your own wisdom, Love, and Light!

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      Kat Blais says

      boswellia can be difficult to use in conjunction with other medications due to its ability to inhibit the liver enzymes that break down drugs, which can increase the drug effects. because she is on traditional pain medications, along with other medications, it is not recommended. but thank you for the suggestion, it can be very beneficial in some circumstances.

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    Shelley Russell says

    Thank you keeping us all updated on how Lady is 🥰

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    Terry says

    Great learning about drug interactions and boswellia. Thanks!

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    Patricia says

    Thank you for the update. I’m awfully worried about Lady. Her whole situation is better I know since she came to ESB, and for that I am very grateful. But I hate to think of any of them in any more pain when their lives have often been filled with pain. Humans, sending love and gratitude. Lady, sending prayers and indescribable love.

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    Sheila says


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      Kat Blais says

      there is a significant difference between being in pain and suffering. many of us have issues that cause intermittent pain at different times in our lives, especially as we get older. and while there may be days, sometimes many in a row, where we are in pain and need to medicate ourselves and try other things to help alleviate that, most people would not use the label of ‘suffering’. so we must use caution in using strong language that doesn’t apply, at least not yet. she is in pain, we are transparent about that, but she is also still walking around, grazing, bathing, and finding joy in her days. she’s actually moving well most afternoons, but it takes her a little while to get going- which sounds like numerous older humans that i know.

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    Jim D says

    Thank you GSE for your love and care for Lady bug and all the girls. Healing thoughts coming her way.

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