Thursday, September 7, 2017

Patient condition report

George's condition has been upgraded to stable and mischievous. He's moving almost normally, doesn't seem to be in much, if any, pain, and is trying to figure out how much stuff he can break and/or play with in the infirmary pen.

Lucy's condition remains guarded. I speak with the vet every day, and we continue to adjust her treatment plan. She is still very uncomfortable as the waiting game drags on. The vet suspects that there is an abcess caused by the dryland distemper bacteria buried high up in her flank area, which will eventually surface. I've asked him if there is anything more that could be done for her at the clinic. At this point, there is not, and he told me I'm doing more for her here than they could there since I can monitor and attend to her 24/7.

My condition is what it is. We'll get through this. It could be so much worse. I think about all the equine keepers in Texas. Somebody there was probably going through the same exact thing during the hurricane and flooding. And somebody in Florida or in proximity to one of the wildfires burning in the west is understandably freaking out right now because they've got a sick equine and their farm or ranch is in imminent danger. And surely there are DACA residents with sick equines thinking, "I've got enough to worry about damnit! Don't do this to me on top of everything else!"

So I'm doing my level best to keep things in perspective, stay calm, and not mix up George's meds with Lucy's. Thank you all for your support and friendship. It means everything to me.

33 comments:

  1. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery for both patients. You're doing all you can for them but I know the waiting game is hard to get through. Hang in there.

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  2. To so many people our animals are our family and we put them first. More people need to be like that or at least like our animals and love unconditionally.

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  3. Thankful that George is improved/improving. So sad Lucy is still suffering. I absolutely so understand and appreciate the anxiety, fatigue, and stress of what you are going through. Be they big, or be they small, when your fur babies are hurting/sick, the world stops spinning until they are out of danger. Of course, the suffering all around helps to keep perspective on the 'things could be worse' category, but where you are, what you are going through, and the love/worry you are feeling and experiencing is its own category of awful, and nothing/nowhere really supersedes that. These are your loves, and I will continue to send healing thoughts and prayers your way for all. Keep fighting...

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  4. For anyone interested....donations towards the care of equine victims of Harvey and Irma can be sent to
    Equine Disaster Relief Fund
    AAEP Foundation
    4033 Iron Works Parkway
    Lexington, KY 40511

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  5. So glad George is better! And sending healing thoughts for Lucy. It is agony waiting for abscesses of any kind to clear. May this one do it very soon!

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  6. ❤️ Thinking of you all.

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  7. Thinking of you through all this world mayhem XX

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  8. Good news for George! I bet Alan misses him. Does he goe out to the back forty by himself or stay close to the barn?

    Dear Lucy. It's just awful to be sick. Sending positive thoughts for her recovery...soon"


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  9. I've been thinking of you. If I could send something to heal them up you'd already have it. I'll just have to send warm healing thoughts. You have enough of your own burden to carry right now, stay strong for your clan. Worrying about the rest of the country is painful and probably unproductive unless you know some way to fix the world. And if you do, let me know, I'd like to join you! Tell your longears we love them.

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  10. So good to hear George is doing better. Praying Lucy starts making big progress. Glad you have some perspective! Blessings, Lisa G in TN

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  11. Glad to hear George is doing better. Hugs and prayers for Lucy and you from Texas!! Hang in there, Carson!!

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  12. Thank you so much for the update. Happy to hear George is frisky. Lucy is progressing in her own time. She will patiently allow all your attentions. Sweet loving girl that she is. Just keep doing what you are doing. It seems to be working. Maybe a break for a margarita now and then.

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  13. Certainly hope that George continues his improvement and mischievousness. It's heartbreaking to hear Lucy is in such pain. Praying her abcess appears and drains quickly giving her comfort and some peace of mind for you. You're doing a wonderful job. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  14. Anne Boleyn9/7/17, 8:01 AM

    Your perspective is spot on and I know that your compassion for others is fed by your love and compassion for your babies. We're with you every painful step of the way. XOXO

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  15. Thanks so much for the update, and your perspective is most admirable. You're all in our thoughts.

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  16. i am so sorry Lucy is suffering so. Glad George is better. Hoping all is well soon.

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  17. Sending a truckload of positive vibes from Indiana for Lucy, George and most importantly you. They need you healthy to be able to care for them.

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  18. Northern AB gal9/7/17, 10:00 AM

    You have the best blog followers. Once again Anonymous (3rd comment) has expressed so well what I and, I believe, all of us are feeling. Stay strong.

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  19. So glad George is feeling better. Sending good vibes for Lucy, and for you. I know that spreadsheet-with-drugs/dosages/times................

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  20. I'm sending all of you love and healing thoughts. Here in Houston, we are recovering. Carson, hang in there. It's exhausting I know, but all of us love you and your herd (which includes Johnny because I am a cat person and Smooch because she is such a good dog).

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  21. Tough times. Hang in there. Glad George is recovery quickly. My heart goes out to you and Lucy.

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  22. So thankful George is improving but sad Lucy is in pain. I'm holding all of you in my prayers. Take care.

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  23. An American in Tokyo9/7/17, 6:27 PM

    Thank you for the update!

    I wish I lived closer so that I could come and at least do some shifts with you!
    Will a virtual hug do?
    Hang in there!

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  24. The key here is not to mix your meds with George's or Lucy's. Just stick to the wine and it won't be a problem.

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  25. I'm just catching up on the trouble you've been having. I will be sending healing thoughts to your charges. Hoping that precious Lucy starts to improve soon. All my best to you!

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  26. With all the love and medication and stamina Lucy has the very best chance of recovery! Hang in there, Carson, we're all with you. x

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  27. Gosh I'm sorry Lucy isn't better yet. Like everyone else I am sending love and support to all of you. Thank you for taking the time to post the update

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  28. My brother has had to deal with dryland distemper a couple of times with his horse and mule, and I know you have to be patient and administer meds several times a day. He lives in an area a lot like yours, about 5 miles north of nowhere, Arizona. Hang in there.

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  29. Sending love and lots of good thoughts for all.

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  30. Michelle from Vancouver9/8/17, 9:22 AM

    Thinking about you guys everyday, stay strong Miss Lucy.

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  31. Thanks for the update. We at Casa de CUckoos have been keeping your sweet herd members in our daily meditations. Happy for George's turn for the good and Lucy's having to wait to see update is troubling and I bet hard on you and her. Hang tough my friend. xoxo Oma Linda

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  32. My sis and her big horse tripped and fell into a wire fence on Friday, so yes down here in Western Australia we certainly have our own health concerns, but will still keep poor Lucy and George in our thoughts, and all the people dealing with fire and flood too. xxx

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  33. Sending lots of love and hugs.....

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