Monday, January 30, 2012
|R.I.P. baby. You are my heart.|
January 28 2012, Article # 19492
Scientific name: Ageratina altissima (L.) King & H.E. Robins
Synonym: Eupatorium rugosum Houttuyn
Origin: North America
February 04 2011, Article # 17729
Ivan didn't die from a colic with complications. We found insidious little pieces of metal inside of him resembling hypodermic needles. The piece we measured was 2 1/4" long and looked a little chewed on. They're not remnants of fencing, and they're not nails. I've held them in my hand myself, and they will puncture your skin if you put them between your forefinger and thumb. The vet thought that there was more, but I didn't want him to go digging and prolonging it just to search for the rest. He had a couple of holes, one of which was large enough to poke your finger through in his ileum. There was no saving him. He was just so stoic that he never let on.
Because of the state of his organ tissue, these pieces were in him for a very long time... many months, maybe even a couple years, we just can't tell. Ivan NEVER GAVE ANY INDICATION. He never had a fever. His white blood cell count was normal. His heart rate was always normal. Additionally, a friend mentioned that for Ivan's body to have ignored it for long until it finally punctured through his organ walls, it was likely surgical steel, or else his body would have rejected it long ago. What we pulled out of him was not anything standard that you might find lying around the barn yard, and surgical steel is not what you usually find as scrap metal around a farm. Even so, there's no way to tell for sure if it was intentional or malicious. It just was. Even the vet and his staff said they had never seen anything like it, even Beverly with her 20 years of experience on the job.
He was so brave all the way until the end. I sat with him on his last day, and we loved on each other while he laid in his stall. I held his head in my lap for one last time. I kissed his face and told him I'd see him when he woke up. He never did. Part of me died on the table that night with him. I will never be able to stop searching for pieces of him everywhere I look. It's so hard... Please hug your babies tonight and say a prayer for my sweet boy.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
- Fed at 4:30/4:45 pm. Didn't notice odd behavior then, but he wasn't as talkative...
- Turned out at 5:20 pm. He calmly walked out to the pasture.
- Started noticing odd behavior when he went down to roll and then didn't scramble up immediately to start chasing the others around the pasture off of their hay piles.
- Stayed down on the ground, so I walked up to him, started stroking his face, asked him to get up and move around. He walked off and went back down again.
- Jennifer and I decided to bring him back in, so I walked him into the small paddock, then went for his halter by his stall to be able to walk him up to the trailer where my medi-kit was.
- Gave him a 10cc shot of banamine at 5:30/5:35 pm, then started walking him up the road. Attempted to offer water before passing the house, but he refused it.
- Walked Ivan up the road past Faye's all the way up to past the Williams' mailbox, then called the vet at 5:55 pm. Spoke with the vet for 4 minutes, relayed symptoms, received instructions. Called Tasida back at 6 pm, received more instructions.
- Checked vital signs at 6:20 pm.
- Mucosa normal and slimy
- Respiration normal
- Heart rate normal
- Capillary refill normal
- Checked bilaterally for gut motility and was able to detect sounds in right lower quadrant. Not as much noise in upper quadrants or in left quadrant.
- Within another 15 minutes, Ivan was perking up, acting turdly towards the cat, and trying to nibble at grass.
- Brought Ivan back out to the small paddock and let him loose, then caught Valor since they are buddies so that Ivan wouldn't stress out about being away from the herd for the night.
- Just did an 8:30 pm check on Ivan. He seems to be doing alright.
- Mucosa normal and even more slimy than before. Has the scent of grass on his breath.
- Respiration normal.
- Heart rate normal.
- Capillary refill normal.
- Forgot to check for gut sounds.
- I put Ivan's sheet back on him since it's supposed to drop to 41 tonight. I'll be doing an additional check at 11 pm on him tonight.
Monday, January 9, 2012
January 06 2012, Article # 19396
Friday, January 6, 2012
December 31 2011, Article # 19358
Monday, January 2, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Grrrrrr.... The Turdinator showed up today. I put both the bridle/bit and saddle on him for the first time in over a week, and apparently he decided he still thought he was on vacation. Managed to get him somewhat soft by the end of the ride after first a jackass-running-away-from-me for 15 minutes in the paddock (making him continue to run till he quit giving me the finger), then tacked him up and lunged to make sure he wasn't still unsound in the left hind like he was yesterday, then hopped on and alternated between good boy behavior and battling behavior, then at least managed to end on a good note (in the saddle anyway). Yes, I'm aware that was a long, semi-run-on sentence with punctuation but oh well. Untacked and groomed, then uh-oh, Turdinator acts out again on the ground so out came Mr. Whippy and we practiced backing up and getting the hell out of my space when asked. Finally, he was good, so dinner, a blankie, then an evening with his hay, and now I'm rewriting our workout itinerary for the week.