SHE WAS VERY SORE…
After Tess’ refusal to load, where she danced backwards into a zillion puddles with the foot that was supposed to stay dry, and then reared several times – landing on that foot… (Oy.)
I was worried she had damaged her foot more than just being sore from whatever balance/weight/stress issues arose from wearing the hospital plate.
Surgeon Dr. Errico came to the hospital on his day off – while hosting a barbeque – in a horrible storm, to tend to Mama Tess. He was afraid for her, too.
Immediately, he removed the hospital plate and tested her foot. Tess’ sole, coronet band, hoofwall, pastern and fetlock were all sensitive to touch/testers.
THE NEXT MORNING
However, Monday morning Dr. Errico reported that she seemed more comfortable without the hospital plate and she was free of the previous night’s headbob.
I visited Tess this morning (Tuesday) and although she wouldn’t talk to me (angry with me…), she was moving much better and seemed to be willing to fully weight the left foot again.
Tonight I received a call from Dr. Errico saying that she seemed ‘even better’ with ‘less Bute’ and he felt that even after all of her shananygins regarding loading, there had been no damage to the surgical site.
Also, Dr. Errico has decided to enlarge the hole on the top of her hoofwall (not a resection) to allow more air in to dry up that area. He feels this is the only spot that could encourage reinfection and he wants that to never, ever happen.
BIG OL’ LESSON THAT I’M NOT SURE HOW TO PROCESS:
WHEN VETS DISAGREE.
There was disagreement on applying the hospital plate. One vet thought it was the best choice possible for post-op support and for my ability to change the bandage at home.
The other vet disagreed and wanted Tess to stay in the ball bandage until the foot had healed enough to go bare – several weeks of a ball bandage.
I was stuck in the middle – sort of.
I didn’t want the hospital plate. My entire being felt that Tess had never done well with corrective shoes and this hospital plate would be a very bad thing.
Yet, I’m no expert. Besides, what is a hunch? Is it really a hunch or just my preference?
I couldn’t get the other vet to tell me a hospital plate WOULD be bad. Instead, I think I received the politically correct answer. So, I asked another vet and he said that the hospital plate was the normal procedure post op for coffin bone surgery…
So, I went against my better judgement and agreed to the hospital plate.
And look what happened…
But, how am I to process this? The vets know waaay more than I will ever know about foot anatomy and post surgery care.
Am I to go against the vet responsible for Tess due to a hunch that isn’t verifiable?
Truthfully, right now, after seeing Tess go through 4 days of pain and being heartsick – I say to ONLY go with your gut for these monumental decisions.
I say, that if you can trust that your inner voice is pure, then listen.
Listen, Listen, Listen.
– No matter who says you are wrong, the ultimate burden will be forever on your mind and no one else’s
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