Category Archives: Mama Tess

MAMA TESS UPDATE: WE PULLED THE PLATE AND SHE IS DOING BETTER!


Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 | Filed under Mama Tess




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.

Yowch.

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.

This was MT this morning... she wouldn't speak to me, but she was more comfortable.

This was MT this morning… she wouldn’t speak to me, but she was much more comfortable.

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

newrule

If anyone would like to help with MT’s surgery, limb perfusion and previous fees, please click here (and thank you…).

Our February Bucket Fund Foal is Bella, a sweet, orphaned baby mini donk got frostbite and lost her rear leg... but she is a fighter and ready for her prosthetic.  Read about Bella here!

Our February Bucket Fund Foal is Bella, a sweet, orphaned baby mini donk got frostbite and lost her rear leg… but she is a fighter and ready for her prosthetic. Read about Bella here!




HORSE AND MAN is a blog in growth... if you like this, please pass it around!



Mama Tess is back at the hospital…


Sunday, February 9th, 2014 | Filed under Mama Tess




Well… the roller coaster continues.

Mama Tess wasn’t doing well with the hospital plate/shoe we put on her to make it easier for me to treat her wound while at home.

Or at least that is what we think.

Every hour since she has been home, she has been less sound.

Today (Sunday) when I woke up and went to feed, she seemed even worse.  I couldn’t stand it so I called the hospital and said that I was afraid of her backsliding while she was here and I was going to bring her back.

They said that was fine.

For the next 4 hours, we tried to load her.

She wasn’t going.

I called all of my horsey neighbors.  Everyone came.

But Nope.  She wasn’t budging.  My show horse, Mama Tess, who hopped into the trailer for the last 20 years, refused to move.

We were all soaking wet, miserable and defeated.

Finally, my Horse Whisperer friend, Leslie, came over.  (She stopped what she was doing to come to help, in the pouring rain, with her truck and trailer… Here is her website… Leslie is the BOMB!)

And, of course, Leslie loaded Tess into her trailer.  It took about 30 minutes, but it was gentle and easy and MT did it.

Phew.

Leslie and I drove together to the hospital.  Tess offloaded easily and we bedded her down into her new hospital stall.  The rain was pounding.  The wind was howling.

DR ERRICO

Dr. Errico left his party that he was hosting for 100 people and visited Tess to try to figure out what went wrong.  (Is he not a Saint?)

I received a message just now.  Dr. Errico wasn’t sure what was up but he agreed that MT was definitely sore.  He pulled her shoe/hospital plate and treated her surgery site.  He then reapplied a huge, soft ball bandage – like she had been wearing successfully for the 8 days she was in the hospital previously.

So we ride the roller coaster once again… And if MT is better in the morning (praying), we will have been given another clue to recovery.  No hospital plate.

If she isn’t better, we hunt for the cause/cure.

Click image to watch a short video of her walking out of the hospital and towards the trailer!

 

Our February Bucket Fund Foal is Bella, a sweet, orphaned baby mini donk got frostbite and lost her rear leg... but she is a fighter and ready for her prosthetic.  Read about Bella here!

Our February Bucket Fund Foal is Bella, a sweet, orphaned baby mini donk got frostbite and lost her rear leg… but she is a fighter and ready for her prosthetic. Read about Bella here!




HORSE AND MAN is a blog in growth... if you like this, please pass it around!