Bodhi’s SHEET BANDAGE!


Thursday, January 30th, 2014 | Filed under Mama Tess




BODHI’S SHEET BANDAGE!

I received the email below regarding how to protect Bodhi’s wound.  I should have done this experiment yesterday and attached it to the writeup I did about Bodhi’s progress, but I forgot.

So, I did it today!

Here is the email that inspired me:

Sometimes I cut up old sheets for bandages/cut up round and round in one continual strip/ and I use them to bind a horse’s belly…works well,  and I can buy them cheap at a thrift shop for two dollars each.  Washed up with a touch of javex makes excellent bandages. I like to roll them into balls/and keep in plastic bags to keep clean/  for future use. These I can easily afford to throw away too, when mucky with blood, etc…With twenty eight horses to care for I save pennies any way I can. I prefer the flannelette sheets over cotton as they are more comfy on the horse and not so slippy either. Five inches  is  the width  I cut them up . I save old work socks too and buy white tube socks for leg bandages. They slip easily over the hoofs ,and the elastic keeps them in place.
Then all I have to do is cut them with blunt scizzors to get bandage and socks off in one piece. Dollarama is cheap to buy these socks.   I buy the largest size I can get. Old wool sweaters buttoned up at the back of the horse /also makes great blankets for small horses or foals…

SO I DID IT…

I had to cut up a sheet twice because the first time, I didn’t do it in a spiral.  Also, I struggled with the jersey flannel material of the sheets I had chosen.

But, once I figured out how to feed my scissor path – by putting the fabric over my bent knees in jeans – all went well.  I needed sharper scissors, but it worked!  I then rolled the sheet strip into a huge yarn-like ball and put it in a baggie.

Bodhi wore his sheet bandage for 2 hours without incident.  But, it was nearing nightfall so I removed it.

Seems like an easy and successful idea!

This is me cutting the jersey flannel sheets I had chosen.  For me, fitting the cutting edge over my knee in jeans helped me cut a path.

This is me cutting the jersey flannel sheets I had chosen. For me, fitting the cutting edge over my knee in jeans helped me secure the fabric while I cut a path.  I’m no seamstress…

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Here he is! His wound freshly washed, treated and bandaged. He wore his sheet bandage easily for 2 hours before I took it off due to nightfall and not wanting any accidents in his pasture. I’d rather test it during the day when I can watch him.

 MAMA TESS’ BIRTHDAY IS SATURDAY!

MT will be 24 on February 1st!

Here she was today… in her stall after she had a limb perfusion of antibiotics.  She will need to stay in the hospital at least until Tuesday so they can keep perfusing with antibiotics – until she has grown healthy granulated tissue over her exposed bone.

Here she is, after her limb profusion with antibiotics (a strong dose injected directly into the problem area).  She is watching the comings and goings of all the other horses.  She likes this suite much better!

Here she is, after her limb perfusion with antibiotics (a strong dose injected directly into the problem area). She is watching the comings and goings of all the other horses. She likes this suite much better!

Many of you have asked how you could help with Tess’ surgery fees… well, since the fees are a bit overwhelming, I have set up a special fund just for Tess, if you’d like to help, click here!


Last Day to help Xena!  You can follow her progress on her FB page:  Xena the Fighter https://www.facebook.com/XenatheFighter

Last Day to help Xena! You can follow her progress on her FB page: Xena the Fighter
https://www.facebook.com/XenatheFighter


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3 comments have been posted...

  1. Ally

    if you have a sewing friend, they can help you do this to the sheet and If you’vee a table and some funds, a rotary cutter and mat rock for making those cuts. http://www.bitterpurl.com/2011/04/bias_binding_tutorial.php#more

    Gonna share the idea with my animal shelter/rescue friends and add it to my things I can make to donate. (cat cage sheet curtains being the main thing I know to do lol)

    Virtual hugs for the animals and prayers for you and MT and all.

  2. Amy M

    That sheet idea is brilliant! Definitely bookmarking this just in case it comes in handy someday.

    Happy birthday Mama Tess!!

  3. Robin

    Happy Birthday Mama Tess! Hugs to the birthday girl…so happy you’re doing better!

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