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.
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 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.