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post #1 of 37 Old 08-05-2012, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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HagonNag Update #3

I haven't posted about me for awhile because there really hasn't been a lot of news since I left the hospital on the 24th.

My daughter was here for a week and cooked....which made my husband VERY happy. She even fixed some of his favorites that I don't like! LOL
She and Jim spoiled me incredibly. I did nothing but sleep, swallow cottage cheese and pain meds and TRY to find someplace comfortable. I couldn't even get in and out of bed by myself...and I had new bruises showing up as recently as 4 days ago. We're talking DEEP bruises -- mainly around my right shoulder.

Each day has been a little better and today I'm getting along with only Advil. It's working way better than Extra Strength Tylenol. It's amazing to me how tired I get when I do ANYTHING. I have a Drs. appt. tomorrow so we'll see what he says. I'm a little worried about the shoulder... but considering how easily I could have been dead, what's a shoulder???

Friday we took Mr. Big Stuff to the vet and made a decision that I'm fairly comfortable with. He's going to a friend of our vet's who used to be a professional bronc rider and likes challenges. IF he can get Big to be consistently good citizen then he will go to a person who will be FULLY informed of what he needs to stay that way. If his brain has slipped a cog and there's no way, then he'll be put down.

I felt comfortable about this for a couple of reasons. 1. Big has NEVER done this before. Yes, he'd been a handful, but he was an honest handful. If he was going to be a PITA, he always let me know what I'd be dealing with. There was never any sneaky, and never any mean. I really felt safe on him until this happened. And I still don't know what happened. I hate to put him down for one bad act....when I don't have any idea what happened.

2. The vet said if his cancer metastized, the most likely location for it to travel to would be his lungs.... and there was no evidence of that. His penis cancer can be dealt with for many more years.

3. I totally trust our vet who vouched for this person. He's skilled and treats his horses well...and he is very careful about who the horses go to.
I spoke with him and he understands what he's getting into. He has a racking horse now, and could use another to keep up with his, IF Big works out. If he doesn't, he's very serious about the world not needing any dangerous horses. We've agreed to foot the bill for putting the horse down if needed. He's agreed to try and get him straight.

SO...I'm a softie. He gets a reprieve. He'll either straighten out....or not.
It's up to him. When he's good, he's adorable. When he's bad, he's infuriating --- but he'd never been dangerous until the 15th. I've had him for almost 8 years and he's come a long way. Hopefully, he can go even further. He didn't know he was throwing me into a tree. I went to the vet's fully prepared to put him down. Jim and the vet persuaded me to give him a chance. I hope he makes the most of it. It's up to him now.

I'm not a complete idiot--there are parts missing!

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post #2 of 37 Old 08-05-2012, 07:59 PM
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Kudos to you for being so fair. I'm not sure I would have been so kind if I were in your hospital bed! I'm waiting anixiously to hear what your doctor has to say, you certainly dodged a BIG bullet this time and I'm really hopeful you will make a full recovery and much swifter than anyone thinks.

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Thank you for the update. I think that sounds like a very reasonable and well thought out decision. Glad to hear that you are being spoiled properly. Everyone should get that, now and then. The thing is, one shouldnt' have to go THAT far to be spoiled a bit.
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I think that is a very fair decision for everyone, if you end up having to put him down, there will be no shadows, no 'what ifs' haunting you, you will have done everything. If he comes around then that is great, some people love challenges, and will enjoy him.

WOW, I can't believe you have bruises still coming out, they must of been DEEP bruises, but it s good to hear that you can get by with less painkillers now, that is progress.
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I'm glad that you are doing better and home now.

Sorry to hear of the new bruises showing up.

I believe you and your vet have made the fairest decision for Bigs. He's getting a chance from a very capable horseperson. I hope everything works out for him in the end.


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Glad to hear you are doing better. I think that was a great decision for Big. I hope it all works out.

Life is like a camera. Focus on what's important, Capture the good times, Develop from the negatives and if things don't work out, Take another shot.
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I'm not a complete idiot--there are parts missing!

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I think you made a good decision. I'm also glad to hear you're improving.

My guess is when it's time they'll recommend physical therapy which helped my shoulder tremendously and sawbones didn't have to cut.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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That's the little (14.2hh) snert himself above.
Sorry the picture is so big. He really is fleabit/almost white. The orange comes from our red clay. It's almost impossible to get out.

I'm not a complete idiot--there are parts missing!

What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.

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He is a handsome man isn't he?

Glad to hear you are on the mend HagonNag and are getting the royal treatment you deserve!

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