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        12-24-2012, 05:56 PM
      #51
    Yearling
    This poor little dear has had a rough start to life. I hope that she can make it through this so she can truly appreciate all the love you are putting into her. It is amazing how much we bond to these horses that need all the extra help. I am so happy he got her on an IV as dehydration is a huge problem. Hopefully she has enough fight to make it through. Please keep us updated.

    We need a Christmas miracle here.
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        12-24-2012, 06:30 PM
      #52
    Teen Forum Moderator
    Fever is fluctuating between 102.7 and 103.2 right now, but if this is EHV this is fairly typical according to what I've been researching. Supposively its normal to see higher fevers in the afternoon through the evening and lower in the mornings, which is what we're seeing right now...

    She's had three bags of IV fluid today and will get one more, then three to four tomorrow and so forth until she shows improvement in her drinking. I swear it seems like she's getting thinner by the hour though, I can count all of her ribs and see the ridges of her spine plainly.

    Yes, this vet is wonderful. He is the one that I often use for my mare and foal and he's always optimistically straight foreward. He tells it exactly as it is, then gives advice on how to increase her odds, which is exactly what I want. No fluffy stuff, no lies- just the plain truth. He's planning to come back after his rounds this evening to check on her and bring us some more bags for her IV.

    She seems more comfortable after the anti-inflamatories and is peaceful for the moment. I've had her up four times today and she pooped again which is good. She also peed but while laying down, so we had to rinse and wipe her down after that. Its 70 degrees today though, so no big deal. Her poop is still very hard, but not as dark in color. I wouldn't be suprised if she does have ulcers though with all of the stress that she has endured. Her dam and her stable mates from the racing barn seem very prone to them as well. Once we have her eating, I'll ask the vet about scoping her for ulcers and starting her on some aloe and slippery elm bark to sooth her belly and intestines. I'm sure they've just been eating themselves up.

    I've gotten almost two pounds of alfalfa pellets with powdered electrolytes as a topping down her, and one bottle of pedialyte. Her belly has bloated with liquids but the vet already warned me that this might happen, so I'm not horribly worried.

    One of the little girls on our farm that really liked her as a suckling and helped bottle feed her is out here right now with her mom feeding everyone Christmas cookies. She brought Kenzie a cute little blanket and a card that says 'git well kenzy and we will ride togather some day!' it touched my heart and I think Kenzie appreciates the blanket as a pillow. I'm about to head home to shower and have birthday dinner with my family, but I'll rush back out as soon as I can and hopefully make it back in time to ask the vet about making a mush for her again. I'll most likely spend another night out with her as well. Its pretty spooky out here though at night!

    Thank you so much again, everyone, for the thoughts, advice, and sympathy. Its nice having someone to talk to about this special little girl. I can already feel myself getting attatched to her sweet little face. Funny that her name actually happens to mean 'Present', because that's exactly what she is, sickness, bag of bones, and all.
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        12-24-2012, 06:51 PM
      #53
    Green Broke
    Thanks for the update. Have a nice Birthday dinner , and maybe for a present she will have a turn for the better . Sad she urinated while down, but that is better than no urination. Maybe she looks skinnier because of the bloated belly. Hope your Vet has better news for you tonite. At least its not cold, and maybe a light blanket draped over her, or a sheet will give her some comfort, sometimes when you have a fever you get chilled.
         
        12-24-2012, 07:08 PM
      #54
    Trained
    Happy Birthday! !! Guess I missed that one lol
    Good that she'll eat the alfalfa. It buffers the stomach acids and helps a great deal with the ulcers, which she most likely has. Give her smaller portions more often, if you can to keep that tummy busy. It also gets fluids into her.
    Now let's hope it's not EHV, rather a common cold........
         
        12-24-2012, 07:16 PM
      #55
    Teen Forum Moderator
    Thanks guys. It really would be a wonderful present to see her feeling better by tonight! It could very well be the bloated tummy that is making her look thinner, because she IS eating, even if its not much. She's half hearted about the eating but I think she realizes we're trying to help and is doing it for us. What a sweet baby.

    I'm very glad it isn't cold. I heard that the wind is supposed to pick up to 30-35 miles an hour tonight though, so that should be interesting...her stall in an outdoor stall (sheltered from the wind and four sided with a roof, but open) so I'll probably use a lightweight blanket unless it gets really cold.

    I found that she loves to have her chin scratched though, earlier xD she was moaning and groaning it felt so good, and I was glad to give her at least one small good thing though.
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        12-24-2012, 07:21 PM
      #56
    Yearling
    The poor baby. She s been through so much! But she is a fighter. Thank you for the updates.I think you are her guardian angel. Hoping everything turns out for the better.
         
        12-24-2012, 07:27 PM
      #57
    Trained
    Subbing. Sending all my best wishes for Kenzie. After battling to save a very sick yearling this year and failing, I sincerely hope it's a different outcome for you.
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        12-24-2012, 07:35 PM
      #58
    Weanling
    You are a heck of a person to be doing this. You really are kind hearted, and the amount that you care for this baby is really incredible.

    I am keeping you and Kenzie in my thoughts. Poor girl, I can't believe she is hanging on through all of this. Can't help but wonder if she'll be able to fully recover with no permanent, life long health issues.

    Karma will get back to you for this. Thanks for reminding me that there are still good, kind hearted people in this world. Sorry I don't have any advice :( I hope to read more updates on her.
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        12-24-2012, 08:12 PM
      #59
    Yearling
    Happy birthday Endiku! Hope you get that present :)
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        12-24-2012, 09:09 PM
      #60
    Yearling
    Subbing! Hoping for good results!
         

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