12-24-2012, 05:30 PM
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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.