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post #41 of 75 Old 08-20-2009, 11:52 PM
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That's great that she seems to be doing better. Don't stress about what the future holds, just take it one day at a time and cherish every moment. Just to warn you, she will appear to go downhill when you take her off the bute but don't get discouraged. Right now, it is keeping her from hurting but pain doesn't necessarily mean regression. It just means that she has been injured and is sore. Don't be ashamed at all, you do all that you can do an no one can ask you for more. However; at that time, you didn't believe that there was more you could do and no one can fault you for that. We all just do what we can do with the resources we have at the time. You were determined enough that you found more resources that made a huge difference in the outcome. There is nothing to be ashamed of. *stamps foot and points finger*
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post #42 of 75 Old 08-20-2009, 11:56 PM
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I'm glad to hear she's doing better! *does a little yay Gypsy dance*

On a random note, my trainer has a little Arab/Morgan mare named Gypsy who is also super prone to founder. Weird.

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post #43 of 75 Old 08-21-2009, 12:11 AM
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Really glad to hear Gypsy is doing well. Please keep us posted on how she is doing.
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post #44 of 75 Old 08-25-2009, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
 
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Ok, thought I would post an update to say that there's not really an update. She's still doing just fine! She prances around her stall a little bit every time I come out with the bucket of feed with her meds in it now, and she seems to be walking almost normally. At the end of this week, she will be weaned off the bute and other meds, if I remember the vet correctly, so I'll have more to post then, I'm sure.

I would like to start walking her soon, just leading on short walks to help her get out some of the now-boundless energy she appears to have, but rather than exacerbate the problem I will wait until the vet says it's ok. I am really curious how long it will be though, and definitely don't want to even try until she's off the bute and--- assuming she comes off it strongly--- still walking normally without any soreness. So it could still be weeks if not months before I can take her out, but that's pretty much where my thoughts have been lying lately as I watch her walking just dandy around her stall, even almost trotting up to the gate to meet me some days.

Not much of an update, I know, but I'll post again when she's off the meds. :)

Thanks again everyone for the buckets of support here-- makes me feel so happy that she has so many cheerleaders in her corner!
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post #45 of 75 Old 08-25-2009, 01:50 PM
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I hope everything turns out alright and she ends up being ok! Good luck, your both in my thoughts!

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Glad she is doing good now! I will keep praying that she continues to make progess even after she's off her meds!!!!! :)
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post #47 of 75 Old 08-25-2009, 02:41 PM
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Aw how cute that she prances around. :)

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post #48 of 75 Old 08-25-2009, 03:35 PM
 
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That's great news! I hope that things continue to improve!
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post #49 of 75 Old 08-26-2009, 01:10 AM
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Thanks again everyone for the buckets of support here-- makes me feel so happy that she has so many cheerleaders in her corner!
*dons my 8th grade cheerleading outfit and takes a bow* LOL. Why of course my dear. No news is usually good news and you have just given great news. Every day that she is up and doing good increases her recovery probability. I am so glad that she is doing okay and I hope she continues to improve by leaps and bounds.
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*Sigh*

Ok, so Friday night I started to wean her off the bute. I went from 2 grams 2x/ day to 1.5 grams 2x/ day-- only 1 gram less per day. Saturday night she was slow to eat, and on Sunday morning I got a call from the lady whose horse neighbors her saying she was breathing hard with nostrils flaring and not eating again.

So assuming it was the bute, I kicked her dose back up on Sunday morning and her appetite improved slightly, but she was still breathing rather rapidly. I didn't think much of it, though, because so was every other horse on the ranch--- it's been up to 113 degrees out here this past week.

Anyway, Sunday night she took her meds and I thought she had eaten most of her dinner, Monday morning she took her meds and seemed not great, but ok, but then I went out last night and I couldn't believe what I was seeing--- after all the improvement she's been making, she was standing in the corner with her head hanging, breathing super hard, moving like she's a 90 year old woman (not sore like she was before, just carefully, slowly), her back muscles twitching and a rasping in her throat. She wouldn't even touch her "treats" with the meds in them, but she's been eating them no problem the last two weeks. So I called the vet.

He came out this morning and is very concerned about her again. He has now diagnosed her with COPD--- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease--- on TOP of the laminitis/ founder! He said she was so dehydrated that she would not have made it another day like she was. I checked everything on her last night-- temp, resp rate, pulse, feet, etc--- trying to figure out what the problem was, because despite everything else she was still walking just fine! But I stupidly, stupidly forgot to check her hydration. He tubed her and gave her 2.5 gallons of water today, along with a prescription for Albuterol, and a single shot of dexamethasone, a steroid (more about that one later.)

So my poor horse now has TWO chronic, debilitating, and life-threatening diseases. I am at the end of my rope here... I of course will continue to do whatever I can for her, but if she doesn't improve, or this goes away and comes back... I may have to make that hard decision again.

She's now getting 40 mg of albuterol 2x daily on top of the 2 grams of bute and 7 pills of ranitidine for her feet. She's supposed to show improvement today or tomorrow with the breathing and if she doesn't... well... yeah.

The even better news? The most aggressive and assured treatment for COPD is steroids--- which cause founder.

I am firmly right back where I was two weeks ago...
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