This is old news but I found it in my “Draft” folder – I never sent it out! I’m sorry! If some of you already received it I’m sorry for the dupe!
Pam and I are on our way to UF with Baby Girl and Cookie for their scheduled check ups. Please pray for only good news!
The good news is that Cookie is doing great – her eyes and area around them looks great and we’re supposed to “keep doing what we’ve been doing” because it’s working! She will always have to have special attention to her eyes but she is good about having solution or meds put in them and she’s great about having her face cleaned daily and lotion applied. She’ll always be a stay out of the sun mare but that’s ok. She goes out after the sun goes down. She’s a cancer survivor and a happy girl.
After Pam and I got the girls settled in at the hospital we had to rush back to the farm to pickup Peaches. She looked distended when we left and I called Dr. Julia out. When she examined Peaches, she determined that Peaches needed to go to the hospital.
At the hospital she was examined and ultrasounded – they believe she has a displacement of the colon with an impaction. They do not believe that her gut has twisted or that any part of her intestines have died. They are giving her some time to try to resolve but, if she does not resolve within the next hour or so, she needs surgery. We’re told that her chances are very good if she needs surgery – so, we wait and pray for a miracle in the next hour. We ask for your prayers and good thoughts too.
Peaches is a wonderful little mare that used to get hit in the head a lot before we got her. If she didn’t do what she was asked to do at just the right time (she was a games pony) she’d get bopped in the head between her ears. It was very sad. She’s full of life and deserves a chance. It was very hard to leave Peaches at the hospital this evening. Katie went to visit with her late this evening and we’ll be back there in the morning.
Dr. Porter (PHD Veterinary Service) came out this afternoon to check on a few of the horses. The best news is that he believes that Daisy, the mini donkey that came to us several months ago with cancer around both eyes, has a chance of beating it! He is referring Daisy to the same vet (ophthalmologist) that took care of Cookie’s cancer that was on her 3rd eyelids and around her eyes – and he did her reconstructive surgery! Daisy has had some surgeries over the last several months and both eyes look so much better. But, so far, the cancer keeps returning. Daisy’s left eye will likely need to be removed but that’s ok – she can’t see much out of it now. She’s only 4 years old and deserves a chance. We also hope to incorporate holistic care into Daisy’s treatment plan. She runs around here with the boys and is just in everyone’s pockets. Everyone loves Daisy! We keep a protective hard cup mesh mask on her and during the day she wears a UV mask on top of the mesh mask. Oh, and Daisy is VERY vocal. I mean very.
Dr. Porter also visited with Baby Girl when he was here. He was a key team player in her recovery. Baby Girl is another little filly that believed and she overcame the odds – her recovery was nothing short of a miracle! For those that don’t know Baby Girl’s story here is a link to an article:
Baby Girl will be going back to her adoptive home in a few weeks. She only came back to FL in order for her to go back to UF to be seen by Dr. Morton. But x-rays and her exam showed nothing to be alarmed of. There is scar tissue impinging some nerves that is causing some tics around her eye. She has arthritis in her jaw but that was expected. We ride her in a bitless bridle that was made by Skips Bitless Bridles and she does just fine. We wouldn’t dream of taking her back from a family that adores her unless there a medical or other issue that would make it in her best interest. Dr. Bess will be doing her teeth in a few days.
Prayers are working! Please keep them coming for Peaches! Peaches passed poop and gas just before Dr. Bauck and Dr. Morton were planning to operate so they opted to continue to give her one more round of meds to try to keep her comfortable to buy her a little more time. It appears they made the right decision – they are awesome! BTW – Dr. Morton is the surgeon that operated on Baby Girl. Peaches tummy has gone down – she’s up and has light in her eyes. Her poop is better and she’s got a little appetite this morning! They plan to remove the IV fluids today and monitoring her. I didn’t sleep last night for worry and what little I did sleep I had horrible dreams. I shouldn’t let my faith waiver, I know, but I’m human. We’ve had so many losses – I just couldn’t believe we were at risk of losing Peaches too. But she is showing signs of improvement and if she continues to improve she’ll likely be able to come home over the weekend.
Thank you all so much for your prayers and support for Peaches. The financial burden of this is going to be around $1500 or a little more. I’ve asked Jeanne to figure out where we are with donations for Peaches and she’ll update later today but I’m sure we’re several hundred dollars short. But right now I’m going to go say a prayer of thanks and try to grab a little sleep while Kylie is here – and Lisa is on her way in. Bob had to go to the doctor this morning so I need to call and let him know about Peaches. This is such a relief – oh – and I need to call Katie! God bless and have a wonderful day everyone! Please continue to send good thoughts for Peaches and pray she continues to improve! Thank you!!!!
It’s really great to have Peaches back at the rescue – thank you all for your good thoughts and prayers. Some have asked where we stand with funds to cover her vet bill – I’ll figure that out on Monday. For now, I’d really like to just bask in the relief knowing that she’s recovering and is home. She’s tucked in for the night. Hopefully, we’ll all sleep a bit better tonight.
I was very happy that Angelo dropped by to help out at the farm for awhile today. Bob had to run a lot of errands to get hay, etc. Roxy and Paul were also here today – they volunteer every other Saturday. They are the adopter’s of Skye and Morgan – two of our horses that are living a great life getting lots of TLC.
Jazzy is getting better about being handled. He actually walks up to me now and then and turns sideways to ask for scratches. I had to get some goobers out of his eye this morning. He’s got the cutest little itty bitty eyes.