Sunday, January 4, 2009
I want to thank everyone for your kind words, your support, your prayers, and for reiki. It really means a lot to me.
And so for the update. On the way to the stable this morning, we called the vet to let him know Jordan was still agitated (the stable owner had already called), and still not doing what he needed to do. Since he has ulcers (we discovered), and was so freaked out by being tubed (a tube goes through a nostril down into the stomach. Five gallons of water, Epsom salt, and a laxative, are pumped into the stomach.), the vet didn't want to try that again. He suggested that we let Jordan graze a little, and start giving him small meals later to see if that helped. Otherwise, he would have to go to the hospital and have IV fluids with heavy doses of drugs to help him. Needless to say, we didn't want that.
So, we walked him. Let him graze. Walked him some more. Put him in his stall. Walked him. Let him graze...You get the point. For seven hours. He started getting some bran mash around 3, got some more around 5. And was walked, and walked, and walked. Well, we finally had to come home to feed the dogs and eat dinner. We had JUST pulled up to the house, and the stable owner called. She said she was passing by Jordan's stall, and lo and behold, there was some manure. She said it was dry as a bone, but there nonetheless. YAY!! So, he will get more mash at 8 tonight, and walked. We'll go back at midnight to give him more, and walk him. But this is good news indeed.
We have learned that Jordan is a very stoic horse. We learned he had bad feet for a long time (not anymore, thanks to good supplements and a good farrier), and as a result, had a high pain threshold. As noted above, we learned that he has probably had ulcers for a long time, but just tolerated them - that high pain threshold again. He is now on good drugs for that.
Hopefully, it is the beginning of a full return to health. And I thank you all again for your support during this difficult time. The prayers and good energy seem to be working!
One of my friends mentioned that she is praying to St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, for Jordan. So I want to share this statue from Brookgreen Gardens with you. I had the privilege of meeting the sculptor, the father of a friend, years ago. His name is Julian Harris, and he also did Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Medal. A while back, I had been telling someone about this sculpture, how beautiful it was, turned a corner at Brookgreen Gardens, and there it was! And there it still is to this day! Anyway - this is for you, M.E., and any others who pray to St. Francis, or appreciate beautiful sculpture: