Dressage Mom Archive on February 2, 2011, 3:02 pm

I complain every year about winter. And here I go again.I'm sick of it already and it's just February. Here in Northeast Ohio we can have snow in April. So I still have months of this crap left.Yes I know we're having a winter storm, and it's nasty out, etc. It's not the driving on the roads that I don't like. It's being cold at the barn. I just get tired of bundling up to groom horses, then taking off the jacket to ride, taking off another layer when I get sweaty, then back on with the jacket when
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Looks good, feels good

Dressage Mom Archive on January 22, 2011, 11:42 pm

It looks like putting in the extra time to wrap Kaswyn's leg is paying off already. Two days of being wrapped and the inflammation was gone when I unwrapped him. It's wonderful. I can tell that he feels better just by the way he's acting. It's now been four days and the wound looks so much better. It's been very cold here and the horses haven't been going out, so having someone unwrap and re-wrap him has not been an issue. I've been out every day to walk him and tend the leg myself.There are three
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New Plan

Dressage Mom Archive on January 21, 2011, 2:46 pm

I wanted to update sooner, but this is what happens when you have a horse and kids - one doctor's appointment and two dentist appointments later I'm finally getting around to writing.Kaswyn's wound looks a bit better. It's not great though, and he is still developing inflammation on the back of his pastern. When that inflammation is there I can't even touch that area without him flinching and picking up the foot.When I got there on Tuesday I iced the area and it improved but didn't go away. Then
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Clock move faster!

Dressage Mom Archive on January 18, 2011, 3:38 pm

I haven't seen Kaswyn in a week and I'm going out to the barn tonight after work.And work is going SO slowly. Ugh.I'm sure the gals out at the barn have taken good care of him but I miss that boy. I'll take pictures of his wound if I can get decent lighting. That way everyone gets to see the grossness! Actually I'm hoping it's looking much better than it did a week ago.I also am feeling a bit bloated and soft from not riding for a week. It's probably all in my head, but what I think is "I haven't
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Calling the doctors

Dressage Mom Archive on January 6, 2011, 9:10 pm

I haven't updated about Kaswyns' leg lately because there is not much to tell. It is slowly getting better but still has inflammation, even with bute (one gram twice a day) and icing. I'm not working him at all, but he is getting turned out. They put round bales of hay in the pastures and he doesn't run at all, just walks around the round bale with his face stuck in it!The wound is slowly healing from the bottom up and from the inside out, and every day I see slight changes in the positive direction.
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Fat leg

Dressage Mom Archive on January 1, 2011, 11:52 pm

Today I went out to see Kaswyn and his leg was all fat and swollen. Now I'm pretty certain that it's the inflammation that is making him sensitive, uncomfortable, and lame, because he didn't want me to touch any place that was swollen, not just between or around the incisions. So I walked him for ten minutes and gave him 2 grams of bute. I also put some Surpass cream on the most puffy areas. I decided to put him on one gram of bute twice a day for three days, then one gram a day for three days.
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Hope for a Happy New Year

Dressage Mom Archive on December 31, 2010, 9:16 pm

Today is the last day of 2010, and I haven't posted in awhile. I've got two posts, stuck in the draft process, that I need to get finished, but I just haven't gotten the job done. And today in particular has been a bit of a rough one as far as Kaswyn has been concerned. Well, Kaswyn's ok today, but it's me that's been having issues.I went to the barn today after being in California for a week visiting with my family. It was a lot of fun, but the whole time I was worried about Kaswyn's leg, and if
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Leg pictures and video

Dressage Mom Archive on December 21, 2010, 2:48 pm

Here are the current pictures of Kaswyn's leg.First, the lateral incision site, meaning the outside of the leg.Looks pretty good, right? You can just see two little areas of pink, but the rest is totally healed.Next, the medial side. That's the side that teh surgeon said was a mess of scar tissue, nerve re-growth, and lots of inflammation and hypersensitivity.Looks pretty icky. It's still open, but flat. By that I mean it doesn't have a huge canyon or hole down in there, but there is still exposed
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Yellow and Frozen Blue do not make green

Dressage Mom Archive on December 20, 2010, 9:59 pm

It's 23 degrees at the barn. There is no bathroom, but there is a Port-A-Potty. Things... freeze.. in there.The portable heater that someone put in there = WIN! It doesn't keep the "down below" from freezing solid, but is does make a nice warm breeze across the seat, which is awesome.
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What's with that leg?

Dressage Mom Archive on December 19, 2010, 1:37 pm

It's been awhile since I've posted. That's because I've been so busy it's insane.Work has been super stressful and very very busy. It's essentially 8 hours of go-go-go, sometimes more if the doctors run late, or the patients are late due to the weather. Then after work it's a mad dash to the barn to unwrap Kaswyn's leg, walk him, and wrap it up again.Update on the leg is that it's not healed on the bad side. The good side is totally healed and looks great. The bad side, the side that the surgeon
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Horse Husbands, here's some food for thought.

Dressage Mom Archive on December 6, 2010, 6:37 pm

These last few weeks have been a crazy time for Kaswyn and I. They've also been trying for my family. Fortunately, Craig recently did some thinking about my horse that has led to an epiphany of sorts on his part. I think there are those who can benefit from this line of thinking, so I asked Craig to write it up so I could post it.Here it is -Hi. Sheri’s husband here.I generally don’t poke my nose into this odd and mysterious world of horse people, but Sheri's asked me to write a guest post concerning
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Not good. Not good at all. Part 4.

Dressage Mom Archive on December 3, 2010, 3:30 am

Part 1 Part 2Part 3Kaswyn came home last night. Luckily my friend the barn manager was able to go pick him up with her truck and trailer. Doc was there when we arrived and he said my horse was doing great. Here's three great things that I found out from Doc -1) He said Kaswyn was sound. He jogged him to check soundness and there was no lameness. Wowza. I didn't expect that.2) He spoke with the OSU surgeon and both docs are sure that this inflammatory episode won't effect the success of the surgery.
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Not good. Not good at all. Part 3.

Dressage Mom Archive on December 3, 2010, 2:07 am

Part 1Part 2We walked into the main exam room. The staff started taking his sheet off, taking his temp, heart rate, all of his vitals, and unwrapping the leg. Then Doc came in. I had briefed him on the phone so he knew what was going on. He asked what medications he had gotten, and I told him about the 2 grams of bute 45 minutes ago.He examined the leg, then ordered two kinds of antibiotics, banamine (for the pain and the swelling) and dexamethasone (steriod anti-inflammatory). He injected Kaswyn
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Not good. Not good at all. Part 2.

Dressage Mom Archive on December 2, 2010, 2:06 am

Part 1I called my local vet practice. At first I wanted to see if I could get a vet out to see Kaswyn, but I only wanted Dr. B or Dr. G to see him, and Dr. G doesn't make farm calls. They were trying to get something to happen for me, since I was crying on the phone and they knew it must be bad.Finally I asked if I could just come there and have Dr. G see him. It was 4:45 pm. Doc said he would be there, to come on over.Thankfully one of the trainers at the barn happened to be there to see all of
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Not good. Not good at all. Part 1.

Dressage Mom Archive on December 1, 2010, 1:14 am

A quick recap -I took Kaswyn to OSU on Monday. He was supposed to have surgery Tuesday.His bloodwork Tuesday morning came back with low white count, so the surgery was postponed until Wednesday. I left him in Columbus.The surgery went well and I drove down and back to Columbus to fetch my horse on Thanksgiving.I went out Friday, Saturday and Sunday to see him. He's on complete stall rest for two weeks after the surgery, so I was just able to go into his stall and visit with him. On Saturday I changed
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My Thanksgiving, the short version

Dressage Mom Archive on November 26, 2010, 12:33 am

Very shortened, because I'm seriously beat. Went to work this morning for about and hour, and while I was there OSU called and said I could come fetch Kaswyn who was eating, pooping and looking like he was ready to go home. The lovely Laura Goldman of the USA Para Dressage Team said she'd keep me company on my drive.I picked her up at 10:30 am. The drive to Columbus is 2.5 hours. I got home at 7:00 pm. You know how that goes . . . a five hour drive turns into an 8.5 hour endeavor when horses are
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Wednesday update - 4:00 pm

Dressage Mom Archive on November 25, 2010, 1:02 am

The surgeon called me at 4:00 to tell me the surgery was over and that Kaswyn was on his feet but not yet walking. She said he looked like he was doing well.The surgery went well but was challenging. The other surgeries she had done were on horses who had never had a neurectomy, so there was more scar tissue in Kaswyn's leg than she was used to seeing. She expected it though, so it's not like it was a shock, it just made isolating the nerve more challenging. Also the nerve ending was higher up the
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Wednesday updates - noon-time

Dressage Mom Archive on November 24, 2010, 5:14 pm

Last night's blood work came back normal, as did this morning's.Surgery should start at 12:00 (noon). They will call me when he is back up on his feet.I'll update again when I know something!
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I don't have good news to post.

Dressage Mom Archive on November 23, 2010, 11:00 pm

I'm going to make this short, since I've got a pounding stress headache...I took Kaswyn to OSU last night and dropped him off. This morning as I was heading over to the vet hospital the surgeon called and said his blood work came back with a low white cell count. She said this is indicative of an increased amount of endotoxin in his bloodstream, which can develop into diarrhea that could potentially be fatal. She did not feel comfortable operating on him today, even though she says he appears to
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In the dog house. Part 3.

Dressage Mom Archive on November 21, 2010, 11:30 pm

Part 1Part 2Macey started screaming "NOOOO!! MEGAMIND! I WANNA SEE MEGAMIND! WHAAAA!!!"I said "Nope. And you know what? If you're going to have a fit please go to your room to have it.""NO!!! MEG-A-MIND! AHHHH! NOOOO!!!!"So I picked her up, literally kicking and screaming, and deposited her in her room, where she continued to wail and thrash about.I went back downstairs and Lily was wide eyed, and said quietly "Do I miss the movie too?"Hmm. Lily hadn't done anything wrong, so it seemed sucky to
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