Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Guess Whos Home?!

Beau is back on the farm! He came home yesterday- he is walking much better and his central line is out...he is on oral antibiotics and bute. Yahooo, he's home. Well, I'll be honest, I wasn't that thrilled when I saw the bill, got "plan" for the rest of the treatment and heard that he will need stall rest and wraps and then reevaluation next week. We went well over "budget" and the financial cost is not even close to over... you should see the cost of this high test med. And, the bandaging will need to be redone every other day- to the tune of 2 rolls of vet wrap, 2 rolls of gauze, 2 rolls of cotton and a roll of elasticon. ka-ching, ka-ching! I keep telling myself that it's only money, right?! And the most important thing is that he is home...and on the right road...

He seems happy to be back, I think he was glad to see the others. He also has been eating well- one of the side effects of this antibiotic is sores in the mouth, so I have to watch carefully that he doesn't go off his feed. They gave me 2 doses, and I have to go back tomorrow for the next 2. It's pricey, and if he goes off of it I don't want to be stuck with too much left on my hands. They have to suspend it in a gel- which he gets in the morning only. And, the wrap is to be changed every other day. It is a lot less labor intensive than before! For that I am grateful. And also grateful to my Mom and Dad who floated a bigger loan than I ever anticipated. I'll be paying them off for eons, but hopefully I've done the right thing and he will be sound!
I was there when they took off the wrap yesterday- the swelling is significantly down. It is still somewhat puffy over the hock- but they want me to do the next 2 wraps with the sweat material and they hope the last will be gone. He is on stall rest until they reevaluate him next Monday; then hand grazing, then hand walking. So, we are looking at a few more weeks until he will be ready to go, but I can wait. I have no choice right?! And, the weather has been pretty crappy so motivation is low anyhow. I just want this all to be over and done with... well, it wont be done for a long long time. Let the payments begin!

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