Today must have set some kind of record. The wind was awful and the temperature was WAY too low! All four horses stayed in their warm stalls and had no intention of going out into the cold. Poppi seems to be holding his own, even in this cold weather. Poop production is very good, he has quite the appetite at each of his four feedings during the day. His hernia has not grown in size, although the body wall is still softer than I would like. I will be making his ultrasound appointment for the first or second week in February.
The blankets came off today and the horses loved it! I found them all sun bathing at noon, well, except for Poppi. He can only stick his head out into the sunlight which is his favorite thing to do! He layed down a couple time last night and then Mom saw him in the stall cam in a deep sleep at 5am flat out and in REM mode. He loves his nap time! Today he got a full brush down and body massage with concentration around his withers where he is itchy and sore. I applied more meds to his back sores and they look better than they did last week. His vision is staying about the same, not worse or better. One eye is worse than the other, but he manages and is still very happy and content. Though he longs to go outside and run. Hopefully soon. I will begin to now let his muzzle hairs grow out so that he can feel his way around easier. I will pray for some more warm weather! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night <3
Today is a good day. Poppi is VERY hyper and VERY hungry. He wants his food and right away! His incision site looks great. His fur is growing back in, although I don't like seeing the few staples that I can't get out sticking out. I have tried many times to pull them out, but he lets me know it hurts by picking up his hind leg and shaking it at me. So, they will have to wait till we go to Tufts to be taken out. I washed him up good today, and I think I have frostbite now. The only thing that worries me still is his hernia. Although it has not dropped too much, his body wall is soft and I want it to be hard so that he can heal and not have any issues. Putting the hernia belt back on is out of the question, the sores on his back are still healing and drying up and he is still sore. I left the leg wraps off yesterday to let his legs breathe, and they didn't swell at all. I think he loved the feeling of no constriction on his legs. Maybe tomorrow, no blanket if it warms up! It has been so cold and not even reaching 20 degrees, so all the horses have been bundled up and wrapped up like mummies. Well, sort of. =0)
So today I took an overtime shift 7am-3pm, and of course, Poppi decided to lay down and break his rope that was keeping his head up so that he couldn't lay down. It is very important that Poppi not lay down too much because we need his body wall to heal and get strong again and too much movement can cause his body wall to weaken, especially when laying down because his belly has so much pressure on it and it takes a lot of motion to get up and down. I have been trying to let him lay down every 2-3 days just to get him off his feet because he gets so tired. But sometimes, he decides that he needs to lay down and makes the decision himself. I will worry about him til I get home when I can can then clean him up and check him over.
I feel the need to update everyone on Poppi's progress, I wish I had been doing this right along, starting October 12th- the day he got sick and went in for surgery. But time flew by, and most of my free time was spent in the car driving back and forth to Tufts. Now my time is spent mostly out in the barn, caring for Poppi and of course, spoiling the other three horses. I am going to try to start from the beginning with Poppi and tell his story. Please be patient, as it will take me some time to get you all caught up.