9/29/2009

Drunkard?


We are still waiting for the lab work to come in, so no answers yet as to what happened to me. As you can see in the picture I was not feeling well at all, this one was taken last Wednesday.
On Saturday the 19th I had my feet done, stood just fine for the farrier. Then the DOR and I had a lesson. I worked my butt off, but again things were fine. In fact we even loped! Sunday I wasn't even sore from my workout the day before. Monday morning everything was hunky dory. Then Monday evening rolled around and things had gone horribly sideways. I started walking in for my treats and the DOR thought I was moving a bit weird, she thought it had just taken me a bit to get sore. I got happy to see my treats, started to trot and fell to my knees. The DOR rushed out to see what was wrong. I struggled back to my feet and staggered to her, her eyes were leaking tears by then. I got to the paddock and swayed, trying to stay up. The DOR had to help me keep my feet. She called the vet, called the horse guardian, and called the SCC-she was having as much trouble talking as I was standing. The horse guardian arrived and she called a specialist in Ellensburg. I was given a bunch of stuff to eat, things to boost my energy and help my nerves. The SCC arrived and the DOR crumbled, she was so worried and felt so helpless. I was worried about her, while I felt funny I wasn't worried about me-things just were the way they were-but the DOR's behavior was confusing me. She started taking deep breathes and gathered herself together so I felt better. The vet arrived and watched me stumble around. He said I most likely had a virus, but he drew blood to find out exactly what kind. He gave me shots and said I was strong, other than the virus that I was very healthy, and young. He said as long as I could keep standing I had a good chance of recovery. Hey, standing around is what I do best so no problems right? Well there was one problem, Shandi, she was pushing on me out of worry and was almost knocking me down. The SCC put her in with Salty and Freedom so she wouldn't make me fall, if I had fallen I don't think I could have gotten up.
I was put on paddock restriction and the vet left to eat dinner. The DOR stayed with me until 9:30 pm, the horse guardian and the ranch manager checked on me around 11:00 pm and then we tucked in for a long night. The DOR was out at 5:30 am and was thrilled to see me still on my feet shuffling around. I was given my treatment regime, the DOR is calling it "Jack's blast" (recipe given on Thursday). Tuesday morning the horse guardian watched me all morning. I was checked on every hour Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday evening I got more "Jack's blast", a shot, and sprayed with Release on my spine to help reduce pressure on my nerves. The horse guardian and the DOR talked to a specialist in Idaho who agreed to come out Wednesday and see me. I will tell you about that on Friday.
I can tell you that the DOR has left no stone unturned in treating what ever it is that is wrong with me. I am bouncing back and she keeps telling me over and over that I will be healthy and whole. That is the new mantra around me "healthy and whole Jack, healthy and whole, you will be healthy and whole." If chanted right it makes for a nice conga-line dance.
Enjoy your day and don't forget to hug your DOR

15 comments:

Grey Horse Matters said...

Poor Jack. I hope there is nothing seriously wrong with him and he is healthy and whole soon.

Kate said...

Jack - it sounds like you may be feeling a bit better - you are lucky to have such a caring and attentive DOR - and all her helpers too! Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Mrs Mom said...

Thoughts and prayers with you Jack. Get better right quick, and know that there are a whole lot of horses (and their owners) out here pulling for a complete and speedy recovery!

Once Upon an Equine said...

Oh, that sounds very scary. I hope you recover very soon Jack and that all those good people helping you can diagnose what is ailing you. You haven't been snacking on Sage, have you Jack?

One Red Horse said...

Your team is the best. Healthy and whole, Jack. That is you.

One Red Horse said...

Your team is the best. Healthy and whole, Jack. That is you.

fernvalley01 said...

good thoughts and prayers for you Jack!

mrscravitz said...

Jack you are so lucky to have such a wonderful DOR to watch over you! I am anxious to hear what has caused this. Not knowing is so hard.

Breathe said...

Jack, we're with you. Hope you're feeling better today!

Angie said...

Oh (((Jack))) and (((DOR))) (hugs). Hope Jack is feeling better in no time.

marge said...

thanks for the update - you both take care of yourselves. thinking of you. marge

Sharon said...

Jack, you have the best Mom in the world. Sending you lots of good, healiung horsy karma! Get well soon!

anml_lvr said...

That is so sad. But you'll recover Jack, I know you will!

Cactus Jack Splash said...

Once upon an equine,
No I haven't eaten any sage. None in our pastures and I don't try to snitch any on the trails, it is yucky.
Thanks for all the well wishes.

Paint Girl said...

Oh Jack!! I am so sorry that you aren't feeling well! Sounds like your DOR is so worried about you and is taking really good care of you too! Can't wait to hear good news, that you are all better!! My thoughts are with you and your DOR!

 

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