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One of my lesson students took this picture of Nash before her lesson on him.

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Sunbun’s selfie

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Sunbun's selfie

The poor big guy… He had tie back surgery last week for his breathing issues. Now he is on stall rest for a month and requires daily walks. The pic is of me and him during our lunch time walk today.

Click the picture for more information on his surgery and the causes of it.

Day 16 Nash is almost home!

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Yes, he was discharged today. We are currently in transit but wanted to post this as it will be my only chance tonight. image

I will post tomorrow about final instructions and bill.

Thanks again for all your support and following us along on this crazy journey.

Day 13/14: Positive progress continues

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Things are continuing along the positive path, Nash’s temperature remains to be normal.  On Saturday they stopped one of the 2 antibiotics that he was receiving via IV.  Then on Sunday morning they were please to find the fever didn’t return, they have kept him on the one Antibiotic (Gentamicin).  The good news is that if he remains fever free tomorrow they will discuss with me having him come home early next!  YES, finally talking about my boy coming home.

Fingers crossed and positive thoughts for Nash.  Thanks for all your kind words and support!

 

Day 11: No News

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I was speaking to a friend about not having yet received a call from the vet.  She said the old phrase no news is good news.  Well I corrected her and said in Nash’s case no news is not bad news, because I am sure they would call if he had any significant negative changes.

That being said it is Thanksgiving and I did not receive a call from the hospital.  Dr P. is off today, he said that another vet would call me with an update on Nash’s temperature but I didn’t hear from them today.

I am going to visit Nash tomorrow and finally meet Dr P.  So I will have a full update after that.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.  A couple of pictures of me this morning with my “kids”.  Took a break from doing stall for to take some selfies,

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2013-11-28_11-53-59_793Me and Bilbo with a Frodo photo bomb.

Day 10: back to square one

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Dr Parente said today that there are no bacteria growing in the cultures, which indicates no lung infection or pneumonia. The new antibiotics are not working and he still has a fever.  They decided to put him back on the IV antibiotics, with the thought that he didn’t start the fever till they switched him to oral.  He indicated he might be able to go home this weekend.

The bill so far for Nash is $5,000. Luckily and thankfully the donations went over my goal and we have about $700 more.  Dr P. said that with the IV ABX we will be looking at about $200 per day.  It will be close but I think we will be ok.Dust Storm

Day 9: No change

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I wish I had better news but there really is no change.

They performed the tracheal wash to obtain a sample of the fluid in the lungs.  Then set up the culture, yesterday.  As of today nothing is growing, which is not a surprise as sometime it take 2 days for bacteria to grow.  So they are keeping him on the current antibiotics (SMZs) and added Metronidazole (yesterday).  The second ABX is one that is commonly used for pneumonia.

This morning his fever spiked over 104 but again responded to the bute and came back down to 101.  He said that high of a temperature is usually viral and only lasts 2 – 3 days.  Also he doesn’t look or act like a horse with a 104 temperature caused by pneumonia. He does have slightly and occasionally elevated heart rate and respiratory rate but if it was true pneumonia he would look and act sick.  He would be coughing, but instead he is still eating, drinking, and going to the bathroom all normally.

With the additional ABX they were really hoping for improvement this morning and are really not sure as to the cause of the high fever.  They are starting to think something else is causing the fever.  Maybe something related to the swelling in his legs.

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So we wait some more for them to figure this out.

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