Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bad News

FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE: No call from the vet last night, which is good news. They'd have let me know if Aaruba had turned for the worse. That's all I know at the moment...thanks so much for all your messages of hope and support. Keep jingling!
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Aaruba
is in the hospital. We checked him in at 11:00 last night with mild, persistent colic symptoms that reminded me too much of his near-fatal impaction in October 2007. Everything is the same this time, only we caught it sooner, and he's not improving at the same rate as before.

He appears to have a small intestine impaction, which my vet tells me is unusual in our area. Even more unusual is the fact that his heart rate is normal (32 bpm) and his pain is mild. He's passed some manure, but he also refluxed 4 gallons a couple hours ago. Surgery is not an option due to poor prognosis for success, given his history. Everything points to some kind of flaw in his intestine, an adhesion or similar, that has persisted for years now and causes occasional, serious problems. Even if he makes it through this time, the underlying issue will remain.

All we can do is keep him on IV fluids and try a drug to enhance intestinal motility. Typically, the drug is contraindicated in cases where an impaction already exists, and you probably wouldn't want it in a horse that might go to surgery, but we're running out of options. I'll be honest with you: this looks very bad.

As they say on the Chronicle of the Horse forums, start jingling.

16 comments:

April said...

Jingles from California!

hilinda said...

Oh, Tamara, we're thinking about you both! Jingling, crossing fingers, lighting candles, everything I can think of.

Things don't always go the way they look like they're heading. And miracles do happen.

Endurance Granny said...

Only good thoughts winging across the miles for a recovery for Aruba. I love your breath taking horse.

Hugs ~E.G.

One Red Horse said...

Tamara, there are few greater challenges than a beloved horse in potentially lethal pain. I am so, so sorry and praying for Arruba's recovery.

Lori Skoog said...

Tamara and Arruba...sending you every bit of positive energy I can muster.

Nicole said...

Will be praying for strength and discernment and peace for you and Travis and especially Aaruba. From reading along about your training and competition, you two have quite a bond. Hope you don't end up having to make any difficult decisions.

betsnevada said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Hang in there.

allhorsestuff said...

Oh sweet girl and horse Aruba...jingling/praying very hard!
Take heart,
Kac with Wa mare

Cactus Jack Splash said...

Jingles from all of us here at Grumpy Old Horse Ranch. Aruba get well soon!

East End Jenn said...

You know you and Aaruba are in my thoughts. *hugs*

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I'm so sorry. I know you won't be getting any sleep tonight.

Jingling, praying and sending positive healing energy for Aaruba.

HUGS
~Lisa
New Mexico

THE PONY EXPRESSION said...

I know what it's like to watch my best friend suffer. My heart goes out to you, and to Aaruba. I don't know much about jingles, but I'm sending prayers up that he recovers fast and comes home soon.

HUGS

;)S

Esther Garvi said...

I'm so sorry, Tamara. I hope all goes well! Arruba is such a lovely barb!

Andrea said...

Oh no!! I lost my first horse to a really horrible impaction and nearly my second (spent a week in the hospital recovering)... I know exactly what you're feeling. Jingles jingles jingles for Aaruba from Connecticut!!!

Tamara of In the Night Farm said...

Thanks, everyone. I can't tell you how much your support means. As of 7:00 this morning, I haven't received a call from the night vet -- which is good news. I'd know if he'd turned for the worse. I'll know more when the clinic opens later this morning...

Jonna said...

Tamara, my thoughts and prayers are with you and Aaruba. I know what you are going through.Jingles from Acer Farm. We are pulling for you.