Sunday, March 15, 2009

The View From Here

I sincerely hope this is the worst photo I ever post here on The Barb Wire, in more ways than one. Poor Aaruba doesn't look quite this bedraggled in person, though the shaved patches on his neck (for the catheter) and flank (for ultrasound) are admittedly unflattering.

He's feeling good enough to want a great deal more soaked hay than is safe to offer. Every couple hours, he gets a handful of the soggy stuff. He gobbles it in great, dripping mouthfuls that make him look like the Loch Ness monster in a fur coat. I'm afraid his eagerness has made him forget his manners, judging by the photo sent by a friend who stopped in to visit him, offered a bite of hay, and nearly lost her fingers.

Assuming all goes well tonight, he'll come home tomorrow. I'm a little nervous.


rkb111 said...

Still praying for y'all...

Lori Skoog said...

Great news Tamara. He's making it because he is supposed to...I'm sure you can't wait to have him back home. You sure have a lot of friends out there who are concerned.

Cactus Jack Splash said...

I am glad he will get to come home soon...I am sure that is where he would rather be too.
He is one tough guy and you are very strong.
Still praying

Jonna said...

That is good news Tamara. Has there been any additional diagnosis on the small intestine defect? Is surgery an option?

Krissa said...

Hi Tamara...I've been following your blog for some time now. I hate to hear that Aruba got in trouble again. Just know that there's many out there that are praying for you both! I hope he gets to come home and neither of you will have to deal with this again. Stay strong.


allhorsestuff said...

I loved the feel of being there with Aaruba!
He is such a wonderful Arabian..I do prefer the grays.

Well your horseface is almost home, I would be nervious too,but, he is such a strong horse and mean't to be loved by you much longer I think! He and you have great things ahead. Hang in Tamara!
Kac said...

poor baby. people fingers are not good for horses with tummy aches!

I'll bet you are nervous. When I was running a boarding business for just a single summer, we had a horse recovering from colic who had to be fed small amounts of soaked hay around the clock. It was time consuming and arduous, and made me jittery.

At least you can sneak out and peek at him in the night. The comfort of knowing how he is at any given moment will have to substitute for that of knowing he's safe at the vet.

I'm crossing my fingers that he comes home and all goes well.