Then all the horrible news from this past weekend - the trailer accident that caused the death of three of Pollard Eventing's top horses, the loss of the show jumping mare Kellemoi de Pepita to colic, and the death of of US equestrian team physician Dr. Craig Ferrell to injuries sustained in a polo accident - just depressed the heck out of me and made me feel small and horrible for having indulged in my own pity party for what are minuscule and trivial setbacks indeed.
Now I have managed to contract a stomach virus, in May, for gawd's sake. However, I am choosing to look at this as a GOOD thing, as Nature's own form of weight loss. Yippee! Maybe I can hang on to it long enough to lose the 10lbs I've gained since my accident! (I know, I'm not right in the head, but you knew that already.)
So, the update on the Sainted Mare: She's got an inflamed branch in her suspensory ligament. From what, we have no idea. Luckily, we caught it before it became a tear or anything more serious. She was on stall rest with hand walking for a couple days, with lots of icing and bandaging. After Dr. Furlong diagnosed her, the vet techs drugged her up and administered a round of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) to the injury site.
|A buzzed Sug catching a buzz -- in more ways than one!|
The theory behind ESWT is that it helps soft tissue and joint issues by producing an analgesic (pain killing) effect with an anti-inflammatory effect and by stimulating blood. The vet tech holds a wand which emits shock or pressure waves, which pulse to a specific site within the injured tissue. Basically it looks and sounds like the vet tech is tasering the horse. Hence the need for anesthesia.
Sug has been recovering nicely and we've been able to start tack walking. Hopefully we'll be able to trot later this week after Dr. Furlong reevaluates her and she has her second round of ESWT therapy. If all goes well (fingers crossed) we should be back in business in about a month. Of course, there is always the risk of a relapse, since the injured ligament is always weaker, but I get the impression that this was slight enough that we don't need to worry too much. Although I will, excessively, as that is what I do.
Am off to Walmart to buy as much Bubble Wrap as I can lay my hands on.