6-3-07 UPDATE (I apologize in advance, but I copied this update from another BB I frequent - too darn tired to type it twice
I think the Nux is working and I took her off the bute, as well as her Mother. For the filly, I am substituting 5cc's of banamine IM to ward off minor colic and to aid in anti-inflammatory. The mother I am switching over to B-L Solution as she is considered Grade 1 lameness and appears to be doing well on full turnout and Mother Nature
Mattie drank 6 1/2 gallons of water today!! YIPPEE - BUT I have not seen a poop since 12:30 this afternoon. She was able to go into the big paddock off her stall (50x70) as long as she stayed quiet as a mouse - which she did She did not get much hay because she was on grass for most of the day - so not "too" worried about the poop thing. I am more excited that she drank as much water today as she has had since I brought her home on Wednesday. I figured she has had only 7 gallons total before today.
My massage therapist came today. She did not want to do much in the way of actual physical therapy until she researched Sweeney Shoulder more. She did not want to cause any kind of setback. She went to work on a more relaxing massage and focused on the muscles she is now using more to compensate for the right shoulder/leg. She was working away on the left hindquarter and I think she hit the "drink" button because Mattie took a big yawn, licked and chewed then went for the bucket and drank a gallon
I said, "Hit that spot again!"
"Momma" Mingo also got the works today. Mingo was sore all over her front end, especially on the right side of her neck along the topline (that area that keeps sweating) and also right behind the shoulder where you snug the saddle into place. The therapist also found she was REALLY sore on the right side of her face, between the eye and where the buckle of the halter or bridle is. There is a tiny muscle that runs vertically that was super sore. I am beginning to wonder if she got broadsided by her daughter. Mingo has that spot on her face (which probably caused the slight nosebleed) and the spot on her topline. I am thinking Mattie's right shoulder hit Mingo's face and Mingo got a secondary hit to the topline with Mattie's left shoulder or head. Mingo was quite dazed/drunk looking when I came home from the hospital Saturday night. I know she took a blow to the head and I told the vet school this, but they never radiographed her head Anyway, The Mighty Miss Mingo seems to be doing pretty well - back to a Grade 1 lameness in my mind. Still do not think it is Sweeney as the vet school diagnosed. I spoke with a vet friend of mine that said shoulder lameness is often mis-diagnosed when the T1 is out of whack (that's the first rib after C7) Mingo was JUST adjusted for C7/T1 3 days before the accident!
So glad the masssage therapist came because I got a massage too
from BOTH of my girls. When the therapist hits a "good" spot, they want to do that wiggle/scratchy thing with their muzzle, so I oblige and turn my back and let them go to town on my aching muscles. It was great until Mattie discovered my neck and hair and decided I needed a hair cut - OUCHIE! Gotta love those babies!
Time for night check and hoping to see another gallon gone, a flooded stall and a pretty pile of poop. I was talking on the phone in the barn today when a friend called to check in on us. Right in the middle of the conversation, I had to interrupt by saying out to Mattie, "Oh, what a good girl, you made such a pretty pile of poopy. Mommy is so proud of you!" Then when my therapist came, we were standing outside Mattie's stall watching her and she made another poop. My therapist said, "Oh, that's a nice one, good and wet!" Oh to be the flies on the walls of my barn