Yesterday I had what seems to be my annual rendezvous with my vet. And no, I don’t mean a tussle in the hay, it just means “regular meeting place”. Precisely; my house, Christmas time, every year to fork over a Ben Frank or two to stitch, medicate, wrap or doctor a horse.
I’ve got this huge plastic syringe for squirting Bute (horse aspirin) into the horses mouth. The tube is the thickness of a mans thumb and it has a plunger on the end to hold in the medicine. If you’ve got kids you’ve seen a small version. So I had this great idea to put applesauce into it with the medicine. Not just any applesauce. No, no! I had to use home made chunky applesauce (it’s all I had, really). Interestingly chunky applesauce doesn’t squirt easily and while attempting to push the air gently out of the syringe that gooey apple gunk popped loose inside the medicine tube and squirted my cheek then flew 12 feet in the air to decorate my ceiling.
Fun fun! Who’se gonna clean that up I wonder?
My vet cracks me up. Our phone conversation went as follows.
ME: “Nicole, this is Jessie up on the hill.”
VET: “Hey Jess, how’s it goin?”
VET: “Don’t tell me it’s one of the children. I only doctor animals you know.”
ME: “Hahaha! I can’t believe you had to ask, but no, its that little pony.”
VET: “Ah ha, well you’d be surprised what kinds of calls I get.”
ME: “Really? Well I guess that’s the sort of redneck thing I’d do. No not really!” Nervous chuckle!
VET: “Well, what’s going on with her?”
ME: “I don’t know when it happened but she appears to have poked her eye. I’m not sure but she may be blind, it is gray and cloudy. My son came running in and said ‘Mom there’s green blood coming from Hayley’s eye.'”
VET: “Well, the mucus could be trying to rid the eye of a foreign object. Let me come out and take a look. We’ll have to sedate her and dye the eye to check for any scratch or tear.”
ME: “Okay I’ll see you in a bit. This is becoming a regular occurence. What has it been? Three years in a row!”
VET: “Seems like it. I’ll be there as soon as I can.”
The next pictures are icky.
The first one is her swollen eye with green mucus excreting.
This is how Thing One found her…
Once she was sedated we could see into her eye but didn’t need any dye to see that the cornea is sliced and scraped. Her cornea is approximately 1/2 the appropriate thickness. I have no idea how she did it. The vet maintains that horses are suicidal. It was dark while she was out but after antibiotic ointment and Bute, Hayley is feeling better. Here are pictures of the actual corneal laceration.
We are in for a long healing process. I’m praying she continues to allow me to manually medicate. If not Nicole will be inserting a tube that allows me to medicate without touching her eye. If we have to go that route she will be out, yet again to sedate and insert the contraption. Can you see me in the eye?
Poor girl, she is really hurting! All three boys prayed for her last night. Judging from the look on Nicole’s face she is going to need it. There is still a strong likelihood that it will become infected or rupture. At this moment in time she can still see out of it despite my initial concern. Hopefully it stays that way.
Antibiotic ointment three times a day. Good thing I’ve got a couple of great helpers!