So Thursday the 23rd I made a gigantic mistake. That evening, I stood outside of P’s stall, talking with another boarder about when I might be able to ride again. And I said, “I don’t go back to the dr until Feb 6th but I might hop on this weekend just to see how it feels.”
WHAT WAS I THINKING
Because….Friday AM, BO texted me this:
And I called the vet and told her I was ready to remove the eye.
She came out, stained the eye and proclaimed it to be the teensiest of ulcers. Because it was the same eye as the Eye From Hell, and it was right above his surgical scar, I was still ready to remove it myself, but she persuaded me to give it a week.
Also, BO was amazing and offered to do AM and mid-day meds, and more days than not, texted me to offer to do night ones. She is srsly the best.
And I was fairly optimistic, as the eye was quite open every day after that.
Until Wednesday, 2 days before the eye recheck, when P ran around in the pasture, twisted his shoe and STEPPED ON THE NAIL.
So I went out there and was greeted by this pathetic thing. My heart is stone cold when it comes to his injuries now.
Seriously, every day he’d hobble up to me in that stupid bug mask, all I could think was:
Last Friday the farrier came out, pared down his frog and pushed on the nail hole and (yum) pus started pouring out. Then the vet came and declared his eye healed. As of today (7 days post recheck and abscess draining), he’s walking normally and, underneath the fly mask he now lives in, his eye is still, well, there.
Which is good because yesterday I was FINALLY cleared to ride by my surgeon. And quite frankly, I don’t care if P is 100%. I’m not, and I still do the things. So we’ll both be 90% lame together for awhile.
At this point, he’s just recycling injuries. Last year it was tendon, Foot Hole, Eye From Hell. This year we’re starting with Eye, then Hoof…so if he blows a tendon, well…