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We Are Flying Solo

August 12, 2017

Hope And Home

Before proceeding, I cannot say thank you enough for all of your kind words & support - I have read & re-read them, each one a mini-life buoy amid some seriously rough seas.  I even read your well-wishes to Solo, I think he definitely appreciated them (at least he appreciated that I cannot read to him & squirt nasty medications in his mouth at the same time).

Normal is an unbelievable treasure
Posting delays inevitably result as I struggle to fit work, which forced me to travel last week, & 8-hr intervals of equine nursing duties into days with insufficient hours.  But I can tell you that Solo is home.  Beautifully, wonderfully, shiny-ly (it's a word now) home.

He's gone back for his first hospital follow-up, during which we got to get rid of the catheters that had been keeping the abscess drain tracts open.  The endoscope revealed much healing & no additional signs of new infection, which was a first...& a very welcome one.

We've just finished (I hope) the course of antibiotics.  I am flushing those tracts daily & he has to stay on a special gastric medication until his albumin levels return to normal, as he developed some colitis in the hospital due to the combined stress & intensive pain management medications.

Home.  Free.
But Solo is feeling good.  He looks fantastic.  Grazing with Encore, napping in the shade, rolling heartily after a tasty meal - all without my having to tape his head together anymore (perhaps I will be able to show you all the phases in a future missive).  He gets to be a horse.  And while I am physically, mentally, & emotionally exhausted, while we still have hurdles to clear & work to do, this is a very very very good thing.

Because when I look out my window, I see what I feared lost, so many times, on so many trips to Raleigh, in so many hours with that cold vise of fear around my chest.  I see all the best parts of me embodied in a chestnut larger than his own life:

A Haiku For Hope  

Softly shines again
That heart who defines for me
Every part of Home.

19 comments:

  1. I am so, so glad your big red guy is home and on the mend. I'm waiting for a general quote from Virginia Tech about my Vannah. Her squamous cell carcinoma is going again, sadly. If I can figure out the finances, I want to get her over to VT to see the vet school people. Like you, I've had many sleepless nights worrying. May we both have better days ahead! Hugs to you, my friend :)

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    1. Oh no, blue! Many hugs back and I hope VT gets back to you soon. I know some folks up there in endangered species propagation and pathology, but unfortunately only related to aquatic creatures. The financial part is so brutal on top of the worry, we are here if you need a shoulder. I don't think I can buy food until 2019, and we still have at least 2 more follow ups and meds, so Solo is getting stern lectures about finishing healing already. Hang in there, Vannah!

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    2. They had an opening for today, but it wasn't enough time for me to get her hauled over. Urgh. They were going to call me back with dates farther off and a general cost outlook, but nothing yet. I will have to call them one day this week. And then I'm sure I will go into sticker shock. Blink blink...

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  2. Your blog waa the one that started me reading years ago.... Definitely before you got encore. I'm so happy this all worked out for the best ��

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  3. SO pleased and excited to read this update! :)) I can imagine how joyous it is to see him grazing out your window once again. It means everything. Welcome home, Solo - keep healing and eating and rolling and playing with your brother and filling your mom's eyes with your handsome presence! <3

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  4. Great to hear that he is home!

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  5. I'm so relieved for you! Wishing smooth sailing from here out!

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  6. Shiny-ly, at last! Wonderful news.

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  7. This made my heart happy. I love the haiku.

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    1. Hee, glad you enjoyed it - it's not very inspired but it popped in my head while I was watching him graze, maybe Solo sent it to me. ;)

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  8. Very happy this whole episode has a good ending, enjoy that shiny-ly chestnut!

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  9. So glad he's doing better and able to come home!

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  10. This whole thing is terrifying and I am so glad to hear a positive update. Fingers crossed for a full recovery and return to normal for all of you <3

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  11. I'm so glad to hear that Solo is home!

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  12. Yay! so happy for you both :)

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  13. Thank you, and yes, Dom, the scariest part has been that so much of it has been things I couldn't do anything about. It is a truly terrible feeling of helplessness to be standing next to your friend, knowing he's asking you for help, and being unable to do anything but brush him & try to cry quietly so as not to disturb him.

    We go back next Monday for 2nd check. I hope hope hope we get to stay calm and completely and utterly boring.

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