Megan has been fighting a severe flu/cold for a couple of weeks. It started in her head, moved to her lungs and settled in her tonsils. Two trips to the Urgent Care in the last week and I think we finally have her lined out. The poor kid had to deal with grossly enlarged tonsils for a week before the second doctor finally took my urging and prescribed a cortisone/steriod pack to get the swelling down and some antibiotics to get the infection out.
This would be the 3rd time in 4 years that Meg has had to deal with this tonsil thing, but the first time a doctor has taken documentation of it. Meg needs to have the documentation of repeated episodes if they are to determine if taking out her tonsils is the right thing to do in the future.
Thankfully, the cortizone/steroid pack had an almost immediate effect on Meg and this morning she didn't have any ear or throat pain and it didn't sound like she was talking through a tube.
The poor kid spent her entire Spring Break sick.
I'm also knee deep in working on Beretta. Sunday evening either her or Frosty managed to mess with the gate chain until they got that undone and they got together. Frosty is a mean SOB if he thinks he can bully someone and he sure did a number on Beretta. Both her knees are swollen, but her left knee is about the size of a soccer ball.
Now that the grass is coming, Frosty can't be turned out with the other geldings at night. I thought putting him in the big corral, so he had some room to move around was the nice thing to do. :(
I cold hosed her legs that night and rubbed External Rub on all 4. I don't think Frosty ever actually got ahold of Beretta as she has no bite marks on her, but I think she strained every muscle in her body ducking and diving trying to avoid him. I sure know the corners of the corrals were torn up. Guess it doesn't matter what he did or didn't do, the damage is done.
Thanks to 60+ mile an hour wind ALL DAY yesterday, there was nothing I could do to redoctor her. I spend this morning learning how to do a DMSO sweat and have her big knee wrapped and applied DMSO to her other knee and hind fetlocks to help take the inflammation and soreness out of them. I have always been a little scared to use DMSO, but doing a lot of reading on it this morning was definitely a learning experience. I just hate the fact that something really bad has to happen to learn new things.
Moon has had to be separated from everyone as well too. He mysteriously grew a set of testicles since Spring has shown up and has been raising hell with the other geldings. The problem really is, is that Moon likes to act like a bad-ass, but he don't have what it takes to back it up and gets his own butt handed to him. Sure don't need him getting hurt with the barrel racing season so close.
Now the wind is howling again and I sort of just want to crawl under the covers and not come out until the bad juju goes away.