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The Equine Patient [Mar. 1st, 2007|07:52 pm]
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Ravyn had her surgery first thing Wednesday morning, as her eye had deteriorated overnight and the doc was very worried that the eye would rupture. i'm still waiting on photos from the procedure, but, she did very well and, after an extra-long post-surgery nap, got up from the mat like a champ and walked right into her stall. And of course, started eating :-) . She was dressed in her "hospital gown" and even "booties".






Ravyn has a lavage (sp?) system for delivering her meds. A slim plastic tube that starts at the whithers and makes its way up her neck and beneath her eye. It continues through the lower lid and is stitched in place in several spots. Medicine can be injected into the tube without someone getting in her face trying to put drops in her eye.

Her eye is also stitched closed in order to protect the graft during the first few days following surgery. But the doc emailed me this morning to tell me that she's holding it so comfortably open that part of the graft is visible and looks good.

i received email from the doc this morning telling me how Ravyn is settling into her stall, enjoying being groomed, and pretty much doing fine. At home, she is field-kept, she hasn't been in a stall since she arrived as a three-month-old baby. But i guess when she gets home she'll be expecting more glamorous accommodations. Well, she *is* a diva ;-) . The staff that handles her at the hospital just can't get over how well behaved she is for a 4-year-old green horse that has had minimal training. She is truly special, and that's not just the talk of a proud mommy :-D .

More news later.
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[User Picture]From: aynne_witch
2007-03-02 02:23 am (UTC)

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sounds good so far
our cat Greybarr had a similar problem and with a vet stay he managed to keep his vision instead of having to have the surgery that leaves the kitty blind with the graft. He got popped in the eye by another kitty and the abrassion ulcerated - we caught it in quick time or he'd have been much worse.

[User Picture]From: tth
2007-03-02 04:54 am (UTC)

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SNIP
diva
SNIP

Would she be anything else but a Diva?

Cool she is doing we11. Our thoughts are with you and Ravyn for a speedy recovery.

A and K
[User Picture]From: faerydusted1
2007-03-02 01:41 pm (UTC)

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Just don't show her how her hair looks! Poor dear- somebody get that girl a brush! ;-D

She looks great. What a sweet spirit! I'm so glad things are headed in the plus direction.

So are you going to put a pink skull and crossbones on her eyepatch for her recovery time?
From: boozeandmixer
2007-03-07 09:57 pm (UTC)

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I was wondering how Ravyn was doing and was about to email you when I found out I missed this post. Duh! I should pay more attention.

Glad the surgery went well. Get well soon Ravyn!