Monday, November 9, 2015

Laying low

After last weeks' tumultuous happenings and raw emotions, lack of sleep and just trying to keep up with everything - we were both just exhausted.  Physically, but even more so emotionally.  We stayed home all weekend and just laid low.  We made a very short trip to the grocery store, ducked in and right back home we went.  We took care of the horses, gave Charlotte a (much-needed) bath, did some house cleaning and cooking, but did absolutely nothing else. It felt good to keep busy with mundane tasks and cozy up at home.  It rained pretty much most of the weekend.  It rained a lot.  So hard to imagine less than a month ago, we were aching for moisture...be careful what you ask for.

Ladde is improving some.  I'm so hopeful that his seizures were just a blip on the radar.  To our knowledge, he hasn't had any since last Wednesday.  The pain in his feet continues to lessen.  He's down to a 500# dose of banamine twice daily, and this week we're hoping that drops to once a day.  I'm waiting for Troy to come out and trim his feet, and hopefully confirm the abscesses are finally all cleared up.  We're fairly confident that he's steady and sound enough to bear his weight for trimming. I think we're getting the inflammation from the founder under control as well.  He walks right out with no pads on his feet, but is still a bit careful and slow about making tight turns.  I've reduced his pergolide to 1 mg daily, which is a 50% reduction.  I've learned that too much pergolide causes incoordination, which we've definitely been seeing, so made that decision and so far, so good. There's so much trial and error in this rehabilitation phase that, that in itself is nerve-wracking.  Ahh, the "practice" of medicine...

We even allowed him out in the big pasture with the whole herd for a couple hours yesterday.  Wow, did that ever make our boy happy!!  That single thing improved his outlook on life by a 100%.  And that makes us happy.  The grass is growing quickly right now, so a couple hours was all we could risk.  For this coming week, it's back to stalled at night and daytime turn-out in the corral with a single buddy.  We've decided to hold off on starting him on phenobarbital.  It may just be wishful thinking that the seizures won't return, but I'm willing to push this just a bit on faith alone.  A single loading dose would be 75 tablets given orally, however we could achieve that.  The injectable proved to be cost prohibitive at about $2500.00 for a single dose.  Yes, you read that correctly - $25 hundred dollars!!  And that's at cost...ridiculous!!

Here's a stock tip for ya'all...invest in pharmaceuticals.  Just sayin'.

So for now, we'll just keep taking everything as it comes...one day at a time.  Wishing and hoping and praying that our boy continues on this path to improvement.

I appreciate all the kind words of encouragement, and especially the prayers.  Thanks so much!!


8 comments:

Linda said...

Carbamazepine (Not sure about the spelling) used to cost 25 a bottle, now it's 140 a bottle!!) My vet said it's because the FDA wouldn't approve labs in India, so now there's a shortage. Sometimes it's good to lay low. I wish I was home laying low right now, as a matter of fact.

C-ingspots said...

I asked my vet about that drug Linda. He said it wasn't appropriate for us because there was no pain, and no nerve damage. Specifically carbamazepine is for tremors from nerve pain. Even the phenobarb tabs which used to be dirt cheap (1 yr ago) are now double the cost for half the quantity. But the injectable cost is rape by the drug company. Pure and simple. That drug has been around forever. I may be throwing my cares to the wind, but I am praying we have no more...

T.L. Merrybard said...

Prayers coming to Ladde from this Pagan. A few more gods on side can't hurt, especially Epona! :)

C-ingspots said...

Thank you Tina!

fernvalley01 said...

Interesting about the carbamazepine (trade name is tegretol) it is used in humans for seizures and also as a mood stabilizer and for nerve pain. Phenobarbital in one of the older seizure drugs ,used way less often in humans now .
Glad Ladde seems improves, I will keep him and you in my prayers

aurora said...

I am sorry Lorie, read your last post too. Wish I had suggestions. Whatever is causing/treating seizures is difficult. The unknown is so tough, any decisions made from the heart are the right one's. When life gets hard, laying low/grounding can be helpful. Best wishes for all of you, especially your sweet special boy.

Grey Horse Matters said...

I hope Ladde's seizure was just a passing thing. The medication price is ridiculous. They really know how to squeeze the last drop out of us for their own greed. I don't know much about seizures but I'm sure you do and Ladde is grateful for the care he is getting. Good luck.

Karen Ann said...

Ugh, just catching up, hope it proves to be nothing that returns!