Sending you and your lovely horse good wishes. The horse I cared for that contracted pneumonia was very sick and it was touch and go for awhile. He made it and competed and was a great horse that lived until his early twenties.
It is hard to go through this, be brave and know that your horse can recover and be fine...HUGGGS....
Ive spoken with the VT vet a few times, and she told me that she is showing slight improvement, but we aren't going to see improvement by leaps and bounds on a day to day basis. So it's good that she isn't getting worse, I just wish she were getting better faster.
Her owner is going up to visit her today, and she mentioned being worried that this might be the last time she ever sees her.
Still staying optimistic, but it's certainly going to be a long road.
Vet called and said maresy is going to be discharged tomorrow! Yippee!
The most recent ultrasound of her lungs showed the a decrease in size of one spot that was consolidated, and the other one had either decreased slightly or remained the same. At any rate it hasn't gotten BIGGER, and they are happy with how she is tolerating the oral antibiotics.
The plan for now is to bring her home and keep her on antibiotics for 3-4 weeks. We'll reultrasound her at that point and if she looks clear, she can go back into light work.
Things are looking up, and I'm so relieved.
Of course, no one understands why I'm keeping her at all. They're all saying I should send her back to the owner since she isn't rideable for an undetermined amount of time. I understand their concern for me, however I can't fathom just dropping the lease and putting horsey in the owners lap after she is already stuck with oogobs of vet bills. And she's in college... Who does that?
At any rate, she's coming home...and even if I can only love on her for the next few months, I'll be happy.
YAY!!!! Please tell me owner is paying the vet bills? Didn't realize she was leased. (I know, I know, read for comprehension . . . . .)
Our contract states that I am responsible for the initial vet visit in an emergency just to the point of stabilization. Owner takes care of the rest.
If it had been something like, say, she kicked herself while working and needed stitches I would probably just pay for the whole bill because I'm a good person (yes, I'm tooting my own horn ). But the pneumonia situation is more on par with a bad colic that requires decisions to be made. The good news for the owner is that the entire bill for an 8 day stay was just over $3k. Not exactly pocket change for me or her, but the original quote was $3k for three days, so it was quite a relief! I was feeling pretty bad about the whole thing!