My checkbook hates me. Big time.
Tuesday morning, I go out and see that my precious Shuttle, my 4yo filly, has punctured her knee. On what? I have no idea. But people love to ask.
Since it’s in her knee, if figure the safest thing to do is call the vet. I can’t be messing around if she punctured the joint cavity. We’d run the risk of bacteria setting in and scar tissue developing and then she’d be done with her career before it even started and I don’t want that.
The vet comes at around 5pm. He says he’s pretty sure she got the joint. I’m beginning to panick. So he puts a needle in her joint cavity at the front of her knee (the puncture was on the side) and pushes some medication through it. Sure enough the medication comes out side. He tells me he’s going to flush the knee. So they put this big bottle of some sterile liquid through it and then wrap it up. She gets an NSAID, some Genocin, a shot of Penicillin and he wraps her leg from her hoof to her elbow. He says we need to deal with making sure the joint doesn’t get infected before we deal with any lameness issues. LAMENESS? OMG! This is my futurity horse we are talking about.
Then the worse news- he tells me that he needs her to come to the clinic and stay for a few days so that he can flush her knee at least twice more. Of course this is going to cost me a small fortune. Ok. But it must be done. I can’t have her crippled.
The doc calls Wednesday night to tell me that she was walking great, and that he was very surprised and pleased by that. He said the joint looked good and that she’s right where he needs her to be. He said he was going to flush it today (Friday) as well and then he would see about sending her home.
I am going in to visit her today for sure, as I’m not sure if she’ll get to come home, and if she does, I’ll have to find someone that can help me get her.