Pearls ups and downs… Oh Dear…

I am putting this up well after the fact for learning purposes and as a diary of how pearl went, I will put many photos with descriptions and dates so people can see the timeline and how the leg went and why it went in twists and turns with our special girl lol.. when you see day 8 you will see why she is special!! frustrating girl!!

We have had an enormously stressful day.. firstly thanks to my friends who rallied around, Naomi for picking up the antibiotics and the samo (short for sandwich) and water, Dianna for her company/support and Marilyn as well for all your support.

Pearl was being let out this morning, silly me used a different gate so she forgot where all the fencing was… She really did not see it.. it was a bright day and she had a fly mask on.. she took off at a canter straight through the electric braid and staked her knee with a star picket.. she hit an artery so much blood every bloody where, vet in attendance within ten mins, stitches internally and externally, bandaged heavily, sedated to do it…

What we didn’t know while we worked so hard on the leg was she was going into shock, a hard thing to read in animals as they cant tell you about it.. she was cool to the touch, lightly sweaty under the mane

The combination of a 10 degree weather change to extremely hot, the injury, blood loss, shock, all brought on a bout of dehydration colic, when the vet left this afternoon she had a heart rate of 80 but was comfortable, as of about 15 mins ago, it was down to 60 which is better but not quite where we want it yet, she is still to poo yet..

She is comfortable, eating, drinking and we just want poo… I will be going out there all during the night, she will have another drench in the morning unless she crashes tonight.

Pictures start here, date and what was going on at the time…

vet bandage after suturing the wound..sunday 15/12/2013

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down with colic and shock after leg being finished..sunday 15/12/2013

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Knee wound on bandage change looks brilliant! 17/12/2013 am

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How leg is looking overall 17/12/2013 am gave her a light walk in between changes so that I could check movement and get her moving

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Wound degrading a bit and developing lumpiness due to no bandaging but still happy enough with it morning 21/12/2013

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And what we were waiting for happened, she blew the stitches it’s an open wound, have had another go at wrapping it 21/12/2013

Bandaging became impossible.. tried different bandages, sticky tapes, you name it, waste of time, she ended up gnawing on the bloody thing herself…

With bandage off and after bathing, bandage lasted two days had cetrigen and calendula have to say it’s popped out nicely in two days lol…23/12/2013.. in below picture, is purple internal stitches.. wound has blown out completely as expected.. now its treat as an open wound.

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Well staying off this time she has gnawed it and is doing more damage now with it on so off she comes 24/12/2013

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Swelling is down heaps

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Took purple stitch out, sprayed wound and down with the calenula cetrigen spray

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Skin on rest of leg that has been effected 24/12/2013

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After bathing 26/12/2013 starting pen again tomorrow, leg is hot and touchy, changed lower leg to am-I-Lin nappy rash cream, still got yellow paste on knee… Not happy about the leg at the moment

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Much much happier about the look of this before bathing tonight…. Good old nappy rash cream! 27/12/2013

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27/12/2013 nappy rash cream

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After bathing tonight 28/12/2013 have to say I am back to happy as again… Nice and moist, swelling reducing

the darkness on the left is dead artery, its slowly closing in and should drop off..

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31/12/2013 Have to say I am very pleased! Just got to have that last dark bit to drop off and I think we are on the home straight!!! Still have some swelling but that will be blood under the surface of the skin and it will take longer to dissipate…

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Pearl update 6/1/2014 salt bathing twice a day still then packing with am-o-lin nappy rash cream still.. all the dead stuff is gone it fell off..since then its been much easier to cream it and have it stick well… so she gets the nappy rash cream then cetrigen the pink stuff over the top.

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11/1/2014 – Photo after bathing and scrubbing today… Started derma gel this morning… So salt bathe and derma gel twice a day for now… Not happy with the amount of fill in the leg this morning so went to vet, luckily Will was on, showed him a pic and talked to him about it we have another bottle of antibiotics and touch base with him Monday to tell him how she is..

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Wow just wow, I went hard and gave it two days of derma gel, today is a nappy rash cream day now, but look at the difference the derma gel made!!! 18/1/2014

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19/1/2014 – Have to say I am still really happy… Day and half of nappy rash cream and back to the derma gel again for two days…next pics when I rest the derma gel…. We are at the end of week 4

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23/1/2014 we are at about day 34… Going to give it a second day of cream and re assess tomorrow if I gel it again yet or not…

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1/2/2014….. Current this morning, bathed after 3 days rest, hit it with derma gel this morning

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31/3/2014 stuff all left to go
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