Garbage or Nutrients?

I’m on Vision and Verb today. I almost re-edited my post there after some of the comments I’ve had lately on my blog and on Facebook. You’ll see the portion of it I’m referring to. But I left it as is because I’m a work in progress, and I’m writing about the journey. Journeys include bumps.

Thank you all for your positive comments on my previous post. I’ve been putting some things off for so long that I’m giving myself an extra big push out the gate. I won’t cry if one or two things don’t get done, or even if I do all my writing and submitting but nothing gets published. I will be so happy to simply have taken the steps forward.

As for Luke, I about crumbled over some of the things the vet said and cried part of the way home but I’m trying to remember, they always try to prepare you for the worst scenario.

Right now, Luke’s lungs sound clear but he has a very deep cough, almost sounds croup-like. At the simplest level, Luke could just have a viral infection that will clear up on its own. He’s not contagious, so no quarantine. I’m going to let him rest for two weeks, keeping an eye on whether I notice him getting worse, then try working him and see if the cough has cleared. If the cough doesn’t clear or he starts to seem worse, I’ll take Luke to the vet to have a cell sample drawn out of his lungs for testing — simple in and out procedure.

Worst scenario (at least the worst I’m aware of right now), he has heaves (or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). It’s not curable but is treatable with some expensive medications such as corticosteroids or bronchodilators for immediate relief.  Right now, Luke is not displaying the worst symptoms of heaves. He’s not “heaving” or under distress. He is lower energy than usual but is still enthusiastically eating.

So that is the medical update thus far. Let’s hope for a simple viral infection with a touch of allergies. Even if that’s the case, I’ll need to do some things differently to avoid having him end up with a lung problem. I’m not sure exactly what I’d do differently since the hay he’s on is a good quality grass, he’s on a high quality feed, and he’s outside most of the time, so the usual causes of heaves don’t exist.

Lots of apple treats, that’s what I’m thinking…

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6 Comments

  1. I have a feeling Luke will get through this just fine. I’ve had horses with coughs over the years and so far so good. You sound like you are on top of it. Keep us posted. Has the type of hay been switched lately? (Even tho it is good quality).

  2. An apple a day baby!!!

    Here prayin’ that the worst case scenario here is just that…a scenario. They like doctors are bound by law to give ya the worse case.

    I bet all is well with Luke!

    Have a marvelous day sweetie!!! :o)

  3. I read your post on Vision and Verb and don’t see any negative comments. We are all a work in progress. Don’t worry about what others say, live your life your way. I don’t know anything about horses, but hope that yours is better soon.

  4. I’ve been catching up. I wanted to add to your “intentions” list for 2012 that you record your kareoke singing and put it on your blog 🙂

    On a more serious note, I hope that Luke’s cough turns out to be nothing serious. I’ll be thinking of you.

  5. Sweet Luke, I hope you feel better soon. Our guys have a cough now and then and it usually ends up being allergies. I hope that is the case with Luke.

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