Have mercy on me, I am supposed to be the strong one - page 5

This is not a Nursing issue, but I had a very bad night tonight. First I get to work and get a phone call about 1930 from my husband that my Mare is in foal and something is wrong. I've had her... Read More

  1. by   sunnygirl272
    WOOT!!!!!!!!!
  2. by   Scarlette
    How terrible. I'm close to tears just reading it. I know how hard it is to wait 11 months for a foal and lose it but I can't imagine what you went through trying to remove it. How traumatizing for you. I am sooooo sorry you had to go through that. I don't know if I could. (hugs)

    One of my mares absorbed her fetus which was discovered when the vet came out to confirm the pregnancy. She had a large lump in her uterus and the vet put her on antibiotics AND infused her uterus with some kind of antibiotic liquid. For the life of me I can't think of what the name of it was. Ask your vet. He/she might know what I'm talking about. I'm sure her uterus has some abrasions from trying to get the foal out, and the antibiotic infused into it would probably help keep the infection away.

    I hope your mare pulls through this. It would be even more devastating to lose her.
    Last edit by Scarlette on Feb 7, '03
  3. by   catrn10
    I talked to the vet about the possibility of doing the antibiotic wash, he's not ready for that yet. He says it may come to that. We have her on pretty heavy doses of antibiotics now. He's going to check her tomorrow and he said we'll see them. Her temperature is staying down and he says she looks pretty clean. He doesn't think we tore her up, honestly I don't see how we avoided that. I half expected to see her uterus come out with the rest of the foal. (I still am afraid that will happen)We turned her out in the paddock today, and she seems to like it better. She never did like staying in a stall. She can get in the barn if she wants. She associates stalls with shows(I think), and gets real nervous and chills.Always has. I don't believe I will ever attempt to breed her or anyone else ever again. My husband says he never wants to see another animal in that much pain again.I just can't go through another night like that and have to do that again. We all think it's nothing short of a miracle she even lives.We retired her 2 years ago when she was still in good health, we just felt like she deserved it after all her years of faithful service. All my kids have a "Khaia Story". She is a remarkable horse. She saved my son , who was 2 at the time, from being trampled by a herd of running horses by out running the whole group , skidding to a halt in front of him and carefully stepping over him to shield him with her body. He had gotten away from his sisters and ran into the pasture right when the horses were running through a narrow passage for the barn to get fed. I couldn't catch him and was screaming my head off as I ran. I saw her stretch out and run alike the wind and pass them all. When the others ran past her, I couldn't see my son, only Khaia standing shock still. I fully expected to find my son's body, but what I found was him sitting on the dirt under her, hugging a leg for dear life. She never moved until I picked him up, and then she ran off to the barn to chase whoever was in "her"stall out. Had I not seen it myself, along with my daughters and husband, I would not have believed it. Thanks again for your prayers and support. We appreciate it!!!Cat
  4. by   baseline
    Having had horses almost all of my life, I can so relate to this whole thread. I hope all continues to go well for you and your best friend!
  5. by   BadBird
    OMG, how horrible for you. I hope your mare pulls through.
  6. by   hoolahan
    Khaia the fearless and the brave! That story about how she saved your son has me all teary-eyed again. You have such a connection. She kinew she had to pull through to ease your loss. What a remarkable love you have for each other. :angel2:
  7. by   PennyLane
    Wow, she sounds truly amazing. You're so lucky to have her in your life!! Animals are such wonderful additions to any family and give us so much. They are aware of more than we give them credit for, I think. The story of her saving your son brought tears to my eyes, too.
  8. by   webbiedebbie
    Cat...It's hard to lose those you love so much. Being a nurse is separate. I lost my father last year...watched him die for 3 months. He was always strong and it was hard to see him suffering and going downhill. As a nurse, I found that I had to stand back and let other angel nurses take care of him. It was too much for me. My heart goes out to you and your family.

    Debbie
  9. by   NurseShell
    Originally posted by catrn10
    She is a remarkable horse. She saved my son , who was 2 at the time, from being trampled by a herd of running horses by out running the whole group , skidding to a halt in front of him and carefully stepping over him to shield him with her body. He had gotten away from his sisters and ran into the pasture right when the horses were running through a narrow passage for the barn to get fed. I couldn't catch him and was screaming my head off as I ran. I saw her stretch out and run alike the wind and pass them all. When the others ran past her, I couldn't see my son, only Khaia standing shock still. I fully expected to find my son's body, but what I found was him sitting on the dirt under her, hugging a leg for dear life. She never moved until I picked him up, and then she ran off to the barn to chase whoever was in "her"stall out. Had I not seen it myself, along with my daughters and husband, I would not have believed it. Thanks again for your prayers and support. We appreciate it!!!Cat
    What an awesome tribute to Khaia!! God's creature that she is!!! Incredible! She loves you all just as much as you love her it would seem! Continued blessing for her recovery!!!

    Shelly
  10. by   Tookie
    Cta
    What an incrediably journey you and your husband have been on - there no such thing as being prepared when it is someone or pet you love - This vet must be a good person - BTW what happened to the other vet -
    I do hope that Khaia comes through more than OK -

    I know it is not relavant in the sense but but your story made me remeber when l did Mid - 30 years ago - we had to do a decapitation on a baby who had died just prior to delievry arm presentation all sorts of things went wrong - it was a poor wee 16 year old. The grandmother asled to llok at her at the hospital we advised her not to. Things were so diffeernt then as to how we approachhed greiving and managed losing babies- It was just such a horrendous image not one that the Midwives - I was a student at the time - felt it was fair to cope with.

    I am sorry l didnt mean to get onto that but your story triggered those thoughts. - It wasnt a good memory - so l really feel for you when you were so involved with your animal who you love so much
    cheers
    tookie
  11. by   thatldo
    From another horse owner and lover.

    So sorry for the traumatic exp. with the foal, I feel for you, but so so glad the mare has pulled through. I've heard other stories about horses protecting their human family. Your mare sounds sooo special!

    Anyway, thanks for waking me up. I've felt so guilty since I've started school. The only attention my beloved horses were getting from me was a can of grain thrown in their bucket as I go on my way & back home from school!

    I'm going to the barn today and do some serious horse bonding!!

    {{{{{{{{{{{{{hugs to you}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}
  12. by   sixes
    So sorry to here about your mare. I love horses I hope she pulls through. Unlike people your horse will never lead you into danger and I'm sure they sense your every mood and feeling. When I use to ride my little appalousa always new when I need to vent and he would gallop up to full speed and we would fly with the wind leaving all worryies behind.
    Mostly remember your not a nurse at home or when it comes to family. I learnt that the hard way as a student nurse when my Nanny had a massive stroke. I couldn't cry I couldn't mourn I was a nurse and had to be strong.
    Hope everyone including you and your children and spouse are ok
    Your in my thoughts and prays
    Jody
  13. by   RNFROG3
    Cat -whew! Continued prayers are with you. I feel for you . When we lived on the farm, I was about 14. My Irish Setter, Bridget got accidently pregnant by a stray. The puppies died in utero and she delivered a stinky infected mess.Some wouldn't come out, Iwas the only one home. I called the vet and he told what what to do as he headed over. I delivered three still borns. It was horrific but worse was seeing Bridget in pain and then mourning her loss. I was so afraid I'd lose her, the vet said it was very close call.
    I find it amazing that people in pain and even dead don't bother me near as much as animals. I guess that's why I'm a nurse not a vet. I love animals too much. Eeeww what does that say about me? Oh well I've survived this long.
    Cat hope Khaia makes a full recovery-she sounds so wonderful!

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