Febuary 4, 2007
New Velvet "Movie" on youtube.com
Little Velvet is become quite a star! Besides gaining international support, Julie has produced a "Mini-movie" to honor Velvet's heroic comeback! It will bring tears of sadness and joy to your eyes. :)
The update on Velvet is that last week she had a very slight down turn that caught the attention of her caretakers including a slight temperature. She was fine the next day and is doing really well.
Here are Julie's comments on Velvet over the last few days. Sorry I was gone and a bit behind on getting these online for everyone. I am again running out the door and will post pictures tonight or tomorrow for you all. Meanwhile, be sure to check out the movie!
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January 3, 2007
It was an eventful week!! Ups and downs!
Tuesday the 30th Velvet had her staples removed (all twenty plus of them). We sedated her and for the best result we picked her up and gently laid her on her side. She wasn't too sure about this process but did not put up much of a fight. I think she understood what was happening. She lay very still the whole time and the incision was inspected and healing very nicely. When we were done, we stood up and back and she just laid there. I think she decided she liked the belly rubs. Then she quickly came to her feet and slept off the rest of the sedative.
Also on the 30th, we took another blood sample and had a large animal profile done on her. I was really hoping to see improvement in the red blood cell count, hemoglobins and hct. I have had her on Red Cell since her last test to try and boost her count. I was also hopeful her platelet count would be down.
Wednesday, the results came back. Red blood cell count, hemoglobins and hct still decreasing. Less than last blood test and to top it off, her white blood cell count which was normal the last time was now also low. Her platelet count was a bit less than last time but still very high. Her bilirubin and creatinine were low and her BUN was high. What scared me the most was her potassium level - which was normal last time - was OFF THE CHART. My boss said it was not conducive to life and must be an error. He said any horse with that level would not be alive. After another vet gave me her opinion, we believe that it must be an error and will recheck in a few weeks. Clinically, she is doing well. Of the levels that seemed off, the vets felt part of it could be the sample was compromised as some of the cells were separated in the tube and part of it was - to put it simply - her little body has been through a heck of a lot and considering that - her bloodwork looked pretty promising. I should mention her protein level was back to normal. Something CSU was very concerned about from the time she arrived on the 6th of January.
So - next blood test we will be more careful in collecting the sample. I believe I will do that in about two weeks. I get the blood tests for cost being that I work at a vet but each time it still costs me $45 a pop. They are expensive. My boss has been more than gracious about this whole thing - giving me every discount he can and allowing me to go out to the barn multiple times a day to care for her. As it stands, with all the blood tests, the exams, the room and board, the medications, the fact that she's been at the clinic almost a month - my bill there so far is only about $350.
On a side note - the original owner, although promising me over and over she would pay the rest of her bill from prior to the surgery, still has not come in to pay anything nor has she called. She still owes my boss $413 and that was after he deducted it about $350 for the services provided the last 24 hours care prior to surgery. I will most likely try to pay him the $413 myself. He spent his time for 3 days working on this little one the best he could given the restrictions the original owner put on him. Monitored her 24 hours a day, set fluids, used his inventory and equipment - he deserves to be paid for that. As for her surgery bill - thanks to all the generous donations and contributions, it is almost paid in full. I just have a few hundred more dollars and it is paid. I just have to pay the before and after care and we are good to go! I think I am about $1000 in the hole and considering the total amount put out was over $5500, THAT'S JUST AMAZING!!!
As you know - Thursday proved to be a bit of a scare. She went a little downhill. Her temp was up, her spunk was down and she just wasn't herself. There was great concern. However - the healing power of her followers brought her through it. Friday she perked up and by Friday evening and Saturday morning - she was more talkative than ever!!! I wanted to get some updated photos. Our weather here hasn't cooperated too good. We had sunshine today but bitter cold temps when the wind picked up. Later in the evening, the wind died down so we went out to take her for a walk and got some pics. It was dusk so the color is a bit dark but you can still see that she is feeling fantastic!! She even got to talk to a new friend - a yearling who belongs to the vet. WOOHOOO - I am so very glad she is feeling good. You can also see from the pics that she is filling out quite nicely. I think we are almost to a normal spot and we are playing with the idea of bringing her home. I am working on getting her to 2 meals a day instead of the 3 she is on now. When I do that, she can go home and be with other horses and run around. Let's keep everything crossed that we can do that very soon!
Thank you again to all of you who have been supporting us through this amazing journey. Thank you for the healing light and thank you for all the contributions and donations. None of this could have been possible without all of you. She needed not only me to take her to surgery, but she needed all of you to send her hugs and light to get her through her darkest hours and deepest pain. We truly, sincerely, from the bottom of our hearts can't thank you enough for that! Thank you!
And now - may I present - [drum roll please] - THE NEW AND IMPROVED . . . . . VELVET!!
Julie and Velvet
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February 1, 2007
I will post a more detailed update for Velvet in the next day or so. In the meantime, I am asking for just a bit of healing light from everyone. She seemed depressed today. Still eating (although not as fierce) and still normal bowels but just not her spunky self. Then this evening the barn manager told me she didn't talk like she usually does. Her temp was also higher than it's been in over a week. Still normal but not what it has been. So . . . please send some hugs her way. Maybe she is just having a bad day - but I don't want to chance it. Any light you can send is much appreciated.
Julie in CO
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February 2, 2007
I knew the healing light would work!!
Velvet whinnied this morning when she heard me. Her temp was back down to 100.1. The barn manager said she was more chatty today - better than yesterday. She is still not quite as spunky as she has been but better. I was hoping to get her out of her stall and see if that would lift her spirits but our temps today are minus 15 without the wind chill and so she would only get to walk inside the barn - but something is better than nothing I suppose. I think she is doing okay for now. Thank you for the wishes and hugs. She needed it!
I will try and get more pics and send a more detailed update in the next day or so - weather permitting for the pics of course. Thank you again for all your support!