Everywhere I look I see thoughtful posts looking back at 2010 and hopeful plans for 2011. Unfortunately for me, at least where Lilly is concerned, 2010 wasn't the best year. My only goal for this year was to do everything in my power to help Lilly return to a normal life and we're obviously not there. Setback after setback followed us all year long and kept us from achieving just one goal... I can feel good about the fact that it wasn't for lack of trying, but it just wasn't meant to be.
So I happily leave 2010 and welcome 2011. I hope 2011 is better to me than 2010, but I'm going to remain cautiously optimistic just in case.
Speaking of setbacks, Lilly had no appetite this morning and hadn't eaten much of her hay last night. She even turned down cookies, so her tummy is definitely not feeling well. The diarrhea was better this morning but she is definitely still experiencing digestive issues and she still looks pretty drugged. I decided to call my vet and ask her if this is normal, abnormal, cause for concern or what.
When I told her how drugged Lilly looked she said, "She must be really sensitive!"
Of course she is... because it wouldn't be Lilly if everything went according to plan!
She said Lilly's drugged appearance and the diarrhea should subside after a few days but if things still aren't better on Monday to give her a call. I ran out and got some probiotics to add to her feed, but those won't do her much good if she won't eat breakfast and dinner. They didn't have the tube probios or I would have purchased those instead, so hopefully she'll feel like eating again soon.
She also has a lot of scrapes on her head. I think she's stumbling around the stall and whacking her head on the hay/grain feeder. She's got 5 different marks on her beautiful face. :(
We had a beautiful day today. It was sunny and 60 degrees so I took AJ's blanket off before turning him out in the pasture. He's definitely filling out, but I can still see his ribs a bit. If I can ever get my head above water with Lilly I think I'll have a drug panel run on him just to make sure everything is ok. Seems like he would have put on more weight than that by now with all the calories he's consuming. On the plus side, he's been drinking a fair amount of water overnight in the stall. He still goes right out to the pond to drink, but at least I know he's drinking something in there!
I tried to take Lilly's blanket off too but she started shivering. It's a bit cooler in the barn but I was surprised that she was so cold... I hope it's related to the Sedivet and not from something else. She's lost a bit of weight as well, I think from fretting so much in the stall when AJ and Baby are turned out. M said she wasn't eating much during the day and with as much carrying on as she's been doing in there I think that's why she's dropped weight. She had a bit to spare, but she's lost more weight than I'm comfortable with. So when I bought the probios, I decided to get a bag of SafeChoice and put her back on that. I've not noticed any positive things since putting her on the Strategy Healthy Edge, so back to the SafeChoice we go.
I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year! Bring on 2011!