I know things are getting just a little too crazy around here when I have to go back and read my own blog posts in order to remember where I left off. That's where we're at. However, today is a new day and things are going a bit better.
The vet was out to see Tessa yesterday afternoon. She could not find any foreign objects in the puncture wound and we are all a bit puzzled as to why this rather insignificant wound has caused so much trouble. I personally believe that there is a strain of bacteria that has infected the soil in this region that is far more aggressive and resistant to treatment then normal. I feel that Tessa's reaction and Ramsey's pedal osteitis could be related. They are in fact only the latest (and in Ramsey's case most severe) foot problems in a long string of problems that I am aware of in this area in the past three years. Regardless, Tessa is better today. She is on the same antibiotics ad anti-inflammatory as Ramsey and she seems to be responding well to them. I am watching her VERY carefully and if she does not continue to improve I will take other action.
After dealing with Tessa yesterday, I went to Cornell to see Ramsey (and from there to work. Is it any wonder I can't remember where I am?). He had another set of x-rays done and they look good. I have been thinking about this all night and I think that I should try to bring Ramsey home as soon as possible. The vets were concerned yesterday that he might have been regressing, but the x-rays and other tests show just the opposite. After spending quite a bit if time with him myself, I think that he is lonely and tired. While he certainly gets a great deal of attention, he is spending almost all of his time in a 12x12 stall that he is too short to see out of. Also, the lights are on 24 hours a day and there are people around all the time, checking him every hour. It didn't really matter when he was so heavily medicated, but now he needs more sleep and he needs companionship. He needs to get out of the hospital so he can heal.
I will be speaking the Dr. Walker this evening. Hopefully, I'll be bringing Ramsey home tomorrow.