The vet came out yesterday to see Ben. By the time she got here, he looked 98% normal and seemed to be doing really well. We drew some blood for a few tests and agreed to continue his antibiotics and wean him off of banamine and onto previcox (pain med), because it is safer. We both thought we had this under control.
This morning, Ben was in trouble again. He was very sore and lying down too much. I put him back on banamine and when he went out and laid down on the ice for an hour and refused to get up, I gave him some more. That finally worked and he is back on his feet and moving around, albeit very slowly and carefully.
Ben's Lyme test came back negative and his other blood test came back normal. He shows signs of 50% muscle pain and 50% foot pain. We can't tell if one is causing the other or vice versa.
I've sent a long letter off to the UK Donkey Sanctuary to see if they have any words of wisdom for us. We sure could use some.