Well folks, you better sit down for this one. I'm not going to get into all the details because I just don't have the energy, but here is where we're at...
Ramsey is at Cornell, Emma wound up staying home because we could not get her on the trailer. I don't have a trailer myself so I have not been able to practice this with her. Her only trailer experience was the day she came here . I don't know how they got her on the trailer that day, but I doubt it was pretty. I hadn't meant to wean Ramsey this early, but I guess it is just as well.
As for Ramsey, he has a very VERY bad case of septic pedal osteitis. This is a deep infection of the coffin bone in the foot. In Ramsey's case, the infection has also become systemic. There is some concern that the infection has reached his spinal column. It is too soon to tell if some of his symptoms are the beginning of meningitis or simple exhaustion.
Best case scenario: There is no meningitis. The vets are able to stabilize Ramsey and control the systemic infection within the next couple of days. If they manage that, he will then require surgery to debride and treat the infected bone followed by lower limb perfusion treatments. All that followed by at least three months of intensive care at home. Total cost: $8000-10,000. Which I don't have.
Worst case scenario...well, I just can't write about that. I hope to know more tomorrow.