I’m going to be really honest. This post has taken awhile to write, and not all with dry eyes. Things are just not going well with Rio’s recovery. I am so incredibly disappointed. I can’t shake the feeling of having this unlucky storm cloud that just hovers over him constantly. When I found out he had broken his right hind splint bone and needed surgery, I actually took the news very well, and was able to keep a positive attitude. I felt confident for the first time in awhile that he would recover smoothly and that all this bad luck would soon be behind us. I mean- we have been through a lot already, how much more trouble can one horse get into? We have certainly filled our quota for at least a few years, right???
Wrong. Amazing vet is flummoxed about his poor healing- as am I. We are currently 2 weeks and 3 days post surgery (so more then a 1/3 of the way into the estimated recovery time) and both wound sites look terrible. Just terrible. Only proceed if you want to see graphic photos.
As a recap- surgeon did a wound revision on his left hind from a non-healing wound that originated from a surgery on 9.20.16, so an entire year ago. The sutures did not hold, which surgeon said was a strong possibility due to location, but we still felt like with clean borders it would be easier for the area to heal properly. Unfortunately, the wound has only gotten bigger every time we change the bandage.
So… ya #depressed
He also operated on the right hind- where Rio broke his splint bone, which also happened to be the same location as his snake bite area that was almost healed but not quite. Surgeon was very confident this area would heal well. Unfortunately, Rio tends the defy the odds.
Anyway… I in no way blame any of the medical professionals involved in his care. I am just incredibly frustrated/disappointed/heartbroken at the situation. I feel that everyone has been doing EVERYTHING they can, and we are ALL upset at his lack of healing progress. Good news is he otherwise seems happy and healthy- minus being a bit miffed at being stuck in his stall except for daily hand grazing sessions. I’m having a hard time staying positive lately, and it’s only getting harder as he seems to be getting worse, not better.
On a lighter note, shout out to MM and Amazing Vet- who love Rio as much as I do and have been a big part of his care post-surgery!
Now, I am looking for ADVICE! Who among you has dealt with (or knows of someone who has had experience with) non-healing wounds similar to Rio’s??? What treatments have you tried? What worked and didn’t? I am seriously willing to look into anything and would be happy to throw any ideas around with his vets to see what could be an option. We are currently putting SSD cream on the wounds to promote tissue growth. Please share your stories with me, I am wanting to investigate all treatment options even if they are experimental.