Saturday, July 21, 2007

Tahoe and Yosemite

Sentinel Dome in Yosemite. If you look close enough, you can see Willow. We climbed to the top!
This is the view from the top of Sentinel Dome. It is the most spectacular view of the park! You can see Half Dome so well!

Linda and Willow posed for pic just outside of the park.

Willow and I took a rest on an old tree at the top of Sentinel Dome. It was a little windy and chilly up there!

Willow and I walk through a tunnel...carved out of the base of a Giant Sequoia tree. They are the largest living things on earth!
Linda overcame her fear and went Jetskiing!

Willow and Wes went tubing!

Wes and I had the opportunity to spend this year's summer vacation in Tahoe. Aunt Sue let us stay with her. Thanks! We had a blast sleeping in, sitting by the lake, jetskiing, and tubing! Aunt Linda and Willow also came on vacation with us! Wes had to leave a little early to get back to work. Linda, Willow, and I spent the remainder of our time in Yosemite National Park. It sure is beautiful. Linda also overcame several of her fears on this jetskiing and hiking up steep hills. What a great way for her to celebrate her 50th birthday. I also got to go to some pandora stores and favorite... Christmas stores! I think we all had fun.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Home Again, Home Again...

Daisy and Sawyer finally came home on Saturday. We were so relieved. However, we are not out of the woods just yet. Sawyer is still on meds for his infection. We medicate him three times a day. He is so full of himself and seems to be feeling great so far! Wes and I are so thankful that Dr. Tracy Norman and Dr. Barry David were able to help our little guy (and his mom, too). Thank you, also, to all of the staff at Blue Ridge Equine. We love are horses and are so glad that they were able to save them.
Wes, once again, rode with Sawyer in the trailer. This was Sawyer's first time wearing a halter. How grown up!

Daisy and Sawyer enjoyed stretching thier legs after spending 9 long days in a stall.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Visiting Sawyer and Daisy at the Hospital

Today we had a chance to visit Daisy and Sawyer. They are in isolation because he has a low white blood cell count and Daisy had a fever. We had to don all kinds of gear before we could venture in to see them. Boots, scrubs, gloves, and another jacket over the scrubs. Whew! Daisy is now off all IVs except she still get shots of banamine and ace to keep her comfortable and prevent her from getting laminitis (that is inflamation of the hoof...the smae thing that ultimately killed Barbaro). Her uterine infection seems to be getting better. She seemed happy and was eating plenty...very Daisy like!

Sawyer, as you can see in the pics, is definately still on his IV. So much stuff that I will not list it all here. He is getting to nurse every 6 hours now, but he wants more! In fact, he escaped his foal pen yesterday and helped himself to a large meal. In the process he ripped out his tubes etc. The little turkey. They have since reinforced his pen and one of the interns spent the night in his stall to monitor his escape attempts.

His white blood cell count is marginally better and he cannot come home until it stabilizes and he is able to come of the IVs. He did have a siezure yesterday. His calcium level was depleted and he seemed to have developed a mild allergy to his antibiotics. They have diluted the drugs and slowed his IV drip. Poor little guy :( However, his last ultra sound indicated that the infection in his intestinal wall is less which means he is feeling much more comfortable. He was out like a light when we left today.

My cousin Joey was able to come along and see how a horse hospital operates. THe clothes were a little large, but we managed.

Please keep Daisy and Sawyer in your prayers... they need to come home soon!

I was so happy to touch him again...even if I had to wear latex gloves.

Joey gave Daisy some love.

Wes helped the vet put in a new IV.