Saturday, August 01, 2009

Egads! Part Deux

So all that drama over a little blood in Part One, eh?

It honestly was worse... I cleaned him up before taking that shot - you don't think I'd leave my kid sitting there actively bleeding while I took blog pictures, right?

Don't answer that.

Turns out the kid is a bleeder. And we definitely know where he does NOT get that from. My delivery nurse said within a couple minutes of Itty Bit's birth... "battlefield surgeons would love you..." whilst scrubbing my calves to the point of pain. (What??? Too much information? Well, I did have the little guy while I was practically walking!)

Anyhoo... what happened next just made me hang my head and wonder why the heck this kind of stuff happens in threes...

Me exaggerating about Itty Bit's bloody mess? What was I thinking???

A couple hours later I haltered up both horses and let the hose run until it was cold. We are still melting over here and I knew it would feel good.

Now, Cassie would stand there and switch sides and lean her backside into the hose spray if you let her. Loves it.

Kona is a bit prissy about it - thus the halters.

So I start with Kona and spray her legs down. I look under her belly over at Cassie and see a hearstopping sight.

Cassie's back hoof is covered with blood.

I mean, blood that is actively running and dripping. And the further up I look, the worse the damage.

It finally stops at a large gash at her knee. And I'm not exaggerating here. It was a good three inches wide by three inches wide... in the shape of an eye. The skin was a mess - hanging down. A straight, deep cut through her tendon was obvious.

I had never seen such a gory owie up-close. I took off running for someone to call the vet and shortly afterward, a lonely Kona was calling for her buddy.

Apparently it took three spools of stitching thread to fix the damage and Cass handled it like a trooper. You're welcome for not showing a picture.

Now... that was NOT a slow Saturday at all! I think I need another weekend.

Especially after getting the mail (toldya it was another story). So I get my subpoena to testify in the hit-and-run. Literally, the next piece of mail I open is my very first jury duty summons.

Yeah... I'll be a witness in one trial, then a juror in another, in the same Superior Court two weeks later. There go our vacation plans.

Please, please - don't mind the half-crazed expression that is permanently on my face, or the missing clumps of hair. Or the fact that all stores within 25 miles are now out of Ben & Jerry's Fudge Brownie. I'm just fine...

18 comments:

Foursons said...

What! Out of Ben and Jerry's Fudge Brownie! THAT'S AN OUTRAGE! Someone should write a letter. I mean really, how can anyone be expected to survive with out Ben and Jerry's Fudge Brownie? Oh the humanity!

And gosh- 3 spools of thread? That is a HUGE wound Cassie had! Did you ever figure out how she got hurt?

I have yet to do jury duty. I have always qualified for the "opting out" program. Ya' know- college student, young children, etc....

Good luck at the hit&run trial. Can't wait to hear all about that! How is the wrist by the way? Is the bump still there, or did the surgery fix it? Do tell!

Foursons said...

And why am I always screaming at you? Can I stop using "!!!!!!!!!" anytime soon? Sorry, I know you're deaf and all and I don't mean to scream at you. Gosh, I need to settle down a little.

Rachel said...

Just to clarify... the reason all the stores are out of Chocolate Fudge Brownie is cuz some stressed deaf chick has been buying them by the case... oops.

And I actually doubt they'll leave me as eligible for jury duty. Good chance they'll realize that a week of two interpreters will cost $8000 and decide that there's a cheaper juror.

There's a small bump remaining after the surgery. Surgeon claimed it was "scar tissue" (which - is a load of poop... they opened up my HEAD and I have less scar tissue there). My wrist is definitely still injured - not able to put weight on it. Weird considering that the surgeon claimed I'd be good as new within A DAY.

Sorry - I'm still venting...

Pam D said...

Ooooh, I feel bad now! I was chiding you for getting all goosey over a little cut and then you had to go and see THAT. Ugh. I would have freaked, too; I'm glad your Cassie girl is OK. Have you figured out yet what she cut it on?
And I'm sorry about the wrist.. I'm thinking you may have yet ANOTHER trial at which you'll need to testify...

He & Me + 3 said...

Oh no. I am just hoping that your sunday is better and without blood shed. You poor thing.

Elaine at Matters of the Heart) said...

I'm with Mimi, sure hope Sunday goes much nicer than Saturday.. Ugh... Praying for your testimony.

Lisa said...

Wow. Two great letters back to back! I agree about the interpreters, though. Just getting back from camp and checking up on my bloggy buddies. So sorry about both your babies bloddy boo boos! (Gee, that was a lot of B's!) Hope all mends well quickly. :)

City girl turned Country Girl said...

WOW you did have a heck of a day!! Injury's are horrible to deal with...Glad Itty Bit finally quite bleeding!! I hope your Sunday is more peaceful!!

K said...

OMG what a crazy weekend
you have written about it humorously so I cannot make out if you are stressed or taking it in your stride
A big hug regardless

Pam said...

Holy cow, Rach! I'm not even going to ask if things could get any worse; because I already know the answer to that question. Thank goodness you found Cassie's injury when you did. Wonder how she did that?

And the jury duty following your own case? That stinks. I'm supposed to go in October and I absolutely dread it. Maybe I need an interpretor. *wink,wink* Hey, maybe I could bring my own interpretor (at their expense of course) all the way from the great Northwest. Whatdayathink?

Mr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy said...

I am exhausted just reading this post!!! Yikes! What a day!!

Mrs. Nurse Boy

McCrakensx4 said...

Oh my goodness...I hope that Sunday is better. I certainly hope that everyone and everyhorse is ok!!! Take care...And isn't that what blogs are for...venting! :)

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh my good heavens! That does sound traumatic! EEKS

Kameron said...

Ok, I thought the bug and the little boy blood was bad enough! I hope you aren't too traumatized and have a less eventful week than your weekend!!

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

oh my...Egads is right!!! I can't belive what a blood filled day you had!! I hope your Sunday was so much better!!

Emily said...

Wow...y'all are not hurting for lack of excitement! I hope everything goes well. Poor horse. And Fudge Brownie is so my favorite!

Stacy said...

Sorry to hear about Itty Bit and Cassie. Jeepers enough damage in one weekend, huh?

I've had to deal with many a horse gash. I remember one time I looked under Duke's chin and it was one big sore. Then I looked down and he was totally full of bites. The poor guy probably stepped in to a ground bee nest and just got nailed. Then one time one of our colts ran into a barbed wire fence and ripped the skin off his chest. Not much blood, just a lot of sewing. Oh yeah...I got more let me tell ya. Those horses know how to hurt themselves!

wife.mom.nurse said...

Wow! You really have had some stress these days!

Wild stuff.

Thanks for the tip on the B&J Fudge brownie stress reducer! :)