To bed a bit late but up early to hook the trailer and take RockMan into the U of M - and just before the blizzard. Do you believe it?
He will spend the day today warm and safe and then the procedures will occur this week. They will do one eye and then make the call if the other eye is done the next day or during the same procedure. All depends upon his state and his stamina.
Then he will spend three days for healing and antibiotics and then we pick him up! A new man without those bothersome eyeballs of his!!
Hang on, world! RockMan is about to be reborn!!! ;D
PS - Visitors are not only allowed but are encouraged! Both RockMan and Lix-Beth need to feel your loving touches!!!
With appointments cancelling today due to the roads and the winds, Dr. Boyce will be performing the first of two procedures with RockMan today. One of his eyes will be removed and then the second procedure will occur tomorrow or Wednesday, depending upon RockMan's stamina and attitude.
I'm guessing it is pretty quiet around there and that gives them a good opportunity to perform their magic with RockMan and not be tired or rushed. Liz-Beth will be concerned when he leaves his stall, I'm sure.
I'll post as soon as I hear how it went. Meanwhile, think of that cool ole' guy today!
RockMan was a rockstar for surgery so we did both eyes today. Everything went great! He stood so perfectly it took less than 2 hours for the whole thing.
We'll put him back on feed when he wakes up from the sedation and keep a good eye on him overnight. If everything looks good tomorrow and wednesday morning, he should be ready to go by wednesday mid-day or thursday (his last dose of antibiotic will be wednesday morning). Whatever works best for you.
I'll call or email you tomorrow morning with an update. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Just getting in the house from nightly time with the horses - top off the tanks, hook and feed, check blankets, hay on the barn floors, and my special time with Clyde Mare. No sweating during the massages tonight! My goodness - it sure is January outside!!!
This morning, Dr. Boyce sent this email about the Rock Star we call RockMan:
RockMan is doing great this morning! Eating and drinking well, had a nice walk, lots of hugs
RockMan comes home today - his incisions are dry and clean and his bandages show no signs of seepage or infection. He will stay bandaged until his sutures come out at the end of next week and then the world belongs to RockMan!
Liz-Beth will miss him so much when he leaves - I wish we could leave him there for her company until it is time for her to come home. Both of them would enjoy the reprieve!
Every single one of them - even Shortey! - came up to smell him and welcome him home. Alexius bit at him a bit to see if the bandages came off or not. RockMan just stood there to let his friends greet him and then he found the hay. Life is good and back to normal for the old man. And I am happy.
The caretakers at the U of M totally and completely fell in love with him. And our poor Liz-Beth was under stress as we walked away. Lip flapping and hollering for her friend.
Please, if anyone is available or in the neighborhood, Liz-Beth needs our attention and our loving!!
Yup, it is true. RockMan was in Eau Claire this morning as the star of a news spot for the Cadott rescue and Refuge Farms. He did well and is showing his true, rather pushy personality now that his eyes no longer irritate him. Actually, he reminds me of Ole' Man Cole. Almost the exact same personality . . .
So catch us on the 5pm and 6pm news on Channel 13, Eau Claire's NBC station WEAU! Should be fun to watch!!!
Last night as I was putting blankets on him, Roman, and PONY! before calling it a day, he decided that his blanket should be the first one on anyone. So, as I was blanketing PONY!, RockMan came over, bit PONY!'s blanket and pulled it off his back, and then nudged PONY'!'s butt to get him out of my space. Then, RockMan just stood there in front of me, waiting for his blanket to be put on his back.