I thought we were out of the woods, with another ultrasound scheduled for next week, but was stunned to receive a phone call from Dr. Jenei in the middle of the night on May 23 telling me that he'd had a seizure. They wanted permission to anesthesize for a spinal tap, and then get him on his feet with the sling and hoist. He then would have to remain in the sling. The thought/hope was it may be EPM, and that possibly the very first fall was from a EPM related seizure that wasn't recognized at the time. A spinal tap was done and we are now waiting for the labs to come back; meanwhile EPM treatment has been started. Last night, May 25th this beautiful boy suffered another seizure and this does not bode well. The best scenario would be EPM, but seizures are serious in an animal this size and it isn't safe for him to be moved.
To date his hospital bills are closing in on $13,000. Prior to the seizures, he'd been put on "layup" board of $70.00 a day plus lab fees. Now, as of May 23, his daily costs have jumped to between $300 and $400 a day. Because he cannot be moved or discharged, I am terrifyingly between a rock and a hard place and with expenses like this, as a retiree, I cannot sustain more than another week. Seizures are very serious in a horse but I cannot comprehend not being able to give him a little more time, another chance to be treated and have a chance to live!!! He is such a special horse and a truly precious soul, I am shattered by my situation.
I've never been comfortable asking for help -- I have too much pride, but I am simply overwhelmed with this horrific turn of events. But Im am compelled to seek help for Quiebro, for this beautiful boy who doesn't deserve to have his life cut short. He is now beginning his third month of hospitalization and I fear that money will dictate my next move, whether I can give him a chance or have to put him down. He is only 7 years old and until March 31st his life was filled with promise. He is a once-in-a-lifetime horse and blessing.
I hope you can find it in your heart to help me give him a few weeks to try treatment and possibly save his life. I cannot bring myself to think of his life cut short, nor can I imagine not giving him a fair and fighting chance. I know the vets at Tufts feel the same way as they are all invested in him and he has won hearts. Quiebro is the darling of the school, loved for his beauty and affinity for people
- The Eisen Family
- Jo Wilson
- Kristin Majercik
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