'Sup? Long time no journal, partially because I haven't done anything I felt was interesting enough to bother writing a journal about but mostly because I didn't think any of the non-interesting things I could have written about would have been read. Eh, oh well. Anyways, moving on. Well, as you can guess form the title, I'm going to talk about the MRI my horse got, so if you don't want to hear about that, skip down past it for possible updates on my life (though most of it shouldn't be a surprise since I assume if you're bothering to read this, you're more up to date on my life than most people. )
You can see pictures and get a Sparknotes version of what happened here: icklevoldiepoo.deviantart.com/…
(I think I was talking to idontrunntoofast about this, so this post is mostly for him.)
Back in August, Buddy started having problems with his front feet. He was lame for all of August and in September our vet recommended getting an MRI of his hoof done since the x-rays our vet took didn't tell us what was wrong. The clinic where he recommended the MRI was a 3-4 hour drive north of my parents house and the barn Buddy's at and about 4 hours south of where I am. A closer location existed, but our vet insisted on the one farther away because their machine is more powerful and accurate.
Fast forward to mid-October and Buddy was all scheduled for his appointment. Since I had class, my parents trailered him up and dropped him off at the vet's around 9 pm. I drove down after class and got in around midnight. I couldn't have seen Buddy that night even if I had been awake enough, so my parents and I went out around 8:30 the next morning to be there for his 9 am appointment.
The place it was at was a very nice stable, complete with a water treadmill for the horses and fancy viewing rooms so people could watch the various procedures. We weren't allowed to see him in his stall, but he was brought out for x-rays a few minutes after we got there. We were allowed to watch the x-rays and metal removal, the techs even let us stay next to him until they were ready for x-rays. After that, we made out way to the MRI viewing room. It was a bit difficult to see with the glare and protective screen, but it was very cool to see, even if it was a bit boring.
Buddy was knocked out outside the room and wheeled in on a horse-sized table with inflatable mattress. His feet were tied together to prevent them from falling off the table (lucky horse even got pillows for between his knees.) They attached him to a machine that would breathe for him for the next hour and a half and put his feet in the MRI machine (one at a time, for about 45 minutes each). The machine was about 6 feet tall and about 10 feet wide, as best I could tell. Mini's can fit in for full body scans, but anything bigger than a small pony could only use it for feet and head scans. I had a great view of Buddy's butt the whole time (as you can tell from the pictures). I was fairly worried about being freaked out at the sight of my horse passed out and attached to machines, but luckily it didn't bother me and I was able to watch the entire procedure.
After an hour and a half, they pulled him out of the machine and about 4 techs plus the vet wheeled him out, up a small hill, and to the crane that would take him to his stall. Since his feet were still tied, they attached the ropes to the crane and carried him off to his recovery stall (with a tech holding his head up).
My parents and I spent the next few hours wandering around the town and the stable of my favorite horse trainer (which was just down the street), then loaded Buddy in the trailer and had an uneventful drive back to the barn and his own stall.
We (mostly) figured out what the problem was thanks to the MRI and have been working on treating it. In addition to keeping him in his stall to rest his feet, our vet treated him a few weeks ago by pumping out blood in his leg, running it through a filter, and pumping it back in. A few days after, Buddy (possibly? still not 100% sure) colic'd, so he got at least 8 bags of IV fluid (by my parents and the vet, I was back at school), but now seems to be doing fine.
TL;DR- MRI's are kind of boring, but how many people can say they've seen an equestrian MRI?
As for my life, can't say I've done anything super noteworthy lately. I finished my last final of the semester a few hours ago, which leaves me with just one semester of undergraduate classes left. I maybe-possibly-we'll-see have a job for the summer, and will ideally be working somewhere for a year before going back to school. I'm currently debating between going for my master's or skipping my master's and going straight for a PhD, if I can get in to a PhD program.
Um, besides that, next week I'm going out of state for a week to see family, coming back for a day, then leaving again for 2 weeks to spend time with Tawadi.
Seriously, I don't do anything that interesting. If you want actual updates about my life, you're better off just asking instead of waiting for journals. I write like 1 or two a year.