As I sit here typing this update, I can hear one of the boys coughing outside. Today was the last day of the antibiotics, and we are hoping to see a change soon. The nights are the hardest, most likely because that is when they lie down the most. Any time they are down, the pressure on their lungs makes it harder for them to breathe. Their breathing has been very shallow and rapid, and the other night Ikey's gums were very pale compared to normal. He is a very cranky little boy when he doesn't feel good, and is not shy about sharing his feelings. :)Both boys continue to eat and drink very well, which is definitely helping save their lives. They obviously want to be here, and although we are on a roller coaster ride, where one minute you think they might be feeling and/or looking better, the next minute their body is racked with their coughing and the sounds of them struggling to get enough air. Last night one of them was squeaking while trying to breathe. Every breath, step, time they get up or down, or I hear them groaning as they struggle to get their air, I am out of bed. So basically, we are all pretty much up all day and night. They are so definitely not out of the woods yet, so PLEASE CONTINUE PRAYING FOR THEM!! You get so in tune with them when you spend 24/7 with them that you see the tiniest details. I am so grateful to have such a wonderful mentor that taught me to pay attention to every little change, as you can lose a foal in minutes. Tiny details most often are and can be critical. Something that appears ok, can be deadly if not paid attention to. We want to send a great big THANK YOU!!! to ROSS ZUMSTEG. His help has been invaluable, (along with his knowledge) and it is folks like that who make our "community rescue" one big family. He has been here daily for the last 3 or 4 days to help with medicating the boys and anything else we need.We are keeping them warm as the nights are extremely cold. However, our new heaters are here but not installed, so we are going through our propane as if it were water. But it is imperative that they are not chilled. They are such beautiful little souls, and much like Honey Bandit, fighting with every thing they have not only just to survive, but to get through this. Folks were asking how they picked it up? Who knows? Maybe their mama's picked up a bug at the auction and it just now came to be active. I don't know, and at this point it makes no difference. There is a huge ripple effect from folks sending these horses through auction, and the original condition of these foals is simply part of it.I am hoping and praying that they continue to get stronger and make it through this. Will keep you posted....
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PO BOX 233
GOLCONDA, NV 89414