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coolpapabill

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Miracles do happen !!!
« on: June 22, 2018, 05:06:53 pm »

I have fantastic news regarding my Wife Debra's mare Savanah.
As some of you might recall she was diagnosed with a large blood
clot in her aorta where the left and right Iliac arteries split. Her
left side was slight blocked , but her right side had 90% blockage.

She had surgery at CSU and there were no positive results taking
any of the clots out. We left 10 days later with little hope of Debra
ever riding her again , just the hope with treatment she could lead a
long leisurely life.

We took her to see Dr Doug Thal yesterday for a 6 month post surgery
followup. He asked what our expectations were , and we said just that
she was maintaining her health with no set backs or increased problems.
He remarked that he was hoping for the same thing.

The first test he did was doing thermal imaging. The last time this was done the blood
flow in her left hind was normal ( red image ) and the right side showed very little
especially lower leg (blue image ) . After taking several pictures from every side and angle
he looked at me and said with a puzzled looked "there is no difference". My response
was no difference from the last time. He said " No , there is no difference in the
blood flow between either side" . Both the right and left hind quarters and especially
the lower right leg was getting normal blood flow. Dr Thal was greatly surprised.

The next test was ground work. Savanah could not gait and/or canter for more than
1 or 2 minutes without stopping , her right hindquarter seizing up , visibly spasming ,
breaking out in a sweat , and not wanting to put weight on her right hoof.
Yesterday after 7 to 10 minutes in 90+ degree heat she gaited and cantered with no
issues at all. Looking like old self. A heart rate check after showed no elevated heart rate.
Everyone was stunned.

Finally the big test Ultrasound. Long story short on this. The clot appears to have reduced
by almost 70%. There is no clot remaining on the left side and though still lots of blockage
on the right there is very good flow. The collaterals have increased their flow and appear
to be helping tremendously. Dr Thal was totally surprised and baffled how this could happen.

Possibly the TPA injections during surgery , maybe some got loosened up. The surgeon also
tried to stretch the veins with balloon as well. We have had here on a combination of Plavix
and Warfrin that could helping as well. Maybe all of the above or her body healing it self.

The best news is Savanah will start a conditioning program this weekend.Slowly at first from
the ground and in about 6 weeks with Debra riding her. We are beyond ecstatic.
My wife and her girl will be on the trails again soon. Miracles do happen
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loneelk

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Re: Miracles do happen !!!
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2018, 06:14:47 pm »

Wonderful news!  Best wishes for continuing success!
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Re: Miracles do happen !!!
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2018, 06:29:02 pm »

How wonderful for you.  I am so happy and yes miracles can and do happen, just not often enough but when they do it's truly wonderful.
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Re: Miracles do happen !!!
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2018, 06:36:47 pm »

That's amazing!   So happy for all of you. :)
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Re: Miracles do happen !!!
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2018, 09:14:22 pm »

Wow
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Re: Miracles do happen !!!
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2018, 05:15:14 am »

What a wonderful update! I was looking for something on GHS the other day, came across your original post about Savannah and have been wondering how she is doing. I was surprised and disappointed that the procedure had (seemingly) not been successful. Now this is more like it!!! I am so happy for Debra!
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Re: Miracles do happen !!!
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2018, 06:06:43 am »

Great news!
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Re: Miracles do happen !!!
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2018, 07:00:29 am »

that is incredible !!
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Re: Miracles do happen !!!
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2018, 08:33:34 am »

Hooray!! Fabulous news!!
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Re: Miracles do happen !!!
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2018, 04:35:53 pm »

Wonderful fabulous news!!!!!!
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Laurie

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Re: Miracles do happen !!!
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2018, 06:10:11 pm »

Wonderful news! Keep us posted on her progress👍👍😎
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Re: Miracles do happen !!!
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2018, 06:54:45 am »

That is wonderful!!
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Re: Miracles do happen !!!
« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2018, 07:05:21 am »

That is the best news ever! I'm so glad you shared this fantastic news. I too had been wondering but didn't want to ask. I'm very very happy Debra has her miracle horse back and wish them many, many happy trails.
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Re: Miracles do happen !!!
« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2018, 07:29:48 am »

First day of conditioning Saturday. Twenty minutes of being ponied no problems at all,
Here is a picture of Debra and Savanah. Hope to see this again soon.
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