I called the vet and he said he'd be there with in an hour, maybe sooner. I stood outside watching her and texted a few friends to let them know what was going on. Emi continued to get up, lay down, wander around, flank watch, stand with her ears back etc. By the time the vet arrived I had reinforcement too, in the form of April and Tarra. The vet performed a quick physical, sedated her for a rectal exam and tubing. There were no remarkable findings beyond a slightly elevated temp and heart rate. They administered some banamine and told me to watch her over the next 2 hours. If she started acting painful again they said I should take her in. April, Tarra and I sat out in the barn visiting while we kept an eye on Emi. My dad had hooked the trailer up before the vet arrived, and my mom brought us hot chocolate and brownies. Sitting in the barn with a sick horse on a freezing cold night is made much better with friends and chocolate!
In about an hour Emi started to wake up and began backing up and flank watching again. At that point we all agreed it was time to just take her in. April called ahead and we got the baby loaded up. She was such a good girl and loaded easily. We are super blessed to live about 20 minutes from a vet school (which happens to be where I work). They were ready for her when we arrived and they quickly drew some blood and set an IV catheter. We got a weight on her of 815lbs before they sedated her for a belly tap. Both her blood work and belly tap looked good. They got her settled in to a stall with IV fluids and said they'd keep an eye on her overnight. If things continued to go okay they would get her going on feed in the morning and hopefully send her home with me Friday afternoon.
We left her at the hospital about 1:30am with the understanding that they would call if something changed during the night. At that point they said no news was good news. Apparently Emi did pretty well during the night but then began displaying colic symptoms around 8am on Friday. The performed another rectal exam and determined that she did have an impaction in her large colon. The hope was that they could continue to provide medical support to her and that she would be able to break down the impaction on her own, although surgery was a possibility. Of course I was thinking worst case scenario and was feeling sick over the thought of my 17 month old filly undergoing colic surgery.
When I arrived to visit her on Friday afternoon she was laying down and did seem uncomfortable. After she got up I took her for a walk, groomed her, and just hung out. For a couple hours she was quite bright and acting like her normal self. One of the doctors working on her case told me that she has a "winning personality." Right before I left for the night they passed a nasogastric tube to give her warm water and epsom salt. After they pulled the tube out she got a pretty bad bloody nose. I felt so bad leaving her, but a little over an hour later the doctor called to tell me that they had performed another rectal exam. The impaction felt smaller and softer, so we were headed in the right direction.
This morning I arrived around 9am and again took Emi for a walk. She was quite perky and we had a nice 15 minute walk before heading back to her stall. They tubed her again, this time with warm water and electrolytes. They used the other side of her nose and everything went smoothly. I went back in later today and the doctor was just getting ready to do another rectal exam. She could not feel the impaction and the feces that she found were very soft. With that news she said they'd be starting her back on hay tonight and if all goes well Emi can return home tomorrow.
I am so relieved that she is doing better and I hope that things continue to go smoothly so that she can come home. It's no fun having a sick baby girl.