Monday, June 29, 2009

At the Hospital

We just pulled into the driveway after dropping Linus off at the Myhre Equine Clinic. Three of my students tagged along for the ride: Jenna, Miranda and Lucy. We stopped for a quick lunch, and then an hour and twenty minutes later, we were at the clinic.

We rounded the corner into the clinic's office, I noticed that the operating room was being used. As I began filling out Linus's admit forms and I pointed my students towards the OR. They eagerly walked up to the window to watch, curious as to what was waiting for them on the other side. The veterinarians were getting ready to begin surgery on a 3-year-old TB stallion who was under anestesia and upside down on the operating table. Unbeknownst to me, he was a cryptorchid and the surgeon was going in to remove his undescended testicle. I'm shaking my head as I write this... These kids are definitely getting quite the education lately!

Linus's paperwork was filled out and we headed towards the barn to see where he would be living. His name and medical chart were hung on his door. We then headed to the parking lot to unload him and bring him into his (hopefully) temporary home.

He willingly walked next to me as I headed into the new barn, albeit he appeared quite anxious about the ordeal. Hopefully he hasn't figured out what is about to happen to him, although I'm sure if he had, he would have high-tailed it in the other direction!

I led him into his stall and he dropped his head for me to remove his halter. We let him settle in to his new surroundings as we brought his specially-packaged dinners into the feed room of the clinic.

Afterwards, we went back to watch more of the stallion's surgery, just in time to see the surgeon find, pull out, and remove what he was looking for. The looks on the kids faces were priceless... :-)

Jenna saying goodbye to Linus at the clinic.

Linus's medical chart on his stall door.

Lucy stretching up tall to say a temporary goodbye to the old man.

Linus will be fed his regular dinner tonight, and then will have all food removed from his stall by 8:00pm. He will not be fed breakfast in the morning, since they want his stomach empty for the anestesia.

I will be calling the clinic in the morning to speak with Dr. Myhre to find out what time he will be going in for surgery. Then, I will head up to the clinic with my mom and some of my students to watch and take pictures.

Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers tomorrow!



  1. I can't wait for him to be all better! And then he will only have to put some weight on and then he will be back to normal!!! :]

    ~Lambert! <333

  2. I've got my fingers and toes crossed that Linus' surgery goes smoothly and he makes a quick recovery. It must have been hard for him to leave your barn, though - he was probably thinking, "No, I like this place, I'm spoiled rotten here, I don't want to leave!"
    I'll be sending good vibes his way tomorrow!

  3. Good luck old man, 'we'll be rooting for ya :)

  4. Godspeed Sir Linus - I wish for you a prosperous journey, success, and good fortune!

  5. i will say a prayer for linus. he deserves a chance at a better life. maybe god has a plan for him. he looks like a sweetheart and does not need to end his life like this. the last time i left a vet hospital(purdue) i was leaving a percheron/morgan cross filly for compaction surgery. she pulled through that, an allergic reaction to the suture material, an infection in the stitched area and succumbed six months later to colic again. this time she had no chance. i know they take wonderful care of the beasties and pull for them all the way. sure hope linus can beat the odds and come home to many more years of being loved. anne

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