That really sucks, I hope you feel better soon
I can chip in with what happened this week! **Drama Alert**
Went on holiday to Turkey a week last friday, left Bailey in the care of my mum. Mum has recently broken up with her partner so was very shaky and not feeling up to feeding/haying Bailey on the Tuesday so my friend went up to do him. Arrived at the yard and immediately identified Bailey was suffering from choke. Within 1 hour she had my vet at the yard, she stayed with him for over 5 hours 2 of which were spent trying to flush him with the vet. Flushing didn't work so they dosed him up with muscle relaxant, boxed him up for the night with a view to coming back and trying again in the morning. She went home at midnight on Tuesday, and was back at the yard at 5.30am on Wednesday cuddling him and massaging his throat, and spent another 1.5 hours helping the vet try again to flush him.
They sucessfully got rid of the obstruction, and she then spent wednesday - friday at his side every two hours, taking his temperature, giving him water through a big pipette to stop him from dehydrating, injecting his antibiotics, turning him out for half an hour intervals then bringing him back in .... she brought everything I need for his recovery out of her own pocket and keeps dismissing me when I ask her how much she spent so I can pay her back (she brought shed loads of bran mash, molasses, mineral powders, salt licks, stable licks, thermometer ....) and contacted my insurance company to start the ball rolling for a claim for the £800+ vets bill!
Even though I got back on Friday, she still came to the yard on Friday & Saturday to check on him and show me how to administer his medicine etc. She had time off work to care for him and also picked all of my paddocks for wood (we think he'd ingested bark) and took my dad to buy electric fencing and stakes so they could section him off a recovery paddock.
Dad also took time off work to help Bailey and help my friend administer the medicine, pay the vet, fence the field, burn a lot of wood, b****ck our field owner for pruning hedges & trees in the horses paddock and then not removing the wood afterwards ....... He's now gone from a total city slicker to a country bumpkin, and showed me proudly today how he knows how to put on Bailey's headcollar, and he likes feeding Bails molasses from his hand
I owe them both so much, I'm so lucky!
It may be a different story for Bail's if my friends quick thinking and attentive nursing hadn't saved the day. She really is one in a trillion xxx