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Please spare some positive thinking for Nell

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50BalesOfHay Mon 12-Nov-12 14:03:32

DH's beloved mare (Nell) is undergoing investigations. The working diagnosis is squamous cell carcinoma in her eye. She needs a biopsy, then we'll have an idea of the prognosis and how aggressive the treatment will be. Maybe the combined positive vibes from the Tack Room might help? Or has anyone got any experience of this condition? (I was Treblesallround, by the way, if anyone remembers me)

booksinbed Wed 19-Dec-12 14:06:04

so so pleased for you xx

Kormachameleon Wed 19-Dec-12 10:01:52

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Plomino Wed 19-Dec-12 09:51:28

Yay! So pleased for you all .

dappleton Wed 19-Dec-12 09:29:28

smile great news!

CMOTDibbler Wed 19-Dec-12 08:13:50

Brilliant news !

50BalesOfHay Wed 19-Dec-12 08:12:12

The chemo is just drops in her eyes, so nothing horrid, not like for humans so we can do it at home. DH is over the moon

Mirage Tue 18-Dec-12 19:00:21

Hurray for Nell! What a lovely Christmas present,to have her back home.

frostyfingers Tue 18-Dec-12 14:33:53

That's great - the ga is the dangerous aspect of most operations I believe. How does chemo work - is it via injection or drip do you know?

Can I have some Domosedan please - it sounds wonderful?! At least your journey on Friday will be with a lighter heart IYSWIM, hopefully it will make the journey less stressful and she will be so pleased to see you.

My horse was sedated to have his back injections at the vet and it was so lovely when I went to get him that he called for me as soon as he heard my voice and sniffed me all over!

50BalesOfHay Tue 18-Dec-12 14:14:56

Just heard from the vet, she's out of surgery, back on her feet and recovering well. The operation went well with no complications and we should be able to bring her home on Friday. So relieved smile

dappleton Tue 18-Dec-12 10:11:06

good luck for today!

Mirage Mon 17-Dec-12 20:53:14

I'm glad it's sounds positive and that the trip went well.Fingers crossed for her

50BalesOfHay Mon 17-Dec-12 20:16:43

Good news from our trip up to Liverpool: they are going to operate tomorrow to remove the tumors then start her on chemo. As long as she comes through a general anaesthetic ok there's a very good chance of a cure (and the estimate is around £1500 less than I expected so hopefully won't be bankrupt).

She travelled really well, and loaded first time. Domosedan is the most wonderful sedative, she was utterly docile but not too out of it.

3 hours each way has left us knackered though. Got to do it again on Friday to collect her, with a bit of luck. DH is much happier

frostyfingers Wed 05-Dec-12 17:40:25

That's good that you've got a date, although it's a shame it couldn't be a bit sooner. Fingers will be crossed again for her then.....had to uncross them to plait and go hunting!

50BalesOfHay Wed 05-Dec-12 13:43:58

Thanks books, that's lovely of you. We've got more info now, they'll do surgery (possibly laser) to reduce the size of the tumors, then topical chemo so she'll be in for at least 4 days. We'll travel up with her then come back that evening then go up to collect her when she's ready to come home. It will be hard leaving her there, but it's the only way to sort the logistics.

We're going to sedate her for the journey. I did wonder about taking my horse up for company but Nell can be a grouch with other horses and she's so big we'd need a huge lorry to accommodate both of them. So if you're on the M6 on 17th December and see a horsebox rocking that'll be us!

booksinbed Mon 03-Dec-12 09:23:51

All the best to you.Do you need accomadation - we are bout hour an bit from liverpol if it wd help you financially but im not sure if pertol cost wd negate any benefit ..offer ther eif you need us tho

Alameda Sun 02-Dec-12 12:53:15

as if winter/Christmas not stressful enough!

hope you can work it all out somehow x

50BalesOfHay Sun 02-Dec-12 12:08:41

Well we're taking her up to Liverpool on 17th December. If they need to operate they'll keep her in then refer her back to our vets for any ongoing treatment. At least then we'll know what the options are, and have a better understanding of what we're dealing with and the prognosis. DH is very restless and worried, I'm keeping sane by trying to work out the logistics of transport/work/kids/accommodation for a trip where we don't know how long she'll need to stay!

Alameda Wed 28-Nov-12 14:21:28

Good luck with your treatment Nell. Lots of love!

dappleton Wed 28-Nov-12 08:41:16

Just seen your post now, my heart sank for you when I got to your last update. So sorry to hear this and really wish Nell all the best, hoping Liverpool can help her make a full recovery. x

booksinbed Mon 26-Nov-12 09:52:52

Just to say thinking of you x

Mirage Thu 22-Nov-12 18:47:13

I'm sorry to hear this,but the fact it can be treated is a positive.I'm not busy at the minute and if you do need any help,please let me know.

frostyfingers Thu 22-Nov-12 18:21:54

That's a shame, I'm sorry to hear that. Liverpool is the best place though and if anyone can do anything they can. Does she travel better with a companion - would you be allowed to take one? If she's a greedy guts it may be worth starving her before she goes and distracting while on board with some hay - this worked for a bad traveller I had, although not always. When do you think treatment will start and how does it work? Fingers still crossed for you.

50BalesOfHay Thu 22-Nov-12 14:40:37

Not looking forward to transporting her from Leicestershire to Liverpool though! She was bad enough the 3 miles from the yard to our vets!

CMOTDibbler Thu 22-Nov-12 14:30:13

Sorry to hear that. But she's in great hands at Liverpool

50BalesOfHay Thu 22-Nov-12 14:27:12

Well we got the results of the biopsy and it is squamous cell carcinoma in both eyes. Our vets are referring her to the Liverpool University vet hospital as they've had very good results with topical chemotherapy, so there may be some hope for a positive outcome, without extensive surgery. We're trying to stay positive at the minute, and trying not to worry about the money too much. It will be better once we know what the options are.

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