Stall Rest Chronicles 31 March, Milton’s Stubborn Zipper

Explanation. We have a horse on stall rest following colic surgery. This has taken over the blog. Mostly. [Begin, Phase IV]

Third month post surgery
Week 3 of four weeks pasture rest

Milton’s incision is still not closed completely. 😦

He’s fine. Bright-eyed & bushy tailed.

Incision is mostly healed over. Belly has a sliiiight bit of swelling that has not changed in weeks. No egregious swelling. No heat. No signs of infection. He tolerates the daily cleaning as well as he ever tolerates his belly being touched.

However, in a three places there are small, gnarly, pink, fleshy – in contrast to scabby – outgrowths with leaky bits of this and that. On-site medical staff says it’s fine, possibly a reaction to the internal sutures. Skin staples were taken out weeks ago back at the clinic. Vet continues to say photos look fine.

On site med staff/Milton’s head minion says the wound is closed and the skin is 90% closed. “There is a complete layer of tissue between his innards and the outside world. All the muscle and fascia are closed (fascia is a fancy word for connective tissue).”

No one is worried. I think we’d all like to see the grot go away. For the most recent belly shot, [click here]

Side note. Thank you for your responses to my questions about the weekly medical photos. The pile has gotten away from me. At some point, I will process and post them, probably behind a jump, as this week. [Stall Rest Chronicles 15 Feb, with Photo Poll]


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