Welcome, Baby Ray -- And Now, Sunshine!
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was another busy day here -- this is a short update, but I wanted to
share some pictures.
How CUTE is this little one??? VERY! And look how tall he is
And Sunshine is so very beautiful and a good mom.
Baby Ray ran and jumped around and played like a baby should this
afternoon. He makes us all smile when he acts like a little
jumping bean! We're counting down the days until his surgery.
And what is one of the most blessed things to find at the end of a
rainbow? Yep, Baby Ray! And what could be even better?
Yep, Baby Ray with his mommy!
Ray napped while waiting for his turn in line to be worked on by Dr.
Das. Sunshine is never far away.
Ouuuuu that feels SO good. Dr. Das! You've got the touch!
See where Dr. Das is rubbing. Auntie Bernice? Can you remember
this spot and rub me there sometimes. too? Baby Ray was so relaxed
I thought he'd fall over!
Sunshine watched as Dr. Das worked on her baby.
He's got the cutest little baby face -- I think we should make him a
Baby Ray is just so precious. and he really has grown. He runs
down the aisle when he hears a bucket of grain coming. He still
tries to get into the tack room. It won't be long until he will be
able to see his mom's beautiful and loving face and all around him.
I can't wait!
countdown begins! Baby Ray's surgery is scheduled for October 6,
and we have about two weeks to raise the remaining funds (about $1,000)
by his discharge date of October 7.
For each $10 donation received between now and October 5, we will drop
your name in a hat. On October 6, we will choose a name; and that
person will get a very special Horse Hair Bracelet (like the example
pictured on the right). It is very special because the winner will get
to choose an adult horse from Beauty's Haven: we will snip the
hair from that horse's tail, and your bracelet will be handcrafted and
mailed to you.
You can donate by using this link on our website:
be sure to send us an e-mail letting us know that you are helping with
Baby Ray's upcoming surgery: email@example.com.
Ray got a big hug from Auntie Eilene.
And then he decided he wanted to run and show off and play. I'll
put a video on YouTube later tonight. He's definitely feeling
And then I dropped my camera, so it's toast. But I did get one
last picture, sort of.
Oh, Baby Ray, we need
you to come and draw the name of the raffle winner!
Do I have to, Mommy Theresa? My mommy and me just got done eating
lots of hay, and I just want to take a nap.
OK, you don't have to do it now -- but if you're going to nap, please go
nap in your stall -- there is a surprise! Aunties Chris and Pat
just got finished sanitizing it and putting all new fluffy shavings in
it! You''ll feel much better there under the fan.
Oh! You're right! Mommy, check it out! All new soft
shavings and no flies! This is awesome! Thanks, Aunties
Chris and Pat! Mommy Theresa, can I please pick a name after my
nap? I've never drawn a name before, and I don't know what it
means. I'm really too tired to learn right now.
He's awake and up! OK, Baby Ray, it's time! Just pick one!
I want this one! Do I get to eat it?
watched the whole thing and looked as us like we were aliens or
something, but she knew we'd never do anything to hurt her baby.
She's a good mom. I snatched the name out of his mouth just before
he tried to munch on it and replaced it with a couple pieces of grain as
And the winner is: JENNY N.!! Thank you Jenny! And to
all of you that participated, thank you! We'll let Nash know he
helped to replace the broken pressure tank to the well pump. Sammi
and Joy's beautiful drawing by Kathy Baker is just beautiful!
Congratulations, Jenny N.!
That was easy, mommy Theresa -- if I do it again, do I get a little more
No worries, Baby Ray,
it's feeding time anyway! You're a good boy, and you did a great
Ray and his mom still munch on all the hay put before them. Layla
is in the background. Sunshine is wearing Rhythm Beads in her mane
to help Baby Ray find her.
Baby Ray is a bit more active. On Sunday he actually ran back and
forth from one side of the paddock to the other a few times, jumping
around like a foal does -- it was great to see! He is such a sweet
boy, and he has started to put on a little weight -- and we're even
seeing some muscling up in the shoulders.
A few pictures from
today -- the heat and humidity were horrible!
Hi everyone! I'm
Baby Ray! I like to eat and sleep most of the time. Mommy
Theresa takes lots of pictures and someday I'm going to be able to see
them! I'm going to go to the hospital as soon as I'm strong
enough, and the doctors are going to fix my eyes so I can see -- I can't
Mommy, I think I'm
ready for another nap; but this hay is SO good!
There is usually a
breeze that blows through the center aisle, so we try to put their hay
in the breeze. Sunshine is doing really well. She's a bit
more protective of Baby Ray with a couple of the other horses that have
come through the barn. She's OK with Granny. Granny has been
staying in under a fan to help keep cool during the days.
enjoy the photos below. Theresa was wiped out tonight, so there
are no captions. We hope you all had a wonderful Friday, and
please have a safe Labor Day weekend!
Momma Sunshine enjoying her hay while Baby Ray takes a siesta.
Casper is in the background.
Momma Sunshine and Baby Ray enjoying some alone time.
|Oh, hi, Dr. Ryan, I
was just taking a nap. Dr. Porter was here earlier and did some
strange things, nothing that hurt, though. I'm just a little
tired. Did he tell you that I was born about a month earlier than
I should have been? I think he said that helps to explain some of
the things going on with me. He's pretty cool and I like him.
He said I'll be OK -- I just need protein, whatever that is. You're
going to give me some, right? And it won't hurt, will it?
Will it take long? I
love you too, mommy.
Mommy Theresa! What are they
doing to me? Somebody is hugging me and Dr. Ryan is sticking
something in my neck! I'm being brave, I know you and my mommy
told me they will be gentle with me. I'm just a little afraid ,but
they are being gentle just like you said. I guess this is one of
the things I told you I was afraid of: the unknown. I don't
know what they're doing to me, but I know it's supposed to help.
Ok, well, this is ok. No
problem. I'd rather be out eating alfalpha or taking a nap but
this isn't bad. I can do this for awhile. But I'm a baby,
you know, and babies like to eat and sleep. I took a nap and now I'd
like to go eat, but I'll be patient. Are you done yet?
What do you hear, Dr. Ryan?
Are my lungs ok? I know my heart is beating and may be a little
fast because this is all new to me. I'm listening to you listening
to my heart and lungs, and I'm trying to be still and quiet but I'm a
baby and get bored easily, so please hurry, ok? You're a great doc
-- all the horses here like you and the humans, too. Are you done
What? You're done? No,
its ok Dr. Ryan, you didn't hurt me, and I promise to be good and get
better. I want to get strong so I can have my eyes fixed so I can
see. You'll stay my doc, right? We're buds now, you know.
I don't let just anyone poke me in the neck like that! Thank you,
Dr. Ryan. Now I know why the humans say you're a good doctor that
they trust with our lives. I like Dr. Porter and Dr. Das, too, and
I'm glad all of you talk and know what is going on with me -- otherwise
my human mommy would be very worried. She says were very blessed
to have all of you and I think she's right!
Look at me, mommy Theresa! I
did it were DONE! I told you I'd be good! And Dr. Ryan is
going to come back on Thursday to check on me. He talks to Dr. Das
and Dr. Porter, too, so all my docs know what is going on with me and
they all agree on what to do. I feel special! Can I go out
to eat with my mommy now? Thanks again, Dr. Ryan!
Baby Ray, I'm so very proud of you!
I knew the humans would take good care of you. I was right outside
the whole time listening. I heard them say you can have your eye
surgery as soon as you get strong so let's work on that, ok? No
worries, just get strong and soon you'll have your eyes fixed and will
be able to see all of the people that are helping you. I love you
I love you too, mommy.
And so the day is just about over at Beauty's Haven. The sun is
setting earlier, and the nights are cooler. Our prayers were
answered, and Baby Ray is a candidate for cataract surgery. Now,
we need to get him strong. His small intestine is inflamed, and
he's not processing protein that his body desperately needs to build
body tissue and muscle. His temperature is normal tonight, so that
makes me feel better.
Thank all of you for caring and
helping. I'm exhausted and hope to be in bed by 11 pm tonight.
I've tons of emails to answer and lots of paperwork to catch up on.
It was quite a blessing today to not have to worry about today's vet
bills being paid. That is always a huge stress but not today,
thank you again.
|Dr. Porter did a
little more than ultrasound Baby Ray's eyes today -- he examined him
from head to hoof and also did an abdominal ultrasound. Baby Ray
was a very good boy. Dr. Porter says Baby Ray was likely a premie
born about a month early. Some of the signs include his domed head
and weak carpus/tarsus. He is generally weak all over.
The good news is there was no
detachment of the retina was seen in either eye! The cataract in
his left eye is bigger then the one in the right. Once Baby Ray is
strong enough, he can undergo the surgery to remove the cataracts.
There were areas of thickened
pleural surface noted in both lungs. On abdominal ultrasound,
there were multiple loops of mildly distended and not thickened.
Baby Ray's poop has not been normal
since he has been here, and he had been diagnosed with malabsorbtion
syndrome. There are days his poop is better than others, but it
still isn't what it should be and his body hasn't been able to absorb
the nutrients it needs. Dr. Porter and Dr. Ryan discussed the
findings and it has been determined that Baby Ray is now at the point
where a plasma treatment may be of benefit to him.
Here is the awesome mobile unit --
it's very high tech!
Today's expenses, including the visit/exam by Dr. Porter and Dr. Ryan
administering the plasma, will be a total of about $700. We had
$395 of this raised off board, and we would like to use some funds
donated for his eye surgery for the balance as well as for additional
blood work that will need to be done in a few days. If this is not
ok with anyone that has donated, please email me directly to advise.
Dr. Porter and his team, as usual,
did an outstanding job today, and we appreciate them very much.
Having them come here was much better for Baby Ray than if we had taken
him up to the hospital. It also decreased the risk of Baby Ray
picking up anything while there, which happens quite often. His
immune system is just so weak, we don't want to take any chances.
Thank you all, very much.
I'll update again tonight. Dr. Ryan will be here in an hour or so
to do the plasma treatment. This is great news about his eyes.
But before we can schedule surgery we need him to grow much stronger.
We'll continue to work on this and keep saying prayers.