Friday, June 13, 2014
The lack of confirmed diagnosis does not bother me so much -- his condition has been narrowed down to two "most likely suspects" -- EPM or Cauda Equina Syndrome. Cauda Equina Syndrome isn't treatable. I haven't been impressed with how well or accurately vets can test for EPM -- even New Bolton said a full complement of tests may not yield a diagnosis.
Why the change of heart about treatment?
The short answer is, the treatment is cheaper than I initially understood it to be--and in the end, I'm not ready to say goodbye to Harv.
Long answer: I managed a horse show on Sunday, and it was fun but eventful -- many rides, unforeseen delays, running around. It all ended well, but I felt worn out. After the show, Bob and I stopped to see Harv on our way to dinner. As I stood next to Harv's dutch door reading the label on a new bottle of fly spray, Harv poked his head out the dutch door and started licking my elbow. No matter what happens in my day, Harvey makes me feel good.
We took Harv out to let him roll and graze a bit. He was exuberant! He trotted around like a stud, and he overdid it a little -- he tripped, his hind legs nearly collapsed, but he did not actually fall. He made a little grunting sound of alarm, but he recovered and came over to us. He was ready to come in. We opened the gate and headed back to the barn.
Bob: "Why did you say you aren't treating him?"
Me: "Well, depending on what he has there is no treatment. And EPM treatment is over a thousand dollars a month. Up to 1500, New Bolton said."
Bob: "Well.. That's what money is for."
Bob is not one to throw money around, comment stuck in my gut.
When we got home, I had a Facebook message from a friend in Ohio. She shared information about an EPM treatment that, according to a friend of hers, was around $79/month. She gave me info about it, and I checked the medical research and the price at the source she provided. While vets had told me about the treatment, their pricing was THEIR pricing -- not what you can get from outside sources. So for about $110/month (including supplements and vet followups) I can treat Harv for EPM. That's what I'm going to do.
A big THANK YOU to my friend, who I met through my blog.