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Paige and Lefty share a binky.

Pancho needed

specialized attention to straighten his legs. They were gradually relaxing and the braces and bandages helped support his physical therapy. The poor little guy walked like an old, bow- legged cowboy for the first few weeks. When he got tired, they tended to bow out and buckle at the knees. But, once he started getting up, his progress dramatically improved. His hind legs were a little windswept so he was outfitted with little rubber baby shoes to support the angles. The two were kept

separate but within hearing

more and more lethargic until he just fades away. Dummy foal babies just seem to forget how to suck, how to breathe, and generally just how to continue living. While it’s not exclusive to multiple births, it’s quite common with them. Pancho’s legs were wrapped to support his contracted

tendons and both were kept laying down to prevent damage to their separate leg issues. They had to be turned every so often to prevent other problems as well. Pancho had moderate pneumonia from aspirating amniotic fluid. Dr. Erin said that once his kidney values were normal they were going to give Pancho medication to help his tendons stretch and would outfit him with braces. Lefty had a touch of pneumonia as well. Both nursed from a bottle but ran out of energy and the rest was administered by tube. Pancho needed some oxygen to support his pneumonia recovery. They had IV drips of fluids and medications. They knocked the stump of their navel cords off earlier than they should have and, as a result, both leaked urine out their umbilical stump. The list was endless. The first milestone to meet was 48 hours without slipping into “dummy.” Over the next two weeks, the boys met all their challenges and exceeded everyone’s expectations. The vets called them the “statistics-breakers” and the twins had become the favorites of the hospital. Lefty began to let everyone know that he might be smaller, but that he was a force to be reckoned with, earning him the nickname “The Chihuahua.” He refused to be kept down and insisted on standing sooner than the doctors would have liked. To make his point, he threw in some unauthorized bucks and wall-kicking when he could!

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range of each other to prevent them from pulling each others’ IV lines and NG (nasal gastric) tubes. We went to visit regularly and after the first week, we took Katie’s two-year- old twin daughters to meet the twin boys. There sure were a lot of twins in the same stall! Hailee gravitated toward Pancho and all his bells and whistles. She is fascinated by engineering! Paige, the smaller and more dramatic of the twins, bonded with Lefty. When he got rambunctious waiting for his formula, Paige pulled her pacifier out of her pocket and offered it to Lefty, who took her up on the offer! They officially “binky-bonded.” The twin girls continue to visit the twin boys often and have stuck to their favorites.

HOMEWARD BOUND

Finally, on Labor Day weekend, the day came when we could take them home. They would be required to remain confined in the stall until Lefty’s X-rays showed enough calcification in his joints to support his rambunctious antics, but the important thing was that they were coming home! Pancho would still need the regular treatment with the leg braces and both had to finish up another 10 days of medications and have their umbilical stumps treated daily as they were still leaking occasionally. Dr. Erin seemed to have faith in me that I could do the necessary treatments, so off we went to bring them home. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77
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