Friday, April 18, 2008

Less pills, more dust.

I gave Kaswyn an allergy shot on Tuesday. It was the first one he's had since this whole hive debacle started in February, and I'll continue with them once a week. Then I will begin decreasing his hydroxyzine by half 72 hours after the allergy shot if he doesn't get any hives. So far he's been hive free, so on Saturday he'll only get 500 mg of hydroxyzine one time a day. Then I'll wait 72 hours, and if he has no hives then he'll get 250 mg once a day, wait 72 hours, then go to 125 mg once a day. If he's still free of hives then we take him off of the hydroxyzine completely and wait two weeks. Then we make a trip to OSU for the repeat allergy test. That should happen sometime in mid-May.

As for the arena? Still waiting for Mr. K to fit us into his schedule. He told me that it would be easier for him to work with the footing if it were dry, so we haven't watered in about two weeks. The ring is desperately dry and dusty and I just can't ride in it. So maybe I'll try walking Kaswyn down the road again today. I feel like I want to do something but I hate dealing with the gritty eyes and black snot that you get when you ride in a dusty arena. So gross! And it's not good for my horse either. He's always been prone to having a weepy left eye, and I think the dust make it so much worse.

And now that the weather is getting nicer, I really wanna ride. Come on Mr. K, we need you to fix our arena!


ponygoom said...

I think every Mom who rides has guilt - I have been battling it for almost 9 years! My family just doesn't understand that it is a passion I can not ignore. Plus there is the added guilt that I could be folding laundry or cleaning closets instead of being at the barn. The bottom line is that our passion is stronger than the guilt and we do what we must to make riding fit into our lives!

Rising Rainbow said...

I hope that you get through this without anymore hives. They are such a bummer.

As for not watering, that's really the pits. It's not just bad for your eyes, it's awful for your lungs and those of your horse. You set stuff in there and it stays. I hope Mr K fits you into his schedule real soon. In the meantime, only safe rides on the road and no bear threats, please. lol

LN- Nickers and Ink said...

I know the feeling.

Dust or no dust, my favorite place in the world seems to be out in the pasture with our young horses. (They are half-Arabian, half-Warmblood sporthorses.)


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EquineSpirit said...

((HUGS!!))...and hopefully the hives don't come back!

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