The surgeon came to visit Red this morning (several hours late due to emergencies he had to deal with). He said the incision looked very good. Then he and his assistant ultrasounded the swelling on Red's leg to see if it was just fluid or inflammation of the structures (the concern was the suspensory ligament). It seemed to be just fluid, which was good news. Since it was fluid, he drained it - undoing the bottom suture and inserting a cannula to drain the fluid - there was a lot of it, serum and uncoagulated blood - basically a hematoma. Then he rewrapped the leg, gave Red another dose of Reserpine, loaded me a syringe for another Reserpine dose on Sunday, and left.
Immediately after Red came out of short-term sedation, he was irritated with the bandage, and started a big of stomping. When I came back in the afternoon, he was stomping more. I called the vet, and they had me give him a cc of ace by mouth - it seemed to help - he was still doing a bit of moving the leg, but there was a lot less stomping and kicking. They very much want the bandage to stay on for several days, both to reduce swelling and to avoid contaminating the open wound from the fluid drainage.
Assuming all goes well, we will have a vet visit on Monday to redo the bandage, and another visit on Wednesday to evaluate if he's ready for a step-down to a standing wrap and starting turnout in a small pen. I was able to persuade the surgeon that just doing more stall rest plus hand walking was less desirable in Red's case than starting pen turnout earlier - so if all goes well, by the end of next week, Red should be going out in a pen (with poor long suffering Pie in the next pen for company). He'll be getting 2 ccs of ace by mouth before his first pen turnout, and then we'll step down to less ace depending how he does. And then there's the challenge of keeping his wrap dry in the event of rain . . . any suggestions are welcome.
While we were waiting for the vet, Dawn and I managed a nice ride. Her EPM symptoms are mostly gone, although one front leg is still a bit wonky - I gave her another 500-kb dose of Banamine. And Pie did not get ridden today - I wanted to keep Red as quiet as possible so left Pie in his stall.
One more day . . .