Remember Peri, my ewe that was bitten by a rattlesnake? Here's the latest photo taken of her leg today. (If you click on it, you can see a larger version.)
The wound has healed up well, and I haven't been bandaging it or giving it any special care at all for quite some time. However, I'm beginning to believe that the tendon damage from the necropsy is permanent.
Peri has regained her usual feisty personality and is finally gaining weight again. She doesn't seem to have any pain in the leg anymore. But she still can't use the foot properly.
There's no stability to the ankle joint. If she tries to put weight on it, it sags to the side as if there are no tendons supporting it. So she still spends most of her time lying down, and hobbles vigorously on three and a half legs whenever she wants to move.
So now I'm wondering if I can come up with some kind of splint or leg brace that she can wear. If I can find some way to hold that ankle immobile for her, I think that she could regain an almost-normal life.
I'd like it to be something that
- Stays in place
- Holds the joint relatively immobile
- I can make inexpensively myself
- Is comfortable for her
- Doesn't have to be removed and replaced every day
- Is easy to remove, clean, and replace when necessary
- Is not going to rot or get too gross from routine exposure to weather and sheep manure.
If you missed the first few episodes of Peri's story (or if you just want to see photos of how the wound has progressed), you can find them here:
August 7: Peri's Reprieve
August 8: Not for the Faint of Heart
August 9: Getting Used to the Maggots
August 29: Peri's Progress and Other Photos