Somehow the last entry was posted prematurely; so here is a follow-up of how things were looking this morning - dramatically improved. The vet in charge of his case sounded positive for the first time. She said the dull episodes had been gone for the last twelve hours, and temperature gone for 48 hours. He had been taken off his IV fluids for the first time as well. Pulse is still higher than we would like, but after 48 hours of antibiotics, it is looking like his body is starting to respond positively.
I got to take him for another stroll outside. It is obvious he is tired, but being out in the sun does him so much good. They have made it a regular part of his daily regimen. He whinnied at a group of people passing by, and it more or less brought tears to my eyes. Then the tech came to bring us in for meds. As I took off his halter, I started scratching his neck and behind his ears, and for the first time in a week, he leaned into it, moving his head up and down into the scratch.
I am guarded, because it has been so up and down - but I can't help feeling like my boy is back. His personality, his fight - for a brief moment yesterday, I thought he was done. I had made up mind that I was not going to make him fight a battle if he was too tired to go on. And then I arrive this morning, and my sweet boy is there - ready to fight another day.
So keep the prayers coming.