Friday, May 18, 2012

Fears for Tears (or Lack Thereof)

Many of you sent good wishes for my dog Bean Sidhe’s eye problems -- thank you all again for that -- so I thought I'd give a quick update on our visit to the veterinary ophthalmologist.

I wasn't seeing any improvement in the ulcer. Then on Monday, I noticed her eye was beginning to look red. I didn't know if that was bad or good.  It looked sort of scary.  I was afraid that I’d get bad news from the vet.

Happily, the visit went well. The vet was wonderful. He was patient with all my questions and took time to explain everything thoroughly. The diagnosis is that Bean Sidhe’s eye has stopped producing tears. The dry eye is very uncomfortable and is impeding healing of the ulcer. Keeping her eye lubricated will ease the discomfort and help with healing. The redness in her eye indicates blood vessels and is a sign of healing. She doesn’t need further surgery. Whew! This was such a relief, I wanted to kiss the vet (well, mostly because he gave me good news but also because he’s really cute). ;-)  I will continue my efforts to convince Bean Sidhe that me putting goo in her eye several times a day is a good thing. :-/

16 comments:

  1. Thank you for providing the update. I'm so glad to hear that she doesn't need further surgery. She's quite the little trouper!

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    1. Thank you. She's pretty feisty for her age. :)

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  2. Good News! Happy to hear that he is on the mend =)

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  3. <3 hope it will go well! my donsphynx viola had dry eyes, too and accepted me doing the eyedrops (i think it was 4 times/day) after about two weeks...

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    1. Thank you. She would squint her eye shut, making it difficult to put drops in. But over the last couple of days, she's kept the eye open. I take that as a good sign that it's not hurting so much. :)

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  4. Poor little Bean Sidhe!! I'm glad to see some good news coming through for her. You are an exemplary pet owner, taking such care to get her the medical attention she needs and even building her own very special designer step stool! I'm sure she'll get used to the new medication routine with your loving care.

    Now, tell us more about that cute vet! ;-D Is he Goth, or darkly-inclined? Single? Are you going to be taking Bean Sidhe for extra-frequent checkups now? ;)

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    1. She's been a lifesaver for me many times in our 14 years. Taking good care of her is the least I can do in return. :)

      Ha ha! No dark vibes, but he seems to have a sense of style, a striking improvement over the fleece and wornout jeans my coworkers usually wear. Bean Sidhe has a checkup in four weeks, and he did mention wanting to follow her progress to see if her tear production returns. ;)

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  5. Thank godness for good news. I hope she will recover soon.

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    1. I needed some good news. :) Thank you.

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  6. i hope Bean Sidhe recovers soon.

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  7. I'm glad there is a solution to the problem and hope the healing goes great!

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  8. I'm glad you got good news! Heal faster little doggy!! I'm sure your mommy needs you to be better <3 :)

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