Saturday, September 26, 2009

Post traumatic veterinarian syndrome

A doggie-mom report from the Juno-battles-glaucoma front:

The drops-in-the eye thing is working MUCH better and her pressure is down in both eyes.

That's good.

Last night she had a droopy eyelid and her "third eyelid" closing -- both symptoms of further onset of acute glaucoma in her "good" [right] eye.

That's bad.

After a couple of hours at the 24hr-ER-vet last night and then a visit this morning to her doggie opthamologist, she doesn't appear to have any damage to her right optic nerve and got some new prescriptions to keep the pressure down. .
That's good.

The meds don't come in generic and -- of course -- aren't covered by any kind of insurance.
That's bad.

The saga continues but she's hanging in there and so are we. Thanks for all the prayers and good wishes!

Saturday, September 05, 2009

If I let them put drops in my eye ...

... then I get a BONE!

I'm not saying I'm LIKING this, but ... as you can see ... I'm hanging in there. Thanks for all the good wishes and prayers for me AND my moms. (And thanks for the interesting suggestion about medical marijuana. None of the research we've done indicates it would help my eye, but I'm thinking if it would mellow out my moms ...! Oh well -- probably not an option. But keep those creative solutions coming!)

Friday, September 04, 2009

We're back!

We've been on blogging hiatus, here at harveyandluna, but we're back.
When LAST we weighed in, our moms were packing to leave for the 76th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Anaheim. We missed them while they were gone but our Aunt Stasia took VERY good care of us.

Our job was to "hold down the fort" while they were gone:
As you can see, we did a VERY good job! (Well, at least we held down the couch!)

Everyone was home together for a couple of weeks and then it was VACATION time ... and the moms headed off to visit family in someplace called "Colorado."

There was SOME discussion about taking us along ... and we were game for an adventure. But the more they researched into the reality of road trips with dogs, the more they ran into things that looked like this:
So we stayed here holding down the fort again while they drove all the way to Denver and back.

Now, we DID find out that while they were there, they were "seeing other dogs" ...

Like our Uncle Fred's lab Lily ...

... and our cousin Fred's golden retriever Cooper. (Yep, two Freds on that side of the family. Kind of confusing -- but at least we can tell the dogs apart!)

But we're OK with that ... as long as they come back home to us! So they had a great visit and we did ANOTHER great job holding down the fort and couch.
WHILE they were gone, however, Juno came up with an owie in her eye. They thought it was a scratch or a foxtail or an infection of some kind, so they've spent the last two weeks chasing her around trying to get drops and ointment in her eye and going back and forth to the vet.

Today they took her to a specialist (doggie opthamologist) and it turns out it wasn't an owie after all ... it's GLAUCOMA!

And that's a really bad thing.

At this point Juno can't see at all out of her left eye and now we need to keep a VERY close eye on her right eye so the same thing doesn't happen to it. (Which unfortunately it probably will eventually because she's got something called a "genetic predisposition.") The vet said it could be a few months or a few years before another episode and the moms are -- of course -- totally bummed. In the meantime it will be more eye drops. And more vet visits. And lots of research on what to do to keep her as comfortable as she can be in spite of her eye problems. .

But at the moment, we're both resting comfortably ...
... and grateful for good vets and moms who take care of us -- no matter what.
. .
Stay tuned!