Just one day after posting the positive update on our Happy Hector, something went horribly wrong. Back to the vet we went.
The vet came into the exam room, took one look at Hector, and said “This isn’t good”.
Despite scheduling sleep, work, and all other life matters around Hector’s eye drops, his eye ruptured.
Our vet is more a general practitioner, so she referred us to an Ophthalmologist and pulled the strings so we could get in the very next day.
Usually when one goes to a ‘specialist’, an extensive examination is done, sometimes followed with extensive testing. In our case, our appointment was at 9:45a.m. We were checking out at 9:55.
Hector was already irreparably blinded in his right eye. The rupture was severe, and Hector was in great pain. Though the eye could ‘fixed’ cosmetically (people really do that ?!?!?!), a painful cataract some time down the road was highly possible. This was also the same eye where 2 prior cherry eye surgeries had failed. Indeed, just a week before the corneal tear, the cherry eye had returned.
The Ophthalmologist recommended an emergency denucleation. For those of us living in the more common world – that means Hector’s eye had to be removed. Despite all our efforts, Hector lost his eye.
We are very fortunate to have Dr. Kirsten Young of Daisy Mountain Veterinary Hospital as our primary vet in that she made time in her existing schedule to ‘do the deed’ right away, and within a couple of hours, Hector’s beautiful eye was no more.
Of all the dogs who call Run A Muck Ranch their home, Hector is the one who would be least affected by any sudden ‘disability’. His perpetual happiness prevents anything from getting Hector down, and the loss of an eye is nothing but a flesh wound to him.
Look at Hector just a few hours after surgery:
If not for the lingering affects of the anesthesia, his tail would have been wagging.
Now look at him the day after:
Today is Day 3. I left Hector alone in the yard for just a minute. When I went to get him, e-collar clad Hector was running with the horses.
Assuming Hector’s currently restricted lifestyle doesn’t cause him to explode sometime in the next 11 days (the time left we have to keep him ‘quiet’), I think it’s safe to assume he will be just fine!
As an aside to this tale of woe, and just in case video footage is played on the local evening news asking viewers to help identify a certain individual, I would like to explain in my defense:
You have to remember:
1. I was getting up EVERY 3 HOURS, every night, for several days, with each waking lasting 1/2 hour, to give Hector his eye drops. I also went home between jobs to keep the day schedule as close to 3 hours apart as possible. In other words, I was more than a little tired.
2. The evening before, we received troubling news, that Hector might lose his eye, but had to wait until he was seen by an Opthamologist the next day to know anything for sure. Despite not giving drops that particular night, sleep didn’t happen. Too many Mommy Worries going through my head to sleep. I started that morning barely mentally competent.
3. Usually, I dress thusly: Tank top, t-shirt, sweatshirt, and 2 zipper hoodies. That particular morning, I wasn’t thinking straight and dressed only in a tank top and 1 hoodie.
4. I NEVER leave any of my kids at the vet without something from home. Since Hector and I went directly from the Ophthalmologist to Daisy Mountain Veterinary Hospital, I didn’t stop at home to get something to leave with Hector. Upon reaching Daisy Mountain, and realizing my omission, my only option was to step into the restroom, remove my tank top, and leave it with Hector. I left for work dressed only in a zipper hoodie.
Anyone want to take a wild guess on what I did shortly thereafter at a Circle K, when the elevated internal temperature caused by stress made me need to cool off? Go ahead, guess!
Anyone want to take a wild guess on how long it took me to realize I was exposing myself in a convenience store?
I think it goes without saying, it was all caught on the security cameras…..
Sigh…. Never a dull moment at Run A Muck Ranch.