Hi everybody – I made it!!
I have had a HUGE adventure – going into the SASH vet hospital to have surgery to take out my left eye, because it was too damaged by my Glaucoma Sickie and my Cataracts and the constant high pressure was giving me ouchies all the time…
…well, what do you think of my new look?!
My surgery went really well – the Anaesthetist Vet first gave me some special medicine (“mild sedative”) to feel very relaxed and then they shaved some fur from my legs and put a needle in one of my blood pipes – and then gave me some Sleepy Medicine which put me slowly to sleep.
Well, I don’t remember much after that! Paul says that they would probably have put some pipes in my mouth and down my throat, to give me more Sleepy Gases and some Oxygen.
Anyway, all I remember is waking up feeling very woozy…my head felt like a big, boiled sausage! But I didn’t have pipes coming out of me anymore. There was a special nurse who sat next to me all the time, until I could breathe normally by myself and lift my head and swallow and sit up and stand…that was the sign that my heart was doing OK and I was recovering well from the Sleepy Gases!
I was feeling awfully cold and shivery – that’s what the Sleepy Gases can do to you afterwards, sometimes – so they put a special blanket over me and after a while I felt better. So much better, in fact, that I wolfed down the dinner they brought me! And they took me out for a little walk too, so that I could do a wee. But it was good to get back to my hospital room and relax on my vet bed again – my legs were still a bit wobbly!
Speaking of hospital rooms, check out where I was staying – it was a special kennel for giant doggies staying at the hospital. Most doggies would stay in crates but of course, I wouldn’t fit! So they have these nice, roomy runs for giant doggies to stretch out in..
Not bad, eh? Although – hmm – not quite how I imagined it…!
In fact, when my humans came to pick me up today, they didn’t even bring me a bunch of sausages! Humph!
Still, I was very happy & excited to see them – and to go home!
My humans were a bit upset when they saw my face, with my left eye all puffy & swollen and stitched up and…well, no eye there!
I don’t know why humans get so fussy about “how things look” – us doggies are much more sensible. As long as we can still get around and do the things we love – who cares what we look like?
Still, the vet told us that my eye is looking Extra Horrible at the moment because it has only just come out of surgery – and after a while, it will settle down and look much better. There was a little tumour in the skin of my eyelid so they removed that as well – and so that’s also why it looks extra red & puffy.
Also, the Vet Ophthalmologist had done some extra stitches on purpose which make my eye look very “pouchy” and puffy now – but this will hopefully mean that later, when everything settles down and falls back into the eye socket, my eye won’t look so “caved in”. Sometimes, people will put a fake eyeball inside but in my case, because it was so dangerous for me to be under the Sleepy Gases, they just wanted to “get in & get out” as fast as possible so they didn’t faff around with Doggie Plastic Surgery!
Well, I do look a bit sorry for myself at the moment – although I think it really bothers my humans more than it bothers me. (I kept hearing them say the words “heart-breaking to see…”) – Do you think the Toyboy Doggies will still like me??
I asked Muesli what she thought but she was more interested in re-negotiating our Time-Share Arrangement over my Bed…
…hmm…seems like she’s been making herself VERY comfy while I was gone…!
Well, I told Muesli “no deal” – I was sticking to our old arrangement – she can only go on my bed when I don’t want it or am not around (every afternoon/evening when I go on my daily walk, Muesli always scurries to get onto my bed as soon as she sees my leash coming out! ).
I’m a bit grumpy because I have to wear the Cone of Shame whenever my humans are not around to watch me – just in case I rub my eye or something, while it’s still healing. But hopefully, just for a few days! I will be going back to SASH for a follow-up and to let them take out my stitches, in about 10 days time.
OK, well, am awfully tired and sleepy now so am off for a big sleep. Good night everybody and thank you so much for all the amazing messages from all over the world! I know I said it before but I’m really such a lucky doggie to have so many people thinking of me and caring about me. You are all wonderful.
Oh, last thing – here’s a little movie showing me leaving the hospital and arriving home!
If the movie doesn’t play, try here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zM-PeI6dQ0Q