April 5th 2008 7:36 pm
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I had surgery to remove my right eye two weeks ago Tuesday. There were absolutely no complications with my surgery. My biggest challenge was the cone. The cone, coupled with the "loopiness" from pain meds, made "mapping" my whereabouts and maneuvering around difficult; the cone also interferes with my hearing. I was only blind a week prior to the surgery and was just starting to get around without my sight, so these first few days after her surgery were a difficult setback. I had a tendency to get stuck in one place and couldn’t find my way out. I would just sit down and whine. I’m a hound so I whine a lot more than other dogs anyway, but I whined a bit more that usual.
The first weekend after my surgery, Moxie, my furiend from work, came to stay with us. She wouldn’t come near me because she was afraid of the cone, so we removed it, since I would be supervised all weekend. I didn’t scratch at my stitches, so the cone came off permanently. After the cone was removed, and with some coaxing from Moxie, I started to move around a lot more. Every day my confidence grew and I can now find my way around the house with no trouble at all. I can find my way outside, into the living room and up on to my favorite spot on the couch. I can find my bed in the bedroom and know exactly where They keep the treats! I can also hear much better. I keep my ears perked up a lot more than I used to and everyone thinks I look really cute with my “perky ears.”
I was hesitant to go out for walks at first and would stubbornly refuse to move. But today I was trottin’ along and enjoying every minute of my morning stroll. Today is a beautiful sunny day in San Francisco, and we took a walk down to one of our favorite places to have breakfast. The restaurant has an outdoor patio with a water bowl for dogs and I got some bacon! On our way home we ran into Dr. Fong from Irving Street Veterinarian Hospital. He performed both of my enucleation surgeries. I recognized his voice immediately. He was so happy to see me doing so well. He took a look at my stitches and said they could come out in a few days. He thought I looked really good.
I also got to stop and sniff all of the dogs we met along the way. I’m no longer afraid of other dogs approaching me. A lot of people stop and ask about my blindness. Most of them always point out that I don’t seem to have a problem using my nose to get around. Which is so true! I do love a good sniffin’!
I continue to be showered with love, reassurance, and encouragement. My furiend Kansas suggested we order the book "Living With Blind Dogs.” It just arrived from Amazon so we’re looking forward to learning more about my life without sight. We’ve also heard from a lot of pups on Dogster who have offered great advice. Thanks everyfur!
We are completely overwhelmed with all of the Gifts and Rosettes, and Paw Mail we’ve received. We have every intention of personally thanking each and everyone but in the meantime, please know that each and every kind word has touched our hearts so deeply and we are so grateful for your love and support.
One of the dogs on Dogster that has been one of my greatest sources of support and inspiration, Samuel Jacob, whom I fondly refer to as my beloved sweet Sammers, a dog of great strength and determination, left this world yesterday and crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Our hearts go out to his Mom and Dad and his brother and sister, Mickey and Bernadette (aka The Roo Croo).
One of the things that Sammers loved to do most was run and jump. His back problems, and the loss of his back leg, made this difficult. I find comfort knowing that he is pain free and runnin’ and jumpin’ to his heart’s content. Last night we we’re havin’ a cuddle on the couch and the wind howling. All of the windows in our old Victorian were rattlin and I knew that it was Sammers with all of his runnin’ and jumpin kickin’ up all the wind. Sammers, I love you dear friend and every time the wind blows, I will think of you and know that it is you runnin’ and jumpin’.
For what is it to die, but to stand in the sun and melt into the wind?
I will never be able to tell you how truly special this is to me, and how much it means. I love you. I always will....