February 26, 2014

George Vet Checkup for His Conjuctival Graft aka Left Eye Surgery

Hi friends!
A most tired mama Mindy here to report to you about George's vet visit this morning. 

The intern, Daniel, came in and did an ophthalmic (i.e. eye) exam and did a tear measurement for George's right eye.  Dr. Stuckey performed a fluorescent eye stain to both eyes to check for superficial scratches and to check the cornea.

The ophthalmic exam showed that George's surgery is healing nicely.  Is is a good rich red, pink color...showing that blood vessels are sending nourishment to the cornea for rebuilding what was lost due to the ulcer.  George's right eye does produce enough tears.  The fluorescent eye stain was good in the fact that George does not show any superficial scratches or any additional damage to his corneas.

What happens now?
George's oral medications remain unchanged: he gets two Clavamoxx (oral antibiotic) daily and his Deramaxx for pain and inflammation (which he also uses for his arthritis...no additional dose...just is being used as a therapy for his eye condition, too).  His Tobramycin and Artificial Tears with Cefazolin have been reduced for the next week from 8-10 drops daily of each medical eye drop, to only 6-8 drops daily of each medical eye drop.  George's GenTeal had an expiration date of this month, so we were given (free of charge) Systane eye gel (equivalent to previous GenTeal).  On the GenTeal, we had to treat 4 times a day.  Now, with the Systane eye gel and a week of healing, George only needs to have it given 2-3 times a day...one bottle for each eye...one drop for each eye at each scheduled dosage time.

Next visit?
One week from today.  Wednesday, March 5th at 9am.  (Pray for good weather coming and going as this morning's travel was fair with only a light dusting of snow and treated roads...while this weekend looks to get real "ucky/mucky/yucky"...)  On the next visit, George's left eye will get measured for tear production and both eyes will be checked for quality of tears produced.  The veterinarians want to determine if George needs further treatment for his eyes...specifically to see if he has a diagnosis of dry eye.

How happy are me and mom (George's nurses)?  Extremely happy and tired.  It is a two hour drive up to Manhattan and a two hour drive back after and one-and-a-half hour consultation...(remember this is a University/Specialty hospital that teaches new vets...everything is documented and that takes a little extra time...)

Blessings to you all and continue to pray for George as he is not "out of the woods" yet and his eye condition will be monitored over the next several weeks.  The main concern now is still about his conjunctival graft and it turning a "bad" color (grey, white, or purple) or leaking out "icky" fluid (green, white) or excessive squinting or changes in his current vision or (worst of all to me) a dehisce...or the graft becoming loose/detached from the cornea it is meant to help heal.

George is sleeping peacefully now...and I hate to give him drops when asleep...but you better believe that I hop into action with the drops as soon as he awakens.  Pray for me and my mom to be able to be good nurse maids to George and to have energy for work and school.

God Bless y'all,

Mama Mindy


Tweedles -- that's me said...

We have not stopped for even a minute in sending prayers of healing to George,,, and of course so the moms have the strength to keep doing all this.
You are such good moms to all the puggies,, and George is definately getting wonderful care- and wonderful doctors.
Magic healing bubbles are all around all of you.

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

So sorry we have been absent during Georgie's time of need. We are so glad that he is healing well and on the road to recovery. Feel our White Dog healing energies and positive thoughts. Sending lots of love.

The Vegetarian Mermaid. said...

What a sweet baby. Sending you many more healing vibes and love!<33333


Molly The Wally said...

So glad George is getting better. We send healing vibes and POTP and worry not mum we know you make a fabulous nurse. Have a tremendous Thursday.
Best wishes Molly

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

Sounds like some good news! We'll keep praying for continued complete healing for the sweetie! Hugs to you all!

Amber DaWeenie said...

Great news BUTT we'll keep on sending sunshine and prayers.

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

WE are so VERY VERY much glad to hear that thingys are going well fur George Pooh.
We have our paws crossed fur ALL of you to get through this.
fur ALL of you.

stellaroselong said...

OH Momma Mindy we have been sending you tons of prayers each and everyday...we are so happy to hear that Georgie is healing nicely. We know you both have to be very tired, between work and your nursing duties at home. We wish we lived closer cos we would come help!
stella rose

Millie and Walter said...

Keep up the good work Nurse Momma Mindy (and your mom). We are keeping our paws crossed for Georgie.

Two French Bulldogs said...

So relieved to hear the eye ball is coming along nicely. We will continue to send you lots of hugs
Lily & Edward

Random Felines said...

purrs for continued good recovery!!

Ellen Gawthorp said...

Our lazy mama won't let us get on here very often but we've been thinking about George and hoping things are going well! Paws crossed that the roads will be clear for you to travel next week!

Love Zoe, Peyton, Webster, Liberty & Whitney

Sketching with Dogs said...

We are so pleased that George is on his way to recovery. Love and hugs to you all.
Dip and Elliot x

Anonymous said...

Oh Doggie, George, so glad your eyes are getting better, hope that acorn fight with PT Crashers gang didn't do any further damage. Keep getting better we need Officer George Pooh on duty!

The Mad Scots

tubby3pug said...

we have our paws crossed for sweet George

retro rover

tubby3pug said...

we have our paws crossed for sweet George

retro rover

Soggibottom said...

AW, well done those two nurses, get well soon little mate.
Luv's Cat Flap Cavalier x x x