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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 10:30pm
We really need a icon for sad/crying. She saw the eye/ear doctor today. He said that she is aware of light and dark but that is probably about all she can see. He can't, without further testing, tell whether she has retina or cornea problems, and at this point since neither of them is treatable, I will not do any further testing. He believes that she can function well in her environment but we need to watch her a little more carefully in the backyard. DH and I are going to have additional lighting put in the yard in the hopes that it will help her determine where she is. Her hearing, he believes is mostly gone also. But she can hear me clap when inside and if not too far out in the yard, can hear that also. We had big storms the other night and she didn't hear a thing. Just another part of this, I guess.

Tommorow is a huge function for the sanctuary. We are taking part in Pet Fest which is the fundraiser for the Jefferson Parish SPCA. Doggie contests, kitty cat costume parties and all kinds of fun. The weather is not going to be the best, windy with gusts up to 30 MPH, cloudy and quite cool - I hope the turn out is good. The shelter really needs the proceeds and St. Francis needs the exposure.

Casey will have her teeth removed at some point next week. I will probably board Eddy while she recovers because I would rather have her at home than at the vets office, if at all possible. Dr. K. is at a seminar this weekend on teeth and the elder dog so I hope he will learn something new that he can apply to Casey.

I probably won't be on the board at all tomorrow as dh and I have a wedding to attend tomorrow night. I'll be bushed on Sunday but I will check in.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Hugs,

Jenny

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In reply to: cl_vrwater
Sat, 03-29-2003 - 8:28am
(((Jenny)))...I'm so sorry that you're going through this right now. I hope that you've visited the Sight and Hearing Impaired Board...my GF got so much positive information from the members there when her Reggie lost his sight.

I hope that the Pet Fest goes well. At the end of April there're going to be a Pet Expo in Edison, NJ and both the shelter and the rescue are participating. Of course, I'll be helping Libby at the rescue since she has so few people to help her, but I'll drop by the shelter booth too.

As always, you're all in my thoughts and prayers....please give Casey Marie an extra hug for me.

Laura

 
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Registered: 03-19-2003
In reply to: cl_vrwater
Sat, 03-29-2003 - 11:16am
Awww {{{{{Jenny}}}}}! I'm sorry to hear this bad news about Casey -- it makes me sad to hear :-( But just try to keep in mind that even though it's really heartbreaking, blindness and deafness do *not* mean "the end" is right around the corner -- they are basically just disabilities that in time, she will adjust to the best way she can. As long as she's there with a loving mommy like you to guide her, she can't go wrong :-) Sorry to hear about the teeth too :-( I guess you'll have to give her different, softer food and stuff from now on, which of course will involve even more adjustment, but hey, we here know doggies are worth it :-) Hope the festival goes well too. Keep us in the know.

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In reply to: cl_vrwater
Sat, 03-29-2003 - 1:15pm
Jenny, I'd get a second opinion. When we realized Abby's eyes were going and took her in to get it checked out, they discovered quickly it was retinal atrophy taking place. AND they said it was CRUCIAL for us to use prescription eyedrops once a day 24/7 for the rest of her life. It won't restore her eyes, but her condition can get very painful in some cases. Without testing, we wouldn't have known that, so we use the eyedrops faithfully and so far, no progression to a torn retina.

 


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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: cl_vrwater
Sun, 03-30-2003 - 8:30am
Thanks so much for that advice. I am absolutely going to follow it. Casey has an appointment with the ICU vets across the lake on Tuesday and Dr. A will also check out her eyes then. He is technically not an eye specialist but I will certainly mention what you have told me.

While this is making me very sad, I realize that things are going to be okay. I just remember when Casey used to act like Eddy, running wildly in the backyard, chasing everything in sight and snatching a bird out of mid air (I swear she actually did that, I have witnesses). So that part of it is difficult. I had a long talk with my son the other night (she is technically his dog) and told him what was going on. I don't want him to be surprised when he comes to visit us in August, and he started to tear up over the phone.

We'll be okay, Casey, I think feels better than she has in a while so I am taking this one day at a time.

Thank you again for the advice, I am certainly going to take it.

Love and laughter,

Jenny

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Registered: 03-19-2003
In reply to: cl_vrwater
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 9:41pm
Oh, Jenny, this make me so sad! I can only imagine how heartbreaking this is for you. My Bob is going deaf and he falls sometimes now because of his hips and back legs and it's horrible to watch him grow older. Keep us informed and my thoughts and prayers are always with you and Casey.

Hugs, *C*, Mr. Higgins, Mandy, and Bob

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