On April 2, 2013 I had one of the scariest days of my life. Started out like any normal day, coffee, work, whatnot. When I arrived home from work I found that our handsome Leo dog had an eye emergency. Rushed him to the vet to find out that he had an anterior luxation that was causing acute glaucoma. It is amazing how a day can start out as a typical ho-hum day and change, leaving it ever burned into your memory. Just over a month after Leo was originally diagnosed, we had raised enough funds for his enucleation…so in about a month I will be able to give a one year update on how great he is doing.
This is our little Kuki monster, she is a Bug (Boston Terrier/Pug mix). Kuki has one ear that flops over and the other one that is perky, her eyes go in different directions, she has interesting markings…oh, and her tongue is too long for her little mouth, so it is sticking out 99% of the time. Kuki just looks schnockered in this photo or else like she is saying “the schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries!”
I am a day behind on this post, but figured I would give daily updates. Yesterday was Leo’s 2nd day after his eye removal surgery. We noticed a lot more bruising in the area and some cheek swelling. Leo was in a very good mood and wanted to play…we did not want him to play like he is used to because that will hurt him. Leo did get some monitored play with one of his favorite treat balls (a great ball that the dogs can not wreck that we cut a hole in and put dog food in…give them exercise and treats at the same time=double goodness). Leo is eating well, drinking well and needless to say, sleeping well (aka snoring like a mad man!). We did also finally take off the “collar of shame” which really helped Leo sleep more comfortably.
Leo’s eye surgery reached its fundraising goal on Tuesday. As soon as we reached the goal I went to the vet and scheduled Leo’s surgery. Today we had to take Leo in to the vet so that he could stay the night there, that way they are able to make sure that he doesn’t eat or drink anything before his surgery which is first thing tomorrow (Friday) morning. I took this photo of Leo about an hour before we took him in to the vet, thankfully today his eye was looking much better than it has the last couple of days, but still not good. We will continue to give updates and ask for any and all of the positive energy you can put into the universe for Leo.
Good luck with your surgery in the morning Leo. We love you.
Mom, Dad, Doc & Kuki
One goal for today: Go and put up a few flyers to help with Leo’s fundraiser. Hope that it will help as Leo is having a very bad eye day today. Leo has spent most of the day sleeping and is struggling to hold his little eye open at all. Yesterday he was playing and got bumped a couple of times, yelped and we could see his pain all evening and today 😦 Poor Leo dog. We also have to be very careful about how much time he spends in the sunshine because the sun makes his eye even worse and hurt more. If you can donate or help at all by sharing Leo’s story please do so: http://gogetfunding.com/project/leo-s-luxated-lens-surgery. If you are interested we can also send you the address for Leo’s vet so donations can be made directly to them.
Leo Update: Leo had a vet appointment today, overall it went well. They eye drops that help will pressure (human glaucoma medication) are doing their job and the pressure in Leo’s eye has not increased. The vet explained that the different behaviors we have witnessed Leo having IS because of his eye. Leo has been nippy a couple of times at the other 2 dogs and the vet explained that he is hurting (not excruciating currently), his depth perception is off, he probably is thinking the other dogs are closer to him or coming at him faster than they actually are and that is why he nips. His lens will be fairly clear sometimes and at other times will be so milky white that you can’t even see what color his eye is…the vet explained that when his lens gets like that Leo can not see out of that eye at all. The vet was very impressed that we understand the urgency of Leo’s situation and that we are being proactive with doing a fundraiser as Leo & his eye can be okay today with the medication and the next day it could be a completely different story. Still comes down to the sooner we can get the surgery done the better. On that note: If you have already donated to help Leo we THANK YOU!! If you haven’t donated and can even spare $1 that would be wonderful and very helpful. If you aren’t able to donate please SPREAD THE WORD and SHARE Leo’s link…share it, tweet it, pin it, stumble it…every share will help.
DONATIONS CAN BE MADE AT: http://gogetfunding.com/project/leo-s-luxated-lens-surgery OR they can be sent directly via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org