I saw the vet eye specialist today.....it's more serious than what I thought. He said if he didn't have any scheduled operations today, he would have operated on Jen today! Her eyes are inflamed (which I can't see) and due to her being diabetic she has fluid around her iris. He thinks one of those is leaking so he needs to do the op asap. She is booked in for Thursday 26th Nov (this week) at 11.30am.
He gave me two choices: if I didn't choose to operate (it's expensive, up to $5,000 due to her being diabetic...it's more complicated) she would need eye drops all the time plus she would eventually get glaucoma and that is painful and make her blind (she would need her eyes removed and make her totally blind). Having the operation, her chance of good eyesight in the eye that is 'leaking' is 50/50. The other eye has a better chance of sight provided all goes well. So really there was no choice, except to operate. He gave me 2 different bottles of eye drops to put in her eyes 3 times a day until Thursday then when she's had the operation, she be on eye drops for a while as well.
I'm taking her in Thursday at 11.30am and he said hopefully if all goes well she can go home Friday. I'm scared she is going to fret for me after she's had the operation, when she's waking up and I won't be there. She is my shadow. I'm going to ask if I can stay with her until she's drowsy before the operation otherwise she will wonder what is going on. She'll be scared in a totally different environment without me with her. Also her being diabetic I hope she eats her food otherwise they can't give her the insulin, and I hope they give her the proper amount (they are trained and it is a specialist hospital so they'd know wouldn't they?...I mean I will tell them how much she gets). I think I'm more worried about those things than the actual operation. He told me to take all her medications, food, insulin, syringes etc; all packaged so they know what to give her and when. That's why I'm hoping she can come home Friday, then she can be home with me in her own environment.
I'm having to take annual leave from work for the days I'm taking Jen there and her hospital check ups. I'm concerned about that too as we're short staffed. I have no choice as there is no one else who can take her there.
One thing I'm a bit miffed about is the vet I go to wasn't concerned at all that she had cataracts. They just said 'it's all part of being diabetic'. It's only for the fact that I was concerned about Jen losing her sight that I wanted her checked out. If I had left it, she would have ended up with glaucoma and then be totally blind.
I guess I was meant to do this, go see the specialist and have it all sorted out. My little angels are watching over us (thanks Polly, Waffle and Max, my little darlings).
Please send Jennie positive thoughts for Thursday for her operation to go well and for me to stay sane
I'll keep you posted.