Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Surgery!

This totes sucks! I totally have to have surgery on my eye next week because the eye doc says I probably won't heal without it because I have something called a boxer ulcer but I'm not a boxer and it's not really an ulcer, it's an erosion. The eye doctor said that this condition happens a lot in boxers and Bostons (especially more mature dogs like me.) What happens is the outermost layer of the cornea, call the epithelium, gets an injury and then it erodes off the stroma which is the next layer down and then it tries to heal, but for some reason the new epithelium doesn't adhere to the next layer down and then it sloughs off and then the areas around it stop adhering too and then the erosion gets bigger and bigger. So the eye doctor scrapes off all my epithelium and then scratches my eyeball so there is some texture for the new epithelium to adhere to and she said it's kind of like a Velcro type effect. So I have to wear a cone for a few weeks after the surgery and sometimes it takes a month to heal and I might have to wear a cone for a month!
So this isn't my eye, but this is pretty much exactly what it looks like when it's stained.

And the best part is the surgery is going to be $600 and that's with a professional discount! So my mom is kind of freaking out.

21 comments:

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

But I know she wants woo to be able to see how pretty she is so woo khan tell her that....

RIGHT?

It is nice to know 'what' woo do have...

Sorry 'bout the green papers...

Paws khrossed fur woo AND fur your mom!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

kissa-bull said...

we'll keeps all our paws crossed for you
and alsho shend you our most hearfelt pibble feel better vibes
ok ?
pibble sugars and wiggles from the wee ones
the houston woggie pack

Randi said...

IKE IKE BABY! -

That sucks! We will be crossing all paws & fingers for you...& legs & arms too!

My mom/secretary had that nifty 'laser eye' surgery done...but her cornea was much too thin for the regular ole cut & slice...so the eye doc had to SCRAPE OFF HER EPI. too!!! & then shoot the laser through....& then her EPI. had to grow back & heal...She wore glasses like Steve Wonder for 3 whole weeks & was a vampire...the light freaked her out...

She would have been pretty funny in a cone though...

Love & Licks,
Randi

dewdana said...

Sorry to hear it Ike! Does not sound like how you OR your mom would chose to spend a mont AND $600 but I hope it gets you fixed up and paws crossed that it goes well!
Moose + Momma

Lorenza said...

Ike!
I will have my paws crossed for you!
I hope everything goes well!
Take care
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Paws crossed for you! TaiChi says that if it was merely $600 for her to see, she'd march into the vet's office with Mom's credit card in a heartbeat! (Of course, TaiChi doesn't pay the bills, so she has no problem using Mom's card!) We'll be thinking healing thoughts for you!

*kissey face*
-Fiona

Maggie and Mitch said...

Our paws are crossed for you, Ike! We will be thinking of you!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Mango said...

IKE! You are being very brave, but that sounds kind of serious and ouchy. I hope you at least get a sporty eye patch to make you look less foolish in your cone.

Good luck, little guy, keep us posted.

Slobbers,
Mango

Peanut said...

Well dude that sucks. That's all i have to say.

Mack said...

Ike -
We all are crossing everything we have over here that you don't have to wear that collar for that long and that you heal super fast and never have bad eyeballys again!

Pearl said...

Oh Ike! That DOES totes suck!

I'll be thinking of you, buddy. And I'll be mourning your mom's bank account... we've been there and it sucks too.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello ike its dennis the vizsla dog hay hmmm i was hoping for better nooz then this but i am shoor it wil go wel and yoo wil rekuver soon!!! ok bye

Winnie and Lilly said...

Ike,
That really does suck. We will be sedning good vibes your way, and your mom's way too. They get all upset over us when we are hurt or sick!
Peace out,
Winnie and Lilly

Bobby said...

It does sound complicated, I hope all goes well. That lamp shade for a month sounds horrible.

achieve1dream said...

That sounds awful!! I'm so sorry you're having to go through this. Hugs!

Benny and Lily said...

Oh great day...what next. You will be ok Ike. Tell mom to buy you a pillow cone for around your neck instead of a lamp shade
Benny & Lily

Twinkietinydog said...

Dude, bad news but it could be worse. I mean, you'll have to shell out the$$$ and wear the evil cone for a substantial amount of time, but you WILL be fine! Good luck to you and your family that worries about you.
Twink!

Joe Stains said...

uh oh Ike, do you have anything you can put on ebay?! like a stained rug or something!? original art catches quite a pretty penny.

good luck my friend.

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Oh Ike...I could come to nurse you...???

And you'll see how BOOTIFUL I am with even greater clarity....

Oh my...we know you BT's get eye problems, but this stinks...

As for the $$$$$...hmm...

Scruffy could set up a lemonade stand...we won't need to go far for the ice...we just had to have roofers come to knock it all off our roof...it was leakin'...

I'm sure Scruffy can raise some cash...I just hope he doesn't lose it in poker before he sees ya...

Hang in there dear boy...

Kisses,

Laciegirlie

Huskee and Hershey said...

Poor Ike-y!! Surgery does not sound good at all buddy, BUT if it's going to make you better, then I guess you have to go through it.
Don't forget to milk as many cuddles and extra treats as you can get!!

Pug(s) and Bugg said...

DOOODE! Did you have surgery yet? We hopes you are doin ok!!!!