Thank you so much everybody for your nice comments on my last post about Paul’s Scary Sickie. It is lovely to know that there are so many people all around the world thinking of us.
Well, I was hoping to report good news on my eye but unfortunately, the Magic Injection doesn’t seem to be working so far.
You know I was showing off that cool, ‘blue eye’ I had? Well, it turns out that it wasn’t so cool after all! We thought it was a sign of the injection working but actually, it was a sign of the injection NOT working!
When we went back for a follow-up check at SASH last week, the vet ophthalmologist was horrified to see how ‘blue’ and opaque my eye was because she said it’s a sign of “edema”, which is caused by high pressure…and sure enough, when she measured it, the pressure in my left eyeball was back up to 60!! (Don’t worry – I wasn’t feeling any ouchies, though, like before – the vet said probably because the pressure went up slowly, not suddenly, like that first time.)
This is because we had been trying to reduce my Special Eye Drops…so the vet said, we had to go back up to 3 times a day again, for one more week. So we did…and then just before the follow-up check this week (this past Mon), my humans dropped it down to 2 times a day again…but when we measured the pressure at my last check, it was still high. It was 40, which isn’t as bad as 60 but still higher than normal (25). It wasn’t as weirdly blue as before – but it’s obviously different to my normal (right) eye – a bit opaque & pale blue, as you can see in this picture:
So this means that I still need to have the drugs 3 times a day…which means that the Magic Injection doesn’t seem to have made any difference so far. If you remember, the Magic Injection was going to kill the cells which make the fluid in my eye, sort of like “turning the tap off”…if it had worked, then by now (3 weeks after the injection), there should be a lot less fluid in my eye – which means a lot less pressure – and so I shouldn’t still need so much drugs so many times a day. By now, I should be on just 2 times a day…and then maybe even hopefully 1 times and then eventually, no drugs at all.
But every time my humans try to reduce the drugs, the pressure goes up again…so that means the injection hasn’t done its job. Well, the vet said we could give it a little longer – because the Magic Injection Procedure “isn’t an exact science” and nobody really knows how long it takes to work or how effective it can be. USUALLY, it works in about 2-3 weeks, but in some doggies it takes longer (and in some, it doesn’t work at all).
Otherwise, the only other option would be to inject my eyeball AGAIN (since I can’t have surgery)…but the vet doesn’t really want to do that because of the risks that come with the injection – if I have the injection again, it would be double the risks. So she wants to wait as long as possible to give the first injection more chance to work. Maybe it’s just a bit slow! (Hsin-Yi says everything about us giant doggies is slow!! )
So now the plan is to give it another 2 weeks – this week and next week – and have another check at the end of next week. Just before the next follow-up, my humans will try reduing the Special Eye Drops down to 2 times a day again…and see, hopefully, if the pressure might remain low…but if it’s high again, then that probably means that I will have to have ANOTHER Injection.
My humans are getting a bit stressy about this now because there is only about 6 weeks left before our big move to Perth and me going on the Big Flying Machine and they really want my eye to be stable and under control before all those big things happen…
I suppose it’s a bit like Paul’s Scary Sickie – all we can do now is wait and hope…
Speaking of Paul, he is working very hard every day on his rehab programme. Well, of course he is doing lots of Physiotherapy & Hydroptherapy & other “serious” stuff at the special rehab centre – but Hsin-Yi has also been busy thinking up lots of different ideas for ways to help his recovery and making up some fun games to help him repair and regrow the damaged nerves and muscles in his hands & arms.
Like Hsin-Yi had this idea that the kind of things little human pups do to learn skills with their hands & fingers would also help Paul too – such as making Plasticine Critters!
Hsin-Yi used to love plasticine when she was a human pup – she would spend hours & hours making things. Once she made an entire tea party, including all the cups & saucers, napkins, forks, knives & spoons…and all the cakes and muffins and other yummies, of course – all from plasticine!
Paul’s Neurologist Human Vet & Physiotherapist thought it was a great idea! So Hsin-Yi got some plasticine and every day now, she makes something that Paul has to copy…
It started out as really easy stuff, like cubes and cones…but now we’re getting to the more complicated stuff!
Here are some of the earlier things that Paul made… (Hsin-Yi’s original is on the left, Paul’s copy is on the right).
Er…somehow, Paul’s copy is always the slightly weird, slightly “mad”-looking version – hee! hee! Check out his kitty compared to Hsin-Yi’s!
But he is getting better and better!
Another idea that Hsin-Yi had was to get one of those little peg games that human pups play…
Of course, Muesli wanted to try it too!
Paul is also using lots of everyday things around the house for his physiotherapy exercises – such as the Almond Game: seeing how fast you can take out and put almonds back into a container, one by one! (Well…I told Hsin-Yi that I thought a better game would be: how fast you can EAT all the almonds – but she didn’t think that would be as helpful…Humph! )
Tins of vegetables make very good physiotherapy tools too!
Hsin-Yi also had the idea that Art classes would be really good to help Paul’s recovery – it’s great for developing skills like “hand-eye coordination” and moving your hands & fingers in small, controlled ways…
…plus they say “art therapy” is really good for you because it helps your brain to “relax” and “zone out” and use parts that you never normally use…
…so now they’re going to drawing classes once a week!
Well, Paul has never done any drawing or painting before – so he’s really having fun!
Hsin-Yi is having fun too. She used to do lots of drawing & painting & sculpure and stuff when she was at school and university but it’s been a long, long time since she’s been in a drawing class!
Paul & Hsin-Yi draw in really different ways…check out their drawings of the same shirt! Paul’s drawings are always really light & clean, with simple lines (“minimalist” style! )…whereas Hsin-Yi’s drawings are always really dark and messy, with lots of lines criss-crossing each other. Plus, she always draws one thing too big and can’t fit anything else onto the page..whereas Paul always remembers to fit everything into the whole picture. Guess that just shows how different their personalities are!
Paul’s Neurologist Human Vet and Physiotherapist are really impressed with all these “artistic” things that Paul is doing and they think it will really help his recovery. Of course, nobody knows if the nerve damage is permanent or how much they can recover…so I guess all we can do is keep trying and wait and hope…!
Well, I’m sorry I seem to keep posting about sad, stressy things lately – I know my blog is supposed to be a happy place – but I told Hsin-Yi that it’s a bit silly doing “fake happy posts” and pretending nothing’s wrong – I’m sure my friends & readers would like to know what’s really happening in our lives too.
But we do still have lots of adventures of catch up on, from before all the stressy stuff happened – so hopefully, we might get around to blogging about some of that soon. At the moment, Hsin-Yi is still very stressy & busy (she says life feels like an endless round of eye drops & physiotherapy exercises!! ) – and she doesn’t really have the energy to do much at the computer. We still haven’t managed to catch up with visiting blog friends or socialising much either.
But anyway, just so you don’t think this whole post is full of sad, stressy stuff – here are some recent pictures of me & Muesli!
…and most of all, just being “us” & helping to put a smile on our humans’ faces every day!
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