December 09, 2014

The One with the eyeball and the heart.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that Ozzie was dealing with a cherry eye. My vet saw it a while ago and thought nothing of it. However, I noticed in the last few weeks that it was getting worse. 
It appeared to me that his eyes were both in the same spot (lined up together) but his left lower eyelid was drooping way down, and 'stuff' was bulging upwards from the area.

I finally said: I'm taking him to the pet ophthalmologist. I needed to know for sure if nothing could be done. 

 Sadly, he's visited the eye specialist before; he's a special kind of wonderful. 
You can see a bit of it here in the pic from a few weekends ago. 
The ophthalmologist said she suspected it was a tumor.
I took him the next day to his regular vet to have blood drawn, urinalysis, and a chest Xray to make sure 'nothing' had spread and that he was healthy enough to have surgery.;  he passed those tests.

Last Wednesday was TO BE surgery day.

The Coach took him to drop off for surgery...before he left though, the Eye Dr. did a quick listen to his heart and stated that she thought he has a heart murmur.
She wouldn't  perform the surgery until he visited a cardiologist.

Yes, we're still talking about our dog. 

Saturday the Coach took him to the cardiologist. (I was under the weather and prepping for a large party at our house)

He doesn't have a heart murmur. He has heart disease. An enlarged heart. Cardiomyopathy.

Luckily though, he can go through with the surgery now.
Tomorrow is surgery day. Again.

We're praying that removing the tumor will go smoothly and his heart will keep on doing what it's been doing.
You know, beating and loving.

In case you were worried-Ozzie is still dealing with a bit of dementia, but mostly he is happy, gleeful, joyful and sweet. Oblivious.



I Am Woody said...

I am so sorry. Poor Ozzie. :( Prayers that everything will be successful with the surgery!

Pam said...

I'm so sorry you've been dealing with all of this. We had another scare with the kitty. Now it's a finicky liver. I've taken to calling her Mamaw because she's on so much meds. Hope surgery goes ok. Geriatric animal moms need an extra star on the tree, for sure.

George said...

We hope and pray that Ozzie comes through his surgery with flying colors (and that you survive his surgery as well!).

Anke said...

Oh my goodness, poor Ozzie! I will keep my fingers and toes crossed for him and hope surgery will go smoothly!!

Susan said...

Finally I'm able to see this post. I've kept clicking on it, and it would come up nothing. Anyway, my heart goes out to your sweet Ozzie. Hopefully everything will come out good. Bless your heart, doing so much for him. Not everyone would do that! But after all he's family right?

TexWisGirl said...

gosh. i'm sorry. i hope he goes through surgery well.

Tanya Breese said...

oh no...i am sending you hugs and hoping his surgery goes well!! we had a rottie years ago that had the enlarged heart...we didn't know till he was an old man...get well sweet ozzie!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Poor Ozzie (and poor you!). I hope surgery day goes off without a hitch this time, and that he has speedy healing.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to read about this. I will be praying for Ozzie, for you guys and for the doctors. Keep us posted

NCmountainwoman said...

Oh so sorry to hear about Ozzie. I would see all the same specialists just like you did and do everything possible. Fingers and paws crossed here for good news to come.

Mary said...

Awww. What a bummer. Here's hoping she gets through everything okay.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness!!! Poor Ozzie! Poor you guys!!!! :(

Jenny said...

Oh no! Poor Ozzie. And poor you. Under the weather and worrying about your cherry-eyed friend AND planning a party.

Only you could pull this bump off with such grace and humor!

Sending a little hug and a giant prayer to you both!

NCmountainwoman said...

Hope the surgery went well. Thinking of you guys.

Stephanie said...

Sending hugs, a little late! So glad the surgery went well!

Unknown said...

Oh my word. I don't like for them to get old.

Rose said...

Oh, how I feel for all Ozzie has gone through...poor guy!

And re a post above, I cannot believe someone asked you if you wanted the senior discount. I think I would have said yes...LOL