Woof! Woof! My name is Hope and I am considered a lone survivor!!! My mama Joy lost her life the same day I was born and within that first week five of my siblings did as well. Geez! That sure was tuff for my human Gramma!
And if ya think that was tuff enough...the vet has determined that I have partial sight in my left eye. Surgery will help correct some of that problem. I have a hole in my eye due to an infection that ruptured before my eyes were even open. That's not stopping me from being adorable and all that great stuff my human gramma calls me. She says I am a keeper and I guess that means, I can stay!
Updates will come as I grow!
A bittersweet day today! Hope had a visit with the ophthalmologist today. We spent about 45 minutes with her. They did all kinds of testing on her and she was an excellent patient. I was very pleased with her behavior. The vet explained to me that where the original infection had formed a hole in her eye (before it opened) well…the hole is still there. She said she sees lots of kittens with eye infections where the hole heals because the iris pushes forward and mends the hole. In Hope’s case her iris is not strong/thick enough to seal the hole. She has developed lots of scar tissue inside her eye, as it has been trying to close the hole naturally…much like a scab on a wound.
The only vision she has is reflective…her bad eye follows her good eye. The vet was very surprised that her eye hasn’t already ruptured, as it fills up and drains regularly. With the amount of scar tissue that continues to build, the greater the pressure may become. However in agreement with my vet she would not have attempted any kind of surgery on her until she weighed a minimum of 4 pounds. Today Hope weighs 4.6 pounds and the specialist said that she would like to wait until August to let Hope get a little bigger, older and stronger before doing surgery. Her recommendation along with my vet is to remove Hope’s eye so it doesn’t rupture within her head.
It makes me sad on one hand and thankful on the other. She has never really had much sight in that eye and I will feel so much better knowing that her eye is not going to burst inside of her head. She will remain on antibiotics and medication for her eye until her surgery to help maintain any pain, reduce pressure or any infection that might occur.
With all that said, it was my prayer that Hope would have perfect sight in both eyes. God knows best and I am thankful that I have the opportunity to care for her. We have been thru so much together and to me she is perfectly beautiful and all that I ever HOPEd for!!!
I am asking you to please pray that we get thru this next phase with no complications. I so appreciate your love and support!!!
Her picture at 14 weeks shows the trauma she has in her eye. She is truly a miracle and perfect in my eyes...Barb
August 11, 2014 Hope had her eye removed to alleviate the pressure and trauma she was experiencing from the hole in her eye.
September 22, 2014 Hope was spayed.
My mama was pretty popular, so I'm told. That means that I have some pretty big shoes and hats to fill. So come on and help me along this ride and lets have fun together!