Alayne and I were medicating Aurora the other morning when I decided to put my reading glasses on her. She always looks at me so intently during these twice-daily medication sessions that I thought a pair of glasses might add to the effect. Amazingly, she just sat there in Alayne’s arms and never tried to shake them off.
Her eye, as you may recall from her arrival post, looks like that from corneal endothelial degeneration and is mostly blind now … she can only see shapes and shadows. In dark spaces she may bump into things. But the eye, despite its appearance, remains quiet and comfortable. The eye condition puts her at elevated risk of corneal ulcers, yet so far she’s never had any episodes since she’s been with us.
Under the incredible care of our internal medicine specialist at Peak in Burlington, Dr. Marielle Goossens, Aurora continues to do well with her protein-losing nephropathy. This is a very difficult kidney disease with a very guarded prognosis, and though Aurora has had some ups and downs along the way, here she is still going strong. We’ve even reached the point where we no longer have to check her heparin levels weekly … now it’s every three weeks, which has cut down a lot on the trips to Burlington. The key was switching to a different type of heparin, which we get from a human hospital in Burlington. We only have to give her heparin injections twice a day now, rather than three times, and we can use an insulin syringe rather than a regular syringe, which makes it much more comfortable for Aurora.
As for those reading glasses (a.k.a. my “granny glasses”) … I had 20/20 vision until I hit 50, and then I noticed that graphic designers around the world almost overnight began using much smaller type in both print and online media. Kind of a weird global conspiracy, if you know what I mean. Now I have six pairs of those glasses … living room, kitchen, office, both vehicles, and one just-in-case. I decided that if I was going to need reading glasses, I was not going to be one of those people who is always looking for their reading glasses! It must have been the pair from the kitchen I put on Aurora.
Meanwhile, Aurora was probably thinking, “Okay, this was cute, but could we please get back to the business at hand?”
2014 Shelter Challenge Underway
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