Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Celebrating Red, White, and Lou!
I am so thankful that Justin and I were able to stay home with Lexie today because of the 4th of July holiday. All of my friends are headed to a big cookout, and I have to admit that I'm starting to feel a little cooped up, but there's no way I'd leave my Lou today.
She's been sleeping most of the day because of her pain medication, but when she's awake she seems happy, despite how awful she looks. I'm trying to keep her face clean, but it's a losing battle right now. Her right eye is really worrying me. I'm not a vet by any means, but it looks to me like she may have busted a stitch or two. I tried calling MedVet, but they told me the ophthalmology department isn't in today, and Animal Care Clinic is closed today, too (i.e. the one downside to having Lexie's first day home fall on a holiday). Yesterday, the veterinary ophthalmologist at MedVet told me that it's normal to see some bloody discharge coming from Lexie's eyes over the next several days, but right now it looks like it's just plain blood. It's not gushing, though, and her incision doesn't look like it's bursting or anything, so I'm hoping to just wait until tomorrow morning to take her to see Dr. Ellis. If it starts to look worse, I'll take her to the local animal ER tonight.
The other thing that's worrying me a little is that Lexie hasn't peed all day. She went out this morning without any problem, but she didn't pee. For the rest of the day, anytime I've tried to let the girls out Lexie will walk to the back door, but then refuses to come outside. The last time I tried to get her to go out, just a few minutes ago, she actually started trembling as Justin and I tried to coax her outside. I'm not sure if it's the temperature that's making her hesitant to go out (it's almost 100-degrees today), or what. I'm hoping she'll go tonight when it's cooled down.
In the meantime, I've decided to put Lexie's inflatable collar on her to prevent any further damage to her incisions. (I still cannot believe she was sent home without an E-collar!) She has been pretty good about leaving her stitches alone, but every now and then I'll catch her rubbing her face on the carpet. I'm sure those stitches are itchy and uncomfortable, but I'd just rather be safe than sorry. My poor Lou. I'll be so glad when she's healed so I can stop worrying!