OK... I’m usually not the one to post any 'personal' problems, but since it's Marsh and it's sort of not personal
, I want to give this a try.
I'm basically looking for somebody to console me, maybe just a few nice words, maybe a good advice.
Here's his eye history:
- his left eye is always an 'issue'
- something always either stuck in it :dirt is in it, or hairs
- sometimes he gets yellow discharge in it
- sometimes he will keep it half-closed just for no apparent reason to us (no discharge)
8 months old:
- he gets first full-blown eye infection
- our regular vet says it's conjunctivitis, gives a steroid based ointment and sends him home
- 24hr later marsh develops either an allergic reaction or he's just have an overall bad reaction, we take him back, this time it's drops, we do it for 7 days, his eyes are great again
just 2 weeks ago:
- he develops another eye infection
- we take him to a more expensive (better?
LOL) vet hospital next town over
- this new doctor inspects his eye for about 10min, thoroughly asking questions on his history
- his diagnosis: inward rolling eyelid – need operation sometime in the future!
- he says that's why he's always getting dirt in it, infections and keeping it half-closed sometimes
- prescribes steroid-based drops, eye clears up in 7 days (just stopped medication 2 days ago) he seems great now
- today I got the letter from then on operation estimate: $850 (wow) – they will cut a small skin graft from under the lower eyelid and try to open it up
my breeder/great friend
- she’s not happy with this diagnosis (inward rolling eyelid)
- insists the cat does not have an eye problem
, says it’s herpes virus which is present in all cats and says we should be taking him to an optomologist for another opinion – I DEFINITELY agree with her on this
- more background: marsh's sister, virtual twin, has 'same' problem with left eye - it's worse with her though, it's always oozing liquid, i've seen her many times and know this first-hand - breeder, who owns her, says it's herpes and stress and gives her L-Lysine in liquid form each day and says it helps, but i just don't see her improving (maybe slowly improving)
so after all this... what are we to do?
I'm not happy because my friend is angry at me, since she thinks i'm not doing enough
... she also says putting steroids in a herpes-infected eye will cause the herpes to bury deeper into the tissue and cause massive damage