Should I worry? Lazy "rag doll" pig

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poppypiggy

Post   » Fri Dec 14, 2007 12:18 pm


First: Thank you pinta (and Kristina) for sending me Dr. Legendre's e-mail address. I think the vet contacted him, but I forgot to ask, and now it doesn't really matter, because Poppy "operated" her eye herself!

At least that is what I think has happened, as she has been scratching her eye carefully a few times, and about two weeks ago I noticed that the "tissue-bridge" the vet had stitched onto the cornea in order to nurture the wounded area had been cut off (a procedure the vet had planned to do under anesthesia around 20.th of Des.). I took Poppy to the vet again, but he said that was OK, as everything seemed to be healing nicely. We have been there this week too, and all but one stitch has dissolved itself, and everything is growing perfectly! I have to continue applying ointment for another week or so, until the last stitch is dissolved, but otherwise just leave it alone.

But the big news is that I have found a new vet office with the most wonderful vets! The two I met are young, enthusiastic and thorough, very friendly to animals and owners, and easy to discuss with. They even aknowledged that I know something about guinea pigs (thanks to GL!), and were just happy to hear my suggestions and ideas. When we first arrived the youngest of them examined Poppy all over, asked for detailes about her problems, read through all the printouts from the other vets I had brought with me, and took an x-ray (ventral - without sedation). The x-ray didn’t show much, and I am not surprised, but it rules out a few things, at least.

After some discussion we decided to go on with ultrasound, as they have a very new and fancy machine – much, much better than the one the other vets have! I know because I was allowed to hold Poppy when she was examined, and the detailes were very clear. It was not easy for me to understand all I saw, but it was very visible. The vet said she wasn’t sure about everything herself either, as she is not the ultrasound expert in the office, so she called her more experienced collegue, even if it was her day off, and she came in just to help out with the ultrasound! I am soooo grateful!

After a new thorough exploration with the probe they were both positive that Poppy’s kidneys look just normal, and that she has two large cysts in the area they had expected to find her ovaries!

My poor little baby! Those cysts must be hurting. No wonder she has been so aggressive with Pippi lately!

Suregery will be sometimes next week; they have to make an appointment with a third vet that is a very skilled surgeon, and will be calling me back, probably on Monday.

I got a CD with some of the ultrasound pictures on. One is showing the kidney and cyst very well:

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The kidney is to the left, cyst is the “black hole” to the right.

I really hope this is a cyst and not a tumor, and that there isn’t other things going on with Poppy as well! I can’t say I am looking forward to the operation and recovery period, but I hope for a good outcome and look very much forward to having a happy, healty, pain free Poppy with me!

If anybody can interpret the ultrasound pictures I am most happy to hear what you see!

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Mum
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Fri Dec 14, 2007 12:30 pm


Sorry, I can't help with the ultrasound, but I hope she does well during the surgery.

Did you happen to get an ultrasound of her heart at the same time?

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poppypiggy

Post   » Fri Dec 14, 2007 1:11 pm


I didn't! How stupid! I did think about it first, but was so excited when they said the kidneys looked OK, so I forgot.

pinta

Post   » Sat Dec 15, 2007 3:37 am


The pic is covering the posts on my screen.

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poppypiggy

Post   » Sat Dec 15, 2007 2:30 pm


Oops! On my screen it covers about half of it, so I thought it was OK. Are others having this problem? I don't know if there is there anything I can do to change it.

ETA: By the way - it is a 3 sec. video - if you click on it you will see the supposed cyst more clearly to the right.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Dec 15, 2007 3:40 pm


Pinta has a problem -- has for years -- because she is using a REALLY OLD BROWSER. I have known her for many years and I think she inherited this browser from a distant relative. In fact, this browser actually preceded the internet by a few millenia.

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poppypiggy

Post   » Sat Dec 15, 2007 7:27 pm


So she used to be ahead of time, in a way? And now she is ... a fossil?

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Dec 15, 2007 9:33 pm


Worse.

A living fossi.l
(p.s. this is in NO WAY a criticism of Charming Fossil Barb who DOES have a functional browser)

pinta

Post   » Sun Dec 16, 2007 8:34 am


It's plenty functional unless people post things the wrong way. Bats knows the right terminology.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Dec 16, 2007 9:19 am


Relic?

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poppypiggy

Post   » Sun Dec 16, 2007 12:27 pm


Yes, I think relic is the right word - something left behind (alive) when the rest of it is extinct!

By the way - since some of us unfortunate and untalented people have a tendency to post things the wrond way, why not get a new browser? Since Lynx recommended Opera, I downloaded it last year, and really like it, so I can recommend it as well. (Besides Opera is Norwegian, and I just got a very nice collegue who worked for Opera until he started by us, so I can be patriotic, practical and not support Microsoft more than I need to at the same time!)

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Dec 16, 2007 6:34 pm


I think she's also stubborn.
The thing to learn though, is if you want her to read your posts, do not include any clickable pictures. That's what I can't fix. I managed to make it so you can see pics but if I fixed the links too, it means there would be a break in every sentence with a link.

pinta

Post   » Mon Dec 17, 2007 3:42 am


I don't support microsoft. I'm on a mac with netscape and I like the email function which I use more than the browser. Transferring all my email files(I have a lot) to something else when I'm perfectly happy with what I have makes no sense. Really don't have the time to upgrade for no good reason.

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poppypiggy

Post   » Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:41 am


Thank you for that knowledge, Lynx! I thought I was so clever because I got this video from my vet, but apparently not! Ha-ha!

I understand you very well, pinta! My first experience with computers (in the '80's) was with Mac, in the university, and I loved it. But the lap top I have now belongs to work, and I can use that at home as well. I guess my principles aren't strong enough, or I would have bought a Mac so I could boycott Microsoft at home!

Thank you for that knowledge, Lynx! And I thought I was so clever because I got this video from my vet. Ha-ha!

I understand you very well, pinta! My first experience with computers (in the '80's) was with Mac, in the university, and I loved it. But the lap top I have now belongs to work, and I can use that at home as well. I guess my principles aren't strong enough, or I would have bought a Mac so I could boycott Microsoft at home!

Anyway - I looked over the recent pictures on the digital camera, and found I had taken some pictures of Poppy two days before I discovered her bad eye. I couldn't see anything then, but when looking at the picture I can see a little white streak on the cornea in the area her stitches were.

First a photo of her sweet face two days before I noticed anything (I can't resist!):

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and a close up of her eye

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Poppy's eye three days after surgery - really gross looking and undoubtedly painful

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And her eye now - all stitches gone, and her wise look is back

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As you can see some blood vessels are still there, but I think they eventually will be less visible, and Poppy's sight in that eye accordingly better.

I hope this can be of some help for others as well.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Dec 17, 2007 8:42 am


The eye itself was stitched? I didn't know you could do that! Anyway, if it's okay with you, I can add these pics to the forum so they'll be available in the future.

Pinta, neither Opera nor FireFox are microsoft browsers. I'm pretty sure both could be used on a MAC. There are non microsoft options which are more uptodate.

And you can have multiple browsers on one computer. I love how Opera works but use an older version because the newer one doesn't provide as much download info (or I can't figure out how to set it so it does). There are other options. You just don't want to try them :-)

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poppypiggy

Post   » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:04 pm


Lynx, yes, the cornea was stitced. First I didn't want to watch, but after a while I got so qurious I had to see how the vet did it. Quite impressive to me! And I guess this was a proof that he is a good suregeon.

You are very welcome to add the pictures to the forum. I might also be able to get some better ones from the vet, with the stitches clearly visible - he has promised to mail some to me, but it seems I have to remind him. I put them on here if/when I get them.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:18 pm


Oh, that would be great! If you happen to talk to him, ask what kind of material he used to stitch the eye.

Thanks for the pics. I will have to remember to add them later.

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3Smithboys

Post   » Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:05 pm


Pinta, I don't mean to butt in - I also use a Mac because my school gave all of the teachers laptops. You can have more than one internet browser and an email server at one time. (I apologize if you are aware.) Right now I have Microsoft Entourage for email, Firefox for all of my school web based applications, and Safari for all of my own internet browsing. This site works fine using Safari, (and I think I've also gone on through Firefox as well.)

It's easy to have icons on your dashboard of each of the programs.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:59 pm


3Smithboys, she has a pretty old operating system too (I am guessing). I think her big problem is that the software she needs to use to earn a living requires these old systems and would not work on the newer ones, therefore she sticks with what she has.
Assuming she has the same old computer with the same old operating system, not sure if Safari would work but it would be great if it did (and she was willing to use it).

pinta

Post   » Mon Dec 17, 2007 10:31 pm


yup, mac g-3 original version. If I run several windows at once, it slows down too much. Since I check my email frequently, I want the email browser on the screen. I use the PC laptop for accessing banksites etc but can't stand typing on a PC keyboard. I keep losing everything I write and I have no idea what button did it or what will bring it back. And it takes forever to edit on a PC. Not very intuitive.

Waiting to upgrade since PC and Mac compatible software is just around the corner.

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