Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Through the eye of Emmitt ~

Hi everyone! Emmit here!

I have some exciting news to share with you!

I can see much better now that I had a procedure done on my right eye last week.

My mom and dad found out last Monday that I had two Iris Cysts in my only working eye that were impairing my sight more than any of us thought. One of them was located right in my field of vision, so it turns out that for sometime, I have only been able to see about a crescent shape of the world around me. We all noticed that curbs and stairs would sometimes surprise me, and that I would snuffle on the floor more for food rather than go right to it, but we had no idea they were there.
My routine doctors appt. shed light on the whole situation and it turns out we have a doggie opthomolgist right here in Denver that is one of the best in the country!
Dr. Chavkin drew these great pictures to explain to my mom and dad what was going on inside my eye.
It seems that one of the cysts was right in front of my iris and blocked about 20% of my vision in my only working eye. After my consultation, which I was starving at because I was not allowed to have breakfast that morning, it was decided that the procedure would really help me. So they knocked me out and shaved a little patch on my arm for my IV.
Then Dr. Chavkin put a small needle in the cyst and drained it. I was only supposed to have the one big one relieved but the little one at the bottom of my eye then floated up and he got 2 for the price of one. How great is that? :)
The nurses were so nice. They stayed with me all day while I told them how hungry I was... over and over again... for hours and hours.
When mom and dad picked me up, I was still talking and asking for lunch ... all the way home.
As soon as I got through the door I ATE and then slept!

Here I am waking up from my well deserved nap.

and here is my cute square patch on my arm.

I am so happy because now I can see!

The other great news is that my checkup was stellar and both of my doctors say that my bloodwork is perfect!
What a great way to start my summer vacation!

So now I am asking for extra food... lots of food since I missed my breakfast the morning of my surgery. Just label them Care Package for Emmitt - Rush Delivery. :)

Side Note from Melissa:
Fred and I both laughed at Emmitt as the most tramatic event of that day was his missed breakfast instead of having a needle poked in his eye!
ps... Thank you to our friend Tweedles for the idea for the title for this post. :)


Manon said...

I'm so glad that Emmitt was able to get his sweet eye fixed and that he's doing better! It's terrible that he had to miss a!

Lisa M Griffin said...

Oh poor Emmitt. So glad that he came through with flying colors. Love that snuggly picture of him on the couch and the last HAPPY shot. Thanks for sharing Melissa. =)

Sharon P Pope said...

So glad Emmett came through everything okay and can see better. He's a real trooper, isn't he? :)Cute pix too!

We passed a house on the way to the dentist the other day and a lady was standing in her doorway. There were at least 4 pugs, all fawn colored, running around in front of her on the porch. I could tell that these were well loved. I thought of you and Emmett and how much you love pugs. :)

Ruth Welter said...

I've been away from your blog for a few days and I've missed so much Melissa.

I love your senior pug paintings, they are just fabulous!

I'm so glad Emmitt had his surgery and is now seeing so good.....what a difference that will make for the little guy. Hugs to Him...


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...


That is great news!

Just imagine how much fun our next pawty will be!

I think woo owe your mom and dad some extra snuggles fur taking such good khare of woo!

PeeEssWoo: Khan woo see me now?

Unknown said...

Melissa, we are so glad Emmitt is feeling better. Howie said to tell him that little square patch is his badge for bravery and for missing brekkies! Double brekkies all around to celebrate his healthy eye! hooray!!
What a great story. We could hardly wait to read it this morning.
love and big healing hugs...

Harry Pugalicious said...

Hey Emmitt! I's glad you can sees better now. What a tramatic day - no breakfast?!?! I hopes they fed you for breakfast and dinner when you gots home!

Glad you's all better and your check-up went good.

Laura said...

Oh, Emmitt, I'm so sorry you had to miss breakfast, but I'm happy that the surgery was successful and now you can see your food even better before you wolf it down! Happy that you are healthy and will have a pawsome summer!

Rosie said...

Hi Emmitt - So glad to hear that you are in tip top shape and that they got that pesky thing off of your eye! Now you can fully enjoy the beautiful things around you!
Loves from pugs,
Rosie Marie

Liss said...

So glad he's OK and so glad he got to eat!

Nancy at the Farm said...

WOW, your pawrents move fast on these things! We are really glad you are better and you FINALLY got fed. What is wrong with your mother? Does she not realize you need sustenance 24/7? She needs to plan these things so you can eat beforehand, during and after.

Love, Dozer, Dottie and Cooepr

Stubby said...

Emmitt - I am at Barkwells right now and Dad said something about having bbq for dinner. I will send you some tonight so that you don't starve to death. I hate when I miss a meal - talk about torture!

I'm so glad that your eye is fixed. It's hard getting old isn't it? Glad to hear that your summer vacation is off to a great start!

Stubby xoxo

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Isn't it amazing what they can do for our pups these days? We are happy to know that Emmitt sees so clearly now!!!

woos, the OP Pack

Kelly said...

Oh Emmitt, I just loved reading this story! Here is my song to you!

'You can see clearly now, the cysts are gone!
You can see all foodables in your bowl!
Gone are the bad cysts that had you blind.
It's gunna be a bright (bright), bright, bright & sun-shiny day!!!!!!!!!!!'

Now go eat, buddy!

artpaw said...

Thanks Pearl for putting words to a song that this post made me hear in my head ...very clever. Emmitt I am so glad you got through your starvation ordeal and now you can see your kibble.

Unknown said...

oh so sweet...poor little Emmitt ...I am so happy that he is all better now!!!


The WriggleButts said...

I'm so glad they fixed your eye and that you can see your food properly again! Hope they gave you extras for missing breakfast.


Sara Smith said...

Melissa and Emmitt-

I am so glad Emmitt's eyes got all fixed up. He looks so cute relaxing after surgery. What a cute little pug man. :)


Unknown said...

Emmitt! We are so happy to hear that you have perfect vision in your eye again! What a gift that must have been to wake up and see your kibble! That is awesome news!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad the only thing bothering Emmitt right now was a missed breakfast! Yay to being healthy!

christine said...

What a relief to have those pesky iris crystals removed! I'm very glad Emmitt sailed through the procedure so well!

lizzy said...

Oh Emmitt! We're so glad your procedure went well and you can see again!! You're such a brave little puggie! Enjoy your treats!
Liz, Henri & Noah

Anonymous said...

Oh Emmitt! Get well soon!


Apollo said...

I'm glad they were able to fix your eye. Now you'll be able to spot more food when it falls on the floor.

Ritobear said...

Poor Emmitt! I'm glad he's all better now! Give him an extra tight squeeze for me!

marianne said...

ahhh poor Emmitt!!!!!
Not only a scary operation but without a breakfast!!!!!
So glad all is behind you now! And that you puled through and can see again!

BIG BIG hug for you!

Puglette said...

oh emmitt! i am so glad to hear the doctor was able to help you so fast! it is very important to be able to see your dinner. and having a good checkup is a great way to start summer. go tell your mom i said to give you a treat!

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

I'm so happy that Emmitt's sight is improved (and that he got his meals 'caught up')! Good puppy wishes to you, Emmitt for continued health!

Nevis said...

...poor Emmitt....missing a meal!

:) Well, I'm SUPER glad that the surgery went well, that his eyesight is imprved and that Emmitt is doing great. :) xoxo

GAIL said...

Oh Emmitt, Kong and I are so glad that you can see better now. I'm happy that you have such good doggie doctors there. I bet you were a great patient. I think you deserve a little extra food.

Molly the Airedale said...

OMG, Emmitt! Mom is so squeeeemish reading about your eyes! We're so glad this surgery is behind you and you can see much better!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Mare said...

Oh look at that sweet face...You are so handsome Emmitt...Thank Goodness the doctor saw the problem and was able to fix it. Now you're good to go little buddy....PS- I think Pollyanna has a crush on you....

Stacy Walker said...

Emmitt you are the cutest thing! Brutus says he is with you on missing breakfast! Border line abuse! So glad you are seeing better!

Hank said...

Emmitt, buddy! Glad everything went well and you can see! Good fer you!

I've got a bad eye (some kinda injury before my folks adopted me), but I get along real good.

PS I like to tell everyone I'm a war hero and was injured in Iraq. But this is just between you and me!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Sweet Emmitt
HAPPY DAY- your fine.
Oh I am so happy that your eye is all fixed up now. I know not only were you hungry, but I know you and your mom and dad were probably scarred too. But thanks to your wonderful doctor friend, he knew exactly what to do.
I hope you ate lots today (treats too) to make up for it- I know what its like when your almost certain mom or dad forgot to feed you!
But now the world will look so much better and your food too.
Sleep good tonight my friend,

Too Cute Pugs said...

Emmitt! We're so glad you can see now! And you're such a brave guy - we feel for you missing your breakie. Maybe you'll get 2 breakies one day to make up for it?

Pug love from,
Pearl & Daisy

Allison Walton said...

Wow, Emmitt! You certainly have your priorities right. We would be whining about food, too!

We are so happy that you are all patched up! No more tripping!

Gus and Waldo

The Devil Dog said...

Well, as dad says, we pugs think about food, food, food, nap, food food, you get the idea.

We are very happy that both the cysts have been removed and Emmitt can see better.


sherry carrigan said...

So glad to hear all is well. Poor puppy.

Sandra y Coco Pug said...

Hi Emmitt! I am so glad your parents were able to find this little problem and fix it! Now that you see better, why don't sneak into your mom's agenda to find out if she is leaving on a trip again so we can have another party at your house? :D

Jill Beninato said...

You know what...I am right there with Emmitt...I hate to miss a meal as well! I am glad he did so well and now has better vision.. to see his food!

BrendaPinnick said...

So glad Emmitt is able to see better now! What a terrible breakfast. Poor little guy, I don't know how he lasted until lunchtime. xxxooo to Emmitt and to his mom for sharing his story!

Tara's Art Camp said...

Wow, lots has happened, I am so glad Emmitt can see better and that he is healthy. Great news.

Now for the food!