The above picture is from last Wednesday. I haven't wanted to put a flash into his eyes, so I don't have anything more current.
Yesterday, we went back to the vet.....hopeful. While we waited on the bench-seats in the waiting room, Samson sneaks behind my back, walks up to an elderly gentleman who sits by himself in the corner, and gives the man a big lick on his cheek. Fortunately, the man didn't mind. I think he was very worried about his own dog, who was in there for several procedures.
Then we go in the room and Samson is wonderful. They have a bench in there too, which he jumped up on. The vet came in, popped Samson in each eye for glaucoma, then shone various lights into his eyes, while bending his head close to Samson's. While this is going on, Samson sticks out his big tongue and give the vet a huge lick all over his face and mouth.
The verdict, was the best news ever! The vet said Samson has made a remarkable recovery. He said he was terribly worried on the previous Monday. Now, just a week later, he could see Samson's retina, he could see that everything looked fairly normal inside his eyes. Being who I am, I had not dared to hope for this. But there it is, Samson can see! His eyes are a lighter color now and when I asked about it, the vet said it's purely cosmetic. His normal dark brown color may return, but if it doesn't it's OK.
He reduced the eyedrops to twice a day and said we were to use up the other medicines as originally prescribed. He also said -- though it is very rare, some dogs have recovered completely from this syndrome. We will see him again on the 25th. I forgot to ask about the goggles or sunglasses, so I will do that next time.
While I was waiting to pay, my hubby, as usual, struck up a conversation with a guy waiting outside with one little dog that looked like a corgi and something else. When I was done, I asked him, and he said it was a Swedish Vallhund. I told him I was Swedish. Right then the man's wife came out with another dog of the same breed, but much smaller.
This little dog laid eyes on Samson and attacked him. They told me this was the female of the pair and she was ferocious! A snarling, teeth-baring, fury of a little dog. Had she not been on a leash, she would have attacked. Samson, sweet as he is, would not had stood for it. But yesterday, Samson hid behind my husband and looked like he wondered what this was all about. -- Why do you have to attack a handsome dog like myself, calm down, will you? -- I looked Samson and said, "that's Swedish bitch for you!" Both Samson and my husband looked taken aback, so I reminded them that bitch is, indeed, the correct word for a female dog. The couple were laughing, but I have no idea what they were thinking, nor did I care, I was just so very happy.
After all of this emotional stuff, I'm completely exhausted and will stay in bed, more or less, today.
Thank you again for caring about Samson.
i am truly hopeful this is a permanent recovery for him! so glad the meds are working!ReplyDelete
I am so happy for you and for Samson -- wonderful wonderful news.ReplyDelete
What great news this is and I hope this lasts for his life. Interesting too about the missions in Baja and CA below.ReplyDelete
Praise Him from whom all blessings flow. I won't stop my prayers, though.ReplyDelete
So happy your news from the vet is good. I think you should get Samson some biker goggles anyway, wouldn't he look sexy in goggles. Give Samson a hug. Glad to see someone esle has a vehicle with dog hair, LOL, I need to take mine closer over to the garage so I can blow it out with the air compressor.ReplyDelete
Wonderful news, Inger. I am beyond happy for you and Samson. (And hope you're feeling better as well.)ReplyDelete
I had to chuckle about the 'Swedish bitch' - the first time I went to England, there was a dog show in a village so I went by. Just as I walked in, the announcer said to "Get the bitches ready." Huh? LOL now.
OH INGER!!!!! thats WONDERFUL NEWS!!!!!!!ReplyDelete
Yay Samson!!!! and you still got it - attracting the ladies even in the doggie hospital ;)...
and that licking habit thingy - jiminy crickets its the first thing i have to apologize for where ever Dexter goes - its definitely a Samoyed greetimg thing!!!!
But YAY SAMSON!!!!
this is fantastic news, i am so happy for Samson and for you and hubby. i can't stop smiling. and we call baby girl Determined bitch a lot, DB for short, DB also stands for Dumb Blond sometimes. when our Max that looks just like your Soldier was about 10 years old, hubby was standing out by the car waiting for me to pay, Max on a leash, i walked over to them and a lady came out with 2 husky's on two leashes, she had both leashes in one hand trying to put her card back in her purse. the female lunged and broke loose and came and jumped on Max who was part pit bull. they were snarling and snapping and blood was flying, Bob was trying to break them apart and got bit twice, not sure whose teeth got him, the stupid woman was standing there screaming holding on to her other dog i screamed at her put the damm dog in your car and control your dog. she put him in the car and came over where the fight was going on, and finally got hold of the leash and the two of them managed to pull them apart, she stood there like and idiot i said put the damn dog in your car. she got in the car and drove off without a word. the vet and the office people came out and the vet wanted to give bob a tetanus shot. the tooth went through the palm of his hand. i said all we want to know is are here dogs up on their shots and yes was the answer,ReplyDelete
forgot to say, those are adorable little Swedish dogsReplyDelete
Oh great! I am so happy for you guys :)))ReplyDelete
Good for all of you! I still say he is lucky to be in your family. You and husband are good caregivers. Congratulations on the good news.ReplyDelete
Inger, I hope you get this comment...my computer has been doing/acting funny...blogger too! But I am so relieved that Sampson can see although I do NOT like that other dog's actions!!!...:)JPReplyDelete
ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL NEWS!!!ReplyDelete
Now, will you please rest & get your strength back?
"Swedish bitch", love it! Good to hear you weren't too exhausted to have a zinger of a come back.ReplyDelete
Glad that Samson is well.
And thanks for visiting my site. I'm so naive about this blogging stuff I didn't even realize I didn't have a link so people could follow me.
I think I have it now, would welcome you as my first follower!
Excellent news! Now, Samson can be like Joe Cool, in the Peanuts strip. He wore dark glasses so he could be cool and snap his fingers.ReplyDelete
Thanks for letting us know.
Hi Inger, this is excellent news am so glad to hear he's doing better. Have a lovely day!ReplyDelete
Dear Inger, thank you for sharing this news with us. I'm sure you would have liked to just collapse in bed from all the fear and worry of the last few days. But instead you sat down and wrote this posting to let us know that all our prayers and concern has helped you and Samson and your husband. Thank you for that. Take care of yourself just as you take care of Samson. Peace.ReplyDelete
PS: A suggestion: call that vet and check about the goggles as soon as you can. No sense in putting off doing something that truly might help Samson. Peace.
Yay for Samson! What good news, Inger, and just look at that photo-- talk about beautiful eyes.ReplyDelete
Så bra att han är bättre...hoppas det blir helt bra nu....här är allt ok . skall bli fint väder till helgen kan behövas efter regnetReplyDelete
YAY!!! AND AMEN!!! Gracie is happy too!!! She wants to get a hold of that 'bitch' who tried to attack her Samson! This is great news Inger!ReplyDelete
That's fabulous news! Yay! Happy dance!ReplyDelete
Inger I am so happy for you and Samson,Glad he can see.Remember I said to email me? Well really what it was is I am fixing to change Orions dogfood and see if I can get him on a more natural food.I saw a video of how most dogfood has corn that is treated with pesticides and it gets processed and put into dogfood.So I was thinking that maybe the reason our dogs have problems is what we are feeding them.The same goes for humans.So what are you feeding Samson? Do you think your dogfood has a contributing factor to his health? Just a thought here.ReplyDelete
Awesome - he looked great there - praise God he is okay.ReplyDelete
I'm cannot tell you have very glad it is to hear that Samson is doing better!! Even though I've never met you or Samson, I feel a connection to you and your 4 legged family members, just like I have!!ReplyDelete
I hope your day is ending on a good note!! Take care!!
This is fantastic news! So so happy for all of you - I am also gald Samson didn't get attacked by the Swedish bithch (hillarious!)ReplyDelete
You post just put a smile on my face!
Great news! Yay! Happy Days :)ReplyDelete
Just great news! I am so glad that everything is normal with Samson eyes. I am very happy for all of you!ReplyDelete
Oh, I am so happy that Samson is doing well! I know that Rudee, our dog, is never quite sure about other dogs when he is at the vets, maybe it was just a little disorienting for him. (And yes, bitch was right. In both meanings of the word...) ;)ReplyDelete
Thank you all so much for caring.ReplyDelete
Hi Inger .. what great news - and I must say he looks pretty handsome there .. I wonder who he's ogling in the back-seat!ReplyDelete
Long may Samson continue in Samson health ... hope the sleep has helped you ... cheers Hilary