Saturday, July 7, 2012

Gorby's struggle against his disease -1

2010年より左目に異常がおこり、(ずっと診てもらっていた)動物病院で免疫介在性ぶどう膜炎と診断され、症状を抑えるためにステロイドを飲み続けて来たごるびー。体には飲み続けると良くないながら、度々目の炎症を起こしステロイド剤の投与量を減らす事が出来ずに2年半も飲んでいた。そんな中、今年の3月から、もしや、点眼のステロイドを使う事で経口量を減らせないかと、点眼薬を使ってみた所、目に炎症が起きた。その後、点眼を止め、また経口のステロイドのみを使ってみたが、それ以降炎症が一向に治まらなかった。それからもずっと(その)獣医での検診、他飲み薬等処方もされたが、炎症が引かず、5月の末には眼球から膿が出、膿の検査ではサルモネラ菌に感染していたと報告された。(3度という強い感染だった)この時点で、左目は失明しており、早急に摘出手術を受けた方が良いと言われた。視力がなくなるのも非常にかわいそうなのに、目玉を摘出すると言う事には抵抗があったが、そのまま放置しても、細菌が血管を通じ体に広がってしまう恐れや、もしや腫瘍など目の奥にあった場合、それも取ってしまった方が安全だとのアドバイスを受け、6月の8日に動物病院で眼科の診れる鎌倉山の動物病院で手術を受ける事にした。

この時から手術に向けて、ステロイドの投与量を徐々に減らしていった。

大事なごるびーの目を守ってあげられない事はとてもつらいし申し訳なかったけれど、片目でも元気に生きていられるならその方が良いと判断した。手術の前夜の6月7日に彼が両目のある最後の機会なので数枚のスケッチをした。


Gorby had been suffering with uveitis on his left eye and had kept taking steroid for two years and a half to control the symptom. Then since March his condition had aggravated.... I consulted with the vet many times. The vet couldn't cure it.
In May, pus came out from Gorby's eye. The vet said his eye will not regain eyesight and his eye is actually rotten due to infection because he has been taking steroid so that he has weak immune. He also says it is better to have enucleation of the eyeball.

There was no choice for us but to have the surgery. I was introduced a ophthalmologist vet ( by the old vet) and I asked this new ophthalmologist to conduct the surgery.

Since then I gradually reduced the dosage of steroid to prepare the surgery.

The result of an analysis on pus shows that his eye was deeply infected by salmonella!!!(????)I have no idea how can an eye be infected such a bacteria without having food poisoning at all and while he stayed at home or had occasional visit to the vet.


The night before he had the surgery I made several sketches of him, the last time I was able to draw him with his both eyes.

Gorby( one day before he took the surgery )-1

Gorby( one day before he took the surgery )-2

Gorby( one day before he took the surgery )-3

Gorby( one day before he took the surgery )-4

Gorby( one day before he took the surgery )-5

Gorby( one day before he took the surgery )-6

Gorby( one day before he took the surgery )-7

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