Matilda has been a bit scarce lately but it's not her fault. We the servants were just a little busier than usual. But everything is back to normal now!
An update on health: Matilda saw her veterinary ophthalmologist last week and we are overjoyed to share that her eye pressures are still within the normal range. Every time we see the doctor she is in disbelief that Matilda still has a reflex to sensing light. Because her eyes are so big and cloudy it seems impossible that she would have any sight left, but she seems to have a little bit. She is truly amazing, to us and to the professionals that take care of her.
Because the eye pressures are normal and she is otherwise happy, the doctor is still opposed to surgery that would involve removing the eyes. It would be more traumatic than helpful. Her eyes are not bothering her, and she isn't slowed down by them in any sense, so there is no reason to put her through that at this time. It must be reiterated again that she does NOT have glaucoma at all.
We are however upping the dosage of her medicine, which is a corneal lubricant. It has become difficult for Matilda to keep her eyes moist without using her paws to move the eyelids around, so she needs some help. The goal here is to keep the eyes sufficiently moistened so that she can keep them clean and so they don't irritate her. Hopefully by helping her to lubricate them we can avoid ulceration.
Speaking of ulcers, the tiny tear on one of her eyes that was spotted last time has healed and is no longer there. She is so amazingly resilient and it makes us hopeful that she will continue to be able to heal when these things happen.
As far as solving Matilda's mystery goes, we're still working on that. Matilda's doctor has been in touch with other veterinary ophthalmologists and hopefully together they will be able to gather more information as time goes on.
It's cold and rainy where Matilda lives so she spends a lot of time cozied up in the blankets or her very special spacepod bed. More details on that soon! Also stay posted for more information on the Cats and Bros calendar that Matilda will appear in next year to help raise money for the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies. It's going to be a good one, and for a good cause too!