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General Discussion & Introductions / Re: About Daisy
« Last post by MaryLou on March 14, 2018, 11:24:57 pm »
Linda, I try!  I feel so sorry for her because she can't see!  I have to try and remember to say something before I reach out to pet her. I forget she can't see me and when I touch her, she jumps.  Never been around a blind animal or person before so it's a bit of a learning curve for me.  I miss our playtime!   :tears:  I'm sure she does too.
General Discussion & Introductions / Re: About Daisy
« Last post by Linda R on March 14, 2018, 09:13:25 pm »
 :praise55: MaryLou you're such a good mom!  She's a little cutie!!  It's so hard when our fur babies get older to know what they need.  Your ramp ideas are great!  Thanks for sharing Daisy with us!
General Discussion & Introductions / About Daisy
« Last post by MaryLou on March 14, 2018, 03:11:33 pm »
Several people have asked about Daisy (my dog) so I thought I would post here so I only have to answer once!  Daisy is an 11 year old Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix that I got when she was just 8 weeks old. She is very spoiled and wants for nothing. 

Sometime after Christmas, I noticed she was acting funny. She would sit in the middle of the floor like a stone statue until I would move, then she would follow me and was always right under my feet.  She stopped playing with her toys.  Then I started to notice that she didn't want to go outdoors.  That was really odd because she usually got out the door before I did.  Early in February, I put her dinner where I usually do. She smelled it but walked right into the wall.  I've kept a close eye on her and after seeing her run into the refrigerator and other things, it came to me that she may have gone blind!

She was trained to pottie on a wee-wee pad as a baby and she had a choice of doing that or going outside where I had put a ramp so she could get into the back yard.  She also slept with me and had little steps to get up to the bed but recently, she kept falling off the steps. She also fell off the bed several times.  I took her to the vet last week who confirmed what I thought. She is totally blind.   

So, how does one deal with a blind pet?  I've never had a dog before but I sure wasn't going to have  her euthanized!   So, I bought some new steps for the bedroom but taller ones.  Instead of hard plastic, they are soft foam which is nice but she would get down about 2 steps and fall off onto the floor. After much thought, I came up with an idea.  I needed to put side rails on the steps!  So, last week, I went to Lowes and got some materials and  this is how the steps came out:

Now, it is impossible for her to fall off the steps!  The only problem now was, she couldn't find the darn steps!!  I solved that problem by putting a few drops of Chanel #5 on the top and bottom steps.  That worked!  Now she sniffs to find the stairs then goes up and down  just like a seeing dog.

The next problem was the ramp to the outside area. She would go up and down it but it took forever because she would feel for the edges with every step and it made her really nervous.  So, I came up with the idea to put side rails on the little ramp.  I had previously covered the ramp with fake grass so traction was not a problem.  Here's how her little ramp looks:

She got lost in the yard and couldn't find the ramp so I went back to the perfume idea.. a few drops on the bottom and a few at the top.  Now, she almost runs down the ramp.  I need to go back to Lowes and get two "caps" that go on top of the lattice to keep it from curving once the weather gets hot.  That's an easy task and only takes a few screws.

She also tends to slip when walking on the laminate floors so I purchased a few throw rugs (which I hate) and have placed them so she can walk all around the back area of the home without slipping.  She is a much happier dog now. 

So, that's Daisy's story.  I've been so busy getting the home set up so she can find her way around without running into things.  I miss playing with her but maybe that will come back in time.

I don't know what caused her to go blind but the vet said it could be diabetes. They took 3 vials of her blood for testing so hopefully I'll get some results this week.  Daisy has gotten comfortable enough now that she is no longer under my feet, which is good as I tripped over her a few times.   I've done all I can think of to make her comfortable and keep her safe.

General Discussion & Introductions / Re: Been at eye specialist....Grethe
« Last post by MaryLou on March 14, 2018, 02:32:30 pm »
Grethe, I didn't have a glow...  just no color of any kind.  Was so strange!! :yay:
General Discussion & Introductions / Re: Been at eye specialist....Grethe
« Last post by Grethe on March 14, 2018, 02:31:05 pm »
When I first startet with the eye control in 2006, I was asked if I came by car, yes, I said. Then they checked only one eye at the time, because I wouldn't be able to see correct and also wear sunglasses. So had to go back some time later to check the other eye. So it was for some year.

Now they use another kind of drops, that doesn't effect the eyes the same way. I only have to wear sunglasses if it is a sunny day. But still, it takes a few hours before the *glow* disappear.
General Discussion & Introductions / Re: Been at eye specialist....Grethe
« Last post by MaryLou on March 14, 2018, 02:30:17 pm »
Teejay, not black and white but more like shades of grey. It was not a good experience!  But.. I survived!  :cancan:
General Discussion & Introductions / Re: Been at eye specialist....Grethe
« Last post by Teejay on March 14, 2018, 01:57:42 pm »
SO..... was it like you saw in black and white and grey an old movie.??
General Discussion & Introductions / Re: Been at eye specialist....Grethe
« Last post by MaryLou on March 14, 2018, 01:55:08 pm »
I'm glad you can see again, Grethe!!   I think being blind is about the worse thing that could happen to a person.

When I had my eye exam in January, the doctor put some drops in my eyes, then gave me some plastic dark glasses and said they would help me see better until the drops wear off.  As it happened, I put my walker in my car trunk and the glasses and other paperwork were in the little basket that's on the walker.   I get in my car and drive off.  To my surprise, I could not tell what color the stop lights were!  I was in a position where I needed to make a left turn but I could not see the signals!  There I sat, not knowing what to do.  Suddenly, the person in the vehicle behind me started blasting on the horn.  I figure that must mean the light is green so I made my left turn!  It was scary though because I didn't know if a car was going to come barreling from the other direction or if I was going to be hit by another car or what.  All came out in the end.  I was able to pull over and get the glasses out of the trunk and made it home safely. 

That is the strangest feeling!  I am wondering if that's how people feel when they are color blind although I couldn't see ANY color of any kind.  :laugh1:
General Discussion & Introductions / Re: Goodbye Stephen Hawking - SherylC
« Last post by Teejay on March 14, 2018, 01:46:03 pm »
oh that is sad
General Discussion & Introductions / Goodbye Stephen Hawking - SherylC
« Last post by SherylC on March 14, 2018, 01:05:10 pm »
Feeling very sad as Professor Stephen Hawking sadly passed away today. :(

What a wonderful human being this man was to leave such an amazing legacy in his wake.
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