Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Feeling Loopy

I learned how to do a loop stitch today. It took me several tries to get the loop made with my thumb, but after awhile I was able to get a little bit of a rhythm going. I am making a Deco Ribbon Cell Phone Bag, compliments of P.'s generous gifts last week. This is my first time knitting with ribbon - I like it, but it definitely has a different feel from yarn. This should knit up pretty quickly since after the loop stitch border, it's just stockinette stitch and i-cord for the handles. I think that I will make a couple of these as gifts for my nieces, ages 7 and 10; they will be cute little purses for them. I want to get some Fizz for the loops on those bags.

Well, things have certainly been loopy in our household the past few days. We had quite scare over the weekend with our little guy Simon. He has never had very good vision, but late Friday afternoon, it appeared that he had gone completely blind instantly. It was very scary to see this because he was completely disoriented and scared. So we rushed him over to the vet, who said he had acute glaucoma and prescribed eye drops. His vision seemed to return a bit over the weekend. Evidently, if you catch glaucoma quickly, you can prevent complete blindness. Yesterday I took him back to the vet, and she said the pressure in his eyes had dropped back to normal ranges, and she gave me a referral to the dog opthamalogist. Did you know that there was that kind of doctor? I didn't, but I suppose that there is a specialist for everything. We took Simon to see the opthamalogist yesterday afternoon. According to the opthamologist, there are no signs of glaucoma based on looking at his eyes or the pressure readings. He did some tests to see how well Simon could see in the light and dark. In the dark, he was not able to manuever well at all, but in the light, he did do better so he does have some vision still. The opthamologist said Simon has retinal degeneration, which is an inherited condition, and his vision will continue to get progressively worse until he goes blind, maybe in about 6-9 months. There is not any surgery or medication that will improve this condition. Based on the reading we've have done online and talking to some people in the rescue group, we've learned that blind dogs can do quite well with their hearing and sense of smell. All of this has made me really sad, but I am hopeful that he can adjust ok. Simon is a tough little guy.


Blogger babblingB said...

Eoe, how awful for you and the little guy. Hopefully you will be up for the challenge of being his seeing- eye- person.

10:11 AM  
Blogger Mel said...

Thanks, Brooke! We are hoping we are too. He's a scrappy litte one.

6:09 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

Oh no! Your poor little puppy. He must feel so awful and confused.

I'm loving the loop stitch. That is going to be one cool bag.

12:52 PM  

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