I don't like sharing bad news and I particularly don't like asking for help, but circumstances have presented themselves which force me to do both. Yesterday, we took Yum Yum to the WestVet Emergency and Specialty Center to see a Veterinary Ophthalmologist. Today, we received the sad confirmation that our Siamese cat, Yum Yum, is blind in one eye. The doctor's report states that she has, "Severe uveitis in her right eye with no light perception. Uveitis refers to inflammation in the part of the eye that supplies blood to the eye. Since this eye is irreversibly blind, we also discussed permanent surgical procedures such as enucleation, evisceration, and intrascleral implant(artificial eye)."
What was even more of a shock, was the fact that the ophthalmologist stated that Yum Yum was in pain and needed medication. Since her regular vet diagnosed her with a detached retina, which is not painful, I had assumed that Yum Yum was acting the way she was, because she was depressed (sleeping more than usual, not grooming herself, not interacting with us, hiding under the table). To help with the pain, Yum Yum is receiving Buprenorphine 0.3mg/mL, a very powerful opiate, 3-times per day. This medicine is roughly 30 times more powerful at relieving pain than morphine.Vetinfo
To allow Yum Yum to live a life free from this constant pain, the ophthalmologist has strongly advised us to have the affected eye removed and replaced with an artificial eye. Once the eye is removed, she will no longer be in constant pain and should be able to adjust to her blindness and become her usual self once again. The clinic has provided an estimate, but for Yum Yum to have the surgery, we will have to raise $1,509.83, which must be paid before any treatment can begin. In order to come up with this sum, our daughters are helping by donating their Christmas and birthday money, but we still need help to afford the cost of the surgery. Currently, we have received $515.00 of the $1,509 needed.
The clinic has provided us with a breakdown of the costs for her surgery and if you feel led to help Yum Yum and have the means, any amount you can donate would be a great help to her. I realize that these are financially difficult times, but anything you could contribute, would be deeply appreciated. I would also ask that you please share this with your friends, so Yum Yum can get the relief she needs. If you can donate, I have provided a Paypal button at the bottom of this post.
I want to thank you for any help you can provide and whatever you decide, I would ask that you please take a moment and say a prayer for her.
So you can see where the money in the surgery fund is going, here is a more readable breakdown of Yum Yum's surgery costs. The items that have been crossed out are the ones that are now currently funded...
|Description||Units||Price per Unit||Total|
|L211 Ophtho. Pre-Operative Panel||1.0||$105.40||$105.40|
|L301 CBC Comprehensive||1.0||$44.20||$44.20|
|IV Catheter- Placement (Initial)||1.0||$63.00||$63.00|
|Fluid Administration- IV Pump per Liter||1.0||$43.00||$43.00|
|Anesthesia General each 30 minutes||2.0||$69.00||$138.00|
|Operating Room Initial Set-Up||1.0||$78.80||$78.80|
|Operating Room each 30 Minutes||2.0||$59.70||$119.40|
|Surgery Pack- Eye Minor||1.0||$65.40||$65.40|
|Ocular Implants 14-24mm||1.0||$52.50||$52.50|
|Suture-PDS 4-0 RB-1||1.0||$15.65||$15.65|
|Est-Medications (oral, topical, other)||3.0||$60.00||$180.00|
Again, thank you for your help.
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