A few months back, my 14 year old chestnut mare Isis had surgery to remove a lump from her upper eye lid. The surgery went well. It was done right on the floor of the stable, with a cloth under her anesthetized head for what amounts to cleanliness under these circumstances. The doctor’s kit rested on a bale of hay nearby. Just as the vet was finishing the stitches, she began to move and make sounds; perfect timing on the anesthetic. She got up as if nothing has happened. I picked up the hard lump that the doctor had removed and threw it away.
Isis was soon cavorting with her friends in the field. I came every day to put salve on the wound to keep it soft. She was healing well. I was delighted. One day I got busy and did not come. The next day, her eye was full of gross yellow pus and running down here face! It was horrible!. She had injured it somehow. Was it because I neglected to come that day and put salve on it. Had it been itching and she rubbed it on something sharp? That’s what the owner suggested. I was horrified.
The next day there was something clear danging from the eye. I asked the stable owner about it..“That’s her retina,” she said calmly. Every day for weeks after that I watched the drama of her eye shrinking in size, draining with various colors, and swellings around her eye. I had trouble looking very closely. I gave her homeopathic medications, but nothing seemed to make the situation better.
After several months, the oozing had slowed to a trickle, and there was a big hole where they eye should have been. Meanwhile I had found an animal communicator who talked to her and found out she was having headaches and needed meds. She recommended some homeopathic remedies, which I administered. We tried many different ones; her condition improved. She no longer had headaches or discharge from her eye. But she does still have swelling around the eye, I think from not seeing on that side and injuring herself. We’re still working on healing that.
The vet recommended that we keep the eye open and not sew it shut so it can drain if it needs to. Her face is not symmetrical like it was; the hole distorts her face. You can see the tissue that was under the eye. It moves when her muscles move. It’s still difficult to look at closely, though the animal communicator always looks very closely. And on bright days Isis usually stands under the shed or close to it with her blind side very close to it. I asked the animal communicator to ask her why she does that. “the light is irritating to her,” she said.
I got an idea how it is for Isis to see out of only one side the other day. We had gone out for a ride and were returning to the stable. We came through a narrow door, which we had come through many times before. But she misjudged the opening and crashed her blind side into the door frame, with my leg still in the stirrup.
One of my friends at the stable was telling me how she was watching one-eyed horse at a horse show doing jumps. It was taking those jumps as if it were a perfectly normal horse.
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=489300924429054&set=a.230600500299099.76190.100000474516334&type=1&theaterI know it will take time, but I look forward to the day I won’t be able to tell Isis is missing anything. In the meantime, I miss the most enchanting part of my horse- those two big beautiful eyes! It’s an amazing learning for me.