Tuesday, June 5, by Lisa
Yes I know it is Tuesday and not Monday but I didn’t get around to this last night for obvious reasons. Refer back to the title.
Yesterday I started the day with an early morning appointment in Knoxville at the UT Veterinary Medical Center. My little Scruffy was going to get his cataracts checked out to see if anything could be done to regain some of his sight. You may remember that Scruffy came into our family back in February. He was homeless and dumped out or Lost, we’re not sure. He found his way to my sister’s house. She was not ready to have another dog so she called me and I saw him and fell in love. The next day I took him to the vet and had him checked out. He had a bad yeast infection on his skin and was malnourished and had cataracts. I decided to keep him.
We got all of his issues taken care of. We could not find an owner and he had not been chipped. I knew that we would have to address the cataracts. The vet determined that he was only about 6 or 7 years old. Since then Scruffy has become such a part of our family I don’t know what we would do without him.
The Veterinary Medical Center is about an hour drive. We got there and was taken right back. The Vet Tech, Leslie, ran several tests on Scruffy’s eyes. Dr. Ward came in to discuss other tests that he would need to determine whether or not Scruffy was a candidate for cataract surgery. The tests would take approximately three to four hours. I had the option of leaving Scruffy and picking him up later in the day, or returning with him at another time. Having to schedule the tests at a later date would mean delaying the surgery if he was able to have it. I decided to leave and pick him up a little later.
Since I had a few hours to kill I decided to head over to the mall and grab something to eat at the food court and do some work while I was there. After a quick trip to the bathroom I placed my food order and took it to a table. I reached for my phone and it was not in my bag. I often do this and keep searching and finally come up with it. But not this time. I realized I had left my phone in the bathroom, probably in the stall or on the sink. I had just gotten my food so I didn’t want to throw it out. I spotted an elderly couple at a nearby table and went over and said ” would you please watch my food while I go and search for my phone?” they did. they were adorable. I ran back to the bathroom in a panic thinking about everything I couldn’t do without my phone. I hate to be that dependent on it but I am. I ran back to the bathroom stall and there it was on top of the tissue dispenser. At this point I had to question my sanity.
After working for about an hour I decided to walk around the mall and check out the shops. You know it is really sad but the malls are just not what they used to be. Many many stores are closed and shops are moving to the strip malls. This leaves a lot of vacant space. It seems like such a waste.
I finally headed back to the Veterinary Medical Center. It was almost 5:00 and I wanted to beat Knoxville rush hour traffic if possible. I went in and Leslie came out to discuss Scruffy and the tests. She said Scruffy had two mature cataracts that were ready to come off. This is called phacoemulsification. How do you like that word? All of his other tests were good. The surgery will take place in two weeks.
We did hit rush hour traffic and it took us until after 7:00 pm to get home. Y’all Scruffy and I were wiped out. We hit the couch and watched TV the rest of the night.
A manic but good day because my Scruffy will be able to see again. I can’t wait until the surgery is behind him. He is such a good boy and he stole everyone’s heart while he was at the Medical Center.
Soooo how was your Monday?
Love your day your way