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Julia had her follow-up visit to the surgeon Tuesday. Although we weren’t told anything definitive, we know that Julia’s eyes aren’t infected and that they are healing as can be expected. They are still puffy and there is a lot of blood on the white part of her eye. She also has a bit of discharge from the eye which is normal.
As for success of the operation, it is still too early to tell. The doctor said it takes a while for the brain to adjust to the new alignment. Julia’s brain has been so busy trying to compensate for the inward misalignment that it will take a while to train itself. Julia hasn’t said whether she sees better or worse but the double vision has gone away.
My sister Laurie spoke with a friend of hers in her 40’s who had the same surgery as a child at the exact ages Juila had hers (4 and 9). She said that when she gets tired, her eyes drift and she still walks into things. She also said she has trouble w/ depth perception (we don’t think Julia has any depth perception whatsoever) and she always takes stairs carefully. The good thing is, this woman has had a career, children, and has a Master’s degree from Harvard. Although I could care less about the MS from Harvard, I do worry about my child growing up and living on her own and trying to drive a car. I know these things are natural for any mother to worry about, but I worry extra hard about Julia. I guess if I had other children, they would distract me somewhat from the worry?
But we do have the kittens and they sure are cute. We’re having a lot of luck with finding homes for them. Our friend Marie who is cat crazy too and has more cats than we do, can’t believe we had a litter of 5 red striped kitties. She says they are probably all males - she said she has never heard of a female red cat. Has anyone else? Just wondering. I’m still in awe of their cuteness. They are getting much more friendly and using the litter box some.
The coyotes have been howling and hooping it up like crazy the past week. I wake up every night wondering what the noise is. Last night I thought it was the siren for the nuclear power plant in Vernon, VT going off it was so loud and so odd. Thank goodness it was only the local wildlife. We haven’t lost any sheep up here yet this summer but we worry everyday. The dogs sleep outside so that they will keep the coyotes away from the livestock.
Our cat population has gone down this summer. We haven’t seen Boo-Boo-Boo, Flora, nor Templeton in over eight weeks. We’ll never know what happened to them. But as with cats, there is always a chance they will show up one day. Lily Pons was gone for five weeks and we thought she would never return. But then she did and now we have these cute things. We have yet to name them because it is really hard to tell them all apart.
Lily Pons is the most amazing cat - her natural instincts overwhelm me. This morning I was working on some things in my studio and I had the door open. She crept out the door without her kittens. About a half hour later I heard some odd noises out in the garden. A few minutes later, she dragged in a dead squirrel. She took it upstairs to the kitchen to her kittens. Four of them wanted to nurse but the fifth took that squirrel and growled like crazy and ate it. A good hunter in the making, for sure.
When I first starting visiting Mark’s farm way back when, his mom had a tom-cat named Frenchie. He was the sweetest thing but he was always getting into fights. He would come home beat up with a torn ear or a scratched face, rest up and go back out there again. One day he disappeared and never returned.
Over a and a half year later, a cat that looked like Frenchie appeared at the door. Sure as anything, it was Frenchie. He died two days later. There's a great children's book called The Cat Who Walked Across France. Lovely story about a grey cat and its adventures with wonderful illustrations. Animal mysteries continue to amaze me.