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Moonie's Saga Continues

Two weeks ago, you may remember that Moonie had a squamous cell tumor removed from his left eye.  The plan was to wait for his eye to heal and then begin chemotherapy ointment to help eradicate any leftover cancer cells.

Unfortunately, in the mean time, his tumor grew back (it seems very aggressive).  I noticed on Wednesday night that the white of his eye was swollen and red.  Dr. Becky came to check it yesterday morning and it was decided that she would remove it once again as it was threatening to invade his cornea.

This time she opted to sedate him and also use Ketamine, so that she could do the surgery with him lying down.  We took him up to the flat yard next to the barn.

He was sedated, 

and anesthetized; and he settled down to lay on the ground.

Becky injected above his eye to temporarily paralyze his eyelid to keep him from blinking.  This time she made an incision at the outer corner of his eye so that she could better see how far back the tumor extended.  

She removed the tumor, then froze the tissue on the eye, hoping to further kill any remaining cells, and stitched the small incision at the corner of his eye.

After the procedure, waking up was a little difficult.


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