I got this shot this evening of Charlie seeing Alayne for the first time. His tail was wagging and he was jumping up and down, trying to get closer to her face. He was so excited he could barely contain himself.
We had just returned from Spokane, and Charlie was walking around the house "in awe," as Alayne described it. He was inspecting everything, fascinated by the sights of a house he had known well but never seen before.
Dr. Yakely did a detailed examination of Charlie this morning and concluded that it was okay for us to return to the ranch. The capsular tension ring that shifted yesterday during the initial post-op phase had mostly, but not completely, migrated back into position by the time of today's exam. Dr. Yakely thought it better to wait and see what happened than to open up the eye again so soon. Our vet in Helena, Dr. Brenda Culver, will do a check-up exam next week and report back to Dr. Yakely.
Functionally the capsular tension ring being slightly "off" doesn't make any difference to Charlie's vision, and vision he has! The final part of the discharge process is "the obstacle course." Dr. Yakely's vet tech clutters a hallway with traffic cones and other objects, and then they turn the dog loose to see if he or she can navigate down the hall without walking into anything. Charlie walked through the obstacle course with no problems at all. Twice.
We have not let him out to play with his buddies like blind Austin because Charlie needs to be on "quiet time" for the next two weeks.
When Charlie realized I was taking photos of him and Alayne, he turned and rushed over to check me out, too (though no surprise by now what I looked like!):
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