One Little, Two Little, Three Little Guinea Pigs

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mmeadow
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Post   » Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:00 am


Hi, GrannyJu1!

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GrannyJu1
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Post   » Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:52 am


Hi Everyone!!

I'm sorry for my long absence. For being such a lousy year, this one has seen my computer slow down to a slug's (here in WA they call them banana slugs because they are so big) pace. However, we and the cavies (and cats) are alive and as healthy as you can expect.

Except the baby cavy, whom I finally decided to name Charli. Maybe I should have left it at Baby. Not a good name, but I just could not decide on anything else. Anyway, I'm pretty sure she has mites, probably since before I brought her home. The "V"on her back is constant but strangely enough, Dusty's and Belle's seem to come and go. I'll have husband pick up some ivermectin. I have some Miconosol Lotion, but I can't remember what it was for. Probably for this, but oh well. And yes, I will be treating all 3 of them.

My computer isn't the only thing that's slowed down. My eyes are so bad I have to use 2 fingers to type. I really need cataract surgery. Long story.

I'm going to close now, but I do hope you all stay safe and have a wonderful Christmas Hopefully 2021 will be a happier year.

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daisymay
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Post   » Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:01 am


So glad you are all are well! Been thinking of you. Hoping you fix the mite problem. I too need cataract surgery but I am not in any hurry. Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and a safe 2021. Hugs to one and all in WA!

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:03 am


I saw you logged in! Always wonderful to hear from you!!

It has indeed been a lousy year, for so many reasons. I hope you can get cataract surgery. Vision is a blessing.

I know all about those banana slugs. Have a brother in Washington state and visited years ago (we did some hiking and I heard all about them - unsure if I saw one in the flesh).

The Miconazole would have been for a fungal infection, I expect. Hope you can clear up the mites quickly. I have an outbreak of Northern Fowl mites with my chickens, right now, and since they bite me too, are very hard to ignore. I am treating them with ivermectin.

Take care of yourself!!! And wishing you a wonderful 2021!

bpatters
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Post   » Sun Dec 13, 2020 10:34 am


Good to see you!

Get that cataract surgery done as a Christmas present! It makes all the difference in the world to your life.

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Sun Dec 13, 2020 4:21 pm


Good to see you!! I think I just read somewhere that ivermectin might help treat covid??? It's in the experimental stage so I don't want to see any of you rubbing ivermectin behind your ears!

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:05 pm


Mites. Yuck! I only had one guinea pig with them, also from before I adopted him and seeing how itchy they make their victims, I wouldn't wish them on anyone. It was pure torture for him. Ivermectin cleared them right up. I'm glad you are doing well. My mother had cataract surgery and she's very happy with it. Being able to see properly is a quality of life issue and you should correct it as soon as you can. Good luck to you and your herd and Merry Christmas!

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ItsaZoo
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Post   » Tue Dec 15, 2020 12:07 am


Good to hear from you GrannyJu1! I hope you get the mites taken care of so you can all relax and enjoy the holidays. And cataract surgery is pretty routine these days, so hopefully you can get that done. Several people I know have had it and are so happy they have good clear vision again. If you wear glasses for distance, you probably won't need them since the surgery corrects your vision at the same time.

Take care of yourself and your little ones and have a happy holiday season!

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:01 am


Just one word of clarification, Itsazoo. The surgery only corrects your distance vision if you choose to have it done at the same time as cataract surgery, but the procedures are different.

Grannyju1, I would encourage to thoroughly research the Lasik option that corrects vision. I know several people who have had it and been happy. I also know some who have not been pleased. I opted not to have it done when my cataracts were removed. I figured if I'd worn glasses for more than 60 years, I could keep on wearing them.

Bookfan
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Post   » Tue Dec 15, 2020 12:17 pm


My sister was able to ditch her nearsighted (distance) glasses when she had her cataracts done - no lasik. I think I look better with glasses so I don't know what's going to happen when I need to take care of my cataracts. Maybe I'll just put clear lenses in them & wear them as a fashion statement.

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Dec 15, 2020 8:55 pm


I am nearsighted too and greatly value my ability to read a book or see things close by. I am okay with needing glasses to see things further away. As you get old, your ability to focus from near to far becomes impaired and is the reason why older people who never needed glasses before, now need reading glasses.

I am with you, bpatters, in not changing things up.

From what I understand, another solution for older people is to set the focal distance of one eye to see nearby objects and the other eye to see distant objects.

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Wed Dec 16, 2020 3:36 pm


I also don't have a problem with reading up close due to nearsightedness. I have continuous lenses, but I've never been really able to read with them. I lift them up or take them off. I may skip that feature next time around (it's also expensive)

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Waddles
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Post   » Wed Dec 16, 2020 3:38 pm


"From what I understand, another solution for older people is to set the focal distance of one eye to see nearby objects and the other eye to see distant objects."
That's called monovision and not everyone can adapt to it unless they've tried it using contacts before. A better option is mini- monovision (where the difference between the 2 eyes is less than in monovision) and most people do better with that.

If you have been myopic your whole life, one consideration is choosing lenses for seeing near rather than far. When you are used to being able to see clearly near without glasses and only need glasses for distance, it can be traumatic to have that flipped post surgery.

that was one of the things, on a cataract surgery website I consulted before my cataract surgeries last year, that patients regretted most after the fact, often because the surgeon assumed they wanted to see clearly far and never offered them the near option. And when they found they didn't need glasses for distance but did for reading after their surgery, they were quite unhappy.

Results can vary widely for individuals though. Some people I know who chose distance monofocals were able to see far and read without glasses, requiring reading glasses only for small print.

Bookfan
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Post   » Thu Dec 17, 2020 12:17 pm


I didn't realize there were so many choices.

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ItsaZoo
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Post   » Fri Dec 18, 2020 2:04 am


That's a lot of options. Back when my mom had surgery several years ago they corrected her far vision. Eventually her eyes changed and she needed a new prescription anyway. But for a while she didn't need glasses when she watched TV or drove.

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Waddles
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Post   » Fri Dec 18, 2020 11:02 am


That's only the options for monofocal lenses that I've mentioned. There're also multi focals and tri focals which act more like progressives. Europe and Asia are far more advanced in terms of what's offered and readily available.

I did a ton of research beforehand and it was like learning a new language with all the terminology. Plus talked to family and friends who've had the surgery, their satisfaction with their outcomes, their experience with their particular surgeon. I also found a website which had lots of useful information related to cataract surgeries and that was very helpful as well.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Dec 18, 2020 11:03 am


Bookfan, my glasses are single distance lenses which means I don't have to adjust to bifocals.

Bookfan
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Post   » Fri Dec 18, 2020 11:49 am


That's what I'm going to aim for if I need new lenses before I need cataract surgery. Thanks Waddles. I'll need to do some research.

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daisymay
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Post   » Fri Dec 18, 2020 10:57 pm


I wear Multifunction glasses but they're just not doing it for me any more. Will be having cataract surgery next month.

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