Scatches and Sight

John has had a vision disturbance for sometime (2 – 3 weeks) which he initially thought was some kind of retina burn or headache-less migraine symptom. When he went to the doctor yesterday, the doctor sent him straight over to the emergency ward at the Sydney Eye Hospital. Apparently there is a pus-filled thing at the back of his retina which is putting pressure on his optical nerve and causing partial blindness (peripheral vision) in his right eye. They aren’t really sure what the cause is, but the specialists think he might have something called cat scratch disease. Of course, they are doing tests to eliminate other possibliities as well.

If it is cat scratch disease, it means that one of the cats has scratched him (somewhere on his body, not on his eye) at some point, some bacteria has entered his bloodstream and caused an infection of the retina. .

Pretty scary stuff.

He spent all yesterday afternoon and pretty much all of today in there having tests and having retina photographs taken. He’s also on some heavy-duty antibiotics at double the usual dose. They want him back there next Thursday for more tests and on Friday for an MRI scan. The bigwig specialist said that he should prepare himself that there is a 10% chance that his sight will be permanently affected. On the bright side, that’s a 90% chance that it will return to normal.

He’s feeling pretty stressed out at the moment, and that’s not being helped any by the side effects of the anti-biotics.

I guess the moral of the story is always disinfect any cat scratches you receive.

And don’t torment the cats!

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