It has been a month now since Maple Bunny got sick and transmogrified herself into Maple WoMER. She didn’t really do it to herself, she had a lot of help from the vet. And I guess her infection did its part.
This post is going to be a little gross so you might want to stop here if you are squeamish. To give you an idea of how gross it is going to be, the rabbit hole I refer to in the post title, is the hole in the side of her head that Maple has now that she doesn’t have an eye. So pretty darned gross. Turn back now if you’re not up for that.
In case you do decide to turn back, I’ll just let you know that her current prognosis is guarded. Her infection is better this week but it is still there, probably hanging around in the bones of her face. She might need to be on penicillin the rest of her life.
In my last installment on Maple, I told you how she got her eye removed and her eyelids sewed closed. Well, last week the vet took out the stitches and Maple’s eye socket was all full of pus. That wasn’t good. So the vet opened it up again and filled her eye with gauze soaked in penicillin (because that’s what Maple’s infection is sensitive to). In the above photo, you can see what Maple looks like with gauze for an eye. It’s not pretty.
You’d think all that would be about as bad as it can get, but today Melly took Maple back to the vet to get her gauze replaced and this time Melly took her camera.
Ugh! That photo creeps me out. It looks like she’s been taxidermied. Of course, she hasn’t. That would make a great Halloween costume.
I didn’t go to the vet with Maple and Melly, I think I would have fainted, but Melly says Maple didn’t struggle at all. The vet says probably the nerve to her eye died from the infection and she can’t really feel anything. Maybe it’s just me but she doesn’t look very happy.
This is what she looks like without the gauze. The vet says that’s actually pretty good, but it doesn’t look good to me.
Then they stuffed a bunch more gauze into Maple’s non-eye and soaked it with penicillin.
You’d think that all of that trauma and being blind on one side would make Maple WoMER easier to catch. It doesn’t. If anything, she is even sneakier than before.
Update: This is a video Maple WoMER’s eye replacement the following week. It is graphic so don’t follow the link if these photos disturbed you.