Another Speck

Some of you may recall that two years ago in April, when Quigley was about 4 months old, he had a speck blown into his eye that required eye surgery and two weeks of recovery wearing an e-collar. (Which disintegrated the morning of the last day he had to wear it.)

Well, it’s April again, and it has been very, very windy. Sunday Stu and I were discussing whether the way Quigley was sort of closing his left eye while he watched us eat, and pretended to doze, meant anything. Monday evening, as I was preparing to go out for our walk, the light was just right as Quig came up to me and I saw a bump on his cornea with a little blood vessel-looking thing snaking out to it. Later, Stu examined him with a strong light and said it looked like some sort of reddish covering.

So this morning I called the Vet Specialists, with visions of surgery, a two-week recovery, and an e-collar dancing in my head. I took him in at 9:15 and… as usual, my speculations were wrong. I don’t know why I bother with speculations. They are ALWAYS wrong. Anyway, I sat in a chair in the corner of the examining room and held him with the help of two veterinary technicians while the doctor numbed his cornea, turned out the lights and examined his eyes. Quig was pretty good about letting her do it, too. Eventually she determined that the speck of plant matter had probably been in there for over ten days. Thankfully it had not penetrated his cornea and she was able to brush it away with one of those little paper spears. After the administration of a few more drops and a treat for Quigley, we were on our way.

We brought home a bag of three different types of eye-drops that we’re to continue administering multiple times a day. After he got home, before the numbing wore off, I went out and bought a new e-collar in case he started rubbing his eye later on when the numbness wore off. Well, day’s end is here and he’s not rubbed it once that I’ve seen.

I love it. Nothing is ever what I expect it to be, it seems. And God knows that so well. Forget about expectations, He seems to be saying to me. And just trust me for however it’s going to turn out.

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9 Responses to “Another Speck”


  1. 1 Loren Warnemuende April 14, 2010 at 5:41 am

    For some reason this reminds me of something I read (I think in “The Shack”) that talked about why it’s so pointless to worry about the future, or try to fix the past: When we imagine the future, how often do we imagine it with Jesus there with us? Usually it’s all us on our own, and everything that can go wrong will. But when we LIVE it–in the present–Jesus is right there with us, and so it’s not awful, or insurmountable, and it can be downright miraculous. Anyway, that was the essence of the idea! It was certainly a truth I have to remind myself of continually!

    • 2 karenhancock April 14, 2010 at 10:58 am

      YOu’re right Loren. When we speculate it’s not usually with Jesus in the picture. Although sometimes I think… oh, maybe it’s going to be this horrible test. Years ago, when my husband would be away for a night, I would hear a noise and then torment myself with ridiculous narratives involving an intruder, me killing him, then going to jail… all because it was a part of God’s plan for my life. I used to think if it was the last thing I wanted to do, that would be what He’d want me to do. Thankfully, I don’t think that any more. At least not too often and never terribly seriously. 🙂

  2. 4 Gayle April 14, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Glad the big boy is okay. Hate it when our doggies are hurting. Grace all the way!!!

  3. 6 Marcia Laycock April 14, 2010 at 9:52 am

    So glad he’s okay! We’ve had a lot of wind this spring too and I never even thought of something like this happening to our 2 retrievers. Ouch!

    PS – I recently blogged about unexpected things here –
    http://noveljourney.blogspot.com/search?q=Is+Your+Life+A+Joke

    Have a look. :)Marcia

    • 7 karenhancock April 14, 2010 at 10:58 am

      Yeah, we never thought of anything happening like the speck the first time. And we’ve been through a lot of things with dogs we never realized could happen. With the first speck though, pretty much everyone we talked to in the various offices thought it was the weirdest thing they’d ever heard of. And the surgeon said that though he’d seen that type of speck in dogs’s eyes before, it was rarely and he still didn’t know what the stuff was exactly…

      I enjoyed your post on expectations, Marcia. Thanks for sharing. (Also enjoyed reading the interview of Nancy Deville (whom I’d never heard of before which followed…

  4. 8 Dorothy April 14, 2010 at 11:32 am

    This reminds me of my experience with “expectations”.

    We were making arrangements to take my 81 year old sister-in-law to an Alziemer facility near our home which was 4 hours away from hers. She had always had a dog, and “Taffy” was the latest, having been by her side for several years. Of course, my fear was that she would “have a fit” over leaving her behind. As it turned out, she asked about her several times on the trip and I assured her that Taffy would be just fine “at home”. This “home” would be with a friend. After about 30 minutes from our destination, we stopped for a bite to eat. She did not mention her dog, ever again, to me or to the attendants at her new home. She fell recently, required surgery and died on Easter morning. It was at the hospital, when she was being given her final shot of antibiotics, while I was holding her hands, that I heard her say, most distinctly, “Quit Taffy”.

    And I was so concerned over how she would react to leaving Taffy behind. My expectations were pointless. God’s grace prevailed.


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