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Chunker Meets JPESC

Chunker, this adorable Frenchie, belongs to one of our ophthalmology nurses, Brandi. Chunker has gone through a lot in the past few months trying to get better. Since he was a pup, Chunker suffered from glaucoma (a group of eye conditions that affects the health of the optic nerve and is vital for proper vision). Typically this damage is caused by abnormally high pressure in the eye.

Instead of removing the right eye, it was decided that Chunker qualified for a fake eye. Chunker underwent surgery with Dr. Colitz to have an ISP (Intrascleral prosthesis), which is what the procedure is called to put in the fake eye. Surgery went well, but afterwards Chunker started to have a lot of swelling and had a few sessions in HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment) which helped reduce the swelling immensely.

Sadly, since surgery, Chunker was not able to stop vomiting and regurgitating, and he was kept in ICU to have a close eye on his condition. Still having lots of stomach issues, Chunker was given an NG (nasogastric) tube inserted into his stomach to reduce the amount of bile in his stomach. He had this tube for a couple of days to continue to help the vomiting. Finally, Chunker was able to keep food down. He was finally discharged and able to go home.

Unfortunately, while at home Chunker started vomiting again and had to come back to JPESC. It was discovered that he had aspirated and got pneumonia. The next step for Chunker was a CT scan to see if he had a thickened pylorus (the opening from the stomach into the duodenum). Dr. Katz, his attending physician in the ER, thought the next best step for him was to have some biopsies taken from his stomach and intestines along with seeing if his pylorus had thickened. This is when he met Dr. Padron, his surgeon.

Dr. Padron performed a gastropexy and got the biopsies during the surgery. Chunker then recovered well, and after a few more days in the ER to rest, he was finally discharged. Since surgery, Chunker has improved with his vomiting, but still vomits occasionally. Currently, Chunker sees Dr. Ayoub in Internal Medicine to hopefully clear up the rest of the vomiting. He is on his way back to being his old self, and is so grateful for the teamwork at JPESC for helping him pull through!