Are you someone who takes the bad with the good? Do you think there’s a positive side in every situation or do you intend to take things with a grain of salt or do you believe in the bigger picture out there even you don’t see it in the first place?
It was a bittersweet feeling when I heard from my vet that my dog was diagnosed with Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) or dry eye. Bitter – my dog needs to be on medication for life and the on-going treatment is notoriously expensive. Sweet – Finally there’s a way of managing his eye condition and keeping any serious consequences at bay. My mixed emotion came with a brief sense of relief. After all it was only a matter of money. Though from my body language I also exhibited some degree of discomfort over the cost issue. Perhaps my vet had seen it all before. Therefore, my reaction didn’t seem to surprise her, not in the slightest. She then quickly pointed out a couple of blind spots that I didn’t see when she first broke the “bad news” to me.
1. It’s affected only in one eye, not both.
2. It happens when he’s 11 years old, not much earlier.
Those words of hers really helped me keep things in perspective and most importantly stopped me dwelling on the negative side. To set the wheels in motion, I’ve come up with an excellent money-saving plan incorporated into my daily commute and exercise – to get off bus two stops earlier. It’ll save me a small amount of money in a year (enough for me to buy my dog a two-month worth of medicine). A great trade-off!
This experience is another reminder for me – health always comes first. Money can wait, health can’t. All I wanted is for my dog to feel 100% again – The Biggest Picture!