**If your dog has Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome (SARDS), please see my warning at end of post.
I haven’t posted as much as I would have liked to as my visual issues seem to be worsening. On the bright side, December 6 the “eye surgery gone wrong” from October 2015 will be corrected.
Sasha has been doing well. Her vision has remained the same which is disappointing but she’s not done treatment yet. Her distance vision is still fairly good but her near vision is hit or miss. Dr. Plechner who developed the Plechner Protocol which we’ve been following was became ill a few months ago. He had severe pain in his back which required him to be hospitalized and retire from practice immediately. I *think* he has moved from California back to his home state of Idaho or perhaps it’s Iowa. I’ve been blacklisted by a young female who is his _________. I entered a blank because I’m not sure what she is other than she came to the USA from Chile, is young, married within the past few years and has a dog that was successfully treated for SARDS using Dr. Plechner’s Protocol. She was so grateful that she made a Facebook page devoted to his work called “Blind Dogs Cure for SARDS by Dr. Plechner”. Naturally I joined and enjoyed giving little updates on Sasha’s progress as well as posting short video clips whenever I caught her focusing on something. I also was buoyed by reading posts made by other SARDS dog owners because we were all on the same journey, just some at different phases.
One Sunday afternoon in August this young lady posted on the page (which is actually a page attached to her personal FB account as opposed to a stand alone account) that Dr. Plechner was in the hospital. Many of the people who frequented the page live in CA because that’s where his practice was located. Some posted that they were going to visit him later that day. They asked what hospital he was in and one woman commented it was an hour drive but she was going. He had been seen in the ER but not admitted. How do I know this? Because as she was writing on Facebook I was on the telephone with him. Silly me posted on the page that he had been released from the hospital. Well did she become angry! She deleted my post almost immediately. Before I even knew what was happening she was posting that people were writing bad things about him yaddy yaddy and his supporters were outraged. I responded but she deleted it within seconds. Then I found myself blocked from posting and all my videos purged. My daughter had previously ‘Liked’ the page so she posted something benign; just to say we only wanted people to know he wasn’t admitted so they didn’t make an unnecessary trip to the hospital. Boom! Her post was deleted and she was blocked. I was also his “friend” on his personal FB page but lo and behold when I tried to post something a few days later I discovered I was blocked there as well. That told me that she had access to his personal FB password because without that she couldn’t have blocked me and Dr. Plechner isn’t terribly FB savvy. After thinking about it for a few days I became concerned that she also had access to his email as whenever I sent him one he didn’t respond, quite unusual in of itself. I’ll admit I was pretty angry because here was Sasha, just starting to regain glimmers of near vision and I was cut off from communicating with him by someone whom at times I referred to as a puta. The first thing I did was contact Sasha’s two Maine veterinarians as well as the lab in Texas that processes the highly specialized endocrine tests and essentially revoked their right to share any of Sasha’s medical information with Dr. Plechner because for all I knew, this power-hungry chick was in control of his email. I’d found several veterinary articles posted on the internet under her name. Very detailed and methodically written. Yet in my collection of You Tube videos on SARDS dogs, there was one she made and honestly? She couldn’t even pronounce many of the medical terms and it wasn’t due to a language barrier ~ it was just obvious she didn’t have a veterinary background. So there was no way I was going to take a chance with Sasha and risk an email suggestion that was really written by her. Would you? I didn’t think so. And in the spirit of honesty I’ll admit I was angry for several weeks and would probably have kicked her to the curb if I got my hands on her. Not sure (my memory tends to fail when I’m stressed) but someone told me Dr. Plechner was moving or had moved already back to his previously mentioned home state in September so I waited a bit and tried emailing him several times with nary a response. After two months I stopped trying. Sasha is in more than capable hands with Drs. Stuer and Noble. It’s just that not a lot is known about SARDS so it would be nice to be able to ask Dr. Plechner, “Have any of the dogs you’ve treated had this or that happen”? He probably knows more about this disease than anyone else.
I read something once and it really is true:
“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison.”
That’s why I’ve come to the realization that I need to let it go because why spin my wheels when I have no control over the situation? It’s pointless. Dr. Plechner helped Sasha regain some of her vision after we were told it was impossible. And for that I am extremely thankful.
*I feel morally obligated to advise any dog owner whose pet has SARDS to be very careful if following Dr. Plechner’s Protocol. As I’ve written many times, it works ~ Sasha is proof along with many other dogs. Sadly he has allowed a non-medical person to have free reign with the part of his life she should NOT be involved in ~ his medical work. Not only is it a slippery slope but a dangerous one. All I can say is I do not trust any form of communication regarding Sasha as I have no idea if this woman is doling out medical advice or if the communication is from him. In my opinion her involvement should be limited to the Facebook page she set up about his work and that’s it. To allow her to dictate if a patient has access to the page or him is unconscionable. I love Sasha too much plus she has endured a multitude of treatments and tests therefore I WILL NOT jeopardize her health or welfare on information that “could” be coming from a 20 something non-medical person who’s claim to fame is setting up a Facebook page. Not happening!
Finally, while not Thanksgiving related, this is about “letting go” and too cute not to share!
I’m not a savvy blogger so unsure of menus, icons etc. Please click to see Sasha’s You Tube channel which chronicles her journey from onset until present day. If you like it, please subscribe to her channel.
🌰🍁🦃Next up ~ Sasha’s tummy ache🦃🍁🌰