Saturday, September 24, 2016

Squirrel-y Saturday

There is a gigantic nest way up high in this column maple next to our deck.  It has been there for a couple of years.  I can hear that tree-rat chattering away.

Darn, I wish all those leaves would fall so I could get a better view.  It's about that time, isn't it?

Maybe if I close my eyes really tight and make a wish, he will some down from his hidey spot.

Have no fear, Mr. Bushy Tail - I can be VERY patient.

Woos - Lightning

Friday, September 23, 2016

Fabulous Friday

Lightning here today to report the good news about Ciara (for a change).


We are about halfway through the weaning her off the phenobarbital and gabapentin.  And my sweet pal is SO much better already.  Look at that happy smile.

She has started to play with toys again!

She is sleeping all topsy turvy again!

She always loved her crate and hasn't been in it for months.  She is finding it quite welcoming once again!

Heh, heh, I am so happy that everyone is so excited that I AM back.  I haven't been eating everything I can find, like leaves, dirt, paper, trash, and am not begging 24/7 for food.  I haven't been whining all night for two nights now. And I even let Mom sleep this morning with no Ciara wake-up call for breakfast.

We thought you might all like to join us in celebrating this fantabulous news.  Now the big test, will the zonisamide keep away that evil monster???  Ciara has been on a 14-18 day cycle of cluster seizures, and we are getting close to that mark in time.  All paws crossed we have no evil visitors.

Happy weekend!!!

Woos - Ciara and Lightning

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Not So Wordless Wednesday

Yes, we have been MIA again, and for too long.

We have had a very bad time with Ciara, but some changes have been made.  It is way past due for us to get her out of her monster prison.

Over the past two weeks, poor Ciara has been through multiple full blown seizures and several petit mal ones in addition to exhibiting every conceivable common and very rare side effect from her meds.  It has been pure hell for her and for the family.  Her neurologist has decided that she cannot tolerate phenobarbital, and it isn't helping control the seizures anyway. So over the next couple of weeks, she is being weaned off the phenobarbital and the gabapentin, while at the same time beginning a new regimen of zonisamide.  She was on zonisamide (as an adjunct to her Keppra) for a few months earlier this year, and her doctors seem to think it may help her.  Mom is not of the same opinion as she did not see any benefit from it,  but we have no other good options at this time.  It seems we may be at the end of the line for anti-seizure meds.  They were going to try her with potassium bromide, but given her reaction to phenobarbital, the neurologist says potassium bromide will cause the same problems.  She also cannot have the valium she was getting after a seizure to calm her system down because she shows a "paradoxical" reaction to it.  Instead of calming her, it just gets her super hyped up.  For some reason, Ciara gets all the BAD reactions to medication and none of the benefits.

Mom says today she is starting to see some inklings of a little improvement in some of the odd behaviors and hopes for things to get better.  We hope you can understand our absence.

Woos - Ciara and Lightning

Monday, September 12, 2016

Me Moaning on Monday

We are so sorry we have once again been MIA.  It has been a tough while now trying to get me back on track.  Unfortunately that monster "S" keeps visiting.

I am looking pretty perky here but that is because I am flying high on my valium and hoping to get more and more food.  My seizures always leave me very, very hungry.

The following two photos show me coming out of an episode. Unlike the actual seizing stage, they aren't too scary to look at, but if you are squeamish, just zip on by.

This is my hidey spot, but when the monster comes, sometimes I get stuck in there.

Trying my darndest to get my legs back.

So my battle continues, but Mom said we wanted to let you know why we haven't been here or visiting your blogs very much.  It isn't very uplifting to keep posting bad news, and Mom is having a hard time finding those happy words to leave on your blogs.  We promise we will try to do better.  Meanwhile, please keep those paws crossed for me (and for my furiend Shyla  who is also facing a monster "S" of a different kind).

On the positive side, we have had a few days of very nice weather.

Woos - Ciara

Friday, September 2, 2016

Don't Forget Friday

Sometimes the Momster gets a bit forgetful, so we have our special ways of reminding her of the important things she must remember when she goes to the grocery store.

 This is my "don't forget the wallymelon" look.  Just because the kiddos are back in school doesn't mean we can't still have some of that deliciousness.

This is my very subtle reminder about the importance of getting those Kansas City strip steaks for the grill.  And be sure to get some big, fat juicy ones with enough to share with us.

After all, it is a special long holiday weekend.  We are sure you won't forget, Mom.

Woos - Ciara and Lightning

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Thursday Thanks

We are having a beautiful day here in OP - sunny, dry, and nice temps.  We just wanted to say thank you very much for all the good thoughts for Ciara.  We too have our paws crossed for better results with the new meds.

We also want to send our good thoughts to all who might be in the path of all the bad storms in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Stay safe.

Woos - Ciara and Lightning

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tuesday Talk

Ciara here today to give you an update on what has been happening with me.

After three days of seizures last Thursday through Saturday, I paid a visit yesterday to my favorite vet, Dr. B.  He and Mom talked for over an hour forever about all the things that have not been going so well for me.  It seems that I am a problematic child.  If there is a side effect to something, I get it, and not just one, but ALL of them.  Not only do I have all those evil monster visits, but I have been doing a lot of unexplainable whining, I have humongous hunger and thirst, I am still dragging my claws, I get very hyper and excited at times, and I have had some accidents in the house (very, very uncharacteristic of me).  

Dr. B. thinks that stress has a lot to do with my seizures.  We have tried many different things to try to reduce my stress (including all the great suggestions many of you have given Mom), but so far nothing seems to really work.  Now Mom says I don't appear stressed most of the time, but Dr. B. says I do a good job of hiding it.  Well, does that count for something good I am doing?

Dr. B. didn't have any really good answers for me.  He did a urinalysis and fecal float test to be sure all was OK in that department.  And everything was A-OK.  But he had one thought for something he wanted to try, but he didn't want to mess with my meds until he could talk to my neurologist, Dr. C.  Well those two great guys had a big confab on the phone, and now I have to add another medication to my cocktail of drugs - gabapentin.  Gabapentin in low doses is often given to help with pain, but in larger doses it has been shown to help reduce the number of seizures and alleviate stress.   If the seizures continue at this rate, then we will be adding potassium bromide.  Pretty soon, there won't be any room in my bowl for my kibble.

So off Mom went to the pharmacy and I started this new med last night.  Hopefully it will help a lot. But Mom is pretty sure I had another seizure this morning when I was outside.  When I came inside, my furs had that telltale sign on my side (yellow and stinky) that the monster found me outside too.  

It seems like I am always asking you to send me some POTP, and here I am to do that again.

Also, Mom, can I PLEASE have something to eat besides a dumb carrot?

Woos - Ciara