Thursday, March 6, 2014

I Am Home!

AND I have had my dinner - I am not sure what happened to breakfast - and I only got a small serving tonight, something about not taking in too much too soon.

Not sure what happened today.  All I know is that I am vvvvvvvvvery sleepy, and I have this funky green thing on my leg.  Is it St. Patrick's Day already?

From Mom:  Ciara's MRI came back normal - good news, no tumor, no lesions, no abnormality. Diagnosis is epilepsy.  I was very pleased with the service received. The neurologist himself went with Ciara to the imaging center and watched the scan.  Unfortunately she had another seizure in the vehicle on the way back to the vet center.  They believe it may have been brought on either by the anesthesia or the stress of the day.  

She can now stay in the study and started on medication today. The meds are either the placebo or the drug being tested.  This study is in the end stages of testing after several years of work, so a lot of good information has already been gathered about it.  It is very promising and they hope to get FDA approval once the study concludes. For Ciara, it means taking two pills twice a day through around June 1st.  If at any time her seizures become worse or more frequent or in any way cause concern for her well-being, she will be immediately removed from the study and placed on one of the available anti-seizure medications, like phenobarbitol.  If she is able to remain in the study through the end, she will then be taken off the meds and discussions will take place as to what route we follow at that point - medication or wait-and-see.

Tonight she is very tired.  This is to be expected and is probably the after effect of anesthesia and possibly an early effect of the new medication.  She may appear more sedated for up to two weeks as her body adjusts to the treatment (IF she isn't getting the placebo).   Many of you have said you hoped they would find the cause of her seizures.  That isn't likely to happen, but with the right medication hopefully we will be able to control them and let her live a happy life.

She was very much missed by her buddy Lightning.  I don't think I have ever seen him so quiet.  I am not sure Phantom even knew she was gone today, but he is pretty fond of her too:)

Woos - Ciara and her Mom


Jo's World said...

At last a name for it! She is young and strong and my hope for her wellness just abounds! You are on a good track, with good people and I am sure you are much relieved.

I will look forward to reading your Ciara Reports!

Cheers and hugs,


Ruby said...

Oh gurl, and I thoughts your Moms was just bein' slow with the breakfast!! BOL I forgots you were goin' in the scanny thing! Duh.
Wells, so glads they didn't find like a hamster in your heads!! hehehehe BOL!!
Butts sorry that you'll be all wooozy...butts maybe Lightning will bring you stuffs now! yeah, maybe not....I'll keep him busy for you!
Paws crossed your gettin' the good stuffs and it helps with these seizure monsters!!
Ruby ♥

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

WE are so glad that you are HOME and have had somethingy to Eat.. and that there is no Bad thingy between your ears..
Wish it wasn't Needed butt this is GRRRRREAT that you are in this study group.

BeadedTail said...

We're glad she's home and it's not a tumor or something like that so hopefully medication will keep her well. We're sending lots and lots of purrs for her to feel better soon! Give her a kiss from our mommy too!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Were happy Ciara is back home too,, and got to eat. She has been through so much and of course she is very tired. And maybe the medicines too.
Ciara is so lucky to have so many people and doctors and furrys to care about her.
We did not feel right today until we knew she was home,,, cause we care about Ciara-- and you,, and we like it when familys are together. We are part of your family too,, and we missed Ciara.

Nola said...

I'm glad there weren't any "serious" (epilepsy is obviously serious, but you know what I mean!) issues found!

Wyatt said...

We hope she is on the real deal and the new meds give Ciara some relief.
Paws Crossed and hugs to your sweet girl.
Wyatt and Stanzie

The Slimmer Pugs, Kitties, and Mama said...

Wesa all dislikes anesthesia. Yucky!! But wesa hope Ciara feels better real soon!
Huggies and Kisses!!
Much Luvums,
The Slimmer Puggums
George, Toby, Lily, & Mimi

FiveSibesMom said...

So happy she is home and there is no underlying tumor or health issue. I know how scary epilepsy can be, Gibson was diagnose with idiopathic epilepsy, but I'm praying the medication trials will work and know we are here for you! Big hugs to Ciara! (And you, too!)Any time you want to talk or need us, we are here for you. xo

The Furries of Whisppy said...

Thank you for this update. We've been thinking of Ciara all day...well, night on our end and we're glad she's home now with her tummy filled.
We hope the meds will be able to control the seizures and we are mighty glad there's no tumor, no lesions and no abnormality.

It's been a very long day so have a good rest, Ciara. Don't worry, Lightning, big sisfur will be fine! xo

Molly The Wally said...

Clara we clean forgot yesterday it was your big day and that is why no breakfast. Idiot peeps of mine. Glad you are home and we have our paws crossed for you that all will be well. You take it easy now and rest assured you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Best wishes Molly

Mitch and Molly said...

We are so happy that you're home, Ciara! We hope that today is the start of everything good for you - paws are crossed!
The reason for the 3 different wood type floors at Crumps is because our dad is nutty and Mr Crumpy is crazy enough to go along with everything our dad suggests!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

You did paw some miss Ciara and even though you missed breakfast we bet you got lots of cuddles for being such a brave girl. We are very proud of too because we know that you being part of this study is going to help many dogs in the future too

Ruby and Penny said...

We are so happy that Ciara is home. Sending doxie feel good rayz her way..


Love Ruby & Penny

Lovable Lily said...

We're so happy to hear that you are home and that the Dr. didn't find anything bad in there.

Our Grandpa Bob was just diagnosed with Epilepsy and he's 89! He is on new med's also for the seizures. We know how scary it all can be. We've got our paws and hands crossed that you're feeling better real soon and that your seizures will be controlled.

Lily Belle & Muffin

Maggie Mae and Max said...

Ciara is home, we is doin' a happy dance! Boxer puppy prayers will still be sent to Ciara, we sure hopes dat all works out well fur her in da study.

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae and Max

stellaroselong said...

We are so glad you are home from your busy day!!! We hope you are getting the right medicine and that you start to feel better real soon.
stella rose and sibs

Amber DaWeenie said...

So glad you're back home again. I hope they can find another drug to treat Epi-dogs that won't damage the liver. My sissy was on Phenobarbital for a few years and tested every 3 months (always normal). But the last 3 months the Pheno ate up her liver and she crossed the Bridge within 10 days. It's a scary medication, but it did keep her seizure free for a few years.

PawHugs to you, Ciara!

The Army of Four said...

I'm so glad you're back home!!! And whew, you got to have dinner! We're all very thankful they didn't find a tumor or something - and hopefully now that they know what's going on, the treatment will get you back to feeling good.
Play bows,

Marg said...

Oh Ciara, that is such good news. I bet your Mom is so relieved. Whoooo Hoooo. We are doing a jig.
Hopefully the medicine will work great and help you Ciara. We sent many more purrs and woofs and Hee Haws and some hugs too. We know everyone is exhausted. Take good care.

Anonymous said...

Great that the MRI came back normal....and I'm sure it will take Ciara a while to relax after such an exciting day. Hopefully being in the study will bring at least some kind of answers on how to control the seizures. Bless her heart AND everyone else's! I'm sure Lightning was happy to see her back home - even with her St. Patty's bracelet! ;)

Hugs, Pam and Sam

Casey said...

I'm glad everything went okay for Ciara! We'll keep our paws crossed that she's on the real med and it helps her!

Madi and Mom said...

Ciara we are so glad you are home...and it is probably best you don't remember it. Mom has heard from human friends the MRI can be very aggravating. I'm so glad you can stay in the study and feel very confident they will find a cure for you and all at the same time you are helping other furiends.

As for the green bracelet you might need to tell your Vet you are a Woo and not Irish!!
madi your bfff

Jake of Florida said...

We (mom and I) are so happy you can stay in the study and that no lesions or tumors were found. We're sending lots of love and wirey zen (the wirey zen is from me, not mom)to help you get through these next months.

Wirey woof,

Just Harry

Anonymous said...

IM so happy that you are back home and together with your furmily. I hope the pills will help you to chase away the bad thingy. Have a wonderful friday and a great weekend.

YD, sometimes with ♥June and ♥Angel Samantha said...

Oh Ciara baby,

Lots of hugs and kisses to you from me and mom. We are happy that you are able to be in the study. We just don't want the seizure monster to keep coming back to bug you.

June & mom

Barbara said...

Sending our love and prayers!

Brian said...

That is good news, now to battle that evil monster with some good meds!

Sketching with Dogs said...

That is really a good result. Hope Ciara will be fine with the right medicine.
Dip and Elliot x

scotsmad said...

We're so happy nothing ELSE was found and we have our paws crossed that the epilepsy can be maintained. We want our girl up and bossing her brothers around ALL the time!

XXXOOO Bella & Roxy

Sagira said...

Glad to hear the tests came back normal. I sure hope the meds help sweet Ciara. Sending good thoughts your way.

Jenna,Mark Drady said...

Im so glad the test study can still go on! And also very happy to hear about the results of her visit! She does look super sleepy in that photo!!
Sportin the St. Pats day green already eh? BOL!
Try and have yourselves a good weekend!

ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Paws crossed the right medication can be found.

KB Bear said...

I'm so glad that there were no tumors or lesions. So so happy. I'm glad that Ciara can contribute to the development of a new drug... Selfishly, I'm hoping that she gets the drug rather than the placebo.

Mrs. JP said...

As a human who has epilepsy I can tell you that after a seizure, as you have probably ovserved, one is so very tired and loses memory of that day and some to come. Mine is controlled my meds and I pray that for Ciara. She is such a love and you know that she has always had a place in my heart. love and prayers from the holler..

Kit said...

Sending positive thoughts and lots of hugs and bellyrubs!

Madi and Mom said...

Ciara we hope and purr it was just the stress of the day causing the nasty monster visit. Lots of TLC and hugs to you my sweet Woo girl
Madi your bfff

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

I'm so confused (I guess that's normal for me!)... If it's epilepsy, wouldn't you have known about it before now??? Or is this the right age for it to show up??? Sorry to bug you with questions! Just want Ms. Ciara to be healthy!!!

sprinkles said...

Lots of love to Ciara! While it would be nice to know why she has epilepsy, I would settle for the seizures being controlled.

Hope that she's able to stay in the study and that she's actually getting the meds, and not the placebo.

Misaki @ misadventuresofMisaki said...

I'm glad you have some answers at least and a plan for her treatment, so sounds good xx