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