Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thursday Thanks and Thoughts

Let's start with the thoughts and get the bad stuff out of the way before we celebrate some good news.

On July 29th we began the gradual decrease in seizure medication for Ciara from three tablets of Keppra a day to two.  One week later on August 5th, she went to one tablet a day.  On Tuesday of this week, August 12th,  she was off Keppra entirely.

Last night around 11:00 p.m. Mom and Dad were awakened by the familiar thumping sound that told them Ciara was in full seizure mode.  Length and intensity were about the same as all of her previous ones, about four minutes of thrashing, salivating, uncontrolled urination, the whole works.  Needless to say, we are all very disappointed since she hasn't had a seizure since the end of February.  Was it because we took her off the Keppra?  We don't know for sure, she had been on it for about 8 weeks, with a two week break in between the end of her being in the study and the start of the Keppra.  Mom will be talking to the neurologist today to get his input, but we suspect we will be putting her back on the Keppra.  That's not really a bad thing, but given that she is only 4 1/2, we were hoping to keep her off seizure medication as long as possible.  We will update you as things go on.

As you can tell from the pics Mom took today, she is just fine this morning.

NOW for the good news and the reason for today's thankfulness.

Miss Gypsy got some relatively good news back from the ultrasound report.  Although the internal specialist and the radiologist are not ready to completely rule out the evil "C", they believe Gypsy had some sort of major gastrointestinal upset that impacted her gall bladder.  Then in sort of a domino effect, the spleen reacted.  She is now on some meds for her tummy and the intestinal buildup of gas, as well as a tablet for her gall bladder to try to help reset things.  

Mom was at the grandbipeds house yesterday and tried to get some more recent photos of the old gal.

Little "C" tries the finger point tactic to get Gypsy to look at the flashy beast while big sis "K" and twin bro "J" look on. 

Then J moves in with a more hands-on approach.

Maybe three hands will help.  (Note the docked tail - this is the sweetie who had major happy tail issues a few years ago - but she sure can wag that stump wildly.)

Grandma, hold on, we are getting closer.

There we go!!!

Look at that happy lab smile!!!

Even better, Gypsy!!!

And the best of all from happy Gypsy!!!

Gypsy seems to be feeling a lot better this week.  We are sure all of your good thoughts and crossed paws helped a lot.  Now let's hope she continues on the road to full recovery

Thank you from all of us.

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, Lightning, and Cousin Gypsy


stellaroselong said...

Dang we are so sorry to hear about the seizure, it will be interesting what the neuro dr. says today, please let us know. Now we are so happy that the sweet girl, gyspy is doing better, we just want to hug her little face....stella rose

GOOSE said...

How scary for your mom. My prayers are for you Ciara and you get some news from the dogtor and the right thing can be done. Love Gypsy's smile!

Marg said...

Well we are so sorry that Ciara had a seizure. Looks like she does need that medicine and at least you know that now.Are the side effects bad for her??? Anyway hopefully the vet can come up with a solution.
Oh Gypsy, that Woos Mom got you to smile like the other Woos do. That is wonderful and we are so glad that you are feeling better.

The Florida Furkids said...

Darn...we were hoping that Ciara could come off the meds. At least you know the Keppra works. Dad will be on meds forever since the two times his levels dropped he had seizures.

Yippeee For Gypsy!! Hey...that rhymes!!

The Florida Furkids

Molly The Wally said...

So sorry that Clara has gone back to having the seizures after coming off the meds. One good thing is at least the Keppra works. On the good news front hooray for Gypsy. Let's hope that all is well now. Have a tremendous Thursday.
Best wishes Molly

ra husky said...

Very sorry to hear about the seizure, love an woooos for our Ciara furiend,

RA, Isis & Nanük

Anonymous said...

Well darn! Thank Dog there are options out there. Sadly, there's one more that doesn't work. But I know you'll keep working to find what works best for your beautiful girl.

Jenna,Mark Drady said...

I am so glad to hear about Gypsy. Glad she is doing better and love that lab smile!
My poor sweet Ciara :(
I am so sorry you have to go through this. I couldn't imagine, as I have not had to deal with this before. I would also assume that she will be put back on that medication. *sigh* so sorry guys.
ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

Ann Adamus said...

Be well, one and all. Purr please.

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

Oh dear - we had our paws crossed that Ciara would cope without the seizure meds....hopefully maybe a one tablet will be enough to keep her stable. We love Gypsies smile....what a wonderful face she has :)

Miley's Daily Scoop said...

We are so sorry to head this! We are crossing our paws and sending healing thoughts!

rottrover said...

Oh Ciara...well, I've taken seizure meds for a very long time, and my tail still wags happily! AND great news about Gypsy!!

-rottie mom

Casey said...

Oh, that smile from Gypsy sure makes us smile along! I'm glad she's feeling better and that it's probably not the evil C word.

I'm sorry the seizure monster paid another visit to Ciara. At least there's a medication that helps her. Maybe she'll be able to take just a small amount of it?

The Furries of Whisppy said...

Gypsy sure has a very pretty and infectious smile! We're glad there's a treatment plan in place for her and we will continue to purr for her recovery.

Our purrs go out to Ciara too. We hope the vet will be able to figure things out and be able to help with the seizures.

Madi and Mom said...

Ciara my sweet friend..first we are so glad you are doing well this morning. We are sorry the evil seizure hit you last night. I wish I could hug you...

Gypsy is doing well and we are so happy. She is your bipeds pup right? I get she gets lots of loving from all them.

We look forward to hearing what your doc says to your mom
Hugs madi your bfff

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Well Squirrel POOP.... we were so hoping that the seizure monster was GONE... So Sorry to hear this Ciara... We are sure that they will come up with a good treatment plan.

HOooooooRaaaaay fur Gypsy... THAT is good news... So much better than we had though... We are so happy and from that SMILE Gypsy must be thrilled also.

Brian said...

We are so sorry that monster is picking on you again Ciara and we send our very best purrs to you sweet one. That is really good news about Gypsy and we love that happy smile!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh Ciara we are sorry you had the seizure monster come back. We are keeping all our feets crossed for you
Lily & Edward

BeadedTail said...

Oh noes Ciara! We're sorry you had another seizure! We hope the neurologist is able to get that back under control. We're sending hugs!

Gypsy has a beawootiful smile! We're glad for her good news! Sending her hugs too!

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, I'm sorry that Ciara had a seizure last night-I remember when Reggie had his big one and we thought he was dying. Even after a trip to the vet, he was pretty spacing-so it's good Ciara looks perfectly happy. Good news about Gypsy-is she a lab/dobie mix? She's a beauty, whatever she is.
Hope you have a quiet evening.
Wags, Noreen & Hunter

sagechronicles said...

What a bummer about the seizure. I know you were hoping. But that is great news about Gypsy. She looks like such a happy gal!

The Army of Four said...

Oh, look at Gypsy's beautiful face!!!! That is wonderful, encouraging news for her!
We are sorry to hear about Ciara's seizure. :( I hope her vet is able to come up with a good plan for long-term management!

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

That makes us sad about Ciara. We had hoped the Seizure Monster would stay away.

But good news about Gypsy....and she is still great at camera avoidance!

24 Paws of Love said...

Sorry to hear about Ciara, but good news that you now know that med was working. Hope she is feeling better and what great news about Gypsy! Hope she is doing better as well.

Dory and the Mama said...

Paws crossed that the neurologist can figure our Ciara's meds!!We are happy to hear Gypsy's good news, she looks like a very happy girl!!
Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

Mitch and Molly said...

You are such a doll and we are so happy for you, Gypsy.
Our paws are crossed for you, Ciara. We don't want you to have another seizure ever!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Amber DaWeenie said...

We'll keep our paws crossed for continued improvement for Gypsy.

It would seem that the medication was working for Ciara. Hopefully they'll be able to control the seizures with a smaller dose of meds. We have our paws crossed for you too, Ciara!


STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy Dear Woos. So sorry Ciara that the seizure monster came again. We'll keep paws crossed your meds make him stay away. Great news about Gypsy. She looks amazing. Have a good weekend mates.
No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Oh,, shucks!!! We were hoping no more seizures! Well she has the bestest family in the world to get things checked out! The dr will have input- we are sure..

And were happy Gypsy is feeling better!. Very good news.

CheerfulMonk said...

That's good news about Gypsy, but it's too bad about Ciara. She is one sweet, gorgeous girl.

sprinkles said...

Such sad news about Ciara's seizure. :'( I hope that if she does go back to the medication that it keeps her seizure-free furever.

I've kept Gypsy in my prayers, and told my boys to cross their paws for her. Glad to know that it seems to have helped.

Idaho PugRanch said...

Sweet Ciara, sorry the seizure monster came again. sending you are best pug hugs
Mr Bailey, Hazel & Greta
Great news about Gypsy!

Momo and Pinot said...

Very sorry to hear. Our human brudder had seizure monster when he was a baby and we were panicked. We truly hope that it won't come back to Clare from on now.

Gypsy has a beautiful smile. Thank you for making our day! Our paws crossed for his health!

Momo & Pinot

Momo and Pinot said...

Our apologies for misspelling, .. dear Ciara. xo

The Websters said...

Oh no! We obviously are super far behind. Glad to hear that Gypsy is better and lots of prayers for Ciara.


Furry Bottoms said...

Those pictures of Gypsy towards the end was VERY UPLIFTING!!! That is one happy girl! :)

I am sorry about Ciara though.

Sue said...

Yeah, POTP comes thru again. We're all so glad to hear this news.