Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Another Update



We finally got in to see the neurologist after seven seizures in 26 hours.  He had been in surgery most of the day, but managed to fit us in.  Ciara is now on the Keppra anti-seizure meds that we had her on in the summer, and he expects her to respond well to it.  Today's cluster seizure was the impetus to this decision.  He agreed we can't wait any longer.  She may have a few more seizures over the next 24 hours until the Keppra kicks in, but they should occur at longer intervals.  There was some talk about keeping her overnight for monitoring but he thought she would do better at home.  He also said to move her to the lower dose of soloxine for her thyroid although he doesn't think the two are related because she now has hyPERthyroidism (high thyroid), whereas in dogs, it is typically hyPOthyroidism (low thyroid) that occurs with epilepsy.  Finally no anti-anxiety meds at this time, as we need to wait and see how she does on the Keppra.  He says she may now just be an anxious dog.  She never showed any signs of anxiety until we lost Thunder:(  If the anxiety levels don't decrease, we will need to discuss options at that point because a lot of the anti-anxiety meds shouldn't be used in conjunction with seizure meds.  Too much for my tired brain today.  In any event, let's hope this crisis is coming to an end and we have a quiet night.  And now I am off to keep her "awake" - doctor said we may be able to ward off the seizures this afternoon if we don't let her sleep until bedtime:)  And here I thought I might be able to get in an early bedtime.


Lightning:  No worries, Mom.  Just get the rake out and you and I can keep Ciara awake while you rake and we mess up the piles.


Thanks again for all your support.  It is so very much appreciated.  Just knowing you are there thinking good thoughts is very consoling.  Please forgive us if we don't get to your posts today.

Kathie

36 comments:

Mitch and Molly said...

Our paws remain crossed for you, Ciara and we're sending lots of hugs for your mom ♥
We pray that tomorrow is a much better day for all of you! Now to get through the night~~

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Idaho PugRanch said...

We too will keep paws crossed for a better night and continued improvement for Ciara
hugs
Mr Bailey & Hazel

Madi and Mom said...

Oh my goodness Kathie...you are one fine Woo Mom!
I know they realize it too! Wish we could be there to help keep Ciara awake!
Lots of Kitty kisses and Mom hugs
Madi and Cecilia

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Oh Kathie! I've been catching up on Ciara's posts! I'm so so sorry this is happening to your sweet girl! I pray the meds kick in and bring her some relief!!

Dachshund Nola said...

Poor baby! We have everything crossed for you!

Murphy said...

Madi and Frankie have been keeping us informed of things. Our hearts go out to you and your girl. We will cross our paws that the meds work quickly! We will add Ciara to our POTP page!

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley

Brian said...

Hugs to you and dear Ciara. We will all pray for many a clam night at your place.

Cupcake said...

It's so difficult when you lose a dog and the other ones don't understand what has happened. I know this is heartbreaking for you. You are such a great Mom! Hoping the Keppra kicks in soon so Ciara will feel better.

Cupcake and Mom

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Once you get through this night... perhaps you could try MASSAGES to try and relax her when she becomes anxious...
We HOPE that the meds kick in quickly and THAT will help her feel less anxious.

We wish we could remove this burden from her shoulders.

KB Bear said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry. I just saw the previous post about the cluster seizures. I hope that the Keppra kicks in quickly so that sweet Ciara can start to feel normal again and so that you can get some sleep. We are sending the POTP to you.

Ruby said...

Oh GURL! Well, at least you have a plan now! (and I don't mean Lightning and the leaves! BOL)
I have my paws crossed real tight for you sweet gurl, and I can come overs to help your Moms and Lightning keep you awake!!! ☺
Kisses,
Ruby ♥

Amber DaWeenie said...

Try and get a good night's sleep and we hope that Ciara does the same.

PawHugs...

Tweedles -- that's me said...

yup, my paws are crossed too!
love
tweedles

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We didn't get online much yesterday or today and just saw this. Our hearts are breaking for all of you. Poor Ciara, we wonder if somehow she can sense when she is going to have seizures and gets anxious about it. We has our paws crossed the medicine will work speedily. Healing purrs and love.

SissySees said...

Crossed paws here too. We are hopeful there will be no more seizures and you can all get some rest.

Anxiety is a monster we battle here too. Maybe once the seizures are under control, her anxiety will decrease?

Lovable Lily said...

We're just getting around to seeing this, sorry we're soooo late! Oh goodness, we hate to hear this news about Ciara. We know that Keppra works very well in humans bcuz that is what our Grandpa Bob takes for his seizures. We will pray that things settle down quickly.

Hugs,
Lily Belle & Muffin

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

It is sad to think how very much losing Thunder had an affect on Ciara. We have our paws crossed that she will start to feel better soon. There is also a plug in scent we have been reading about that is a causative - maybe that will help

Angel Prancer Pie said...

We've been keeping up, just unable to comment last night. So sorry to hear it got so awful for Ciara (and you) again. We're purring and purraying that this is the fix for her.

XOXO

Two French Bulldogs said...

Sending healing vibes
Snorts,
Lily & Edward

Dory and the Mama said...

We are hoping that everyone gets a good night sleep and things calm down soon

Hugs!
Dory and Mama Beth

rottrover said...

Sending rottie hugs...

CheerfulMonk said...

I'm so sorry. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you all.

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Paws crossed. We hope the new regime works.

Molly TheWally said...

Crossed paws and fingers over here and we have you as always in our thoughts and prayers.
Best wishes Molly

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

I don't know how we managed to miss all of this. We are so, so sorry to hear about poor Ciara and all the seizures, and are crossing all fingers, paws and hooves that she will settled down now. Do consider using some of those essential oils to help with her anxiety as they would not interact with the seizure meds and might help.

Marg said...

Wow, sorry I missed this yesterday. Poor Mom and poor Ciara. That must have been so scary for her. We sure send lots of many purrs and some huge Hee Haws that things will level off for you Ciara. It is just amazing how animals get attached to each other. You both going to be our thoughts and prayers.

easyweimaraner said...

I hope the meds can help Ciara and I will cross my paws for your cute Princess. And if you need help with the leaves, just call me and I will join the leaf-hunter-crew :o)

Quinn and Angel brandi said...

We are sending (((hugs))) and prayers. Would soothing music help? Certainly non-evasive! Or would that create a lot of wooing?
Smile, please. That will help you and Ciara!

Janice Webb said...

Prayers for Ciara hoping the medication will stop the seizures. Comforting thoughts and prayers for Mom and the Woos.

Savannah's Paw Tracks said...

Kat how I am just sad to learn about the cluster seizures Ciara experienced. I can only imagine how tired and frustrated you must be...she is such a young girl. Whoever says animals do not grieve or miss a pal should be paw whapped. .

Sketching with Dogs said...

That is so many seizures to go through in such a short time. Poor Ciara, we hope you have a restful night and we are sending over POTP and chi love for you!
Dip and Elliot x

Sue said...

Oh Kathie, you must be so worried. Let's hope the meds act quickly and the anxiety goes away once the seizures are gone. Sue

Misaki @ misadventuresofMisaki said...

Sending big hugs to you all xxx

Jenna,Mark Drady said...

Oh my goodness, a cluster? That sounds just awful!
I am so so sorry, but am glad you were able to get some help.
Thinking of you
ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

The Army of Four said...

We are continuing to pray for ALL of you!
Cammie!

The Florida Furkids said...

We're purring that the Keppra does the trick. Dad was on that for a while for his seizures.

The Florida Furkids