On this unforgettable day in our country's history, let us all pause to remember those who suffered in so many ways because of the acts of EVIL.
Reach out today to someone who is suffering for whatever reason, who is alone, who is sick, who has lost someone, who needs a hug, who could use a friend. Just keep that song in mind - "He ain't heavy, he's my brother".
Today we thought we would give you a follow-up on Ciara's seizures Wednesday. Poor girl had a total of three seizures over a period of about 18 hours. We are pretty sure they were sparked by changes in our weather. We have had a stretch of very warm and very humid days. Wednesday was the start of a few days of thunderstorms in advance of the beautiful, cool temps we have today. Mom had noticed a few of those telltale signs earlier in the week and was not surprised when the first one hit.
We LOVE Ciara's neurologist Dr. C. He had a long discussion with Mom about Ciara. He is ready to do whatever we need for Ciara. But he does not believe it is time to change her medication. She has been on Keppra for almost a year now and overall has done quite well with it. Recently her seizures have picked up, with one every 5-6 weeks. The advantage of using Keppra is that it has very few side effects, none of which have been noted in Ciara. Most of the other options can have some serious side effects on the liver and kidneys. Since Ciara is what he considers a "young" dog (she will be 6 in December), he would prefer to stay away from those meds for now. He gave Mom a number of ideas to try when she sees any of the "signs" that appear anywhere from a few days to a few hours before a seizure sets in. One of them is doubling her Keppra for a 24 hour period because Keppra has a very fast impact on the system. Last night we had some wild storms hit our area, and Ciara became very anxious before they arrived. She refused to go outside and was very clingy. Her ears were pinned back and her eyes had a wild scared look. More than likely she was setting up for another round of seizures. So Mom gave her a double dose of her Keppra and the night was seizure-free. We don't know for sure if the doubling up helped, but we are going to hope it did. Mom also learned that Dr. C. will not hesitate to order some Valium for Ciara next July in advance of the fireworks. Some of you may remember that she had another horribly bad reaction to the fireworks, including seizures. Mom also learned from him that Ciara cannot have some of the other calming meds because of her seizures. She also cannot have Benadryl. Dr. C. made Mom feel a lot better about everything. We hope that his suggestions will help.
Ciara also has something to share today.
Ciara here now. I know we often portray my silly brother as a goofy boy, a "pest", a boy with a lot of quirky fears. But I am here today to tell you that he is the bestest BFF a pup could have.
Here I am trying to hide from those "feelings" that come over me.
And look who is right there with me.
Mom has noticed that whenever I am feeling anxious, Lightning is never very far from me.
Families with seizure dogs are usually advised to keep the other dogs in a separate area when a seizure is ongoing because sometimes the other dogs might attack the seizing dog. When I first started to have seizures, Mom or Dad would put Lightning in another room. But he cries and whines at the gate. Now he stays with me and calmly sits in a sit-stay a few feet from me, while Mom or Dad work at talking and soothing me through the seizure. When the seizure is over and I am just lying there in the last phase of a seizure, he comes over and licks my face and lies down next to me. It makes Mom and Dad so happy to know how much he cares about me. I love you, Lightning, even if you ARE a goof.
Thanks, Ciara. Well, not about the goof part, but I worry when you aren't doing well. I love you too. To paraphrase that earworm Mom gave you, "She ain't heavy, she's my sister".
We wish everyone could have such good friends in their lives.
Woos - Ciara and Lightning and Mom too