Friday, October 23, 2015

T.G.I.F.


It's been a long hard week for a lot of us, so let's have some Friday fun.


Here we are out in our very dry yard - major lawn fail right now, but rain is here today.




Looks like somePeeps need to get busy raking.




BOL - we sure could have fun doing zoomies through those piles of leaves.


Look - it's our neighbor pal Cash the boxer (Cassius).  Wonder what he is up to!


Never mind the Momster, Ciara.
Look what is happening over there.



Meanwhile, the Momster says that we had best pay attention to her if we want the treats she has AND that we had best not be getting any ideas from what we see over there.  So are you curious to see what WE see?


It's Cash AND his older sister Laila - does something seem a bit odd over there?



Well, what do you know - they have a no-sibe fence too, or is that a no-boxer fence?  Guess Laila feels the same way about those human efforts as we do:)


Lastly, Ciara is here with her crossed paws to give you an update on her neurologist's thoughts.  Yesterday she had that paw hug for her pals, The Three Little Pugs.  This is actually a new photo today.  She is great at crossing those paws and is always willing to do so for her pals all over the world.  Maybe today we can let her cross them for herself.

Dr. C., her neurologist, discussed for a long time with Mom what has been happening over the past few months.  Last month he had some suspicions about the Keppra but needed to see a pattern before knowing for sure.  He believes that Ciara has left the "honeymoon" period with her Keppra.  Many humans and pets have a period of time from 9-12 months when the Keppra is very effective at a certain dosing level.  Then either an increase in the Keppra or an addition of another med is necessary.  Since Keppra is one of the safest anti-seizure meds with very few and very minor side effects, and since Ciara has been on a fairly low dose of it, he wants to try increasing her dose by 50%.  There is room for even more increases.  The hope is to buy another honeymoon period for her.  We should know pretty quickly if it is doing what it is supposed to do.  The benchmark is for her to have no more than one seizure per month for a long period of time.  Ciara does have idiopathic epilepsy, so there is a high likelihood that she will always have some seizures; the goal is to keep them at a minimum.  If this change in her dose doesn't work, we will be adding zonisamide to her meds.  Dr. C. likes to take a very conservative approach with Ciara because of her age.  Many of the other options can have negative effects on the liver and other organs.  He would like to hold off as long as we can before moving to those options.  As long as we can keep the frequency and intensity of her seizures down, Mom is happy with his plan.  

So far she seems to be doing better, except for the huge surge in her appetite:)  This weekend could be a real challenge with thunderstorms in the forecast for tonight and a potential Series win for our Royals.  We really want our Royals to take the crown but no fireworks please!!!  Thanks again to all for your concern and good thoughts.

Woos - Ciara and Lightning and Mom too

32 comments:

Julie said...

Dear sweet Ciara, I wish I could wave a magic Princess wand and scare all those nasty seizures away FOREVER! I do hope the medicine works and you have a VERY long Honeymoon and I will be crossing my paws, just like you've shown me (great demonstration on the correct way to cross paws Ciara!)
I will be cheering for the ROYALS!!!!! Go ROYALS win that CROWN!!!!
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

we have our paws crossed that the increase in meds will help Ciara and give her rest from the seizure monster

Marg said...

Well Ciara, we are all crossing our paws for you now. We so hope the increase in medicine works for a long time for you. Wonder if you could tolerate some ear plugs so you couldn't hear the thunder or cheering. Guess Mom has already thought of that. Anyway we wish the best to you and loved seeing the neighbors handy work on their fence. You all have a great day.

Mark Muller said...

I hope the med helps you that you can minimize the visits of the monster and I cross my paws that you can stay with that med what has not so much side effects. And I wish you a firework free time... why humans need always noises when they celebrate? they can wagg with their tail, that's a sign of joy too :o)

sandy l said...

Paws and fingers crossed for you Ciara!

sandy l said...

Paws and fingers crossed for you Ciara!

Madi and Mom said...

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH look at those smiling Woo faces and OMDs your Boxer neighbors are might cute. My mom was raised with a Boxer named Duke and he was a great nanny dog too. He never let anyone in their yard.

Ciara, girlfriend hang in there we are sure the new magic RX will do the trick....maybe you need to get a brainworm song going in your head so you don't here the tstorms
Hugs madi your bfff

Two French Bulldogs said...

We are thinking of you Ciara. Get out of town evil monster
Lily & Edward

Idaho PugRanch said...

All pug paws crossed here that the increase in med will help Ciara. Git thee gone Evil Monster!!!!!!
Go Royals!
hugs
Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

Brian said...

You two look wonderful! We hope that plan keeps that evil monster away from you dear Ciara, we're thinking of you sweet girl.

How Sam Sees It said...

We are keeping paws crossed the increased dosage will do the trick!

Monty and Harlow

Sketching with Dogs said...

We are sending POTP that the new dosage does the trick and you are okay furever!
We have a garden like that but 'someone' is too lazy to rake the leaves, she will be waiting until she can't see us anymore first.
Dip and Elliot x

onespoiledcat said...

Oh Ciara, it sounds overall like a good plan for you that your Mom and Dr. C have "cooked up"....upping your seizure meds and seeing how that works - ONE STEP AT A TIME. I'm crossing my paws that it works for you. You are such a BRAVE and beautiful girl....my prayer is that you can tolerate the increase in dose well and most of all that it WORKS keeping "the monster" away!

Love and hugs, Sammy

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

What a great series of shots!

Thanks for the update on Ciara. We are crossing all paws and hooves that the new dosage works well for her and she gets a long respite from the Monster.

Woofs,
Tommy

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Our paws are crossed, too.

The Army of Four said...

Can you hear fireworks from the K all the way at your house? Or is it because other people set them off? We're pulling for our Royals, but sure don't want a loud celebration to bring on a seizure for Ciara! :( We will try crossing our paws, too!!! We're thankful that there are options to try!!!
We haven't gotten ANY of that rain! Well, I take that back. We had 0.02" (that's 2/100) of an inch this morning. Mom said we need it BAD, but we'd rather not have to go through the whole feet wiping thing.
I hope your neighbors don't get in trouble!
Yours sincerely,
Mags

Huskies622 said...

We are visiting your blog from our friends at the Army of Four...we hope that the new medication level is effective for you! You are both so pretty, and you pose super nice for the camera. Are you sure you are Siberians?!

Kiki and Nala

BeadedTail said...

Your neighbors are pretty cute but not as cute as you two! Ciara, we're sending purrs that the new dosage helps keep that monster away. We thought about you right away when the Royals didn't close it out in Toronto knowing that there'll probably be lots of celebrating in KC tonight. We'll keep our paws crossed for you too!

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

OKAY... FURST.... GO ROYALS !!!

Now about the upping of the meds... that is a good thingy... nothing NEW.. just a bit More of the same stuffs.. and it Was working so we are SURE that it will continue to do so.. We have our paws crossed fur you Ciara..
AND we hope that there are NO THUNDER BOOMERS or Fire Works.. OR BOTH...

THAT does look like a No Sibe Fence... we didn't know it would Work..(SORT OF) fur Boxers, too.

Jans Funny Farm said...

We hope Ciara will do okay with the med and the t-storms.

We'd say how funny about the fence but it's more of a serious subject to their humans, we're sure.

Come on by. We're having a giveaway today.

C.L.W.STEP said...

We hope the higher dosing works for Ciara. We'll keep our paws crossed too!

Cupcake said...

Ciara, your doctor sounds very smart and caring. I hope the new dosage works wonders for you sweetheart. I know your mom will always keep a sharp eye on you and make sure you are always alright.

Rebekah Ward said...

fingers and paws crossed. And TGIF!!!

KB Bear said...

I enjoyed the view of the "no boxer" fence with Laila on the wrong side! Perhaps your Sibes have taught her a trick or two!

I hope that you buy another honeymoon period for Ciara. I can see your neurologist's point of view with Ciara being so young. We'll be thinking of her and all of you.

I agree - it's been a very rough week. I rarely say it but "TGIF" and let's leave last week behind us.

Dachshund Nola said...

Hope the new meds help!

Ruby said...

BOL!!! Looks like your neighbors have been watchin' you guys and your 'no sibe' fence jumpin'!!! BOL!!! And look just as happy abouts it too! ☺
Oh gurl! I sure hopes the increase in the meds does the trick. You deserve to have that evil seizure monster go away furevers!!!
I saw that there's a rain delay in the game..rats!! I am sooooo pullin' for the Royals!! YEA!!!!
Kisses,
Ruby ♥

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Ciara,, Do you know what? A whole batch of magic bubbles just left my house,,,to travel to your house,, and there job is to help protect you from that monster visiting so often,,, We know he will visit sometimes,, but maybe the bubbles will help with your medication increase. I keep my paws crossed for you all the time.. Now go find those magic bubbles.
love
tweedles

Dory and the Mama said...

We are glad you got to have some Friday fun today, it has bee a rough week!!

We are sending lots of POTP and crossed paws that the new plan for Ciara goes as planned!!!
Smiley Hugs!
Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

Mitch and Molly said...

Our paws are crossed that the new plan works for you, Ciara!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Priscilla Phang said...

We keep all our fingers and paws crossed for you, dear Ciara! Hope the monsters won't dare to come close to you anymore!

The Florida Furkids said...

We hope the adjustment works for Ciara. When Dad was on Keppra he had bad personality changes. When they changed him to a different med, they chose generic Dilantin which is
really difficult to regulate :(

The Florida Furkids

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We are crossing our paws for you Ciara.