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