Actually it is a bit cooler here today than it has been for days and days. It's only 93 degrees (F) instead of 98-100 that it has been. Here is how I am spending my time in this heat.
Mom says she is so happy to see me relaxed enough to just let it all hang out:) Today is day #15 of my transition to my new seizure medication. All in all, it wasn't too bad. Yeah, I had lots of very deep sleepytime, some disorientation, some stumbling, lots of hunger and thirst, but I survived (and Mom did too:). I still am experiencing one concerning side effect. Mom says I am dragging my back legs. She can hear my nails scraping on the floors. She took me to the nice vet place last week to have my nails trimmed as she thought maybe they were too long. But even with them trimmed, I am still dragging my feet. Dr. C., my very nice neurologist, says he is pretty sure this will go away with a little more time. It is not a side effect that he commonly sees, but it is possible it is related to the phenobarbital. I am still weaning off my Keppra and zonisamide. I have gone from six Keppra a day and four zonisamide a day to just one of each daily. One more week and I can stop taking those completely. Just in time for the Fourth of July.
The Fourth of July is not a good time for me. Those noisy fireworks really get me all worked up and anxious. Dr. C. doesn't want me to get so anxious that I have a seizure so I will be taking some valium in addition to my pheno starting next Thursday and continuing for about a week until the bang bangs have gone away. Hopefully this plan will work.
Meanwhile, I am getting my energy back and have been trying to get Lightning to play with me. Mom caught us doing zoomies around the family room last night. She really confused me because we usually are told to take that craziness outside, but this time she was actually happy. I think I might try that again tonight.
Thanks again to all who have supported me through this transition and especially those who have contacted Mom by email. It is so very much appreciated. Here's hoping the pheno keeps me seizure-free for a long time.
Woos - Ciara