Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tuesday Talk


Ciara here today to give you an update on what has been happening with me.

After three days of seizures last Thursday through Saturday, I paid a visit yesterday to my favorite vet, Dr. B.  He and Mom talked for over an hour forever about all the things that have not been going so well for me.  It seems that I am a problematic child.  If there is a side effect to something, I get it, and not just one, but ALL of them.  Not only do I have all those evil monster visits, but I have been doing a lot of unexplainable whining, I have humongous hunger and thirst, I am still dragging my claws, I get very hyper and excited at times, and I have had some accidents in the house (very, very uncharacteristic of me).  



Dr. B. thinks that stress has a lot to do with my seizures.  We have tried many different things to try to reduce my stress (including all the great suggestions many of you have given Mom), but so far nothing seems to really work.  Now Mom says I don't appear stressed most of the time, but Dr. B. says I do a good job of hiding it.  Well, does that count for something good I am doing?





Dr. B. didn't have any really good answers for me.  He did a urinalysis and fecal float test to be sure all was OK in that department.  And everything was A-OK.  But he had one thought for something he wanted to try, but he didn't want to mess with my meds until he could talk to my neurologist, Dr. C.  Well those two great guys had a big confab on the phone, and now I have to add another medication to my cocktail of drugs - gabapentin.  Gabapentin in low doses is often given to help with pain, but in larger doses it has been shown to help reduce the number of seizures and alleviate stress.   If the seizures continue at this rate, then we will be adding potassium bromide.  Pretty soon, there won't be any room in my bowl for my kibble.

So off Mom went to the pharmacy and I started this new med last night.  Hopefully it will help a lot. But Mom is pretty sure I had another seizure this morning when I was outside.  When I came inside, my furs had that telltale sign on my side (yellow and stinky) that the monster found me outside too.  




It seems like I am always asking you to send me some POTP, and here I am to do that again.

Also, Mom, can I PLEASE have something to eat besides a dumb carrot?

Woos - Ciara

47 comments:

Madi and Mom said...

Dear Sweet Ciara my pretty, sweet friend. I am so very sorry. You are for sure the bravest girl I know and it makes my heart hurt that you are having all these troubles. You are in my purrs each day and mom and I send you and your mom hugs and kitty kisses.
Your bestie
Madi

Linda said...

Poor Ciara. We are so very sorry the evil monster keeps visiting you. We will continue to send many warm fuzzy thoughts and purrayers your way. Linda, Pepper, and Dublin

Brian said...

We are so sorry dear Ciara and we aee sending purrs 24/7. One of us will always be on duty sending purrs to you. We sure hope the smart Vets will solve this and banish that evil monster. Hugs to the Mom too, we know she is stressed.

Dory and the Mama said...

Oh Ciara, we are sending soothing POTP and then another dose of POTP in hopes that Evil S Monster leaves you alone...

Hugs, Kisses and Love,
Dory and Mama Beth
(and the boyz too!)

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

we are so sorry to read this - it just isn't fair for such a beautiful girl to have to suffer with this

Astro said...

Sweet Ciara,

You are such a good girl, and so pretty.
We think of you often and at night my mom lights a little candle on the kitchen counter for all our pals who need prayers. Get better, winter is coming soon you can go play in the snow.
xo Astro and Linda

Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song said...

Sending prayers to a very good girl asking for no more seizures and answers to why they have been occuring

Christmas & Robin said...

Ciara, if you hear a really loud chorus of barking where you live, that's just me barking my POTP! I know it's loud, but that's how much I appreciate you and think of you! Sending lots of love!

Deborah said...

WOW, that's horrible. I hope your Doctors can figure this out. It must be so stressful on all of you.
I'm so sorry to hear about Phantom and Thunder. It's so hard to lose our pets. I lost Winston, Smokes, Buffy and Arial. I think Buffy and Arial you knew about...I think. Sending lots of prayers.
xxoo
Deborah

Amber DaWeenie said...

Ciara...I'm so sorry the old S-monster just doesn't want to move on. You have all our prayers and lots of POTP too.

BeadedTail said...

Oh sweet Ciara! We're so sorry you're going through all this. Wish we could send you some of Bella's mellowness because she's got plenty to spare. She never gets stressed. I do so I understand what it's like but I sure wish you didn't have so much stress going on. We hope the new meds work and you feel better soon. Sending lots of purrs and prayers to you. Hugs to your mom.

Purrs,
Angel

Ruby said...

Oh my sweet pal! this is just heartbreaking! Butts, I am glads all the vetties and your Moms is on the case, working to find somethings to help keep that evil, evil S Monster away!!!! this reminds Ma of her Angel Annie that had the worse case of colitis the vetties ever saw. They tried tons and tons of meds to help, and nothing did the trick. It was heartbreaking to Ma to see her in so much pain and distress, so Ma knows what your Moms is going through. I gots my paws crossed real tight for you, and sendin' tons and tons of POTP and healin' vibes and AireZens!!!!!! (hey, did your MOms try a margarita??? okays, probably not ☺♥)
{{{{hugs}}}}}
Kisses,
Ruby ♥

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

You poor baby girl. We'll keep a steady flow of POTP heading your way.

Maybe some cannabis oil?

Idaho PugRanch said...

Dear Dear Ciara, we are always in our prayers. we hope the dogtors can get your meds figured out for you. Tons of POTP for you
hugs
Mr Bailey, Hazel, Mabel & Mom

24 Paws of Love said...

So sorry to hear such bad news and all the troubles you are having. Special prayers for you and your mom. POTP 24 paws style.

LBJ said...

You poor sweet doggie - I wish we could do something to alleviate your troubles. I hope the frankincense I suggested helped with the stormies for you both. When Barkley was super stressed with the fireworks Mom did massage on him, which a friend taught her to do and it helped. But whatever your Mom does, know we care and hope you feel better.

Abby Lab

KB Bear said...

Oh dang, this was not what I wanted to read, Ciara. I am sending you massive POTP. Both R and I take gabapentin. Mine was started for spine pain but then I noticed that I have fewer migraines when I'm on gabapentin (migraines share some characteristics with seizures) so I've stayed on it. I sure hope that it helps you too...

One other crazy thought - R was diagnosed as "obsessive-compulsive" disorder a long time ago. I don't write about it much because we've learned to manage most of the symptoms. One is that he cannot leave a bowl of water with even one drop in it - he obsessively drinks and drinks and drinks (which is bad for his kidneys). After his elbow surgery, he went on an anti-anxiety drug (trazedone) to keep him quieter, and it stopped his drinking, perhaps by lowering his general level of anxiety. I thought that I'd toss this tidbit out just in case your vet ever suggests this drug as an anti-anxiety option. We think it's done good things for R.

I'm sure that you have way more advice than you ever could want so the main thing is that I am sending love and healing vibes to all of you.

Team Beaglebratz with Lady Shasta said...

Oh my dear Ciara - Me an'mom r just so furry much sorry that the S Monstah will just not leeve u alone. Me an'mom r sendin'prayerz an'POTP an'I am also sendin'out sum loud Arroooooooz - I hope that will scare that S Monstah far far away. An'hopefully b-tween the vet-manz an'your mom - all will b good frum now on.
Lady Shasta of Beaglebratz Manor

Charliedownunder said...

Crikey Ciara ... This is so not good!!! Mum and I will be praying that the meds work for you and that you get something to eat other than a Dumb carrot real soon.

Liz Hamblyn said...

Me, Nellie and Itai are sending all our good wishes and thoughts to you from over the seas.

Sketching with Dogs said...

So sorry to hear the evil Seizure Monster is visiting you again Ciara. We send all our love and POTP, hope the new meds are helping lots and you are feeling okay again.
Lots of love, Elliot and Cricket x

Molly and Mackie said...

Our angel Mitch was on gabapentin and he never had a seizure. We hope this drug is just what you need, Ciara. Paws are crossed!

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

Ciara, you sure are dealing with a lot! We're sending tons of POTP your way!

Mark Muller said...

I hope the new med can chase that monster far far away... hugs to you and lots of POTP!

The Daily Pip said...

Oh Ciara, I am so very sorry for all your troubles with the evil monster. I hope the new meds help and he goes away forever. Sorry you are so stressed. I am a very anxious dog, too, and I know the world can be scary sometimes. Wish I had the magic answer to help you relax and keep the evil monster away. XOXO

Hailey and Zaphod and their Lady said...

Sending you POTP. We hope your doctors can find the right meds to help you beautiful girl!

Lovable Lily said...

Oh Ciara, we are so sorry to hear that you are having seizures once again. We sure do hope that the new med's will do their thing and get them under control. We are keeping you in our good thoughts and prayers.

Hugs,
Lily Belle & Muffin

Millie and Walter said...

Ciara we are so sad to hear this news. You never have to worry about asking for too much POTP because we will always keep our paws crossed that your doctors can find a combination of meds that help you feel better.

stellaroselong said...

Dear Ciara: We have not been around for awhile but each day mom checks on here to make sure all our friends are doing fine. Well, we seen the POTP for you, and came right over. Did you know you and our dad takes the same medication now....isn't that funny!! I will have to tell him. It is to help all the nerve pain and damage in his arm, so we can see it is used for many different things. If you sit very sit right now Ciara you can feel the three hugs we are sending to you...do you feel it, cos you know we all hug in different ways, and I am whispering words in only your ears to hear, from my heart to yours. Always keeping you in our prayers. Hugs to momma also. The three little pugs, stella rose, Maggie mae, and of course gussie

Rosy said...

So sorry to hear about this Ciara. The Monster is a horrible yucky thing and hope he stays away from you as much as possible and the new cocktail will help! Annie started Gabapentin (combined with Tramadol) a few weeks ago and it has helped her a bit with some of her issues.Lots of paw prayers, prayers and love from our family in San Diego.

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

You are very much in our thoughts, Dearest Ciara, and sending you POTP, and lots and lots of good vibes is the absolute least we can do. We just hope that the latest addition to the cocktail means a clear improvement.

Hmmmm.. they say that owning a kitty reduces stress. Maybe you need a kitty Ciara?

Woofs,
Tommy

Casey said...

OMD, Ciara, it is NOT FAIR that this evil monster has decided to single you out for all this attention!! We are crossing our paws SO tight for you, and I'm sending you all of my love.

C.L.W.STEP said...

We're so sad to hear about your troubles, Ciara. Hope the gabapentin works.

Jans Funny Farm said...

Ciara, we are so sorry you have to go through this. Seizures are not fun! And we know they scare your mom. We hope the new medicine helps!

M. K. Clinton said...

Hi Ciara, It is our first time to meet you and we are so sorry it is for some extra doses of POTP. I hope that your doctors can figure out the right medicine for you and that no more monsters visit. ♥
Hugs, Melissa, Bentley & Pierre

Savannah's Paw Tracks said...

Precious Ciara. Mom L and I have leaky eyes reading about the evil monster that haunts your quality of life. Our purrs are always directed to you.

Murphy said...

How awful! We are sending our POTP to you that you can get the right meds to send those seizure monsters packing fur good!!

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley

Sue said...

Oh Ciara, you're having such an awful time. We wish there was something we could do to make those seizures go away forever.

Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh Ciara you poor baby. Mom is trying so hard to fix you up. We are sending you lots of Frenchie healing vibes
Lily & Edward

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We are sending our strongest POTP and healing purrs. We are so sorry the Evil Monster is giving you such a hard time. Hope they can find medicine that works with no side effects soon.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Here I am to tell you that I am sending more POTP to you Ciara.. I tried to leave you a comment last night,, but google would not let me,,,
So here I am to tell you,, how much we love you,, and all of you,,
and your pawrents and the doctors are doing everything they can to help you. We so want you to get better and the monster to leave you alone.
love
tweedles

angelswhisper2011 said...

We come to bring Healing Pawkisses and Purrayers and hope you overcome that monster <3 <3 <3

onespoiledcat said...

Oh dear sweet Ciara.....that monster just will NOT leave you alone. I would guess that new medication needs a day or two in order to begin working so that seizure you had when you'd just started it might just be the LAST ONE you get. I'm praying that's the case. All of us who know and love you hope that!!!

Sending POTP
Sammy

Priscilla Phang said...

Dear sweet Ciara, all our paws and fingers are crossed tightly for you and we hope the Monster S will leave you far and never come close to you anymore. We also hope the vets can help you overcome the S attacks. We are praying and you're always in our prayers and thoughts. Hugs to you and your family!

The Florida Furkids said...

Sweet Ciara, you always have our purrs and prayers. We hope the new meds do the trick.

The Florida Furkids

Wyatt said...

Oh Ciara, we are so sorry that you are having such a difficult time with the monster. We send all of our love and get well wishes.
Our dad takes Gabapentin for type 1 diabetic neuropathy and it does him a lot of good, so we hope it will do the same for you too.

♥♥ Wyatt and Tegan

FiveSibesMom said...

Oh Ciara, I am so sorry you are going through this. You are a brave and strong girl. I hope the Gabapentin does the trick. I've heard lots of good things about it. You always have our POTP with you. Hugs to you and your mom. May this Labor Day holiday be a quiet and peaceful one for you. xo