It will be 2 weeks tomorrow since his last seizure. I know he will still have them, but each day he makes it through without one is a good day for him and well as us. To look at him know, you would never know he is an epi dog, he is happy and playful and full of piss and vinegar. But there is the down side to the seizures where to much activity and allowing him to get over stimulated can take him in the direction of another full blown GM seizure. Its so heart breaking to watch him go through those and know all we can do is talk to him and comfort him, him and I have set and I have just held him and talked to him when he comes out of a seizure, I can sense the peace he gets from just the talking.
As summer slowly moves past us more each day, I am starting to notice the coolness of the night air, the feeling of fall, the leave have not started to change yet, but I suspect that the tree’s will soon start to prepare themselves for the upcoming winter. I wonder if we are in for a bad winter, considering the heat and humidity of this summer leaves me thinking we are going to be in for some really cold as well as snowy days. I am however thankful that I am retired and no longer need to go out in the early morning to dig my car out of the snow and then start it up and go back into the house and wait for it to warm up before I would leave for work.
This summer has been so hot, but I guess I should not complain because at least we are not one of the states that are caught in the drought. The humidity has been unbearable on so many days and I don’t know about you, but it just totally japs my energy. Right now I am looking forward to the cooler days and evenings that fall with bring, but then comes winter and I am not looking forward to the cold, snow and ice that comes along with that at all either.
We took Rowdy to the Vet on Friday 7/27 and he was diagnosed as Epileptic and given Phenobarbital. We have had to adjust the dosage 3 times since Friday because he was to sedated with the higher dosage and he is on a 1/4 pill every 12 hours now and he has not had any further seizures now since Friday morning at 6AM. Each day he is progressing a little bit more and showing more interest in things around him, and that includes my son who Rowdy just loves totally. When Matt came home from work, Rowdy went running to meet him and to see him be happy to see him make me almost cry. I pray that he continues to improve, but I also am aware that the disease is a roller coaster ride and constantly has its ups and downs, right now we are pampering him even more than we normally did. We also changed his diet and doing some home cooking for him which consist mostly of chicken, potatoes and carrots in a broth and he just loves it and its much better for him. Going to try him on the BLUE line of dog foods since they are preservative and grain free and hope they help to control this disease.
I have a 2 1/2 year old Redbone coonhound who we noticed as he got older that he was different than any other coonhound we had raised, and over the years there have been a large number, but Rowdy was different, he has an aggressive side to him and did not like to be bothered unless it was on his terms. We also noticed that when he would sit that he had what I would call tremors. Just recently he started to have seizures and now he is experiencing cluster seizures. He has to go into the vet so that other health problems can be ruled out, but I have had animals before with epileptic seizures and I can almost bet that is what my poor boy has. We will go on to notify the breeder once Epilepsy is diagnosed since it is genetic and and had to originate from someplace in the bloodlines. I feel so bad for my Rowdy, he is not even 3 years old and these types of seizures can kill him, I just pray we are able to get them under control and that his quality of life does not go down hill to drastically.
Here it is the end of July already, the summer is just going by so fast. Its been a hot dry summer for us here is PA., but there are states that are far worse than what we are with the drought situation. It has rained for the past week now just about on a daily basis, but most of the damage has been done already and especially to the corn crops…I really hate to see what it is going to do to food price’s, since just so many things depend on the corn industry, I guess I should count myself lucky that I don’t drink soda of any kind because those prices are going to sky rocket.
Well it will soon be my 65th birthday, and yes you read that right…..65. Time goes by to darn fast and it is true that the older one gets the faster that time will pass you buy. So each day be sure to tell someone you love them, hug someone and remember that words can cut deeper than a 2 edged sword, so be kind and treat others as you want to be treated. Never take today for granted, because it might be your last day on this earth.
I live with Fibromyelgia and I do not have a day that I am totally pain free, I can deal with it except for the nights where sleep is impossible because of the pain. I even went and bought a waterbed and it has helped because I don’t have as much pressure on my joints as what I did. But I still have problems with my shoulders and I am a side sleeper, so sleeping on my sides without some sort of foam wedges that help to take the pressure off my shoulders is darn near impossible. I even bought one for under my legs and it helps a great deal as well…so if you have trouble sleeping because of PAIN, then you might want to check out the foam wedges and see if they might help you as much as they have helped me.
For those of you who have indoor cats, I am really curious what brand/trype of liter works best for you? I usually buy whatever is on sale, but some of the cheaper brands just do not do a good job at controlling the odor like some of the more popular name brands do, I try to buy in the large 25lb buckets and go through about 2 of those a month with the 3 cats. My one old cat who is 19 has thyroid problems and he goes through liter really fast because he drinks a lot of water.
My one friend has such a lovely home, its so peaceful, its set back in the country and away from anyone and everything,there is a very long driveway leading back to the log cabin and from the road you don’t even know that it is back there either, it has a rustic decor to match the outside, and since its a log cabin as well….its just perfect. I would love to own a log cabin home, but I doubt that I ever will, not at this late stage of my life anyway.