Saturday, November 17, 2007

It has been one of those weeks....

A little pre-Thanksgiving to give people a chuckle.

We definitely need a good laugh around here. This has been one rough week. Today, November 17 2007, at 6:30AM Amici had his 8th seizure. He had jumped up on the bed to say hi to us and we were all enjoying one another's company when he began to act like he was going to throw up. He got off of the bed and headed for his kennel but then stopped in mid step as his whole body clenched up, he jumped back a bit and then he fell over and began the whole seizure process. This seizure was 1 minute long and he did a lot more whole body clenching than in the past seizures. Also, he had less foam coming out of his mouth and less involuntary jogging. He sat up from the floor and looked around at us after the seizure ended. It was almost a look of "hey, how did I get down here? I in trouble?". The whole thing just breaks your heart. You remain calm for your pup's benefit and give him love and reassurance. He started his pacing and I let him outside. He kept pacing and then seemed to calm down. Afterwards he seems to like to be close to us and just rest. We were all getting comfortable and petting him while he was on our bed again. Things were just starting to feel good when to our horror he started to act like he was going to throw up again. Again, he jumped down from the bed and all at once began the process of another seizure (#9). This is the first time he has ever had a "cluster" seizure. We've never seen him have 2 in one day before. This seizure occurred 1 hour after the other one (at 7:30AM) and this one had more foam (or at least comparable to his "usual" seizures) and a lot of body clenching. It took a lot out of me to not break down and just cry. But, crying isn't going to stop the seizures nor make the experience less chaotic for Amici. So we pulled ourselves together once again and tried to be there for Amici when he came out of the seizure experience. One of us has been home all day and Amici seems to be acting like himself. The only thing different is that he is still pacing at times. Right now he is resting on the hardwood floor in the living room with me.

I called the vet. They aren't open but they say to leave a message so they can get back to you when there is an emergency. I stated that it seemed like things were as controlled as we could help it, but I wanted to give them (married couple own/operate the vet) the update. We have been discussing adjusting his meds and it seems like that may be the best route we can take at this time.

We've been doing well with his pills and have been giving it to him on a consistent and regular basis. His food has been good and his bowels okay (adding the fiber {just 2 TB a day} seems to help- we give him pumpkin with his pill). He has had a different schedule these last few weeks as Alan started a new job with regular hours. It has been a blessing but it definitely has changed Amici's schedule. Amici seems to be adapting to the new schedule. The only other thing we noticed is that since July 2007 Amici's seizures seem to occur in the teens usually near the 16th or so. That is the most common thread we have been able to account for so far but we have no idea how to stop it. That being said, my birthday is next month on the 17th and I am seriously hoping (a bit selfishly) that Amici can make it PAST that date seizure free! Keep us in your thoughts as we continue this journey and try to help Amici have a safe, loving, and fun life.

The other 2 things that happened this week are more human related. Although I am not sure how to compare the 3 things.... just rereading what I typed about Amici's 2 seizures in one day makes my stomach turn. Monday, my boss announced that she is going to another facility (which when you really like/admire your boss and work very well with the person, this is NOT a good thing.....{well good for her I suppose...but not a good feeling or a fun change}). Wednesday I was called by my Gram. She told me that my great Aunt Teck passed away. She was dx with Alzheimer's disease (about 10 yrs ago). So there has been a lot of crying in this house this past week from Monday on. Change is hard, losing someone very dear to you is even harder, and watching your beloved pup have seizures when there is nothing you can do about it is horrible. Let's hope for a better up coming week where people/animals are healthy, happy, safe and surrounded by those that they love.


Kapp pack said...

Oh No! SIbe vibes and prayers for all of you! Amici hang in there, our hearts are breaking for what you all have been going through!

Woo woo, Kelsey Ann

Opy - the Original GruffPuppy said...

Ohhh, big hugs to you all. What a terrible time for you. We are sending lots of positive DWB vibes your way - and are thinking of sweet Amici, and you and Alan as well.

Feel better soon sweet Amici.

Opy & her mum

The Husky in the Window said...

We are sending lots of husky good vibes and hugs to your family. Just keep being positive, and know that we all care. Mom had tears jsut reading this. Be well.
Husky Hugs, MayaMarie

Maggie & Mitch said...

Lots of AireZen is coming your way, Amici. We're thinking of you buddy!
We're very sorry to hear about Aunt Teck. Why does life have to be so hard sometimes :-(

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Hi, sorry you're having a bad week. Here's hoping Amici remains seizure free for your birthday. It must be very scary to watch him have seizures. Sorry about your aunt. That stinks too. Hopefully everything with your work will be okay too. Our mom is changing jobs and she's scared as well, so you're not alone!

Steve and Kat

Kapp pack said...

Thanks for trying to vote for me. Mom looked into it and you can no longer vote. They are into the finals and I didn't make it.

Kisses, Sky boy

Holly said...

Wow, what a hard week for you all! My prayers are with you.

What meds is Amici on? Have you tried Potassium Bromide? That is what Abby takes, and it works wonderfully. She hasn't had a seizure in over 8 years.


Ferndoggle said...

Wow, what a week indeed. I'm so sorry to hear about Amici's seizures...I can't imagine how scary it is to watch. We'll cross all of our paws and wish for the best birthday present you can get (and you are totally allowed to be selfish!).

And very sorry to hear about your Aunt. Alzheimers is a horrific disease. She is at peace.


IndyPindy said...

Oh, Lee and Amici, I am so sorry for all of the tough things you are dealing with. Lots of Husky kisses for you!

-The Mullin Clan's Mommy- said...

We are keeping our pawsies, fingers, & hoofies crossed that Amici & yur family will have better days to come & he will be seizure-free. Our mommy had a Sibe many-many years ago that had seizures when it he was around 1-2 yrs. of age. But somehow he growed out of it & wasn't put on any meds. Our family can sympathize that things that can happen sumtimes happen in threes. Our family hasn't had a great year either.
-Cosmos & Juneau-

cyber-sibes said...

: ( We are wooing sadly, poor Amici. Our hu-mom's dog used t have seizures, but she lived a very long life in spite of them. And one of my hu-boys had them as a little kid too - so our hu-mom knows how scarey it is to watch someone you love go throught that. she sends you (((hugs))).
Our humans have also lost several family members to Alzheimers, what a terrible disease. May good memories of your aunt bring you solace.

Woos & a-rooos,
Star & Jack

Two Wild and Crazy Guyz said...

We are so sorry for your poor Amici. But we do feel your pain. I talked to my vet yesterday morning and we have upped Rocky's meds to 60 mgs per day. I tryed cooking for him for a while. It was supposed to be a diet for dogs with seizures but he got to where he would not eat it very well. He had 3 seizures (about 20 min. apart, lasting about 1 - 1 1/2 minutes each) early on Sunday morning. It's Tuesday and he has been ok since. He usually has one seizure a month around this time.
Hope all works out with your job and am sorry to hear you lost a dear Aunt. Hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving in spite of it all.
Mom to Two Wild 'n Crazy Guyz

Sitka and Tia's BLAWG! said...

Oh no! I am sorry to hear about that cluster seizure. I sure hope Amici can make it past the 17th without having another one. We will keep him in our prayers!!!