Sunday, January 27, 2008

Too Soon

Saturday, January 26th, 2008 Amici had another seizure (11th) at 4:15AM. He was fast asleep in his kennel (with the door open) and the seizure began. This one seemed to even startle him as he really was sleeping. There was no throwing up but the thrashing of the jaw and the involuntary movement began. It was over after a minute and 1/2. He started his pacing but it took him a lot longer for him to recognize us. He still hadn't recognized us fully until he got downstairs to the dining room and started his 2nd seizure (4:30AM). This was a minute long. Afterwards he got up to walk and began to pace again. He headed to the living room and fell unto his bed. It seems like his legs just gave out. I think he seemed to have another mini seizure right then but Alan seems to think Amici was still recovering. He was on his bed just looking at us. We would say his name and he would sort of stare at us blankly. His name started to finally register but he still seemed weary of us. Amici didn't have any fur raised or any teeth showing, but he definitely treated us like we were strangers. We stayed up until about 6AM to keep a close eye on him. He went outside to pee, etc. He paced like crazy but he finally did agree to go back to bed with us around 6AM. We let him up on our bed although we were concerned about what would happen if he had a seizure and fell off of the bed. We wake up fast, but we might not wake up fast enough to catch him. He seemed to understand our worry as he snuggled in between us for a bit until he got too hot. We slept until 7AM and then we all got up for the day. It was sad way to start off the day because this will be Amici's second cluster seizure. His last cluster seizure was on Nov 17, 2007 and his last seizure (10th one)was on January 2, 2008.

He has had an increase in his meds which he was been on for about 3 weeks now. He's been taking them consistently. The side effect that we are noticing is that he needs to pee and poop a lot more, especially in the nighttime. We feel like we are back in puppyville again as we get up 1-3x a night to let him out (even if we go to bed by 10PM). However, at least he is asking to go out. Which is a good thing. His poop has just got back to normal. Once we started the adjustment he started to have diarrhea again. I had to add more pumpkin to his diet but I tried to do a gradual increase to make sure the pumpkin wasn't causing the diarrhea. Today, his poop looks solid.

This one was the most scary for us as he took so long to recognize us and realize who we are. It got us thinking about what would happen if he doesn't recognize us some day. Ugh...I don't want to think about that. My plans with Amici was to have him in our life for as long as possible. So long that I could see kids in our future playing with him.

So, Saturday was a bit depressing but thankfully today was a better day. There were no seizures in sight, Amici seemed to have a good time at the dog park, and he has been acting like his regular self. I guess the best philosophy to take right now is "one day at a time". We sure do love him and couldn't have picked a better dog to add to our lives and become a part of our family.


Kathryn and Ari said...

Oh, Lee, this is so sad! Amici seems like such a wonderful, happy dog; I'm sorry to hear that he is enduring this. Do they know what is causing the seizures, and do they think that the medication will work? We sincerely hope so. We're keeping you in our thoughts.
Big hugs,
Kathryn and Ari

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Ari's mom just wrote my mom and said woo khould use a some healing husky good thoughts!

I've my mom send this news to my Sibe and Mal Pals!!

The power of the list will be envoked and we will ALL be thinking of you!!!

Wags and LOTS OF LUV!


Sitka and Tia's BLAWG! said...

Oh Lee... I am so sorry to hear about Amici and yet another seizure. Know that you and him are in our thoughts and prayers. Yes, you need to take it one day at a time.
Shelli & Sitka (and Tia from the vets)

IndyPindy said...

Oh, poor Amici! I'm so sorry to hear that. I don't know if you have seen this site, but it might be helpful:

We'll be thinking of you Amici!


Shmoo said...

I hope that Amici's meds help and he doesn't have to go through those nasty seizures anymore.

All paws crossed here that he's feeling better and can get the meds he needs to have a happy, healthy life.


Kapp pack said...

SIbes vibes headed your way for Amici. We can't imagine having to through that but we are keeping our paws crossed that it will be a long time until the next one.

Woo woo, Kelsey Ann

Kapp pack said...

Lee, Ma from MaPaw has a lot of experience with huskies and husky mixes with seizures. If you are interested I can put you in contact with her. Email me at if you are interested :-)

Kelsey's Mom

Turbo the Sibe said...

We are thinking of all of woo. It's been a while since I've had a stupid seizure.

The Army of Four said...

Lots of prayers and good thoughts coming to all of you - especially to sweet Amici! We hope his meds kick in and keep him seizure free!
Tail wags,
Storms and the Ao4

Holly said...

Poor Amici!! I sure hope his meds start working soon. It does take quite a while sometimes, for the body to become accustomed to them. Hopefully as time progresses, he will have these further and further apart.

cyber-sibes said...

We're sending you healing sibe vibes, Amici. Hope the new meds help you be seizure-free. We all love you & really feel for you & your family. Our boy had several seizures many years ago when he was just a pup, but he grew up just fine.

wooos & a-roooos,
Star & Jack
(Maybe some time this summer we can come to Maine for a play date!)

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

That must have been so scary! We're glad to here Amici is feeling better today and hope that your vet can find a medicine that will help him.

Steve and Kat

Bama said...

Oh sweet boy, we'll all be keeping our paws crossed here, too. I know how scared mom & dad were when they thought that Mikki might have had a mild one, we can only imagine how scary this must be for you and your pawrents. We'll say a prayer that maybe this was a "last hurrah" and the meds will get it under control.
Bama & the RHP

Two Wild and Crazy Guyz said...

We certainly understand what you are going through! It is so difficult to watch them have those seizures at all, let alone more than one in a day. Rocky just recently had his meds upped. The only side affects he has seemed to have from the medication are increased urination and a pretty hefty appetite. He is taking 60 mgs of phenobarbitol 2 x per day.
I hope this dosage does the trick!
We will all keep our fingers and paws crossed for you here! Hope Amici has many, many good days!
Mom to Two Wild & Crazy Guyz

Freda said...

Oh, Amici. So sorrys to hear of your seizures. I heards from Khyra's twitter bark. My peeps and I hopes that your meds help a lots. So glads you AND your peeps had a good light at the dog parks.

Thoughts, licks and crossed paws for you.



Opy - the Original GruffPuppy said...

SO sorry to hear this about sweet Amici :(

We are thinking of you all - and sending lots of love and positive thoughts your way.


Girasol said...

I'm sorry to hear about Amici's seizure. I hope he get better with the medicine.

The Brat Pack said...

We were sad to read this. :( It brought back memories of sitting up with Thrawn worrying. I know how emotionally exhausting it is and my heart goes out to you guys.

The mix of Phenobarbital and Potassium Bromide kept his down to a was just a (LONG) constant "game" of changing the doses to get it right. Thankfully Amici is with someone who cares enough to take the time to figure it out. Seeing seizure dogs in the shelters break my heart because the chances of them finding a home are so slim.

Anyway, sending good vibes and doggie kisses that it's a long time until the next round.

M & The Brats

Sparky said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear about this. Oh Amici, how I wish you would get better! I'm so glad God placed you into this loving, caring family you have right now.

I'm praying for you,


Ferndoggle said...

Wow, Lee...I'm so sorry. It must be really scary when he doesn't recognize you. I can't imagine.

We're sending healing thoughts & lots of prayers to your boy.

Jen & the DoJA

The Husky in the Window said...

We are glad you are feeling better. Mom was worried that something was going on since we had not heard from you'all. We are sending lots of husky vibes to you. Get better my friend and we'll check back on you.

Husky Hugs, MayaMarie

The Husky in the Window said...

We are glad you are feeling better. Mom was worried that something was going on since we had not heard from you'all. We are sending lots of husky vibes to you. Get better my friend and we'll check back on you.

Husky Hugs, MayaMarie

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

Sending lots & lots of Sibe vibes that Amici is feeling better each day. He is in our thoughts.
-Cosmos & Juneau-

KB said...

poor amici - please give him all the puppy slobber in the world from me...

thanks for stopping by my blog, hope we can be pup pals from here on out!!!

Ben_Benjamin said...

We are so sorry to hear this, she is such a sweet & hugs to Amici & the family.

The Daily Echo said...

Oh the poor guy. We're sending all the Sibe Vibes we can his way and are hoping he is seizure free for a long time. Tell him we need to see his adorable face back up on his blog!

Dakota said...

Amici and family, we are thinking of you and thinking good husky thoughts. Thank you for sharing with us.

Joni and Dakota

Penny & Poppy said...

We came over to give some healing Aire-zen to Amici. We hope the new meds kick in soon!

Poppy & Penny

Marley said...

Oh Amici, here at Rasta Central, we're sending all the love possible!


Butchy & Snickers said...

Poor Amici,
We hope you are feeling better now today. We're sure you just need to tweak the meds for a while to get the right dosage. We're so happy you have such a loving family to take good care of you when you have your seizures. We get pumpkin on our food everyday. It's very yummy. Just take one day at a time & enjoy it. Have a great weekend.
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

Lacy said...

woofies Amici, my prayers r with brudder Jojo had seizures...he didnt no us either when he had them..and he had to sleep in da middle of da bed so he woodnt fall off...he wuz a little guy, only weighted 10 hopies u get to feelin a lot better and git rid of dose seizures...

b safe,

Holly said...

Hey Amici, I sure hope you are feeling better now. I have tagged you for a new game. Stop by my blog for details.


The Husky in the Window said...

Okay Amici, we have not heard from you and we are just checking on you. Have you been okay?
Husky Hugs,MayaMarie

Kapp pack said...

Sibe vibes still coming your way! All of our husky friends send their well wishes and vibes too!

Woo woo, Kelsey Ann

Kathryn and Ari said...

Hi, Lee-
Khyra's mom just sent me a note saying that Amici had another seizure. I'm so sorry. Please know that we're thinking about you, and that you have friends in Waldo County sending you our very strongest thoughts and wishes. Please le me know if there's anything we can do, or if you just an empathetic ear. We're pulling for Amici!

All my best,
Kathryn and Ari