baby steps

Share your good news!

Moderators: Box40Rin, Liz Hansen

Post Reply
Chris Douglas
Posts: 254
Joined: Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:50 pm

baby steps

Post by Chris Douglas » Mon Sep 02, 2013 6:52 pm

I know it's not a huge deal ... but 17 days without a seizure and counting ... 1st time we made it past the 14 day mark since last year ... and the 1st time I had a day off and "no worries' about it(seizures) ... :D :D :D :D
Chris & Molly
Brittany 27 lbs female DOB Mar.2008,
Pb 32.4 mg(1/2 grain) BID
regular Keppra 2/250mg BID
Valium tab's 5 mg orally/rectally as needed
Melatonin 5mg SID


1st seizure 8/20/12
last seizure 12/14/13

Rainbow Bridge 12/28/13

cesullivan
Posts: 140
Joined: Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:32 pm

Re: baby steps

Post by cesullivan » Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:47 am

:D
Hoping for continued days seizure free!!!
Cali 4YO female Lab/Chow mix
Cluster Grand Mals
Last Seizure: June 10, 13
Pheno 64MG 2x/day
Kbrovet 1,650MG 1x/day

Foster Dog Jim 3ishYO Lab
Pheno 140MG 2x/day
KBrovet 1,000MG 2x/day
Keppra XR 500MG 2x/day
Zonisamide 200MG 2x/day

Chris Douglas
Posts: 254
Joined: Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:50 pm

Re: baby steps

Post by Chris Douglas » Tue Sep 03, 2013 4:46 pm

Thanks cesullivan ... :D ...
Chris & Molly
Brittany 27 lbs female DOB Mar.2008,
Pb 32.4 mg(1/2 grain) BID
regular Keppra 2/250mg BID
Valium tab's 5 mg orally/rectally as needed
Melatonin 5mg SID


1st seizure 8/20/12
last seizure 12/14/13

Rainbow Bridge 12/28/13

Chris Douglas
Posts: 254
Joined: Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:50 pm

Re: baby steps

Post by Chris Douglas » Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:01 am

May this "honeymoon period" never end ... we're on day 28 and no seizure ... :D

and my "four-legged" kid is back 100% ... I say as I go around picking up all her toys she's spread all over the house and yard :lol: if I could only teach her to put away her own toys ... :lol: :lol: :lol: ... she hasn't been interested in any of them since she started having seizures
Chris & Molly
Brittany 27 lbs female DOB Mar.2008,
Pb 32.4 mg(1/2 grain) BID
regular Keppra 2/250mg BID
Valium tab's 5 mg orally/rectally as needed
Melatonin 5mg SID


1st seizure 8/20/12
last seizure 12/14/13

Rainbow Bridge 12/28/13

Kipsmom
Posts: 61
Joined: Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:59 pm

Re: baby steps

Post by Kipsmom » Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:13 pm

Chris - Great to hear that Molly is doing so well! Yay!
Have a great weekend!
Ellen and Kip
Corgi/Lab/Shepherd mix - 50 lb
750 mg KBr QD
200 mg Zonisamide BID
1250 mg Levetiracetam (Keppra) TID
1st seizure 11/15/2012
In doggie heaven 8/20/13 :-(

Chris Douglas
Posts: 254
Joined: Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:50 pm

Re: baby steps

Post by Chris Douglas » Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:39 pm

hi Ellen,

I spoke toooo sooooon ... sorry to say that between 5 am and 2:30 pm she had eleven seizures ... guess we'll have to start the count over ...

she's never had soooo many(in 9.5 hours no less) ... and some she barely got done with one and would start another ... other's she would go thru a short period of heavy fast panting like a locomotive ... then stop and breath normal, barely lift her head, look around sort of, ... then would come the blank look and another seizure ... these were the most violent seizures I've ever seen her have ... and vocal ... :cry:

Thanks Ellen for the happy come back ... makes me feel so not all alone in this ...

Chris and Molly
Chris & Molly
Brittany 27 lbs female DOB Mar.2008,
Pb 32.4 mg(1/2 grain) BID
regular Keppra 2/250mg BID
Valium tab's 5 mg orally/rectally as needed
Melatonin 5mg SID


1st seizure 8/20/12
last seizure 12/14/13

Rainbow Bridge 12/28/13

Gentle Jacob's mom
Posts: 925
Joined: Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:52 am

Re: baby steps

Post by Gentle Jacob's mom » Sat Sep 14, 2013 5:50 am

Hi Chris,
Is it possible for you to get Clorazepate for cluster seizures? When Molly has so many seizures her body temperature can rise to a dangerous level and runs the risk of brain damage. Plus the danger of status. I know you don't have access to a vet more than 2 times a week, but I would talk to them right away about Clorazepate and adding on Pb to her regimen, or possibly adding a dose of Pb after a seizure. We've tried extra Keppra and it didn't really work for Jake after a seizure, but it might for Molly.
Here is another link to check out if you haven't already.
canine-epilepsy-guardian-angels.com/emergencycare.html

I hope this helps and Molly stays seizure free.
Lynne

Gentle Jacob's mom
Posts: 925
Joined: Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:52 am

Re: baby steps

Post by Gentle Jacob's mom » Sat Sep 14, 2013 5:53 am

You can also apply an ice pack to the middle of her back during a seizure to help cool her down.

Lynne

Chris Douglas
Posts: 254
Joined: Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:50 pm

Re: baby steps

Post by Chris Douglas » Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:06 pm

hi Lynne,


thanks for your help ... I'm thinking about talking to the vet Mon.(if possible) about upping the keppra ... and/or adding another drug ...maybe Zonisamide, Clorazepate, ... or ??? ... trying hard to keep from going down the Pheno. road ... or see if a single dose of pheno. at 1st seizure is a possibility? ... need to find something we can use while she's seizing ... guess I'm back to valium? ... she doesn't wake up between seizures long enough to do anything orally ...

feels like I'm goin' in circles ...

p.s. ... the ice packs are a great idea but the reason I can't do drugs that need refrigeration is I don't have refrigeration ...
Chris & Molly
Brittany 27 lbs female DOB Mar.2008,
Pb 32.4 mg(1/2 grain) BID
regular Keppra 2/250mg BID
Valium tab's 5 mg orally/rectally as needed
Melatonin 5mg SID


1st seizure 8/20/12
last seizure 12/14/13

Rainbow Bridge 12/28/13

Kipsmom
Posts: 61
Joined: Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:59 pm

Re: baby steps

Post by Kipsmom » Sat Sep 14, 2013 7:05 pm

Oh Chris, I am so sorry! Lynne made some great suggestions. The Clorazepate should knock down the clusters, and is available in pill form. We administered it for three days following a seizure to keep them from happening again. And maybe since you don't have refrigeration, perhaps just cooling her down with a cold towel on her back would be helpful. It gets really dangerous when their body temps go up after repeated seizures. Zonisamide is often used as a first-line drug, so definitely look into that. Kip did not have any adverse side effects from Zonisamide, and it was not terribly expensive.

I hope Molly is doing OK today. I am sure it will take a few days for her to recover, so hang in there!

Thinking of you!!
Ellen and Kip
Corgi/Lab/Shepherd mix - 50 lb
750 mg KBr QD
200 mg Zonisamide BID
1250 mg Levetiracetam (Keppra) TID
1st seizure 11/15/2012
In doggie heaven 8/20/13 :-(

Chris Douglas
Posts: 254
Joined: Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:50 pm

Re: baby steps

Post by Chris Douglas » Sun Sep 15, 2013 12:56 am

thanks Ellen,

I'll be checking things out Mon. or Tues ... for what to do with meds.

check out my "call for help" thread please ... strange (new) thing going on now ... :shock: ...

Chris and Molly
Chris & Molly
Brittany 27 lbs female DOB Mar.2008,
Pb 32.4 mg(1/2 grain) BID
regular Keppra 2/250mg BID
Valium tab's 5 mg orally/rectally as needed
Melatonin 5mg SID


1st seizure 8/20/12
last seizure 12/14/13

Rainbow Bridge 12/28/13

Post Reply