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Eley's Mom
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Small Personal Success

Post by Eley's Mom » Thu Mar 27, 2014 1:44 pm

I'm new to the seizures. Eley's first one was 2/8. She didn't have any others until 2/27. Now she had another last night overnight and again today at work with me.

The one this afternoon was only the second one I've witnessed of the 5 she's had.

It may be a small, weird victory, but I'm proud to say I kept my composure. Knelt beside her while she seized, and was able to think clearly about making an effort to write down the time it started, time it ended, and a decription of what it was like.

One of my personal fears (aside from how Eley would be affected) is what the next seizure would be like and if I'd be able to handle it.
It's still scary and her post-ictal stage is so hard to see. I know she doesn't understand what happened and now all she wants is held (and to EAT!!)
Diana & Eley
Boston Terrier (23 lbs)
DOB: 11/12/09
First Seizure 2/8/14
Last Seizure 10/9/16
Phenobarbital 48.6mg (morning), 56.7mg p.m. (night)
3 mL Potasium Bromide, once daily
Clorazepate as needed after seizures

cforecatsmeow
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Re: Small Personal Success

Post by cforecatsmeow » Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:16 pm

It's hard to stay calm sometimes but is the best thing to do and it's admirable that you are adjusting to that. I know it's not easy. When Winston goes into a full on seizure, I actually handle that pretty well and even did after the first one. My hardest time is the after effects. That's when I get emotional but I have worked hard at trying to let that slide as well. They know we are there for them and I believe it does really help them to get back to normal. I try to be as soothing and quiet as possible, which is hard when they are pacing and searching for the ultimate goal of FOOD. I do always feed Winston after a seizure. Not a full meal but about half and it seems to calm him a bit though he is getting a little round in the middle :)
Cynthia and Epi-Winston
Black Mouth Cur Mix
DOB: 8/2/10
96 lbs.
First Seizure 6/11/13
Last Seizure 1/2/15
Phenobarbital 97.2 bid
Keppra (generic) 937.5 bid, 1125 sid
10 mg Valium tabs as needed
Liquid Oral Valium 5mg/5ml for rectal as needed

ShilohsMom
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Re: Small Personal Success

Post by ShilohsMom » Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:21 pm

With this disease I believe we have to take our victories/successes where we can and think it's wonderful that you managed to stay calm. That is so helpful not only to you but your dog. It sounds like you'll do a great job when the next one hits.

Food is a real problem afterwards. When Shiloh's clustering, the more seizures he has the worse it becomes and it's pretty bad at minimal seizure activity. I usually will give him a bit of food along with healthy low calorie items like green beans, tomato, apple, etc.

Hoping the rest of your day/night is peaceful and Eley doesn't have any more seizures.
Colleen, Rylie, Sophie & angels Izzie & Shiloh
DOB: 11/11/05
First seizure: 07/28//10
Last seizure: 06/27/16

Eley's Mom
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Re: Small Personal Success

Post by Eley's Mom » Thu Mar 27, 2014 5:50 pm

Thanks for the support!
I'm so glad I found this group!

Miss Eley is doing good so far tonight... Just resting next to me in the chair.

I think it'll be a night of cuddling for us :)
Diana & Eley
Boston Terrier (23 lbs)
DOB: 11/12/09
First Seizure 2/8/14
Last Seizure 10/9/16
Phenobarbital 48.6mg (morning), 56.7mg p.m. (night)
3 mL Potasium Bromide, once daily
Clorazepate as needed after seizures

ShilohsMom
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Re: Small Personal Success

Post by ShilohsMom » Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:56 am

Hope you were able to enjoy a peaceful night of cuddling!!!!
Colleen, Rylie, Sophie & angels Izzie & Shiloh
DOB: 11/11/05
First seizure: 07/28//10
Last seizure: 06/27/16

Eley's Mom
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Re: Small Personal Success

Post by Eley's Mom » Sat Mar 29, 2014 4:49 pm

Yes, we did!

So far, no others yet. These seizures were exactly one month from the last ones she had and those were also a seizure at night and another seizure the next afternoon.
Who knows, maybe this will be a once a month thing.

A sign though that I'm becoming a doggy seizure mom is that I went to a Thirty One party the other night and saw a bag and thought "oh, that would be perfect for a portable seizure kit for Eley." Since I take her to work now, I can fit her dog bed, toys, bowls, towels, etc in it.

I like the idea of the green beans! I think I'll keeps couple of cans on hand. I wasn't prepared for the extreme hunger afterwards. She wasn't like that with the others.
Luckily, a co-worker also brings her dog to work and he eats the same food as Eley so she let me have some. Poor girl shouldn't eat 3+ cups of food in a day though.. She's only 20lbs! Green beans may be a good solution, take care of the hunger without tons of extra calories!
Diana & Eley
Boston Terrier (23 lbs)
DOB: 11/12/09
First Seizure 2/8/14
Last Seizure 10/9/16
Phenobarbital 48.6mg (morning), 56.7mg p.m. (night)
3 mL Potasium Bromide, once daily
Clorazepate as needed after seizures

cforecatsmeow
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Re: Small Personal Success

Post by cforecatsmeow » Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:13 pm

Stay with frozen green beans and fresh is better. Canned has very little nutrients.
Cynthia and Epi-Winston
Black Mouth Cur Mix
DOB: 8/2/10
96 lbs.
First Seizure 6/11/13
Last Seizure 1/2/15
Phenobarbital 97.2 bid
Keppra (generic) 937.5 bid, 1125 sid
10 mg Valium tabs as needed
Liquid Oral Valium 5mg/5ml for rectal as needed

Eley's Mom
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Re: Small Personal Success

Post by Eley's Mom » Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:49 pm

Any suggestions of foods that can be quick and easily accessible at the office?

We do have a mini fridge with a little freezer and a microwave.
Frozen green beans could be a possibility.
Diana & Eley
Boston Terrier (23 lbs)
DOB: 11/12/09
First Seizure 2/8/14
Last Seizure 10/9/16
Phenobarbital 48.6mg (morning), 56.7mg p.m. (night)
3 mL Potasium Bromide, once daily
Clorazepate as needed after seizures

ShilohsMom
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Location: Oklahoma

Re: Small Personal Success

Post by ShilohsMom » Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:33 am

I would assume any of the fresh or frozen foods would be good (except grapes). You might also try putting them in a Kong or some other thing that she has to work to get it out, will help keep her busy at least for a little bit. I keep the empty plastic peanut butter jars and let Shiloh lick the extra peanut butter out of them. Have to watch him to make sure he doesn't start eating the plastic, but it gives me a bit of a reprieve especially if he's having post-ictal behavior.

I don't bring him to work unless he's had seizures or he has a vet appointment but I also keep towels and a carpet/stain cleaner at work in case he has a seizure. Came in handy last week.
Colleen, Rylie, Sophie & angels Izzie & Shiloh
DOB: 11/11/05
First seizure: 07/28//10
Last seizure: 06/27/16

cforecatsmeow
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Re: Small Personal Success

Post by cforecatsmeow » Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:43 pm

I'm sure canned green beans would not hurt your pup, just make sure you get the salt free. Winston will eat raw baby carrots as well and it takes a bit longer for him to chew those up. Colleen - I love the idea of the peanut butter jars! I will definitely remember that for the future and I'm sure can keep them occupied for a awhile. Kongs don't work in my house. They will eat the rubber crap unfortunately.
Cynthia and Epi-Winston
Black Mouth Cur Mix
DOB: 8/2/10
96 lbs.
First Seizure 6/11/13
Last Seizure 1/2/15
Phenobarbital 97.2 bid
Keppra (generic) 937.5 bid, 1125 sid
10 mg Valium tabs as needed
Liquid Oral Valium 5mg/5ml for rectal as needed

Eley's Mom
Posts: 198
Joined: Fri Feb 28, 2014 6:54 am
Location: Chicago, West Suburbs

Re: Small Personal Success

Post by Eley's Mom » Wed Apr 02, 2014 2:28 pm

I appreciate the suggestions!
Diana & Eley
Boston Terrier (23 lbs)
DOB: 11/12/09
First Seizure 2/8/14
Last Seizure 10/9/16
Phenobarbital 48.6mg (morning), 56.7mg p.m. (night)
3 mL Potasium Bromide, once daily
Clorazepate as needed after seizures

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