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Esmo
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Success-of sorts

Post by Esmo » Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:37 pm

As I type this Maggie is finally resting in "her" chair. She had a seizure about 90 minutes ago. The key words here are "a seizure", instead of a cluster of seizures resulting in a mad dash to the vet. The injection of 18 mg of Valium as soon as possible in the seizure and the Clorapate and extra dose of Pheno seemed to have worked. She had a short (30 minutes) post-ictal and seems to be OK now. She went just over 4 weeks in-between seizures (her longest interval) and no clusters. I count this a success.

I know this doesn't mean we have things "under control", but it does give me hope we may be able to manage this disease.

Kathy (Esmo)
Esmo and Maggie
Dachshund/Beagle Mix
Rescued 12/16/13
First seizure 1/31/13
Last seizure 9/23/14
48 mg of Phenobarbital 2x day
150 mg of Zonisamide 2x day
500 mg of LevetiracetamER (Keppra) 2x day
200 mg of Gabapentin 3x day

MK's mom
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Re: Success-of sorts

Post by MK's mom » Sat Jun 07, 2014 4:34 am

Any improvement is a success!!! Hopefully, the meds will give her a longer break between episodes and NO clustering!!!
Nathan
3.5 yo Irish Setter boy
First seizure 7/26/2013
Last seizure 3/24/2014
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MK
5 yo Irish Setter boy
First seizure 1/25/06
Last seizure 9/4/2009

Aug 17, 2004- Sept. 22, 2009
May the shamrocks fall softly sweetpea

Gentle Jacob's mom
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Re: Success-of sorts

Post by Gentle Jacob's mom » Sat Jun 07, 2014 5:57 am

Hi Kathy,
I'm so glad it worked! As Vivian said no clustering is definitely a success. Sometimes you get baby steps but as long as you're moving in the right direction that's wonderful news.
Hugs to you and Maggie. Have a peaceful weekend!
Lynne

SpencerBhumi
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Re: Success-of sorts

Post by SpencerBhumi » Sat Jun 07, 2014 7:41 pm

Hi Kathy,

I hope 1 is the limit for this episode.

Spencer had a short fit yesterday and where I'd normally wait a couple of hours (and start drugs if another fit were to occur), I just went in with the Valium, extra Pheno & Keppra - 24hrs later, so far so good. I hope your plan works well too.

Praying for good results for you & Maggie.

Trevor & Spencer.
Grateful for the good days, weeks (months).

Esmo
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Re: Success-of sorts

Post by Esmo » Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:44 pm

This was the first time we have been so aggresive in response to a seizure. The Valium dose prescribed by Maggie's neurologist is 3x what our regular vet gave us, and that dosage did absolutely nothing in the cluster episode prior to this event. I also think the Clorazepate helped, though we did not do 48 hours of dosing. Her appetite continues to be way off, but I think I will just do the kibble and see if she takes it. This morning she ate the kibble sample we had (after refusing the homemade she had been eating), and now tonight she won't eat that...but I am so relieved at the one seizure episode she is getting a bye on the food issue.
Esmo and Maggie
Dachshund/Beagle Mix
Rescued 12/16/13
First seizure 1/31/13
Last seizure 9/23/14
48 mg of Phenobarbital 2x day
150 mg of Zonisamide 2x day
500 mg of LevetiracetamER (Keppra) 2x day
200 mg of Gabapentin 3x day

cforecatsmeow
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Re: Success-of sorts

Post by cforecatsmeow » Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:31 am

You have take successes as they come with this disease no matter how big or small. Winston went 49 days seizure free and then yesterday the dreadful Grand Mal appeared once again. However, I see the 49 days as a huge success, and, like you, that gives me hope for control. He also bounces back pretty quick now after a 5 - 10 minute pacing in the hunt for food. Of course, I am on pins and needles at work today. He still seemed pretty aggressive about food this morning. Gave him a Valium before I left and my neighbor is checking on him at lunch so we'll see. Here's to all of our little and big successes :)
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: Success-of sorts

Post by Eley's Mom » Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:39 pm

Four weeks is fantastic news!! Paws crossed you can go at least another four weeks again :D
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: Success-of sorts

Post by ShilohsMom » Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:15 am

Kathy, that's fantastic!!!! This disease can sure make us rethink what a success or victory is. We certainly have to take them when and where we can get them.

Cynthia, sorry about Winston and my thoughts are with you that you too have only an isolated incident.
Colleen, Rylie, Sophie & angels Izzie & Shiloh
DOB: 11/11/05
First seizure: 07/28//10
Last seizure: 06/27/16

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