Friday, March 21, 2008

A Seizure...

Dunc had one last night ~ the first since the original 2 in mid December. And of course, the first thought thru my mind afterwards was that the tumor was back... shit, shit, shit.

He's back to pretty much normal this morning. We talked to Dr. Sandy, who recommended another MRI. Then we talked to Dr. Fidel (the cancer specialist at WSU); she (in one simple sentence) made my heart stop breaking... she said the seizure may very well just be from the scar tissue where the tumor had broken thru into the brain initially; that any dog who has had a seizure is at risk for more.

So picture me slapping myself on the forehead, and saying "Duh, nurse bobbie ~ you knew that"!!!

She recommended getting a Phenobarb level, and upping his Phenobarb dose if its still low. And she was very sweet, telling me that anytime I wanted to bring Dunky over for an MRI I could.

So, I've stopped crying for now. And now I'm wondering just what Dunc was trying to tell me last night... For about an hour before his seizure, he was being VERY needy, which is not like him at all. I was at Scrap Central, and he kept rubbing his head on my legs and whining at me to be petted. Was he telling me something didn't quite feel/seem right to him? Humans can get auras pre-seizure; do dogs? I'll have to ask Sandy and Dr. Fidel...

Another "Duh" moment... some dogs are able to sense that their owners are going to have a seizure (and so are considered therapy dogs); so now I'm thinking Duncan DID know something was wrong last night!!

3 comments:

Ruth said...

So happy you called the Cougs, they are the best. Very, very happy Dunc is OK!!

Anne-Jeanette said...

I'm glad to hear that he's doing fine! Give him a cheer up hug from all of us! I've been thinking about the value of a worthy life. Oliva's life has changed over the past year. She sleeps more and heavier and she hardly see or hear some days. But she's happy and up and about when she's up. So I think that as long as they're able to do the every day business - pee, eat and clean them selves, and are happy it's worthy. But when the time comes it's a very, very difficult descision. She's old and Duncan's sick and of course these things affect them, and unfortunately nothing can change that. But they're both happy and still have their personalitys! When you look into his eyes you see Duncan, and thats the best reason not to give up! Kram!

bobbie said...

AJ ~ you are SO right!! As long as they are still enjoying life, who are we to say no!!
Love you, my friend ~ and cuddles to Olivia!!


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