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Just wanted to post something positive :) We had our visit with a different neurologist today and it was beyond fantastic. Dr. Yates and his assistant were exactly what we hoped for--caring, compassionate, friendly, informative, receptive, invested . . . I have nothing but the best to say! We are starting Quinn on Keppra (levetiracetam) today. It's actually the drug that most caught my attention during all my research, and as it turned out, it's the doctor's drug of choice for giant breeds. I can't tell you how wonderful it was to be with this man and have an immediate sense of trust and confidence. We were with the doctor and/or the assistant for about an hour and a half and neither ever made us feel like it was a minute too much. Dr. Yates didn't have a strong feeling about it being necessary to do an MRI or a spinal tap at this time--his age and his lack of other symptoms points more to idiopathic epilepsy than to brain tumor or encephalitis; that was great news. So, for the first time in all these months, we finally feel like we are on the right path. There's a good chance there will be more seizures, but I'm feeling like we now have a support team that will help us to keep things under control and enjoy a happy life. So today was a GREAT day! and oh, by the way... I am now officially a RETIRED teacher. Woo Hoo! Here's the card the "kids" gave me. Thought you might get a chuckle out of it; I sure did.

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Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on June 27, 2016 at 1:31pm

Thanks Lois and Beverly. As I am tackling projects, I am appreciating the idea that I don't have a deadline because summer vacation is not going to end!! Lois, I think of you and Izzi and I think of Charlie. I'm sure he continues to be greatly missed. We all know the open space they leave behind... Have you had any thoughts of opening your life to a new fur-kid?

Comment by Beverly and Eli on June 27, 2016 at 12:57pm

And congratulations on your retirement! It's beyond wonderful.

Comment by Beverly and Eli on June 27, 2016 at 12:57pm

Happy happy. So glad you've turned a corner with Quinn. Enjoy!!

Comment by Lois - Izzi on June 21, 2016 at 6:29pm

ssoooooooooooo delighted to read about Quinn....   

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on June 20, 2016 at 8:05am

Oh believe me, DM if I thought I could make a decent job of it, I would have the fabric and the staple gun ready to go. It's not a far stretch from what I do for our antique business, (ha! stretch!! Get it??) but I know this is beyond me. And yes, there is some humor, because after all . . . it's Quinn -- Gracie would get the same lee way except that she's just about perfect! :)

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on June 20, 2016 at 7:45am

Maybe you could get into upholstery as your new retirement hobby!  Okay - not really funny ;-)

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on June 19, 2016 at 11:01pm
Thanks for the congrats everyone. Gail, I wasn't at my wit's end, but I was getting tired. All the numbers lined up and so the time was right. This won't be real until Sept. when everyone goes back and I don't!
DonMarie we left Quinn for about 3 hours the other day and thought maybe he was ready to be more "responsible" so didn't set up the furniture barrier and he took advantage of that opportunity to create matching arms on what we call "Gracie's chair." Time for a slip cover :(
Comment by Laurie, Jackson and Delilah on June 18, 2016 at 4:21pm

Isn't it wonderful when you find that magic connection with a doctor?  The sense of relief is beyond words.  Happy Retirement!!!  Enjoy your furbabies every day.

Comment by Gail, Fozzie, and Ruby on June 18, 2016 at 9:18am
Congrats on your retirement! I teach too, and am trying to figure out the right time for mine. Fozzie is going to be a retirement dog eventually.
Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on June 17, 2016 at 7:22pm
Wonderful news CJ.

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