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Hi Doodle Friends - First, Quinn is currently doing well--hopefully headed in a positive direction. . .
Just over a week ago, Quinn had an early AM seizure. I was disappointed when it started because he had been on a long stretch without, however, the disappointment turned to terror when shortly thereafter, he had a second seizure, and then a third. We raced to the nearest ER where he then had a fourth. They got him hooked up to a sedative IV, and he was on that for 6 hours. After a consult with our neurologist, he then was given an IV loading dose of phenobarbital. He had to spend the night during which he had a focal seizure (smaller than a grand-mal involving only his head) so they gave him another dose of sedative. We brought him home the next morning, and he had another focal seizure later that day, so after another consult with the neuro. we started him on short term administration (6 doses) of clorazepate. I have to admit I felt like we were going to lose him; it was a very bad few days, but he has now been seizure-free for 8 days, and we are breathing a bit easier.
We had a follow-up with a new neurologist (same group/different vet) who we liked very much and his prognosis was very optimistic. He said that while the newer drugs we had him on are safer, they often lose their effectiveness and phenobarbital is still the most reliable, most effective seizure medication. He also said that with close watch, we should be able to protect his liver, and it's possible that he will never cluster again and that the pheno will dramatically decrease the frequency of his seizures. Also, if he is seizure-free for 3 months, we can start to wean him off of one of the other two drugs--which will make me very happy.
Our 115 lb. Quinn is now stumbling about like a drunken sailor and we can't leave him unsupervised. I think he senses his vulnerability because he is even more clingy than usual. At the moment, he is still losing balance and occasionally falling over, and he gets stuck getting up on the sofa and the bed and then his legs give out when he tries to get back down. He can't change sides in the middle of the night, so he wakes us up several times and we have to roll him over. The neuro said he should adjust to the pheno and regain his balance in a couple of weeks; we are looking forward to that :)
Gracie has been his constant companion throughout--making all the trips to ER and to the neurologist with us. She's been such a trooper and a very patient big sister.
So, we seem to be headed in a good direction, but we would be ever-so-grateful for any prayers or positive thoughts you can shoot Quinn's way.
Hope y'all are doing well, and for those of you in the path of fires or hurricanes, I pray you are safe and stay that way.
Licks and loving paws from Gracie and Quinn (his would be CLOBBER paws)