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Old 10-24-2012, 09:47 PM
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take a big tire baby stroller when you walk, if she has a seizure put her in the stroller and walk on home
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It has been almost 7 weeks since Olive's last seizure. Since then she has been on 180mg a day of phenobarbitol and has been 3 weeks on the thyroid meds. I will take her to the vet next week to test her thyroid blood levels to monitor that medication.

I am hopeful that the medicine is working. Typically her cluster seizures have occurred 2-3 months apart so we are getting into that zone. I've got the valium on hand.

I worry every day about her while at the same time feel blessed to have her in my life.
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First know that we are praying for you and I can tell you first hand the fear of living with an dog with seizures and I know the fear and heartache you are feeling and the almost overwhelming desperation to do whatever you can to make it better. The never leave the house without medication, scheduling so someone is always with them, the "safe"seizure room that has nothing they can hurt themselves with the calendar on the fridge marking the seizures and duration so you can track for the vet, the numerous test and medicine cocktails journal to track their success and then there is the seizures themselves...oh the heart just gets ripped out of your chest during these times as there is nothing you can do. Each dog is different and responds to different approaches and it is a trial and error sometimes on finding the right combination of meds, lifestyle and recovery techniques.

Hang in there and no that you are not alone. Many on this forum have been right where you are and know what you have faced and will face in the journey of living with seizures and will help you any way we can.
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So sorry you are on this roller coaster of life with seizures, but I'm thankful you have found support both here and with the Guardians.
I hope so much that Olive responds to the meds and that regulating her thyroid condition will lead to stability for her. Perhaps in time you will have more confidence in leaving her.
In the meantime if you check through things, and do all that you could possibly do in readiness and prevention (it sounds like you have), then you can do no more. As I was reminded very helpfully, your sweet girl has no idea what you or she are going through.
Try hard to find some time for yourself and a way to relax. It's a hard, stressful journey, and you need to look after yourself - if for no other reason than you can't care for Olive as well if you don't.

My thoughts are with you. As Lucy says, we're here, don't ever feel alone,
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...Try hard to find some time for yourself and a way to relax. It's a hard, stressful journey, and you need to look after yourself - if for no other reason than you can't care for Olive as well if you don't...
This is so true. One of the hardest things about caring for a dog with seizures is the constant vigilance and eternal searching for what has caused the latest one, coupled with the fear that we won't be there when our furry friend needs us. Our lives too easily become focused on the disease and the medications, not on the joy we share with the dog, who still wants our love and the freedom to be a dog. Life cannot be about seizures, even though we have to treat them.

The dogs who love us don't want to imprison us. They want to share life with us and to celebrate each day in the best Golden fashion. I do know this is easier said than done. I think the key is staying in the present, not worrying about the future.

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