|Shiver Me- Timbers- "Charlie"|
My Little Dog, a- heartbeat at my- feet.<3
|Barked: Fri Nov 9, '12 2:35am PST |
|This is more kind of a rant... Because really, I've done quite a bit of research, and I am getting help on the canine-epilepsy website... But still.
Today, I caught the beginning of a seizure. And I think I was the trigger. Or rather, my hands...
I was handling Cilantro to feed my bunnies... and Cilantro is VERY very strong in odor... It was all over my hands by the time I was done with it... But I didn't think anything of it. Grabbed my dogs bedtime treat(which has been the same for the past several weeks without issues - but I may stop just in case it was that), and took him to bed. We got upstairs, I tossed his treat on the floor, crawled into bed and not five minutes later, he was repeatedly getting up like he was uncomfortable, shivering, and his back legs were unbalanced and wobbly.. It was like they were swaying under the weight of his back end.. It was weird.
And I instantly went to thinking, after it continued for a short while and he repeatedly laid down and stood again, that he was either starting a seizure, or having a partial, or something similar..
Immediately, still not realizing what the trigger might have been.. I began using Ocular Compression(it's pulled him out of seizures before, and helped pull him back to normal quicker afterward too) in combination with TTouch... And he leaned up against me, and just relaxed into me and enjoyed.
So I continued it for a while, before I stood to see if he was okay and to gauge how his balance was, and he was fine this time, so I crawled back into bed.. But I don't know if we're out of the woods yet, and that terrifies me.
It kills me to see him have seizures, even if he only typically has one every couple of months(the closest they've come together before is by 20 days and that was only twice in the past two years), and most are spread out throughout the year, and even if most of them aren't too serious... It's sooo upsetting to watch. It's so incredibly hurtful to see your dog confused, and lose consciousness, get tense, shake, and be unable to control themselves in ways that they normally would be able to... And yes, I'm epileptic too, but I've only ever had ONE grand mal, and the rest have all been partials... So it's hard for me to truly gauge what he's going through, other than that it's sooo incredibly confusing when you come out of it. You have no idea what happened, or what's going on.
Afterwards, he usually gets honey or vanilla ice cream, and a romp outside when he's okay enough to do it... And the whole time, he gets stroked and massaged gently by me, to help ease him... He's landed in my lap almost every single time, too(usually sitting on the couch with him, or on the floor with him), save for the first time it happened.
Ugh... I just hate the fact that I could have been his trigger, and that there's almost never a trigger-connection between any of the seizures that I can pick up on. I hate that, despite knowing strong odors can cause seizures, I still didn't wash my hands after handling the herbs before giving him his cookie..
I feel like an idiot... And I feel bad for my puppy(any animal or human) for having to deal with epilepsy...
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