Epilepsy... rant...

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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...

Jax (earned- her wings- 5/30/12)

Give me your- toy.
Barked: Fri Nov 9, '12 5:36am PST 
Don't beat yourself up. We all make mistakes. I view them as learning experiences. Look on the bright side, at least now you know what one of his triggers is. That way you can avoid it in the future. Good Luck!

Akita Pals- Always.
Barked: Fri Nov 9, '12 6:14am PST 
hughughughughughughughughughughug to you and Charlie. The closest I have come to having to deal with epilepsy was a classmate in school who had grand mal seizures regularly. It was scary since we had been classmates from first grade on until 8th grade when her condition became so severe she was no longer able to attend school. I always felt bad because there was so little we could do to help,except to try to keep her from injuring herself. Those of us who were her friends did our best to see that she did not hit her head on the floor,stayed with her until it passed,then gathered her things and escorted her to the nurses office. That was nearly 40 years ago. I'm glad you have found ways to help Charlie more. It is unfortunate that anyone person or pup has to live with epilepsy. Please do not beat yourself up and just do what you know you can to make him as safe as possible and keep him from developing fears of things because of his seizures,I know in another post you mentioned he had become fearful of being locked in his crate because he had had a seizure in it. Also,feel free to rant and express yourself as you need to,we may not be able to help or offer advice but we are more than happy to listen and offer what comfort we can.hugwishes to both you and Charlie.

Shiver Me- Timbers- "Charlie"

My Little Dog, a- heartbeat at my- feet.<3
Barked: Fri Nov 9, '12 2:02pm PST 
Thank you, so much you two... You have no idea how much it helps to be able to talk about it. I'm getting lots of advice from the canine epilepsy site, so just being able to rant and talk about it is good.. I need the outlet once in a while, because while he's seizing, I bottle it all up and try to keep myself as calm as possible so I don't stress him out(if he stays conscious, or for when he pulls out of it).

I want to cry every time it happens, and often, I end up crying after he's okay again and leave my fiance confused as to whether he should be comforting my dog, or me, lol..

Medicating him unless he's having a couple every month, is something that would do more harm than good at this point in time, and it makes me feel terrible. Every seizure beats down a neuro-pathway for more seizures, and the idea that they could, and likely will get more frequent and more severe just breaks my heart. I want to see my dog around for another ten years.

I have to start interviewing new Veterinarian's in my local area to find one that I can start taking him to, too... I'd prefer one that was experienced with epilepsy. I'm really hoping the local Holistic Vet is experienced with them, as I like that he combines modern medicine with Holistic.
Maggie (I'm- Moms Angel- Now)

Punish the DEED- NOT The Breed!!!
Barked: Fri Nov 9, '12 2:08pm PST 
Seizures are the pits. I know how hard it was for me to watch Maggie go through them. I know that they say not to give a seizure dog anything with Rosemary in it but Maggie loved the Northern cookies that I bought for her at a local pet food store. She didnt get them often but she did get them now and then until I found out that they had rosemary in them. They never triggered her seizures though which was really odd. It seemed that what triggered her seizures was changes in the weather. But as much as I miss her right now I am thankful for the days that I had with her. The three years were not long enough but I loved her more than words. My sweet girl is at peace now. Charlie knows that it was an accident and forgives you.
Dylan aka- Dilly,my- angel

frisbee- s rule
Barked: Fri Nov 9, '12 2:43pm PST 
I am a shaker too. and it is very hard on the humans. and most times you will not know what the triggers are. all but a small handfull of mine have come well into the night. and of the ones that didnt, all but 1 I was asleep for.

it just happens.dont blame yourself

Akita Pals- Always.
Barked: Sat Nov 10, '12 9:34am PST 
I think in times of trouble,fear,pain and uncertainty everyone needs an outlet. If it does nothing to fix the situation at least you know that you are being heard and others understand you helplessness,hopelessness,and frustration of the moment and will do their best to offer comfort and support. That is one of the many things I have learned about the Dogster community,we are here for each other to lean on when we need it. So when you feel the need rant,cry,complain,yell or whatever you need,we have your back.
hugwishes and may you and Charlie find what you need to have many more happy years together.flowers