Doofuses

Jersey is back to doing well. He had a small spasm last Friday (a week ago) following an especially exciting visit to the vet for his regular nail trim and anal-gland appointment. Which isn’t surprising, all things considered.  If we keep him calm, on routine, and on his medications though, he’s his normal self again.

I am also due to have a baby any time in the next 3 weeks, and I worry about how the dogs will adjust to *that*. I desperately hope that the change in the house (and what a huge change it will be) won’t throw Jersey back about 25 steps in his progress.

It IS exhausting trying to keep the house as quiet and peaceful as possible. I feel like I am constantly walking on egg shells and always on high alert with him.

On the plus side– the sooner the baby comes, and the snow melts, the sooner we can make the trip back to Vancouver to have him seen again by his Neurologist. Hopefully then we can get to the bottom of why he’s still requiring medication to function, and why he’s still so damn delicate. This has been going on since November, and to say I am “over” it would be pretty huge understatement. I’m sure HE is over it as well.

In the meantime, I’m glad he’s comfortable and happy again.

 

Doing better

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It was a rough few days there, but I’m happy to say that we seem to have gotten Jersey’s pain back under control and he is doing well. He has spent the last week on strict crate rest while we grappled with everything, but now that he’s stable (and on meds 3x daily) we have been able to relax the crate rules a bit and give him a tiny bit more freedom.

At this point, I am not sure that weaning him off his medications entirely is a reasonable goal. He was doing quite well when we had him down to 2x a day…. and I think we may be able to get back to that point, however anything less that seems unattainable right now. I think that for now the goal will be to simply keep him comfortable and happy on whatever medication is necessary until we are able to bring him back in to Canada West for another Neurological Exam in a month or two.

We’ve tried TWICE since November to get him off these meds, and both times have been epic failures. It is obvious to me at this point that he needs the medication because there is something more serious going on in that neck of his (didn’t heal correctly? re-injury? new injury?) and getting to the bottom of THAT needs to happen before we can consider being medication free.

In the mean time, I am thankful for medications that are safe for long term use, that Jersey does well on, and that aren’t too cripplingly expensive (though insurance would cover most of the expense even if they were).

Painful. Again.

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Well, shit. What was a very encouraging start to being weened from his medications, has taken an unfortunate turn.

Jersey was doing great on just half of his regular dose of medications, so a few days ago, I went ahead and cut that down a bit further. Apparently that additional, small reduction was just enough to be too much for Jersey to handle.

Yesterday evening Jersey started acting painful and had a few small spasms….  and that went on to continue through the entire night. It’s currently 8am, and I’ve been up with him more or less all night long, massaging and helping him through the worst bits, and stealing 45 minutes of sleep here and there when I could.

His neck seems to be in just one never-ending soft spasm. He’s very painful, and very miserable.

Frustratingly, he had a nail trim & anal gland appointment today. I was excited to bring him in and have his vet see all the progress he has made. Not to mention, he’s well due to have his nails & glands done! But now that has to wait until we’re able to get his pain back under control.

Last time this happened, it took 5-6 days to get him stable and comfortable again. So I guess he & I are looking at another long, stressful week. I can’t wait to get this boy back in to see the Neurologist in the spring. It’s clear that he absolutely needs another MRI/CT scan and exam to figure out just what the hell is going on. It’s very unusual for dogs who have had Jersey’s surgery to still be painful and reliant on medication 2.5 months later.

He was doing so well, you guys!! This is such a frustrating, and discouraging bump in the road.

31890505941_be890a0360_b2017 has been kind to us folks. I almost don’t want to post about anything because I don’t want to jinx it… but Jersey has been doing GREAT since cutting back on his pain meds.

For the first week of the year, we were giving him about 2/3 of his regular dosage. He seemed to be doing really well with that, so for the last couple of days we’ve cut it back to 1/2 of what he had been getting. The response from Jersey has been super positive, in that he’s shown no response at all. No spasms, no soreness, great energy levels and mood. He seems totally unaffected by the reduction of medication in his system.

We have even been able to relax his crate time significantly, allowing him to move around more. He’s now only in the crate/pen at bedtime. If we are home, he’s out in the house with us. If we are not home, he’s in the office with Oslo.

I am almost afraid to say it… but over all, he really seems like he’s back to his normal self!

My goal for January (assuming everything remains stable) is to have him off all meds by the end of the month. So far, that seems doable… But as always, we will follow Jersey’s lead and watch him closely for signs that he’s not ready. Things are looking really positive though, and I am SO thankful for that.

First post of 2017

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It’s a new year and a  new month!

Our Christmas tree is down, and all of our decorations are packed away for another year. It feels like to have our house back. The weather this week is cold cold cold, but sunny and bright. Oslo and Jersey have taken up some lovely spots of sun in the living room and are getting their suntans on.

Jersey is doing very well, and I am thinking that perhaps it’s time now to try again to cut back his medications again. Of course this fills me with dread and anxiety, but I know that it must be done eventually and is inevitable. Please cross your fingers that he responds well.

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