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post #31 of 73 Old 02-13-2012, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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You know, if he were human, I'd say he's showing the after affects of a stroke?

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I had that thought as well but the vet insists it is the meds. He keep saying "give his body time to adjust to the new dose"

I always think of Carsten as a little boy. Watching this is like seeing him alone in a dark room, terrified and not able to get out. He can sometimes hear my voice in the distance and tries to run to it but can't make it out of the dark room. I keep talking to him to reassure him, I am here and I am waiting for him to come back to me. It is truly heartbreaking. It does seem to be getting a little better but there is so many miles to go to be close to normal.

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post #32 of 73 Old 02-14-2012, 01:50 AM
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If its any consolation, dogs and cats rarely have true strokes. Usually when they show signs of a stroke, its due to vestibular disease. But Carsten doesn't have nystagmus, so I think that's ruled out.

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post #33 of 73 Old 02-14-2012, 04:46 AM Thread Starter
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Well, a small celebration. Last night, I cut his meds in half pr. vet suggestion. Last night Carsten slept through the night so that is a small victory. Now, hopefully he doesn't begin to seize again. I have 3 more 1/2 doses to give now before he goes back to a full pill 2 times daily. I am just sick thinking he could seize again. Maybe one gets used to such a thing but seeing him do that for so long was too much for me. I do not every want to see it again. My poor little boy.

So far this morning he seems slightly more normal too. Hopefully cutting the meds back for 2 days will get him back on track physically. It snowed last night so of course, that poses a bit more of a challenging for a dog with slippery feet. He seemed happy to walk about in it though. Probably good for his mind since we have been basically shut ins for the past 6 days.

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We're pulling for him. Glad to hear some good news. You both deserve a break from all this!

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post #35 of 73 Old 02-15-2012, 04:41 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you

This morning I was up at 2:30 am to start getting ready for work but doing it slowly so as to not freak Carsten out. This morning he seems to be doing better at the lower dose of medicine now... Just please don't let him have a seizure. I will have him in the kennel while I am at work. From now on I guess as I don't want to risk him having a seizure while I am at work and hurting himself in the process. Not to mention the other pets getting hurt.

I will be scared to death while at work these next few days, please keep Carsten in your prayers. If I get through this without a bleeding ulcer it will be a miracle.
Tonight he goes back on his larger dose (per vet instructions) and I feel slightly better knowing the seizures will hopefully be held at bay.

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Thank you

This morning I was up at 2:30 am to start getting ready for work but doing it slowly so as to not freak Carsten out. This morning he seems to be doing better at the lower dose of medicine now... Just please don't let him have a seizure. I will have him in the kennel while I am at work. From now on I guess as I don't want to risk him having a seizure while I am at work and hurting himself in the process. Not to mention the other pets getting hurt.

I will be scared to death while at work these next few days, please keep Carsten in your prayers. If I get through this without a bleeding ulcer it will be a miracle.
Tonight he goes back on his larger dose (per vet instructions) and I feel slightly better knowing the seizures will hopefully be held at bay.

Wow, you go to work early. He's in my thoughts and prayers. Poor big guy :(

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Wow, you go to work early. He's in my thoughts and prayers. Poor big guy :(

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I do, and that is NOT a good thing. ha ha I lost my job a year and a half ago and had to settle for this job because it keeps my insurance. I have a history of Cancer and am single so I can't take a chance of losing that. I guess we do what we have to in this world. I HATE the sound of the alarm clock but...

I was sick to my stomach the bulk of the day today wondering what was going on at home but was thrilled to come home and hear both boys howling their hello as they always do when they hear me coming home. Carsten was in his kennel but seemed no worse for wear. Today he is working back UP on his dosage but the two days of smaller dose has helped considerably. He isn't 100 percent but it has improved a lot. I am thankful for that.

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I do, and that is NOT a good thing. ha ha I lost my job a year and a half ago and had to settle for this job because it keeps my insurance. I have a history of Cancer and am single so I can't take a chance of losing that. I guess we do what we have to in this world. I HATE the sound of the alarm clock but...

I was sick to my stomach the bulk of the day today wondering what was going on at home but was thrilled to come home and hear both boys howling their hello as they always do when they hear me coming home. Carsten was in his kennel but seemed no worse for wear. Today he is working back UP on his dosage but the two days of smaller dose has helped considerably. He isn't 100 percent but it has improved a lot. I am thankful for that.
Fantastic!

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So glad to hear he is doing better, keeping my fingers crossed for ya.
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gosh i'll keep you both in my prayers.
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