Saturday, January 05, 2013
So we are back home, and THAT decision has been staved off for the moment. Thank the gods!!! You must have all been sending some really powerful vibes our way. Thankyou!
Clare, the K9 Animal Ambulance lady got here at ten this morning and was absolutely brilliant! She hauled a very reluctant Sophie in and out of her car, metaphorically held my hand through everything, explained what the vet had told me while he was in the back getting Sophie's blood taken, then brought us home, and clipped Sophie's nails for me!
It was expensive. £90 all in, including her middle of the night visit. However, she is worth her weight in gold, so I'm joining her monthly payment plan so that we have transport to the vets should we need it in the future. Currently Sophie can't walk that far, even though it is only takes 15 minutes, and with no car this was proving tricky. Paying around £8 a month means that we have transport whenever we need it. :-)
At the vets...
Once in the examination room the vet examined Sophie quite thoroughly, and explained some of the causes of fits in dogs generally, and old dogs in particular.
He also noticed some other issues that I had seen but which hadn't made me worry, like her aimless wandering about which she was doing in the vet's office and which Clare the Pet Ambulance lady noticed last night.
So, he has taken blood for a 'fits and faints profile idexx' which includes the liver test she was booked in to have on Monday. He says that these most commonly come back as 'normal' but that will at least eliminates certain causes. The blood test results will be back on Wednesday, so the vet will ring me then, to tell me the results and talk about where we go next.
He also gave me tablets in case she fits again. He says that it is impossible to say whether she will have another fit, or whether this was a one off, but that if she suddenly starts having several fits in one day, the chances are that her body couldn't cope with the strain, so she will have to take the tablets daily for life IF she has another fit. Hopefully the tablets will control the fits.
The fact that Sophie has a number of lumps that are most likely tumours does suggest that it could be a tumour in her brain that gave her the fit, in which case she will get worse as it grows. However, the only way to confirm a tumour is a very expensive brain scan, and he feels that at her age, quality of life is more important than what is causing the fits, so if the blood panels come back normal, our actions will then be dictated by whether or not she fits again and how it is affecting her quality of life.
He has also concluded that Sophie has a level of dementia. To try and help with this he has given me tablets for her that simply increase oxygen to the brain to ease her symptoms.
And she has some anti inflamatory pain meds for her arthritic back legs, which he says are significantly weaker than they were last time he saw her.
BUT I mustn't give her the pain meds unless I absolutely have to, until the blood tests are back, just in case her liver is affected.
So this is where we are. I'm now on tenterhooks in case she fits again, but hugely relieved that she is still with us for now. Hoping very much that it was a one-off fit, and that the meds help her still enjoy life, even if it is a bit limited for her these days.
And if she is going doolally in her old age, well, she is in excellent company, don't you think? LOL
Enjoy your day. I'm going to stay up a wee bit longer and then go to bed for some sleep. I can't pull all-nighters anymore.
Saturday, January 05, 2013
Around 1am ish, maybe a bit earlier, Tara and I heard an almighty crash downstairs, followed by what sounded like someone throwing stuff round the sitting room. Raced downstairs to find Sophie in the midst of an horrendous fit!
Scared me to death, and sent Tara into a total panic.
Rang for a vet and got put through to emergency one, explained situation, by which time Sophie was coming out of the fit and trying to sit up, but kept collapsing.
No transport so they rang the K9 Animal ambulance for me.
Clare, when she arrived, was brilliant. She assessed Sophie very carefully, and told me my options, and which of them she felt were in Sophie's best interest. As Sophie was able to drink water, accept a piece of Frolic, could focus her eyes, and (with a lot of coaxing) walk around, albeit with impromptu sit downs whenever her back legs gave out, we decided to wait until my usual vet opens this morning, at which time the ambulance will return and take us there, and Clare will stay with us and bring us back home afterwards.
However, if Sophie had another fit, she would come straight back and take us to the emergency vet.
Well, it is now nearly 7.30am, and so far so good. Sophie slept deeply for a couple of hours, but was wide away, panting hard, and unable to settle from 5am onwards. And as I spent the time she was asleep panicking at every slight noise she made in case it was the start of another fit, I've had absolutely no sleep, and feel lousy!
Apart from anything else, I didn't dare risk her on the stairs, so we camped in the sitting room. That thin mattress I have is all well and good for a short seated exercise, but is no cushion for a night's sleep.
The really crappy news: Clare felt Sophie over and can feel several lumps that do not feel like fatty tissue. That coupled with the fit and other recent indicators could mean we are on the slippery slope. :-(
Wish us luck please, especially if the time has come for me to need to be strong enough to make THAT decision. :-(
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Wow! That was !!!
My Leslie Sansone Walk Away Your Waistline with Walk Belt arrived this morning, setting the seal on what I would do for exercise today.
I did plan just to do one of the miles, but was so into it by then I didn't want to stop. I ended up doing the full three miles, and LOVED it!
I was surprised to find that as soon as I put the belt on I automatically straightened up. I know I can be a bit of a sloucher sometimes, so that is really helpful.
I was then surprised that we didn't seem to use the belt much at first, and even when we did it was for barely a minute before we tucked the handles back into the belt again. And that was how it went right through the DVD - short bursts with the belt and the rest of the time as normal.
Have to say, though, that I certainly knew I'd used it by the end of the three miles. Wowser!
Things I love about Leslie Sansone Walks:
You can try her out for free online first, with three different walks available on her web page:
Not to mention that a search for Leslie Sansone on You Tube yields all her Exercise TV videos, plus extra ones posted by other Leslie Lovees. :-)
She sweats! Sorry, ladies... She glows!
I like to see that she is putting in a good effort on my behalf! And she is proud of her sweat! She calls us 'Sisters in Sweat'. I like the sound of that. :-)
She uses real people on her DVDs. Real people of all sizes and shapes and fitness levels. Gives you confidence that her workouts are aimed at all of us, regardless of ability.
Her videos are well filmed, but not slick. They are real. She jokes with the other people on the videos, and she gets distracted with her counting sometimes, but the camera just keeps rolling. "So what," she says, "if you go right or I go left. We aren't learning dance steps. We're just walking to the beat of the music."
But it isn't 'just' walking.
It is a lot more than just a walk! Walking just takes you in one direction .. forward. Unless you are a Pushme-Pullyu!
Leslie takes you forwards, backwards and sideways. She also has you doing tap outs and lunges, knee-ups and kicks, arms swinging and reaching. You get little stand up crunches and if you use the belt, or the stretch band. or even a couple of light weights you add an element of strength training to the walk as well.
So it is actually a LOT more than just a walk.
I plan to have a regular Leslie fest as part of my exercise routine - aiming for a three Miler twice a week if I can, with some shorter walks thrown in at other times.
Streakwise, doing quite well.
Spin the wheel - 5/5 days
Exercise at least ten minutes - 5/5 days
Drink 8 glasses of water - 4/4 days (and well on course today so far)
Eat 5 freggies - 3/4 days (yesterday had a diverticular blip that meant I couldn't eat my evening meal as planned, but I got 3 freggies in earlier in the day)
Enjoy your day!
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
This was a Christmas pressie from Bryony and Rob. Bry bought this picture frame and put photos in it from my Birthday trip to Constable Country back in November:
Photos within photos...
I finally have pics of all of us on my wall. I have loads in the computer and in drawers, but only one on the wall, and none of Rob, so this was a really thoughtful gift. :-)
Tara, Me and Rob:
Willy Lott's House - an iconic picture:
Bry, Tara and Myself outside the Mill that is now a study centre. Constable stood about here when he sketched out his famous Haywain picture, though he was looking in a different direction than us, obviously. LOL
Our Boxing Day jaunt into town had us avoiding the new lake that is no longer confined just to the cricket pitch:
That area seems to get more flooded every year!
But soft, what light beyond the window breaks...
It is the New Year's Day, and there really is a Sun!!!
How lovely to start 2013 with blue sky and sunshine and a lone fluffy cumulus cloud. :-)
I hope that has put a smile of a few hungover faces today.
New Year's Eve - Streak Day 2
Four out of Four again:
Spun the Sparkwheel
Got at least ten mins of exercise (30)
Drank at least 8 glasses of water (10)
Got at least 5 freggies in (5)
So far, so good! :-)
Enjoy the first day of 2013!
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