Thursday, January 10, 2013
Thankyou for all your kindnesses over the last few days. It means a great deal to me.
There were lots of fun furry friends for Sophie in the frosty foggy field this morning. There was Ti, a large Staffy cross, and Molly a small Staffy. There was Tigger, an amazingly coloured brindle whippet cross who - coincidentally - suffers from epilepsy, and with meds has a fit around once every six weeks. There were also two Yorkies - very friendly - whose names I didn't get. It was nice to see so many pets and owners about this morning. Made me feel safe having them there, because if Sophie collapsed they would all come running. They know how sick she is. She got lots of attention today and loved every minute of it. :-)
Meanwhile, I find that boxing exercise in some form or other is great for relieving stress, so I did this 40-minute Shadowboxing video from You Tube today:
It is one of my favourite exercise videos. I get a good workout with it, even though I don't own the belt.
But, soft, what lightbulb above the brainbox brightens...
It is an idea, and Leslie Sansone is the source....
I have a potential substitute for the boxing belt!
The belt from the Leslie Sansone Walk Away Your Waistline DVD and belt combo I bought last week!
So I tried it, and it was brilliant! My shoulders, arms, back etc, all got a terrific workout, never mind my thighs and everything else.
I actually got more use out of the belt with the shadowboxing than I did with Leslie Sansone. :-)
I do love it when a piece of exercise equipment becomes multi-use. :-)
Enjoy your day, everyone!
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Not good news. Sophie had another fit at lunchtime, 4 1/2 days after the last one. The blood tests came back normal, and the vet is as sure as he can be, given her symptoms and indicators, and without the expensive brain scan, that she has a brain tumour. This means that the meds MAY give her a little more time, but not much. He says the fact that she took four hours to return to normal after the fit today is not good, and that each fit has weakened her back end significantly. He says that if she fits again it would be best to put her to sleep, and I have to agree with him. It would not be fair to let this carry on any further.
So, we are giving the epilepsy meds a chance, but are preparing ourselves for her last visit to the vets.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
This was Sophie just before we left the field behind our house this morning. She is looking so much better - alert, happy. Still raring to go after a good romp around.
We will miss going to Highwoods for her walks, but as you can see from these pics, the field behind our house is actually quite big. Once she is up to it, and the worst of the soggy goes away (it is a veritable swamp in places), we will walk the entire circuit and see how far it is.
Anyway, here are a few pics. Those little white dots on the level area are seagulls. We have quite a sizeable flock. :-)
She is definitely having 'moments', but in between she seems fine.
Enjoy your day!
Monday, January 07, 2013
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Monday, January 07, 2013
So far, so good. Sophie hasn't had another fit. She was quieter than usual for most of the weekend, but given what she'd been through it isn't surprising. Sophie is back sleeping upstairs on her sofa in Bry's old room, with the bedroom doors open in case she needs us. We are just blocking the stairs at night so that if she does have another fit she can't fall down them. I'm going to try and find a child safety gate to put there for the future (seen one online that is made of material), but we used a couple of laundry baskets the first two nights, and we have now exchanged that for a fold up bed frame that sits comfortably across between my bedroom door and Tara's. With a towel draped over it looks solid enough that Sophie won't touch it, and is soft enough if she knocks against it she can't be hurt. And it easily slides out of the way in a second if we need to move it.
It's weird. She never sleeps downstairs, because she hates being alone, but the night she had the fit, she seemed so reluctant to come upstairs that I put the light out and left her in the sitting room, but with the door open so there was a little light coming in and so that she could come upstairs if she changed her mind. I guess someone was watching over her that night to make sure she was in a safe place when she fitted.
Clare (K9 Ambulance lady) said that she probably sensed something and that was why she stayed put, but she has been more and more reluctant to attempt the stairs at night lately anyway, and I've had to really cajole her to get her up them in the last week or two. Maybe she had been having petit mal seizures up to this point. They would have been enough to make her feel wary I should think, even if they weren't obvious to us at the time.
Tara came up with an interesting speculation that I will put to the vet on Wednesday when he rings with Sophie's blood test results. The light in the sitting room was off, but the internet was on, and in the dark the lights on the modem flash very fast and seem very bright, so Tara wondered whether the fit was as a result of photo sensitivity to the flashing lights.
Sophie was quietly sick once yesterday evening and turned her nose up at breakfast this morning, but she gets like that sometimes anyway, and it may be a reaction to a bit of a change in routine. She has to have her dementia pill half an hour before food, so she is fretting that her bowl isn't on the floor. She is unusual in that she doesn't just wolf her food down. Instead she goes to her bowl and grazes at intervals through the day.
To try and deal with her not being able to do that this morning, I gave her the pill in a teaspoon of pate, got dressed, and took her for a 15 minute walk, which is about her limit currently, and by the time we got back and got dried off it was time for her food. She picked out a favourite piece of Baker's Complete from her food bowl, put it on the floor, stared at it for several seconds, then looked at me and walked away. Hmmm...
She curled up on the sofa, looking miserable, so I left her to rest, and when she perked up a bit later, I played with her food, rolling it along the floor for her to chase, and soon she was eating out of her bowl again.
And she loved her walk. Which is a good sign. :- )
This afternoon, Tara and I barricaded ourselves upstairs with Sophie and spent some time trying to fit-proof her room in case she fits in the night again. It is a small room – about 7ft by 8ft – and has a 3ft wide single bed and a two seater sofa in it, as well as a tall, thin bookshelf and a small dining table with folding leaves. Sophie gets up on the bed to look out of the window, but sometimes when getting back off she kind of gets one of her back legs stuck behind her, which can occasionally result in a bit of a limp, so that needed to be moved. Also, if she had a seizure in there the amount of floor space is so small that she wouldn't be able to stretch out, so could really do herself a mischief.
So, after some experimenting, we have put the bed base on end against the wall, and wedged the mattress lengthways between that and the table, with the last 1/4 of the mattress bent over against the bed base, to wedge it firmly and prevent it from falling even if knocked against. It is a very old bed and a pretty solid mattress, so I'm not worried about it getting damaged this way, and it means Sophie can clamber on it, sleep on it, and generally muck about without hurting herself. I've also used a couple of old pillows to pad out the table legs. She still has her sofa. It is nice and low to the ground, so easier for Sophie to negotiate. I don't want to change more than I have to so that she doesn't get disoriented. The room is now really safe for her, and if she does have a fit in there she should be well cushioned. Plus whoever is sitting with her while she recovers will have something comfy to sit/lie on.
I had to go downstairs during the re-arranging, to get the hoover – amazing what accumulates under a bed when it hasn't moved in two years! I found a pair of nesting socks for a start! LOL I slid the new barrier aside, walked through, replaced it, and started down the stairs. As I reached the bend I turned round – and could see the tip of a wet doggy nose and two eyes peering desperately over the top of the barrier to see where I'd gone.
I told Tara to keep an eye and continued down to get the hoover. When I came back up a minute later there was Sophie wagging her tail madly. She apparently had a good sniff at the edges of the barrier to see if there was a way through, quickly realised there wasn't so she stood and waited for me to come back. This is good. The big test will be when the postman comes. LOL
Incidentally, Tara is being very brave. She was terribly shaken up by the whole experience, and I was worried that she wouldn't be persuaded to stay alone in the house with Sophie, but she is coping. Hats off to her for getting a grip on her fears for Sophie's sake. She really does deserve a special mention. :-) It is so hard for her to cope with stuff like this, especially the total unpredictability of it all. I think that getting her involved in some practical efforts to at least minimize the potential problems should Sophie have another seizure has helped her feel like she does have at least some control of the situation. I know it has helped me. :-)
In other news...
Streakwise, I'm doing pretty well.
9/9 days spinning the sparkwheel.
9/9 days at least ten mins exercising.
8/8 drinking at least 8 glasses of water and well on track today.
6/8 eating at least 5 freggies. The two fail days I ate 3 and 4, so could have been worse, and as one day was caused by a diverticular blip and the other was due to Sophie being ill, I don't feel bad about it. Besides, after being up all Friday night with Sophie, and sleeping away Saturday afternoon, I simply didn't have time to eat all my meals that day. :-) As it was, I ended up eating my evening meal at 11pm on Saturday. :-) Mind you, I kept it lightish – a piece of hake grilled, and topped with tomato salsa and melted cheese, with some broccoli on the side. Very tasty. :-)
Hoping for a good week.
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