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Maybe I am not blowing Utah's health out of proportion.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Ok, I am feeling a bit of...



I just need to talk it out and all will be fine.

First, great news that Utah is still seizure free. We are now at 5 weeks 2 days!



Also, Utah really seems to be back to himself. It has been so long. I am recalling that he can be a bit of a pain in the rear as a puppy. LOL

emoticon I think this is day 3 of 2 short walks a day (in effort to tire him out). This will change back next week when I am back to work in Charlotte rather than working from home (like I have this week). He can get to be full of energy... like yesterday when I was on a conference call and he started barking because Sierra would not play with him. That is the new standard. It is a good thing.

emoticon His appetite seems to be back as well. Outstanding.

However, the vet finally called today.
emoticon His Phenobarbital levels are now at 39 (blood taken 4/18).
emoticon From blood work March 6th his levels were 27.5
emoticon From blood work Jan. 9th his levels were 19.

The range should be between 15 & 45 but the Neurologist prefers between 15 & 35. We obviously have been adjusting the meds to be rid of the cluster seizures and then again to have the individual seizure more spread out (to at least 4 weeks apart).

His liver levels are high as well. NOT GOOD.
I will have to look this up to gain a better understanding.

So, we are now dropping his Phenobarbital to 2 and one quarter pills twice a day rather than 2.5. More blood work in 3 weeks. This goes with his 5 other pills twice a day of course.

It just stresses me. We have to be able to figure this out. He is only 27 months old.

Other than that I am good. All better. emoticon
I was able to finagle working from home Monday afternoon through Friday.
emoticon Yesterday and today I have gotten in 4 miles a day and...
emoticon as I said, multiple walks.
Finally did a rear end focused dvd today as well (15 minutes - not putting in quite the effort I should.) But I am curious to see if I feel it at all tomorrow.

emoticon Weight is back down to where it is supposed to be.
emoticon emoticon THANK GOODNESS!

emoticon Drinking lots of water and trying to get back to less carbs.
However, i have fallen in love with Laughing Cow cheese wedges. Gotta put the cheese on something so I have been picking up freshly made wheat roles at Harris Teeter.

Well gotta get back to work. Just had to share the news on Utah. I appreciate all your support!

HUGS!
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UPDATE

Now I am even more concerned. I just called the vet back to get the levels.
- - AST is 77 (It should be 8.9 to 49)
- - ALT is 606 (It should be 8.2 to 57)

emoticon I of course find this very upsetting. I need to verify the numbers. Maybe the tech told me wrong. I will continue to investigate.
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  • MOMMA_BEAR_69
    Glad that Utah is doing so well. Praying that his numbers are soon back where they belong...
    Blessings and hugs,
    Helen
    1313 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    There is a happy medium for Utah and eventually you will find it.
    1316 days ago
  • SWDESERTLOVER
    I'm glad to hear that Utah is feeling well and hope they can get his meds worked out soon. Also, good for you for finding time to sneak in some exercise.

    emoticon
    1316 days ago
  • BLITZEN40
    Glad you are able to work from home now more. Sorry about Utah's levels. Hopefully they will be able to resolve that soon. Laughing Cow light is only 35 calories a wedge (I like it too!) and you can put it on cracker chips from Pepperidge Farms. They are quite tasty and you can have like 25 of them for 140 calories. emoticon
    1317 days ago
  • BLESSED2BEME
    It really is a fine line when it comes to medications that keep medical conditions in check with them doing what we need them to do versus other side affects that are not good. I'm glad you and the vet are taking his medication levels seriously. Trust the process! It will all work out and I'm so glad to hear that he is acting more like a puppy again!

    I like laughing cow cheese wedges on sliced apples. Nummers! You could also put it on celery.

    Way to go on working from home this week. I know that always helps you feel more balanced!
    1317 days ago
  • LOPEYP
    Glad that Utah is doing well.
    Try the laughing cow on celery. That's one of my favorites!
    1317 days ago
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