At 2:00am this morning, I was woken up by the sound of peeing.
It was the start of a seizure. As I jumped out of bed in the dark and kneeled by Rolo’s bed he began to flop around like a fish out of water. As his bed is beside my dresser I took a pillow and covered the corner of it as that’s where Rolo’s head was near and I didn’t want him to hit his head on it. I spoke softly to him reassuring to him that everything was going to be OK and that this will pass soon. Do you know how horrible it is to watch someone you love go so something so horrible and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it but make sure they don’t hurt them self? Rolo ended up with a bloody mouth from either biting his lip or his cheek during the seizure monster attack.
After Rolo came around I tried to get him to drink some water, gave him another half of a Phenobarbital pill and layed on the floor with him until it was time to get up and go to work. Rolo is staying home with the comfort of his dad today.
We adopted Rolo knowing that he had Canine Epilepsy and it was 99.9% likely that he was going to be on medication for the rest of his life. We adopted him from the Fort McMurray SPCA on June 23, 2011.
“Seizures are the result of muscle responses to an abnormal nerve-signal burst from the brain. They are a symptom of an underlying neurological dysfunction. Toxic Substances, metabolic or electrolyte abnormalities and/or imbalances cause an uncoordinated firing of neurons in the cerebrum of the brain, creating seizures from mild to severe” (Quote Credit: http://www.canine-epilepsy.com/overview.html)
May 31st would have been a tremendous milestone in his life. It would have marked 1 year seizure free. As I was so excited about that date, as we would be spending it in Jasper at the Dog Days Of May at Jasper Park Lodge, I somehow feel guilty for jinxing that date as that’s all I talked about. I am so proud of my boy for going so long without one but sad that we are now back to square one. To make myself feel better I will no longer be pre-writting blog posts about my dog as I had his 1 year seizure free blog post done and ready to be published May 31st.
We want our EPI friends to know that we are thinking about them all of the time and that together we can help each other, raise awareness and enlighten others who feel alone because of this disease.
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