Mystic...thank you for the tips. I appreciate them more than you know and had already investigated several that you mentioned, ergot the harness
I have discussed the size of Oliver's CM while viewing his MRI with his neurologist and it's in a very mild range. Fortunately, this is why he has had so few seizures. I appreciate your help tremendously and will visit your profile shortly.
Our appointment today was at 3:30 and we were blessed with decent weather. We spent an hour and half with Oliver's doctor and she feels he is doing extremely well. We are changing his medication to Pregabalin from Gabapentin. We are also doing a short course of prednisone. Fortunately, Oliver seems to have itching discomfort as opposed to extreme pain. When Oliver hurts, he does yelp. I asked about the progression of the disease and what to expect. Because there is so little known at this point, what they do know so far is that it either advances very rapidly or they plateau with medication and manage to live relatively long, happy lives. Right now, Oliver is at the stage of living well with proper medication. It was agreed today, in no uncertain terms, that suffering is not an option.
To see Oliver there today, one would even wonder if there anything wrong with him, except being extremely cute and goofy
He stood in a position where he could monitor the comings and goings and "chatted" with all who entered. He wasn't barking, he was "lipping off" as I call it. The minute he saw his doctor, whom I might add is very attractive, he was all wiggly for her. He didn't scratch once in the the hour and a half we were there. He was flirting with the students. Oliver even had the receptionist laughing at his antics.
All in all, I'm very positive about today. Dr. Wolfe is an amazing woman with such a big heart and a love for dogs. She had all the time in the world for us, and tolerated my non stop questions and observations. I have no reason to believe that Oliver's condition is unmanageable. He is 3 full months into it and still doing very well relatively. She also gave me more information regarding seizures, of which he has fortunately not had many. The next 3 months will be very telling, but I feel very optimistic about today and Oliver made Mummy so proud
Thank you all so much for your support. I thought of each of you today on my drive and talked to Oliver about all of you. He likes it when we chat alone in the car and it makes others on the highway think I'm a crazy lady talking to myself. You were all with me today and it made the journey so much easier. Deborah