Monday, January 26, 2009

Seizures?


Randi's mom/secretary/nursing assistant here...Today Randi had another one of her drooling episodes...more severe than the past...Around 11:45am Randi became very agitated & stressed & immediate clung to my side...I took her into the living room & sat with her on the floor...she was literally sitting in my lap...all 90 pounds of her...She hadn't started to drool yet, but she was doing a few things that were entirely new in comparion to past episodes...she started moving her jaw like she was chewing gum - over & over & then kept licking her lips...she would sit up & then sit in a lying position & then lick her paws - almost like she was making sure they were still there...her pupils were dialiated, her heart rate was sky high & her body temp was very warm. She was extremely needy & stressed - bewildered is the word...I don't know if I saw her tremble at all...maybe just a shiver-like tremble...& then the settled down after a few minutes & just wanted to be held...She ate lunch around 1pm after she calmed down & continued to drool for then next 5 hours...napping off & on...we went on a short walk around 4:30pm & she ate dinner around 5:15pm...so her appitite & mobility are good. I contacted Dublin's former renal specialist & mentioned all the symptoms to her...she thinks it could be signs of partial (or focal motor) seizure...Meaning a seizure that is not so severe that she loses consciousness, but bad enough to stress her out. Another thought she had was that if Randi's episodes coincide with her meals since she is on a high protein diet (and dogs with liver issues, or some other problems with protein metabolism specifically urea acid cycle defects) they sometimes have "spacy" episodes after meals and drool. The vet specialist reassured me that is sounded scary, but it most likely isn't, so not to worry.

Please keep Randi in your thoughts & send pawsitive vibes her way...She was so stressed today it was beyond belief...I'll keep you all updated...She's napping sweetly on her bed at the moment.

Love (& Licks from Randi)

Randi's mom

p.s. Extra special thanks to Wally & his Ma-Ape for pointing out in a past blog comment that seizures might me something to ponder...I'm sure Randi is thinking right now..."My Wally, My Hero"...

29 comments:

Lorenza said...

Paws crossed and sending good vibes to your Randi!
I hope everything goes well.
Take care
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Asta said...

Randi
I am cwossing my paws and sending you tons of my vewy stubbown healing tewwwiew vibes..I hope you don't have this tewwible thing happen again..it sounds scawy..I send you soothing , calming smoochie kisses
love
Asta

Princess Eva and Brice, the Duke of Destruction said...

Poor Randi,
Sorry but we can only keep our paws crossed for you and hope that someone can help.

Princess Eva

Mango said...

Randi, my darling cougar gal, I am thinking of you as hard as I can and Mango is sending his giant mastiff vibes your way. I am so worried about you. I know mom will take good care of you and keep us posted. Don't be scared to tell mom what's wrong.

Kisses,
Dexter, your cub

Raising Addie said...

Randi you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Your mom is taking sooo very good care of you. Just stick by her side ok.

Lots of Luv & Kisses
Addie & Lucie

Daisy said...

Oh, that must have been so scary! I am sending my very best comforting purrs for Randi.

dewdana said...

How scary for your both! Moose and I are hoping that it is less serious than it looks. Regardless I hope you can find an answer soon. It sounds very stressful for you both!
Wally is one sharp corgador so I am not surprised he helped!
dana + moose (a fellow black dog)

Amber-Mae said...

Randi, we're thinking about you. If it is seizure, we hope it doesn't get any worse later. I know it's a very uncomfortable thing to have. We hope something can be done to stop it.

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

oh so sorry to read this news. We are sending good vibes to dear Randi across the seas.

Marvin's paws are crossed too.

I hope it all gets sorted very soon, this must be such a worrying time for you all.

Hugs and healing kisses to sweet Randi from us all here in the UK,

Jeannie and Marvin xxxxxxxx

Moco said...

A special circle of healing vibes will be going on today just for Randi. Tell her not to worry as you are taking the very best care of her.

the 4 Bs said...

we have paws crossed and sending the power of the Bs to sweet Randi! get better kiddo.

woofs.

Maggie and Mitch said...

We're sending lots of AireZen your way, Randi! We hope your vet pinpoints this problem and helps you out quickly!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

wally said...

Oh Randi. I'm so sorry you're feeling a bit poorly and that you're still having episodes. I hope that they get to the bottom of it and can do something for you. Sigh. I would let you sit in my lap if I were there. I will be keeping my paws crossed (as best I can with my short legs) and sending my best vibes to you!

wally t.

Stanley said...

Sweet Randi Girl!

Wish I could be there with you to give you some soothing goober smooches and a nice snuggly moosh or two to let you know you're not alone and that we love you! Anything like that that happens to us pups is kind of scary for us. I hope your vet & your mama find out just what is happening with you, girlie!

Keep us posted and stay cool, Randoober Girl!

Goober love & smooches,
Stanley

Abby and Jack said...

Oh Randi, we sure hope they figure out what is going on soon! We don't want you to be stressed! Here's hoping that the carefree doggy days return soon!

The J.A.Z. pack
Jack, Abby and Zeva!

the Corgi Girls said...

*hugs* Randi! You take it easy!

Nessa said...

Oh my goodness! We're thinking about you Randi and sending healing Newfie vibes!

Joe Stains said...

We are sending 20 bazillion healing vibes!!

Pippa said...

Hey Randi
Thinking of you. I would come and cuddle right next to you to make you feel better if only you weren't so far away. Drool is cool though, although usually only for toast and other such nicies.

Paws crossed and the best vibes in the world coming across the water right now.

Pippa xx

Beanz said...

Oh no Randi! Hope you are feeling better. I had 2 focal seizures last year but then i haven't had any since touch wood. Hopefully they are a one off, or else they can sort it out for you, whatever it turns out to be.

love Beanz

wally said...

Hi Randi! I am hoping you are feeling better today! I was drooling today in your honor. I looked at your pictures to get me salivatin'!

wally t.

Ike said...

That sounds scary - get better Randi!
Love,
Ike

Mindy Lu said...

BARK! Mommy said she would pray for you and Randi-- BARK! Sasha the Princess

Sitka, Tia, & Cornelia Marie said...

Wooo Randi! Sending some good sibe vibes to you to get you better!!!
Hugs,
Sitka

Butchy & Snickers said...

Hey Randi,
So sorry you are having these episodes. Sure sounds like seizures to us. Ya know Snickers has them. Did your vet check for hypoglycemia? Think that's the word. Your blood sugar goes too low after eating or even eating a certain type of treat & can cause seizures. If they rule that out, then you could just have the regular epilepsy like Snickers. If you get so many per month, then you might need to take medication like Snickers. Yours sound fairly mild right now. Hope they don't get any worse. You can add our JUST SAY NO TO THE SEIZURE MONSTER icon to your blog if you like. It's on our bloggy sidebar. Hope you are feeling better soon.
Luv & Wirey Hugs,
Butchy, Snickers, Ruby, Sylvester & Scuby

Mango said...

Randi,
Just checking to see how you are, my love. I am so worried about you.

Kisses,
Dexter

Sophie Brador said...

Randi, I hope you are doing better. We are very worried about you, but know you will be okay because you are a strong independent woman dog like me. My mom says to tell you that I have had nothing but problems with super high protein foods. Even though all the natural pet people insist on them, I can't do them. My kidney levels went crazy once, and then last year, my liver went wacko. So mom has given up on the high protein and come to the conclusion that the grain in my diet is okay. And it seems to make my IBS better anyway .... weird as that is.

I sure hope it is seizures, because then you know what you are dealing with that and your brother's vet can fix you and you can be your perfect self again.

xo
SB

wally said...

Hi Randi! Just checkin' in to wish you a happy Ran-day! I hope you are feeling great. I KNOW you are lookin' great.

wally t.

The Brat Pack said...

We're late in making it here because our Mom left us for a week. We're worried about Randi. Any news?

:(
Bear