Thursday, April 30, 2015

Looking Better

Seymour is doing better with the increased dose of his Prednisone.  His head is no longer tilting to one side and he is walking better.  He is rubbing his eyes quite a bit, though.  We haven't heard from his doctor yet today.  I guess that autoimmune disease is still a big issue with Seymour and the medication is still needed.  He is supposed to go from a full pill to half a pill on Sunday - along with his other meds so hopefully he will continue to at least stay the same.  This really is a long process!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Update to Update

I talked with Seymour's nurse about his condition this morning.  She responded "That's not good" and went to talk with his neurologist.  They are upping his prednisone dose to 1/2 a tablet twice a day.  He was at 1/4 tablet once a day.  They will call to check on him on Thursday.  I sure hope that this helps.  He had been doing so well.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Another Update on Seymour

First, Seymour and Zooey no longer like tuna.  So now I have to figure out something else to put Seymour's pills in.  I tried going back to the Swiss cheese spread and he wouldn't have anything to do with it.  Peanut butter doesn't work, either.  Tomorrow we will try ham.

On another note, Seymour is petrified of storms and we had one a couple of nights ago. He climbed the steps to the sofa and fell off, twice.  He now is walking with his head tilted to one side and his back legs aren't working as well as before.  I am giving him his pain pills and hope there is a sprain or something cure able causing this.  Otherwise, it will be back to the neurologist.  As an added problem, I have an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon this week due to pain in my hip and leg.  This is sure the year of the medical issues.

We need to find time and better health so we can go camping!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Changing Attitudes

Seymour has been taking his pills in Laughing Cow Swiss Cheese spread and he has loved it for over a month.  Now that he is only getting his medication once a day, he wants no part of the cheese.  I tried the dogs on scrambled eggs, as recommended by Seymour's neurologist and for two days, they gobbled them down.  Yesterday,  Seymour wanted no part of them.  Zooey still ate hers.  I was starting to worry that there was something wrong with Seymour.  Then I tried giving them tuna fish.  Seymour loved it so at least for now, his pills are being mixed with the tuna.  Who knows how long he will like it.  What a sweet, but strange little dog he is!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Fight in The Dog

My sister and her husband just sent us this magnet. It is perfect for Seymour!

He is a fighter - healthwise!


Vet Visit

Seymour went for his monthly visit to his neurologist. How many dogs can say that? He is doing about the same except that she found some brain activity in his right eye, which is really good. There still is none in his left eye. Because of the damage to his spinal cord, it is difficult to know if he will improve the function in his back legs and butt area. Even if he stays where he is, I will be happy. He does need to gain weight. It is rare that dogs or anyone on steroids doesn't gain. Seymour eats all he wants but has continued to weigh 6 pounds, 6 ounces for the last two months. Dr. Wolf asked if I have ever given him scrambled eggs - and I hadn't, so that will be our new food offering. We did stop on the way home to get a soft serve ice cream cone to share!

Seymour's blood work was fine and we are cutting back on his daily medicine to see if he can tolerate it. I am so thankful for Dr Henry for referring him to the Specialty Hospital and Dr. Wolf for saving his life. She graciously allowed me to take her picture with Seymour.

Our next visit is in a month. The saga will continue. . .


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Catching Up

It has been a while since I posted. I found a new software called Blogsy that is not intuitive so I am still learning it.Seymour is doing about the same. He doesn't seem to be able to hear when we are outside but does hear me in the house. He still has stiff back legs and can't have a bowel movement without "walking it out". But he likes to take short walks and ride in the car. He takes 4 pills every morning and 3 every evening. He goes back to the neurologist on Tuesday. I am having him sleep in an enclosure that includes his bed, water, food and pee pads because I don't want him to have an accident in the house. He has gotten used to it and actually seems to like it. Unfortunately, he still hasn't figured out what a pee pad is for!

I couldn't let Seymour be sick by himself so I came down with an upper respiratory infection that has lasted almost 3 weeks. I am finally starting to feel better.Because it is spring here in Texas and the wild flowers are out, I decided to take both dogs to a Bluebonnet patch for a photo op. Spring feels like a new beginning so we are trying to enjoy each day.