View Full Version : Rory's neuro recheck exam! :)

23rd June 2006, 11:02 PM
On Tuesday, Rory had a neuro exam recheck. It's been almost 7 months since his decompression surgery for Syringomyelia. He's been doing reallly well, but I was still worried about how his recheck would go.

It went great!!! :D Before the surgery, he had started showing neurological deficits in his back legs which we could test by putting his paw upside down (top on the ground) and waiting for him to sense the incorrect positionn and flip it. He had delayed reaction in his back legs before the surgery. On Tuesday, he only had "equivocal" (meaning, the neurologist couldn't even get the same repeatable reaction every time) delay on his back right leg!!! meaning -- he is either no worse, or better than he was before!! :D I am just sooooo happy. He is ALMOST neurologically normal!!

Of course, there's still the chance of relapse, but I am just so happy that he is doing so well right now. :) He is on gabapentin (neurontin) and furosemide (lasix), both of which really really help. A couplee neurologist said they tend to see the dogs rellapse around 6 -8 months, so I'm still on guard for the next few months, especially. But I am very very glad that I went through with the surgery and that I did it early on right when I first noticed the neurological deficits, and before he got too bad. :)

Also - this same neurologist heard a "maybe 1/6 murmur" before the surgery and tuesday he couldn't hear anything! :D Yippee!!

Thanks again to everyone here who has been there for me during thsi whole thing. There were a few months that were really really tough and I couldn't have done it without the support and prayers of everyone here. So, thank you all. It means soooo much. :)

23rd June 2006, 11:49 PM
He is certainly the picture of health!

Cathy Moon
24th June 2006, 03:21 AM
I'm so happy for you and Rory! :flwr:

24th June 2006, 03:40 AM
...He is ALMOST neurologically normal!!

Also - this same neurologist heard a "maybe 1/6 murmur" before the surgery and tuesday he couldn't hear anything! :D Yippee!!

Go Rory!! Kendall, that is such happy news!

i know it is a judgement call to do such major surgery so early in the progression of the disease. It's a courageous decision. fingers crossed that he doesn't relapse. If they make it past 8 months, does the frequency of relapse decrease as time goes by?

amanda L
24th June 2006, 11:22 AM
So glad to hear about Rory, it must have been very difficult times after the surgery for you, tg he's come through it all well . Have seen the pics of him on the beach and other ones you posted, he is such a happy looking doggie and very cute :l*v: .

24th June 2006, 05:54 PM
Thanks, all!! I just hope he maintains as well as he has and I can enjoy him for years to come!!! That would be so much more than I ever could have hoped 8 months ago. ;)

28th June 2006, 04:35 PM
What wonderful news, Kendall. I'm sure you have been on pins and needles waiting for this check up. How lucky for Rory that you are his mom! So glad things are working out for him and his recovery has gone so well. :flwr: