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5th March 2009, 02:49 PM
My husband just called and they called him. Abbey had 2 seizures during the night. When those words came out of his mouth I literally went to pieces. After I got it together somewhat I said I suppose they want us to put her down now. I hate writing this negative stuff but thats what I said then he started talking to me rationally. They are saying it could be alot of things and not to panick. They said she's gone through alot of stuff--not only the surgery but she had uti which is minor I know but another addition lets say. She's never ever been away from this house for a night--not even when she was spayed. She's been alone at night but I've never ever kenneled her as she has had seizures before--not that many as I have posted before but we believe that stress has triggered them. So they are saying it could be that also--she's in a strange environment and not with her mommy and daddy--I can just imagine what she is feeling--her mommy and daddy drop her off and she wakes up to that. They are also saying it could be the meds that she was on and I'm not certain about whats going on there as gabapentin is an anti-seizure medication but in her case its being used for pain. They had already called our personal vet and spoken to him. They are still saying to pick her up and she is being monitored closely so its still a go.

Pleaes please please everybody pray for her. I'm bawling as I type that. I love this dog so d a m n much--almost too much if thats possible and its just not fair to be going through this when she's only 5.

5th March 2009, 02:59 PM
Oh Linda I'm so sorry, I will be praying for you and Abbey. Lets hope it's only because of stress. Be brave :hug:

5th March 2009, 03:09 PM
Im hopeing and praying Abbey will be ok, di

5th March 2009, 04:15 PM
Praying here for Abbey. I hope she's okay. Hang in there- it's always okay to cry and pour your emotions out on this board.

5th March 2009, 04:37 PM
i can't find words, so hugs from both of us.

5th March 2009, 05:14 PM
I'm sorry to hear that Abbey had seizures, it's scary to hear that happed to her. At least she was at the vet's office so she had medical care if she needed it...stay positive, it's a really good sign that she's going to be coming home soon, and hopefully she will recover quickly. Keep us posted on her progress, we're all keeping our fingers crossed for her! :flwr: :xfngr::xfngr::xfngr::xfngr:

5th March 2009, 05:22 PM
Oh Linda,
Im so sad for you. Please know we are all praying and you, your family and Abbey and you are in our thoughts.
Love, hugs and very best wishes.

Mel XX

5th March 2009, 08:23 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with you too. xx

5th March 2009, 09:48 PM
:xfngr: Abbey will pull through. Of course you will be in my prayers. Stay strong:lotsaluv:

5th March 2009, 10:34 PM
My thoughts are with you and little Abbey.....

5th March 2009, 10:51 PM
prayers for you and little Abbey

5th March 2009, 11:10 PM
Linda, lots of prayers going up for all of you, please keep posting as she recovers!

5th March 2009, 11:34 PM
Oh, Linda, you must be sick with worry. I do hope this is a minor setback and that you can hurry and get her home if the stress is triggering the problem. Can you go sit with her in the hospital?
You are in my thoughts and prayers. :xfngr: that things take a turn for the good.

Elaine 2
6th March 2009, 12:55 AM
Our prayers and good vibes are being sent too Abbey, l hope she's ok

6th March 2009, 06:06 AM
sending prayers and love and extra powerful tri-colored positive thoughts to you and little Abbey. she's going to be okay.

what a wonderful vet team that she's been monitored so closely and they are on top of her situation.

poor little thing has been through so much (as has her mommy) and you both need to be together right now.

6th March 2009, 11:37 AM
Hang on in there, we are all thinking of you and sending you both best possible vibes.:) Stay positive for her!

Brenda in SC
6th March 2009, 12:35 PM
Keeping you and Abbey in my prayers...

6th March 2009, 12:53 PM
Linda, how is Abbey today, I assume you've spoken to the vets, finger crossed and toes, lets hope shes feeling a bit better.:xfngr:

6th March 2009, 12:59 PM
My prayers are with Abbey and your family. As much as we baby them they are tough little dogs and I pray she gets better quickly when home. We are all here for you -

6th March 2009, 01:02 PM
Thinking of you and Abbey.....:luv:

6th March 2009, 02:14 PM
I don't have much time but I know I would be sitting on pins and needles and have been on other dogs so wanted to just write a short note. Just left her for a second to go to the bathroom and feed the other 3 dogs.

She's home--she did have 2 seizures since getting home. ONe about a hour after getting her home and another 2 hrs. after getting all her meds at 12:15 a.m. Both my husband and I do NOT think they are stress related. He read on the net last night about tramodol and he seems to think it could be that. He is calling them this a.m.

She is MUCH better than I thought she would be so thats good. We did put the mattress on the floor (without the box spring etc) in our spare bedroom and both my husband and I slept on the floor with her in the crate next to us. The doctor did say she could sleep on the mattress or on a bed next to us but we felt she was better in the crate and she was VERY content with that as she is in the cage type crate and can see us.

Right now I have her in a children's play pen (the old fashioned kind that you can't buy anymore). I bought it a few years ago from craigslist for my grandson and its working beautiful. Gives her more room and she can see out of it etc.

I haven't even taken pictures yet and will today. Also, must say in that respect it was better than I thought too. I had seen pictures of other dogs and she just didn't seem that bad. Somebody told me tri's looked better in that respect so maybe thats why.

I have no regrets and really don't think I ever will as like I have said numerous times--both hubby and I felt we had no choice here. She probably has had symptoms all her life and she's 5 years old.

To those of you that are e-mailing me and we have spoken by phone etc. I apologize at this point I don't have time to individually e-mail you etc. but can this weekend when George-husband is around and we can take turns watching her.

Thanks for all your support and love. We all feel it!!!

6th March 2009, 02:29 PM
Linda, thats sounds as if she is gonna be fine, and you sound so much better having her home, least you can see her all the time, I hope she makes a speedy recovery so you can relax a little. Poor yourself a big glass of wine and chill out with the little one. I bet she is happy to be home and that will make a big difference. Just concentrate on her for the time being, we will all be here when you do have some time, god bless abbey. di

6th March 2009, 02:30 PM
thinking of Abbey and your family & hoping for a continued smooth recovery. :flwr:

6th March 2009, 03:06 PM
I have no idea about the seizures, I hope it is the medications. i am so glad she seems in good spirits otherwise and looks well. Keep us informed! I'm thinking of you and Abbey!

Jen and Ilsa

6th March 2009, 03:18 PM
Linda, thanks for taking the time to update us. I have been checking in to see how she is. You must be relieved to have her home. My hope is that the seizures are meds. related and will subside. Fingers crossed that her recovery is as complete as possible.

Margaret C
6th March 2009, 04:40 PM
So pleased Abbey is now home with you.
Take care of yourself as well as her.

Margaret C

6th March 2009, 05:49 PM
Glad to hear Abbey is home - may she continue to make a good recovery.

6th March 2009, 06:04 PM
That's a relief, I have been watching this thread. I am glad you sound like you have everything under control, watching her all the time and the play pen etc. You're a great mum. Don't you worry about emailing people, you do what you have to do for you and Abbey. :hug: :flwr:

6th March 2009, 07:23 PM
Thanks for the update...hope Abbey has a good recovery.

Take care of yourself too:)

6th March 2009, 10:57 PM
Abbey's back home - thats great news:). Wishing her a smooth recovery.:hug:

Mrs Crilly
6th March 2009, 11:45 PM
Hi Linderbelle I hope everything is going ok for you xxxx

7th March 2009, 12:38 PM
Were still thinking of you.

7th March 2009, 02:46 PM
Abbey is doing well and both George and I also. I am probably the best I have been since this whole nightmare started --being coming on this board and reading about sm and then knowing in my heart she had it and waiting for mri and then surgery etc. She hasn't had a seizure since thursday night--well really friday am barely as it was at about 12:15 a.m. if I remember right. Now we agree with the Dr. that it was probably stress related. She has never ever been kenneled or away with a stranger and that along with everything else was pretty traumatic for her. Remember these guys are like little 2 year olds. She sleeps most of the time as she's on alot of drugs. She had yeast and cocci in ears and so is on micronazole for that, sulfa trim for uti, tramadol, gabapentin and omeprazole. I haven't hardly left her since her coming home. Maybe a total of a hour. I haven't even been dressed since thursday night. I will have some time this weekend as hubby will be home and can take turns etc. I need to get in the office before monday. Anyways, for those of you that are reading this because your dog is going through this that so far its ALOT easier than I thought. Sure she has the long stitches in her head etc. but she's not in pain at all. She drinks--not eating much but today going to make some chix and try mixing it with wet food to get her to eat and if that doesn't work then chix and rice. She is getting a little food with all the pills we give her. She is very comfortable sitting in my lap and very content and never once has she looked at me with the look of omg what did you do to me. I truly believe she knows we are doing everything in our power to help her and I do KNOW that she knows how much she is loved. Heck we've turned our house upside down for this and I'm sleeping on the floor so she can see me etc. Is she worth it. You bet your booties she is.

7th March 2009, 02:50 PM
Linda, thank goodness for your post, its such a joy to read, and we really have all been rooting for Abbey. I think your over the worst and you really can get back to normal in a few days (whatever that is). Can you recommend surgery to other sufferers? Its made my weekend. di

7th March 2009, 06:45 PM
So gald to hear all is going well for Abbey:) and you.

7th March 2009, 07:49 PM
Harley: This is an individual choice and I don't want to make recommendations etc. For us the reason we chose to do this was that Abbey was 5 years old and had symptoms for many years--probably back to a puppy actually and was misdiagnosed for the whole time as having allergies. If you look in my picture look at her tilted head which I might add I didn't even notice and now that I know I think omg how could I miss it but we see our dogs everyday and it doesn't come overnight either and guess you get used to it. We have made the right decision as its progressive. Remember there are no guarantees but again for Abbey this was her only chance. Its also expensive. Alot of people probably would do this but can't because of the monetary aspect. When learning about sm all I ever wanted was facts, facts, facts and read and read and watched videos etc. Would we do it again? In a heartbeat. Now ask me that question in a year down the road when I know if this helped or not. It HAS helped no matter what as the fluid is moving. As far as if her symptoms in regards to licking, air scratching, rubbing, etc. improve time will tell. We were told the most change is in the first 6 weeks and then then peaking at 6 months but have been told by others they have seen changes up to 1 year. Abbey was on steroids for her so called allergies and her symptoms were being masked by the drugs. When I came on cavaliertalk back in November and then in December started to read about sm I took her off the steroids and man oh man were her symptoms blown up then. The day we took Abbey in for her surgery and they did the pre-evaluation before surgery Dr. Shores said "she's in alot of pain". When she was a puppy and we'd sometimes pick her up she would yelp and we'd think what a woos. We'd always been told cavaliers were babies so thats what we thought. She hasn't done that picking up yelping for a few years. Now that I know that she has had sm I said to the doctor now I believe she has a high pain threshold and he said I agree. I'm writing all of this in the hopes that our storry will help others. I wanted to talk to people and found some to talk to by phone, e-mails etc. and it helped us sooooooooooooo much and hopefully like I said we can help somebody else going through this.

Today George was in Petsmart and saw a cavalier air scratching etc. I just asked him to write a post and he's going to--his username on here is captgeorge.

Stay posted.

Like I just told George I'm writing stuff like I'm journaling and actually I am journaling on pad and pen and will eventually do this online blog or whatever so it can help others.

Thats it for now.

7th March 2009, 09:42 PM
Linda, first of all I am so happy that Abbey is doing well and that you are relieved with the results. Secondly, I can/'t tell you how much your diary of sorts means to me and possibly others. So many of us may be facing the same decisions and it helps SOOOOO much to hear from someone who has been through every emotion, feeling and experience that we may face. Thank you, thank you for being so honest and keeping us so updated. Please continue to do so. I continually look for a new post from you as to how things are going, how you are dealing with it, and your feelings about the whole process. Again THANK YOU. Judy and Dixie

7th March 2009, 10:22 PM
i am tearing up, big waggy tails from Peaches and sigh's of relief from me, i am SO glad she is ok.

7th March 2009, 11:42 PM
Thanks to all of you. I have started a blog and will post the site when there is more on it. Right now I have just put pictures. Will put from the beginning of this nightmare from the medical aspect to all of our feelings etc. I have seen a couple posts here saying that they look for posts from me and I know this would have helped me ENORMOUSLY. Like I've said many many times its the people that I have talked to on cavaliertalk, e-mails and even phone that got us through this and still are. I called somebody on cavaliertalk today and you know who you are. :-)

Latest update--Abbey hasn't really eaten anything today--didn't even want to eat the roast beef that we had the pills concealed in with cream cheese etc. The last pills almost had to force them down her. Now worried what we are going to do tonight. Sure hate to force them but with her spitting this stuff out especially the liquid gabapentin you don't know how much she got etc. She's not really drinking either. Did first thing this a.m. and nothing since. Hubby put down her 2 syringefuls this afternoon. Talked to hospital and they said not to be concerned at this point as she is going to the bathroom.

Doctor will call in the morning. Guess he will call daily--he did this a.m. and was surprised he called on a saturday and hospital said he would automatically call in the a.m.

8th March 2009, 02:34 AM
I have started a blog and wrote a bit on it tonight and will be working on it to keep it current. I'm not sure if I should keep posting on this post on cavaliertalk. You all might want to comment on that one and if enough respond that you want me to then I will continue. If you want the address and site of where the blog is just private message me and I will give you the link. I truly hope that another dog and their family benefit from this blog. I have a video of Abbey but its not digital but maybe a camera shop can tell me how to get it into video so I could post that also. I think that would really be beneficial to others. This blog is also helping me heal in this nightmare too. Like I've always said I love Abbey so much and sometimes wonder if its possible to love a dog too much--thats what she means to me.

Ok thats enough until I hear if I should continue in here in addition to my blog or ???? Just thinking about other people and months or even years down the road when they are searching frantically for information and facts--I know I've been there.

Daisy's Mom
8th March 2009, 02:45 AM
Hi Linda,

I'm so relieved to hear Abbey came through the surgery well and is not in too much pain. I hope she gets her appetite back soon.

Bless you. I really hope you see lots of improvement, and soon!

8th March 2009, 06:18 PM
She finally ate!!!! Almost a week really since she ate. Last sunday night for dinner as we left early monday morning with her. I mixed her up some cooked chix breast that I ran through the meat grinder and mixed it with plain fat free yogurt and mixed up 3 times. Might have eaten even more but was afraid that she might eat too much and get sick so we stopped. Made me VERY VERY happy that she ate. Now if she would only gobble down a bunch of water. This is definitely a roller coaster ride. Today my stomach is literally sick from worry and everything else. Hard to not be right next to her and I'm forcing myself to get into the office and do some work. With a business things need to get done and don't have much choice. I'd bring her in here but with 3 other dogs just seeing them might excite her too much. Jumping up and down that she ate though.

10th March 2009, 02:07 PM
How is Abbey doing?????? Judy

Claire L
10th March 2009, 03:58 PM
Linda, I've been thinking of you and little Abbey and praying up a storm for her. I hope she continues to improve and that you get to have lots and lots of cuddles with her :hug::hug::hug:

10th March 2009, 07:10 PM
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I will post daily and trying to catch the past up too--right now I have where she had mri and I was told yes she had it and then I've kept it almost current from surgery date to know--almost. Did quite a bit today.