Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Not Sure What to do..Update on Chrissy
I brought in the package of Advantage for the vet to see. It is the 'real' stuff and not what they thought it might be. The problem is since the seizures came on so quickly, she is acting like she was 'poisoned' by it...especially since this all happened about 1 hour after it was applied to her.
This afternoon I went in to see her - just before lunch. I was hoping that she would recognize me...and maybe I could even get a tail wag from her. What I found was a completely sedated dog. I took a picture of her laying in her sterile crate..with her little IV in her short little arm. The vet approached me..the vet whom I have been working with since this all began. (There are 4 vets in this office) She told me that shortly after I had called that morning Chrissy had started to seize again and they again had to sedate her. It was not good news. She indicated that she NEEDED to get better by tomorrow or.....
I called one of my best friends and asked her to go with me to see Chrissy tonight. She agreed and told me she would even drive. Not one minute after I hung up with her, the vet called again telling me Chrissy was getting worse...now seizing every hour if Valium was not given to her. She indicated that I needed to make a choice since they did not have someone who would be by her side all night - only intermittently.. She could be taken to A&M University or she needed to be put down.
I could not breathe...I could not speak.. .. she had already had had so many seizures and realistically we did not know what was causing them. Normally - if it was a brain tumor, they would come about gradually..not what we were dealing with. I held the phone to my chest. Tears were flooding down my face and I asked the vet to have the bill ready when I got there. I would put her down, but I did not want to have to pay for it after it was done..
Debbie came and drove me there as I explained everything to her. When we arrived, I tried to hide my tears from the other pet owners who were there to pick up their animals. It was useless. Debbie insisted that we talk to the owner of the vet hospital...the "head vet" I suppose you would call him. He looked over her chart and was just as puzzled at to why Chrissy was suffering from this. He looked a bit concerned - turning the pages back and forth and left the room for a moment. I laid the blanket out on the table so that when they brought Chrissy in, she would already be on the blanket I wanted to take her home and bury her in.
The doctor walked back in and told us he wanted to try something else. He had assumed that the first vet had put her on phenobarbital (sp??)..which is another seizure medicine...stronger and more dangerous. He said it would keep her sedated longer and since he was on call that night, he would personally come in to check on her, giving her more if needed.
I wanted to see her. We walked back into the recovery room of crates. She seemed more aware than she was the last time I was there, but still far from conscience. I held her face and kissed her..telling her what a good girl she was...and she started to seize again. It was nothing like the seizures she had had the day before and it only lasted about 30 seconds ..but still..
I decided to let them try the new drug. The vet seemed so compassionate about it. I don't know if I did the right thing. Please tell me what you would have done.