Thursday, November 13, 2008

Tough Day For Two Girls



Yesterday was a tough day here in the Crocodile household. Early evening as I am sitting at my desk, I look down to see my Sadie Kate convulsing. She was having a seizure! This happened once before quite a while ago but I think that one I noticed as she was on the back end of it. This one I was sitting right next to her so I saw the whole thing take place. It terrified me! I just held her and stroked her and told her that it would be OK. Towards the end I ran for the phone and called the vet. I was pretty collected under pressure until they picked up the phone on their end at the vet office. The moment they said hello is the moment I started bawling. I blurted out that Sadie was mid-seizure and she ran to get a vet on the phone. They were booked and it was near closing but said I could bring her in. Thank goodness, because I was coming to that office regardless! I am actually not in love with my vet's office- they have taken on way too many clients and it is always always overbooked. And while I was grateful for their tenderness last night, I was on hold for at least five minutes (probably closer to eight or 10) as she was seizing. I mean, that's the sort of thing that I think a vet should run to the phone for. If I was visiting with a vet and an emergency call came in I would understand needing to take that call. Anyway, she seized for 2-3 mins and then took 10-15 to come out of it. I just hugged her the entire time because I didn't know what else to do.


Once in the vet's office, they were so sweet. She's lost more weight. I actually don't think I mentioned before (in a vein attempt to not sound like the loser pet momma that I really am) that Sadie has been having major tummy issues all summer/fall. I'll save you the details but know that for the last two months she has been on a home-cooked diet of chicken, rice, pumpkin puree, vitamins and water because we suspect that she is allergic to gluten. That's right, twice a day this little furry baby gets her pumpkin chicken rice soup! I make a new batch every five days or so. Nothing about this child is low maintenance I tell ya! I increased the amount to accommodate the decreased calories (my food vs. crunchies) but she has lost four or five pounds in the last four months. She now only weighs in at 19lbs! But I can't tell with all her fluff. We are now on a new diet of canned prescription dog food (ew!). And this issue apparently has zero to do with the seizure. Just an added thing for me to obsessively worry about. Good times.

We finally got to see the vet. She is great- one of my two favs was on duty last night. She sat and talked to me for a long time. She was trying to tell me what our first steps should be - no meds (they can harm her if she doesn't have seizures more than once or twice a year. I on the other had do need meds because of the heart-attack I suffered watching this all take place!), x-rays, etc... But instead of me hearing her tell me that we should start with baby steps, I heard her talk about more seizures and death. Big un-pink crocodile tears started rolling down my face again. My poor vet didn't know what to do with me.

She tests out Sadie's nerves and listens to hear heart. Then tells me she has a heart murmur. "I know," I reply. A few vets over time have said as much and then reply that it is nothing to worry about. So I don't. I actually have a heart murmur myself and I have been fine (crazy but perfectly healthy) my whole life. I've never really thought twice about it to be honest. So she says this but I can tell she has a look of concern on her face. I ask if this is related to the seizures. Nope. Fan-stinkin-tastic! Three fairly serious issues in one night. Panicked is a good word to describe me at that moment. Because she then goes into all this horrible stuff that can happen as a result of the damn murmur. Enter, rolling tears once again!

So in conclusion, my baby is OK. She was so so tired last night. We both were actually. I, however, slept less than three hours. I'm not even embarrassed to tell you that I sat up every fifteen minutes with a flash light (you know, as to not disturb the pup) to make sure she was OK. I tried to get her to sleep with me but she got down after about an hour. But she is fine. Back to her jovial self today. She likes her new canned diet (ew!). We are going back to the vet (or as I like to call it, "where I spend my life savings!") next week for several x-rays. If she has a seizure every six to 12 months, she still won't need meds. I will but she won't apparently!

I spent a lot of time in prayer last night. And as terrible as it was to see her in pain and not be able to help, I am so incredibly grateful that I was in fact right there with her. I am so grateful that she is just fine today. And that even though I don't like a refrigerator covered in magnets, I do have the vet's magnet front and center and handy. I am so grateful that the vet was still open and my favorite doc was on duty. Most of all, I am grateful for every day I have with my little bundle of puppy love! She is just the most precious little girl in the world and I would be heart-broken with out her snuggles and puppy kisses every morning.









29 comments:

Prep-E Girl said...

How horrible! Give her an extra snuggle for me!

-E

Gracie Beth said...

I hope she gets better!!!

five tomatoes said...

Oh, poor Sadie and poor you! That must have been so scary. I will say a prayer for both of you.

Buford Betty said...

Poor Sadie Kate... I am so glad she is OK! That must have been terrifying! Do you have an emergency vet nearby? We have one just a couple of blocks from our normal vet - and they're only open during off-hours. Costs and arm and a leg to go there, and yeah - all 3 of ours have been at least once. But nice to know they're there.

Give Sadie some big kisses and belly rubs for me! Oh and Charlie says from him too!

Kate said...

My Gosh, I am soo sorry! I am a loser pup momma as well and I would have been freaking out as well... I hope your Sadie fells better! You will be me and my pups prayers!

Kate said...

I am keeping you guys in my thoughts :)

Muffy said...

Oh, how sad!!!!

Anonymous said...

Don't you just wish that in times of need your pet could speak to you? Happy thoughts and good health to Sadie.

Jenny

Gifting Gumshoe said...

I'll be thinking about you both! I know how it feels to have a sick puppy. Don't worry, you're not alone, just ask my husband about how hysterical I get while at the vet!

Rachel H. said...

I can't imagine how you must have felt!! Hope it doesn't happen again soon!

Hollie and Janie said...

PPC,
I am so sorry!! Bless your's an SK's heart!! I know how you feel about her! My Sadie Jane has been missing for over a year and it's like someone took my child from me! I am so one of those crazy pet owners!! I since adopted my Janie Poo, but my heart still breaks for my Sadie! sorry to ramble about me... I just wanted you to know that it's ok and SK is sooo lucky to have such a loving mommy!! There is nothing better in the world that some puppy lovin'
yall will be in my prayers!!
Hollie

LeighAnne said...

Poor things. I had to put my 18 year old baby down last February, so I know how you feel right now. Thinking of you both. :)

Prep in the country said...

Send her a get well hug from me! She sounds like a tough cookie. Poor thing she'll need pampering for months.

Preppy Mama said...

Oh how awful. We had a golden retriever who had epilepsy when I was a kid and I swear each seizure was such a scary experience especially when you are alone when it happens. I feel for you and poor Sadie Kate. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and you are such an awesome mama...not a loser!!

Wila (aka Ali) said...

You are a great pet-mom. My heart goes out to you...Wila and I went to the vet earlier this week with a tumor-scare, but it was just an infection. Our thoughts and paws are with you! Keep snuggling! Wila wants to pass on some kitty kisses to Sadie Kate!

Rickrack and Pompoms said...

She is so beautiful, hope she will be okay. I can tell you love her to pieces.

Barefoot in the Park said...

oh no! I hope she is feeling better! pete sends her his love!

Chitown Meg said...

One of my dogs used to have seizures as well- it was very scary! And the vet basically said there was nothing we could do!

adozeneggs said...

I'm so sorry! That's a horrible experience, my Lucy had a couple of seizures when we first got her but that was the end of it. I remember how awful it was. I hope she's on the mend and you're feeling better too!

Belle in Bloom said...

Sweet Sadie. She's so beautiful. I hope she's feeling better. My little Malcom has seizures. They're so scary. Sending lots of love your way.

~Belle, Malcom, Sophie and LuLu

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Oh my goodness, she's a beautiful girl. So sorry she's having health issues. You sound like a wonderful doggie mama!

Sue said...

Scary for you and for her, but more for you probably! Hope she gains some weight on that delicious sounding vet food!
Sorry I missed your swap, but hopefully you will have another one!

Red and White Preppy said...

Goodness! I'll be thinking about both of you and sending good thoughts and prayers your way!

Double TT said...

You poor thing! How incredibly scary!

You both need to take it easy this weekend and relax. I know when my furry child is not feeling well she likes to cuddle up in bed and watch TV with me.

Kappa Prep said...

I am glad the vet took you in and I hope things are much, much better today! It is wonderful that things worked out!! I am thinking of you both and give Sadie and extra hug for us all!

Jillian, Inc said...

I am so very sorry. I can't even imagine how scary that must have been...and then to be put on hold feeling helpless.

The Mrs. said...

Poor baby. You were probably so scared! I would be. Give her a kiss from me!

thepreppyprincess said...

Oh Miss Crocodile, this is just so hard. I am sorry Miss Sadie and you had to go through this, but she is lucky to have such a wonderful Mom who loves her so...

We spent months feeding the Tilly Bomb fresh cooked ostrich and fresh cooked sweet potatoes. Months. The ostrich was shipped from Illinois weekly. She is better, but just so riddled with bulldog ailments it is tough.

Tilly, Scooter the Wonder Cat and everyone on the Preppy Planet sends you hugs and lots of good thoughts,
tp

lera said...

That must have been so scary for you.

My son, Jackson, has had two seizures, both because of a fever. I wasn't home for the first one, but it freaked out my husband. I was home for the second one. I flipped out (to say the least). I called 911 and cried and ran to my neighbors with his seizing body in my arms (forgetting all about my other children in the house! oops). Both times he was taken by ambulance to the hospital. He hasn't had any in several years, so we're hoping he's too old now.

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