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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A Monster Visits

Unfortunately, we were awakened very early this morning by Shyla having what we now know is a "myoclonal seizure". This was her second seizure. My vet asked me to video it if it happened again after her first one in mid-July. The video was definitive in showing that it was this rare kind of seizure. I'll spare you watching it.

It went on for about 3 hours, with Shyla's hind end jerking each time her leg muscles contracted. Then, the jerks gradually got smaller as time went on. She was fully conscious and responsive but she looked very scared and upset. I was so relieved when it finally ended.

I'm tired after being up with her, watching how scared she was, and then taking her to the vet. There's no clearcut veterinary "fix" because so many different things can cause this kind of seizure. Googling it is scary - it can be an extremely serious disease. However, for now, it is not impairing Shyla except rarely so we will seize each day and hope that Shyla has a mild form of it. The vet did some tests today, and we'll see if anything is obviously "off" enough to cause the seizures.

I'll employ the lesson that every one of our dogs has taught us - seize the day! I took this photo on one of our best days of the summer, high in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. What a happy and intense dog!
We love our Shyla. She hasn't had an easy life as she's had to learn to cope with her fears to live normally, and we truly don't want her to face another hurdle.

32 comments:

  1. I'm sorry Shyla and you have to go through this. I hope it is something that the vet can easily resolve.

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  2. Dang, we had that seizure monster. Another husky friend has been battling them too. Hugs to dear Shyla from all of us.

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  3. Good play on the two meanings in the weird seize. I'm so sorry that you are exPeriencing this. We went through a seizure disorder with our daughter. It is terrifying to watch a loved one go through that. I am so sorry.

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  4. I'm so sorry you and Shyla had to go through that. I was so hoping that would be a one-time thing for Shyla.
    At least once it stopped, you know Shyla won't keep reliving it and worrying about it, as we would. I hope you all get a good rest tonight.

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  5. UGH!!! Mega ugh!!! My heart aches for you and Shyla. Our household wishes we had never heard the word seizure ever:( We hope these episodes are few and very far between and that your vet has some good answers.

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  6. I'm so sorry. Seizures are one of the most terrifying things to witness. I hope your vet can get it all sorted out.

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  7. Oh, how scary. I hope that whatever's going on is as easy for you and for Shyla as possible.

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  8. Good grief - you guys have already had to deal with so much. That's not fair! I hope it is in fact just a mild form of the disease. And, yes, that is such a good lesson to remember. Nobody is promised a tomorrow so make the most of today! Hang in there.

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  9. My setter had seizures - it was so frightening. He lost control of his bladder during them and lost sight during and even after they were over for awhile. They frightened him so, and he could only be calmed by pressing against me after the worst was over. I hope Shyla's are few and far between.

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  10. Sending POTP to Shyla.
    No words can say how sorry we are, we pray this goes away.
    xo Astro

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  11. Oh Shyla! We have some complicated lives, don't we. I have facial focal seizures. sometimes i lick my nose, and sometimes my head shakes like Katherine Hepburn. I take some medicines and thy help me most of the times.
    Your pal,

    -Otto

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  12. We are hoping your Vet gets to the bottom of what's going on. In the meantime, we are sending positive vibes and hopes that Shyla is seizure free.

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  13. Oh no! I'm sorry about Shyla having seizures! :(

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  14. Oh that poor baby. That must have been terribly frightening. Praying it is nothing serious and either they find an answer or the monsters stop

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  15. Oh No!!!!!
    I know the veterinarians will find a solution to help Shyla. I just know it,,
    This is to scary for all of you!
    That monster needs to get gone,, and stop messing with my friends,

    We are so sorry for all of you,, We care and love you all.

    ps,, I have tried to leave comments on some of your other posts,, and sometimes,, blogger will not accept us) but we try!
    We are sending postive thoughts, and prayers, and juju,, and POTP for Shyla,, and all of you.
    love
    tweedles

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  16. Crikey ... This is just not tight! Poor Shyla .... Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  17. Oh no. We are so upset to hear this news. Hugs to you and the Runner and to R and Shyla, KB♥

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  18. I am so very sorry to hear this about Shyla...I sure hope she is feeling better today and that the vet can provide you with some answers.

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  19. I am so sorry that this is happening to Shyla. POTP.

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  20. We are so hoping that your vet finds the reason for this and can provide the treatment to make it all go away. You have had plenty on your plate that is for sure. Hugs Stella rose and momma

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  21. We are so sorry to hear that Shyla is having this problem. We will keep our paws crossed for her and hope the vet can offer a solution.

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  22. Hugs to you Shyla... I hope there is a way to chase all monsters away...

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  23. How devastating to have to see that! And it must have felt like it was lasting an eternity. We cannot imagine how scary it was to see her going through that. Poor Shyla and mom! We hope it never, ever happens again!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  24. Praying and sending lots of positive vibes that the vet will be able to help Shyla. We can't imagine how frightening that must be for both of you
    hugs
    Mr bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  25. How frightening. Glad that it's over and hoping they never return!

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  26. Oh my goodness how terrifying. Poor thing. We are sending lots of Frenchie vibes your way
    Lily & Edward

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  27. Just when you were sailing along. Must be so heart rendering to watch. Hope there is a quick recovery...and management. We'll join Lily and Edward in sending healing vibes.

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  28. Yes, we'll join in with the positive and healing vibes. So very sorry that both you and sweet Shyla have to go through this...she has such a wonderful life otherwise!

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  29. Oh noes. Shyla, I am so very sorry! That must have been so scary, butts I'm so glads your Moms was by your side, I'm sure that made it less scary fursure. I hopes they can find the cause, so they can help you fix it. I gots my paws crossed real tight for you, and sendin' tons of healin' vibes and AireZens. {{hugs}}
    Ruby ♥

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  30. Oh man, I am so sorry. We lived through a few years of grand mal idiopathic epilepsy with my first Aussie. It was terrifying to us. After the post-ictal (after seizure) phase, Sasha was fine. We just never knew when it would hit her. We had the seizures pretty well under control with medication for her last few months. She died of hemangiosarcoma. :( My best dog, my heart dog, gone too soon.

    All my good thoughts and mojo for the best outcome possible for you and Shyla.

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  31. Oh, we HATE that evil monster!! We'll cross our paws that it doesn't visit Shyla again.

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