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    I am definitely focusing on the seizures now. It's so scary and I feel so helpless :-(

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    Iím so sorry that little Cody is having such a hard time right now, and really hope youíll be able to bring him back home today. I know how scary these seizures can be. My non-Cushingís Lab girl started having grand mal seizures at age six for reasons we were never able to determine. We were very lucky, though, that they were totally controlled by medication for the rest of her life. She was treated with phenobarbital, which is an older generation drug, but it worked well for her. I know there are newer choices now, so hopefully the vets will be able to hit on a combo that works well for Cody, too.

    I do have a couple of questions about timeframe. When you wrote before, it sounded as though the first seizure occurred back around February or March, after Cody had been on the Vetoryl for only about 4-6 weeks, first on the 20 mg. and then on a lower dose. You said he had a couple of monitoring ACTH tests at that time which were fine. But now you mention that the seizure occurred in August? Was that a second seizure? Had he been taking any Vetoryl or had his cortisol checked again since the early spring?

    I apologize for these additional questions, but the answers will help us with a better overall picture of things. And if his cortisol level has never been checked again since last spring, and especially since the seizures began, I believe Iíd want to make sure itís still OK. Even if all his other bloodwork is OK this time around (including his potassium and sodium?), Iíd still be curious about his cortisol. Iíd also want to know specifics about his thyroid level since low thyroid levels can trigger seizures.

    Have you ever returned to see the specialist? Is the specialist also urging you to restart the Vetoryl? I surely do understand why youíre reluctant to do so. I would be, too, but Iím just curious as to what the specialistís take on all this is. While seizures are not one of the more common symptoms of enlarging pituitary tumors, I believe they can sometimes result. Anyway, Iím wondering whether the specialist may have some other suggestions as to the best path forward.

    In the meantime, once again Iím surely hoping that Cody was stabilized overnight and will soon be heading home! Please do let us know.

    Marianne

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    Marrianne his first seizure was in August after the second time we started the veteroyl. He was cut down from 20 to 15 by then. We stopped the Veteroyl after the seizures because my thinking was it caused the low enzymes even on such a low dose. He was put on levectrim and seemed to be doing well until this past Friday when he had another seizure. He's been in the emergency hospital since then. They've been trying different things and he never seems to make the 12 hours mark with no seizures that they say he needs to do before he goes home. Last night they put him on a medazolan drip after trying a larger dose than he was taking of levectrim and also a different drug called Zonisamide. I pray this works and I can take him home today. I miss him so much. We visited him for two hours in the hospital yesterday and while we were there he ate, drank, went for a walk outside and other than being a bit spacey seemed ok. But later last night had another seizure. That's when they decided to start the drip. Send prayers �� if you believe in that. We both sure need them right now. ��
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    ((((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))))) for you, belly rubs for Cody, and prayers rising for all along with healing and strengthening energies flying his way and yours.
    "May you know that absence is full of tender presence and that nothing is ever lost or forgotten." John O'Donahue, "Eternal Echoes"

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    Thank you so very much!

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    Prayers being said and sent for you all...also sending huge loving hugs.

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    Me too!!!

    Marianne

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    Thank you so much. I am praying he can go home today. I will keep you all posted.

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    Prayers and hugs for you and Cody!
    Joan, mom to my Angel Lena, Doree, Gable, Cooper, Angel Phoenix and now Sibble.

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    Thinking of you and Cody this evening and sending healing energy your way.
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