Guess you can surmise that I was a PTU Pooper again on this trip. We didn’t even get out of the driveway before I let loose!
My Vet Visit Report
Though I have not had a grand mal seizure since mid-May; I regularly have been having focal seizures (at least a couple each week). If you are unfamiliar with focal seizures, here’s a link to a site where you can read about them. They can take a variety of forms. For me they are almost always nocturnal, and I am usually on Mom and Dad’s bed. It always makes Mom nervous when I sleep on their bed, as I don’t do it every night.
When the seizure begins, I suddenly fly off the bed and start running in circles, going under the bed on one side and coming out on the other. Then I run around the end of the bed and back under, out and around. I will do this four or five times and then fly down the stairs. I end up sitting in the foyer disoriented.
My recent blood work showed that I have a phenobarbital level of 43.5 ug/ml. My reading three months ago was 38.8. A reading of 45 ug/ml is the max tolerable as anything higher will most likely cause liver toxicity. You are probably wondering why my level jumped so much: 1) My weight dropped by six ounces and 2) my dosage increased by 2.4 mg per day due to having to start getting my meds at the pharmacy due to it being a controlled substance. The lowest dosage for humans is 16.2 mg, while for cats it is 15 mg.
Now, you probably want to know what the plan for my care is going forward. I am starting on a different medication called Zonisamide and will be weaned off the phenobarbital over the next several months. If I quit all at once, I could have more and worse seizures.
So…I could still use any purrs, prayers and POTP you have to spare. Though these focal seizures are not as bad as the tonic/clonic ones, Mom, Dad and Dr. Neel are committed to getting them under control.
Thank you to everyone for your care and concern about my well-being.
Purrs and paw-pats, Sawyer
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