HELP PEBBLES FIND OUT WHAT IS CAUSING HER SEIZURES
Organized by: Carolyn Cruz
Hi everyone, my name is Pebbles and my Mommys name is Carolyn. I have been in my Mommys life since I was a pup, I was her first princess since she was about 7 years old.
I am is an 8 1/2 lb Shih-tzu, a Senior dog now. I was the most playful, adorable, bouncing pup!
Just recently, On January of 2014 My Mommy came home from work, where I collapsed on the floor right before her eyes, shaking uncontrollably and salivating. I didn't know what was happening to me and neither did my Mommy. I was so afraid and she was also. My Mommy thought I was dying in her arm's. My Mommy immediately rushed me to the vet where she was told I had suffered a Seizure. I was immediately sedated and the Doctor told my Mommy to give me Phenobarbital, twice a day. My Mommy took me home and I began doing normal activities. After about two weeks Mommy stopped giving me Phenobarbital, she didn't know whether or not to keep me on this medication as it can cause liver or kidney damage, if given for a long period of time.
Well, I was fine for about a two months then all of a sudden I began seizing again, this time late at night, the Seizures began to be so uncontrollable! My Mommy rushed me straight to the vet again, and all they could do was sedate me again to suppress my horrible seizure's. Mommy decided to have some test's done that night. I had blood work and an x-ray done, everything came back normal. Believe me when I tell you, My Mommy spent $835.00 worth of credit that night, just for me and she still has not been able to pay that bill. NOW Mommy was told to keep me on the Phenobarbital for the "Rest of my Life" to suppress my Seizure's.
After this day my Seizure's would not stop at all, even with the Phenobarbital. The next morning I was back at the Doc's; re-sedated and on IV. The Doctor told my Mommy that it would take about 2 weeks for my medication to adjust in my system well, and for it to reach proper serum levels. My Mommy spent about $200, each visit. I was not able to walk for about three weeks until AGAIN it began, I was walking in circles and collapsed AGAIN! Mommy wanted to collapse with me, She just couldn't take it anymore!
My last Seizure was in April of 2014 and it was so massive, that it lasted for about 24 hours and Mommy couldn't do anything until the next morning when the Animal Clinic opened just because the 24 Hour Emergency Hospital was SO EXPENSIVE! My doctor gave my Mommy two options. Either to put me to sleep or get an MRI done which cost's about $2,000. Putting me down was out of the question for My Mommy, she loves me way too much and refuses to give up on me! And so, what can an MRI do, Mommy asked my Doctor? Well, at least I can have closure to what is going on in her tiny brain. So, before I was released to my mommy, my doctor also prescribed me Valium which controls my uncontrollable muscle spams during a Seizure which needs to be given to me rectally. When I returned home with my mommy, she began searching online for inexpensive hospitals that perform MRI's but she had no luck. Everything was over $2,000. Mommy had no other choice but to just hope for the best.
I was unable to walk or eat for myself for weeks! Mommy felt as if she had a newborn baby. I would wake up crying, whining, urinating and defecating on myself 24/7. Mommy had to feed me baby food, with a spoon, yes human newborn baby food. And I would drink water through a syringe. My doctor said I can. Mommy had to burp me and put me to sleep next to her. I wouldn't sleep through the night. I would fall asleep for about 3 hours, max. Not only does Mommy have to attend to me, but also to my Brother, Gizmo and our Best Friend, Bella. Gizmo is a Senior Dog like me and Bella is a 1 1/2 Year Old Chihuahua.
Through this hardship, Mommy was unable to sleep well, leave home, think or eat right. She had to call out of work multiple times, until one day when my doctor was kind enough to supervise me for a couple of hours while Mommy went to work. With me on my Mommys mind, she could not focus, she didn't want to smile, Mommy was so down just because she wanted me to be okay, to be healthy and normal again. Long story short, Mommy injured herself at work. Shes been out of a job since April 3, 2014 just taking care of herself and most importantly, ME! Mommy didn't know where to turn, so she began praying. All our tear's had an outcome, her prayer's we're answered!
But Guess What?!? After our phase, a couple of weeks later in the middle of the night Mommy heard someone walking in our room, it couldn't be Gizmo nor Bella because they both sleep well through the night. Mommy turned on the light and she could not believe her eyes. I was walking again and Mommy was so overfilled with joy! But, I was not the same. I barely have balance, I fall over, I slip, I walk in circles and, I walks into doors. It's like I think I'm walking perfectly fine but I am unaware of my surroundings. For example, if you leave me around stairs, I wouldn't realize there are stairs in front of me, resulting in me falling down the stairs. If you call my name, I will look in an opposite direction with a tilted head, nor will I walk to you. Mommy isn't to sure if I lost my eyesight permanently. I even have difficulty getting in and out of my own bed!
I just want to be normal pup again, Mommy doesn't know if I ever will be. Maybe I can have another chance having a better life if WE know and my Doctor knows what is the underlining cause of my Seizure's and the only way to know is to get an MRI done but I need your help, Please! I need to know what is going on with myself, WE need closure! Please Support Me. Any donation will be greatly appreciated, even $1 will help me.
Thank you so much for being able to read my story..
May God Bless You!