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Why there's been less LJ 
6th-Oct-2014 04:27 pm
Here is my day so far!

* Awakened by dog whining. Tell dog to stop whining. Dog complies. (Dog is awesome.) Drift awake slowly. Realize that it is 9.

* walk dog feed dog shower breakfast work-related e-mails brief catchup on LJ friendslist because I gotta be out by 10.

* Doctor! because I had an atypical probable-seizure Thursday night. And have been feeling... off since then. About an hour of talking + testing; my supraventricular tachycardia could've set off the weirdness, so I got an EKG, and I could be overmedicated because of how significant the stress-based weight loss has been, et cetera, so blood draw. Referral to neurologist. Setting up a general plan.

* Rush home, walk dog, get voicemail about Bash's test results (he is peeing on things and the urine smells sweet, so he had bloodwork Saturday; bloodwork mostly clear, slight ambiguity, need to talk to vet). Call vet back, leave message. Make neurologist appointment for next week. Quick work e-mails and base-touching with family about Bash as I eat lunch.

* Three-hour foster care home study! This was the deep background interview. I'll write more about this entire process in its own post.

* Walk dog. Missed vet call during home study - call back, leave message, apologize profusely. Should get call back in half an hour.


Now I need to hang up clean clothes while waiting for the vet to call. At 7 I'm picking up the equipment for my at-home sleep study. I have remembered to put my checkbook in my purse! (They require a check for $75 as collateral, to be voided upon return of equipment.)

Then I get to watch TV?

So yeah. Life is busy. And this is it starting to slow down...

Tomorrow is blissfully free after I return the sleep study equipment. Tomorrow, I write.
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7th-Oct-2014 12:41 am (UTC)
Apparently his thyroid and calcium levels were just a *hair* off; they say treat him for fleas (they found some flea dirt) and hope he's just peeing because he's cranky about the fleas, and let them know if that doesn't work.

*crosses fingers for data*
7th-Oct-2014 02:44 pm (UTC)
You have to treat all the pets, not just Bash. Fleas feed on pets but live in the environment (carpets, cracks in wood floors, bedding, etc) so the entire house needs cleaning & flea preventative (finding options that aren't pet toxic is difficult.)

Gahh, I hate fleas so much. You have my sympathies. And mojo for data!

ETA: I used to order my supplies from http://www.drsfostersmith.com/ Their prices used to be significantly cheaper then my vet's office or 1-800-PetMeds. A 125 lb dog was expensive to maintain!! Good luck :)

Edited at 2014-10-07 02:46 pm (UTC)
6th-Oct-2014 10:33 pm (UTC)
"atypical probable-seizure"

*waves hand in air*
I had one a couple of days ago, and I too feel off, still... can you update or something about what you and doctor will be doing? Maybe I can figure out something for me. Also, my seizures have never yet showed up on EEG monitoring regardless of type of EEG, so I feel like I need to ask what to do about that.
7th-Oct-2014 12:43 am (UTC)
I'll post when I know stuff! (Mine do show up on EEG, so I'm not help there, I'm afraid. :( )
7th-Oct-2014 05:58 am (UTC)
Out of left field, and forgive me if you've been asked this a lot already, but have you had an EKG run or worn a Holter monitor overnight? IIRC, there are some cardiac problems that can manifest like seizures, but show no neurological signs on EEG--like arrhythmias and syncope, as well as stress-induced non-epileptic (a.k.a. "psychogenic") seizures--real seizures, just not neurological in origin.

Good luck!
7th-Oct-2014 01:36 pm (UTC)
Yep! My SVT was diagnosed via a six-week Holter monitor session in '06. (The epilepsy was diagnosed in '03; visible lesion in my left hippocampus, totally textbook.)

The in-office EKG I took yesterday was normal, but it damn well should be; I take my Toprol every night as prescribed. :)

EDIT: Oops! Didn't see you were talking to her, not me. >.

Edited at 2014-10-07 01:37 pm (UTC)
7th-Oct-2014 04:23 pm (UTC)
I have not - thank you for the suggestion!

I was told that the brain damage at birth I experienced which led to cerebral palsy also makes my seizures happen on a level deeper than an EEG can detect. But I was told they are definitely neurological. I'm now looking into various ways damage to those parts relate to epilepsy.

Edited at 2014-10-07 04:26 pm (UTC)
7th-Oct-2014 01:30 am (UTC)
Here's another wish for useful data. Having gone through far more various types of brain studies than I'd like without receiving any sort of significant data, I know how difficult any sort of brain diagnosis can be. Good luck!
7th-Oct-2014 09:57 pm (UTC)
It is always nice to hear from you, whatever the format. But LJ, of course, is special.
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