My middle child Rosie is seven this year! Holy crap!
The biggest change for Rosie this year is that she’s getting more used to change. We changed rental homes this December. We changed her food bowl, which she’d eaten from since puppyhood. We changed her diet (all the dogs are on a raw diet now). We changed her “outside” time.
But most importantly, we changed the dosage of her epilepsy medication.
Three years ago Rosie was diagnosed with epilepsy. She suffered a series of cluster seizures that required a Valium injection and a lifetime of taking phenobarbital. Phenobarbital has done a good job at keeping further seizures at bay, but the less we give Rosie, the better for her system. There are some mild side effects, such as increased weight gain. Rosie also gets pretty stoned for about two hours after her dosage. The worst part though is a risk of increased problems with her endocrine system down the road.
This year I started giving Rosie a quarter of her original dosage from 2009. This has been a slow, methodical reduction. She gets a blood tests to confirm that her levels are stable. Rosie has yet to have another seizure, and with Sedagive? spending more time at home I feel confident that Rosie would be okay should she have another attack.
This is super good news for Rosie, and I hope that between the reduced medication and the raw diet she’ll lose some of the weight she’s accumulated over the last three years.
Here’s what she used to look like:
Happy birthday to you, Rosie, may you live a long and healthy life.