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Old 04-06-2013, 10:19 AM
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I'm thinking Zoe could stand a culture, but money is still tight for me, and she's not showing any symptoms of a uti at all, and I think she would. Still, you make a good point.

Things seem better, and i hope they stay that way.
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:20 PM
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It can be a rough road to get there, huh Tara. Nice trend.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:55 AM
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Tara,

Those are great numbers.... Remember that we can not have perfection, but overall, we need to just step back, and realize that this may be the best.... not that we are alway looking to 'tweak' something. But, after saying all that.... we always strive for it, don't we.

Lately, I have been stepping back from the Humalog... even if Abby gets a low 300 reading once in a while. I let it go, and realize that mostly she stays in the low 100s to low 200s MOST of the time, just like Ruby. Somedays are perfect.

You have done a great job, and even though the road may have be rough, when you get there, it is that much sweeter.

Nice job!!
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:15 PM
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Hi folks, We had a vestibular/nystagmus event today. When I saw it today I realized it has been happening a bit lately but I hadn't put it together because I hadn't seen the nystagmus.

In the last say 2 months, Ruby will circle in little circles prior to going BM. Sometimes there seems to be a bit of a frantic feeling about it. Once or twice when she was doing that and I tried to kind of reset her, her bottom flopped down.

Today she was outside for a bit. I have relaxed with her a fair amount and let her wander out in the back yard, never unsupervised. She always manages to find some little nugget, but what can I do? I just decided that we would keep the yard as clean as possible and what happens happens. So I covered anything that was a hazard for blind dogs and have just let her wander which I think she likes.

Well tonight I looked down and she was doing the circles so I went to get her. I also thought she might be getting cold as we are having unseasonably cold weather right now.

I put my hand in front of her path to let her know I was there and she didn't recognize it, but her back end collapsed. She got it back up and kept circling. I put my hand down again and the whole thing happened again. That was when I saw her eyes zig zagging back and forth. By the time I snatched her up and had walked up the little hill to our house the nystagmus seemed to have stopped.

I assume it is a tumor since there is hind end weakness and there isn't a sudden onset of a head tilt, falling, ect.

What a little trooper. Going to cuddle her pretty tight tonight. Hopefully, if I have guessed this right it will be a slow progression.

Other then this possible sad news we have been getting along pretty well. She still has some higher numbers at the end of the 12 hrs., but I use HUMALOG to bring those down so I don't have to change the NPH dose and it seems to be working pretty well...as close to cruise control as we will ever get. We are also still splitting her shots.

Wish us luck and prayers are welcome if you pray. She has just tolerated so much so well. The one thing I don't want for her is fear and confusion.

sorry I haven't been around as much. I did cut back at work....decided to finally base my work schedule on what I needed rather then what my employer needed. That allowed me a brief break right before my husband's cluster headaches started. We are about 2 1/2 weeks into a typically 6 week episode.
.....prayers welcome on that too.

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Old 05-12-2013, 08:29 PM
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i think jesse had the same thing a couple years ago we were chasing rabbits and she came home with the head tilt thought it was an ear problem at first jesse recovered quite quickly and then got that crooked tail thing and recovered from that is it all related to something neurological maybe and including jesses epilepsy

jesse picks up something to eat on just about every walk i have given up on that too, cant lock them up in a bubble tara your wright .

giving healing thoughts and prayers for hubby and your ruby to recover and feel better soon it appears they both have something in common being possibly neurological in nature .
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:52 PM
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Hi Tara, Sorry to hear that Ruby& husband isn't doing well!
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Hi folks, We had a vestibular/nystagmus event today. When I saw it today I realized it has been happening a bit lately but I hadn't put it together because I hadn't seen the nystagmus.

Tara I am completely ignorant about what this is. Could you tell me? I started to go off site & look it up, but knew you could explain.

It is so hard to see new things coming up. So sorry Ruby is going through this. You,hubby & Ruby are in my thougts & prayers.
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:54 PM
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Tara,

Sorry to hear this. I always feel I am the least qualified person on the forum to offer any help or suggestions but praying is something I definitely can do I'll be sending good thoughts and prayers to you, Ruby and your husband....

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Old 05-12-2013, 09:15 PM
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Tara I am completely ignorant about what this is. Could you tell me?
Nystagmus is rapid movements of the eye. Causes can vary. http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/...s#.UZBYxr7nZdg
Ali had jerk nystagmus once with her brain tumor. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jRCF8b0VjY Video is dark but you can see the jerk/movement of the white of her eye.

Tara, I'm sorry Ruby is having these symptoms. How long ago was her last blood work. Just curious how it looked. Give her an extra hug from us.

Will add Ruby and your husband to my prayers.

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Old 05-12-2013, 09:33 PM
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Oh Tara. Prayers for your husband and very slow progression for Ruby. I'm sure she likes wandering outside. Hugs for you. Judi
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Old 05-13-2013, 04:22 AM
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Tara

Sorry to hear about little Ruby - and your hubby. You seem to have your hands full at the moment. Thinking of you all.

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