Oreo saw the neurologist with Oreo today and they watched the video I filmed of his last seizure and then did a physical examination to test his reflexes and a few other things. The neurologist told me that what Oreo shows in the video is not typical of a seizure. She explained that Focal seizures can happen and their effects could very possibly be what Oreo experienced, but it may not even be a seizure at all. She said that it may also be caused by a Vestibular disorder. She was not even convinced that the Phenobarbital is doing anything or is even needed. In order to rule out any brain lesions or other things, Oreo will have an MRI next Tuesday. This will help the neurologist to understand if it his episodes are really being caused by seizures or by something else. This will also help indicate if he needs to continue to stay on the medication or not, or if he needs something else entirely. For now, out of safety precautions, we will keep him on the low dose until we have the results of the MRI.
The neurologist was very thorough in answering all of my questions and the clinic itself is very impressive. I will bring Oreo in next Monday afternoon and he will have to stay overnight. He will have his MRI next Tuesday morning and I will be able to pick him up late afternoon. The doctor suggested that I leave him this afternoon so that he could pass the MRI tomorrow morning but I was really not prepared to leave him there. I thought about it, but I was too upset and emotional to be able to do it today. If I had known beforehand that he would have needed to stay, I would have prepared myself for it. It was not an emergency so the doctor said that next week would be just as good. This way I will have a week to prepare myself for him to be gone overnight.
Oreo still seems to be doing better with the lower dose of Phenobarbital but it would be even better if he wound up not needing it at all. He's still in a bit of a bad mood and even the doctor said that he had quite a personality while she and the technician examined him. Lol, that's my Oreo!
Once again, I want to thank everyone for all of your thoughts and prayers as well as the help you've given us in paying for Oreo's bill so far. The MRI itself will cost $2800 plus tax. I don't have the full estimate at the moment, they are supposed to send it to me by email. There will most probably be additional charges as Oreo needs to be sedated in order to do the exam. I have a lump in my throat just thinking about all of this. It's really expensive. Today's appointment was another $200.
The Oreo Cat calendars will continue to be available until the New Year. They're super cute and they make great Holiday gifts! I get $5 for each one sold and will put it towards towards vet bills.
Thank you all for your support. I would have never been able to do all of this without you guys. You are our angels and we are truly blessed.
Tina Modugno is a children’s illustrator from Canada. Tina loves all animals, kids books and cartoons! She currently resides in Quebec with her husband and four cats!