Finally getting an answer

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For the past three years, Minnie, my Great Dane, has battled with a pretty nasty medical condition.  One night in November 2011 she suddenly had a seizure and life was really never the same.  The doctors diagnosed epilepsy but said they couldn’t be sure – she presented in such a strange manner… no two sets of seizures were ever the same, some times they clustered sometimes they took 30 minutes to recover from sometimes 5 minutes…

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She immediately went on medications, and nothing “fixed” it.  We struggled with her constant desire to eat EVERYTHING, she was put on a diet but lost no weight.  She continued to have seizures every 3-4 weeks.  Her attention span got worse and the specialist dog trainer I hired actually told me that the closest thing he could think of was that she actually had short term memory loss.

I was heart broken.  I started to wonder about her quality of life.  She was 30 lbs overweight (140lbs) and at almost seven years old I had to start thinking about her heart and her joints and I was really struggling.

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Then, last week, the vet asked if I wanted to test her thyroid after I was adamant that I wasn’t over feeding her.  I immediately agreed.  Her levels came back at 0.5… half of what it should be.  I began looking into hypothyroidism in dogs and the connection with seizures and there’s a possibility that it could all be linked.  Her behavior problems too.  I wanted to cry and in the same breath felt horrible that I hadn’t demanded they test everything three years ago when they were hesitant to give her a blanket epilepsy diagnosis.

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She’s been started on thyroid medication and three days in she’s already starting to look a bit more like the dog I used to know.  She listens, she calms down faster, she seems to know what’s going on.  To know that for the rest of her life she’ll be able to live it in comfort and maybe with less seizures and happier, well that makes my heart sing a bit.

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Where did the time go?

Hard to imagine my last post on here was over 2 years ago…

TWO YEARS….

I’m surprised I remembered my log in for the blog to be honest!

Let’s see what have I done in the last two years…

I’ve been promoted, certified in my field, officially became a Board Member, lost almost 50 lbs, took a road trip through Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Chicago… went to San Diego and Phoenix, went to LA for my 29th birthday, remodeled my kitchen and bathroom (like down to the studs remodeled)… was single for almost 2 years… bought a new car… didn’t have any more surgeries!, went partly grey (yay hair dye)… and fell in love with my city again…

Ventura Beach - even when the sun isn't shining the view is breath taking.

Ventura Beach – even when the sun isn’t shining the view is breath taking.

Basically I’ve got more than enough to keep my blog busy for a little bit… even if it’s just a once a week post…

On myfitnesspal today I put this list up…

Things I’ve done since  May of 2014…

  • Served on a local professional Board including co-chairing a committee (10 total meetings over those months)
  • 10 Professional networking events or mentoring sessions
  • 6 Educational events
  • 16 Hiking/Kayaking/other outdoor adventures
  • 6 Races
  • 18 Baseball games and 2 football games
  • 6 Concerts
  • Kitchen Remodel

Well then…  Here’s to the next two years 😉  And here’s what I did just this past week…

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Look down every once and a while and you might be surprised at what is right under your feet

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New restaurant in Homestead – Dorothy 6 Cafe… pretty much to die for from the atmosphere to the craft brews to the food…

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Just taking a little hike in Allegheny Cemetery – that’s Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in the background… how can you not love this city…

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It might not be the clearest picture but the sun set over the skyline of the city just made me melt Thursday night as I drove to my cousin’s downtown…