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Cory has Cauda Equina Syndrome

March 19th, 2010 No comments

Here’s a link to show exactly what Cory has and how it is fixed.  The young doctor in the photo (who did the surgery while he was a resident at WSU) is the same guy that will do Cory’s surgery, (Dr. Sean Sanders) – only now he has 10 more years of experience.

Cauda Equina Syndrome

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Cory’s MRI

March 18th, 2010 2 comments

Yesterday morning we took Cory to the clinic in Kirkland, about an hour’s drive from our home in Seattle, for his MRI.   We were told that he was next in line after a poodle, who was undergoing an MRI at the time we brought Cory in, and they estimated he would be done between noon and 1 p.m.    We went to work and called in throughout the day, only to be told that they had not taken Cory in until around 3 p.m.  Jay and I went there to get him after work last night and they said he would not be ready until around 8 p.m.,  so Jay and I found a nearby restaurant and had dinner.

We got a call on our cell phone (while having dinner) about 8 p.m. and the doctor said he wanted to keep Cory overnight in order to be sure he was fully recovered from the anesthesia.  We went to pick him up this morning and it took forever to get him discharged due to  administrative issues.

The findings of the MRI show that Cory’s right shoulder pain is not due to a rotator cuff tear, as was expected, but rather to osteo-arthritis.   He may be helped with an injection into the shoulder (we have to ask the bone doc about that).  The cause for all of the rest of Cory’s symptoms is a herniated disk toward the base of his tail, which is impinging on the nerve cord.  The doc believes that it is fixable and gives us chances for complete success in the 90 percentile range.

We were on the moon with happiness until we got Cory home, and found how much he has gone downhill in the past 24 hours.  His entire hind end is partly paralyzed now and extremely weak and uncoordinated.  I called the vet tech and she said she was surprised to hear that as she had walked Cory this morning and did not witness this.  The vet put these words right into the written report….”This is not a life ending condition.”

Based upon their assurances that Cory does not need to be crated if he is kept in a small confined area where he cannot climb onto furniture (or navigate stairs), we put him into our bedroom with a big bowl of ice cold water and opened the sliding glass door onto the deck so that he can get fresh air.  Luckily it is a beautiful sunny day.  Cory will be kept in this room pretty much all the time unless one of us is right with him, and I suppose he’ll have to have his life jacket on when he is out of the bedroom so we can help him stay upright to take him outside.

We now need to consult with the bone doc to see if he thinks the injection into the right shoulder will be of much benefit, and how long the benefit will last.  Depending on that answer, we will then schedule Cory’s surgery to get the disk fixed ASAP, (we’ll need to coordinate to have it all done at once if we decide to do the shoulder at all).  So we are waiting from a call from the shoulder doc to get answers before we can move forward with scheduling the surgery.

It creates quite the emotional paradox to be given such hopeful information while seeing our boy go downhill so quickly.

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Cory is undergoing diagnostics right now

March 17th, 2010 No comments

Sandy and Jay took Cory into the vet today for diagnostic testing. We’re all hoping that they tell us that whatever is causing Cory pain and loss of control in his hind legs is repairable. We’re also aware that general anesthesia for an old dog is more risky than for younger dogs, so we are a little nervous. But have to do what we have to do. I’ll keep you updated as I get more news.

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Cory Is Going In for Diagnostic Testing

March 15th, 2010 3 comments

We took Cory in to a Veterinary Neurologist at the beginning of March, and were told that Cory probably has a rotator cuff injury on his right front shoulder (which is causing him to limp) and one or more herniated disks which are causing his hind legs not to function properly.   In the short time that has gone by since that visit to the specialist Cory has pretty much lost his ability to go on a walk without a lot of assistance or to go up or down stairs without his life jacket on.  The Neurologist said that he believes that whatever Cory has wrong is “fixable” with surgery, but of course we won’t know for sure until Cory undergoes diagnostic testing.  We began with having a geriatic work up done on Cory to make sure his kidneys, liver and other vitals are in good order (they are), and we had chest X-rays done to be sure he does not have systemic cancer (he does not), so Cory is going in for an MRI this coming Thursday.  He will have to be fully sedated for the procedure, so I am rather nervous but at the same time we realize that if we don’t do this soon Cory may not even be able to walk about in the house for much longer.  I would love to hear from anyone who has gone through diagnostic testing (when your dog is under sedation), or about your experiences with surgical repairs on your dogs.    Our hope is that we can get Cory fixed and that we have some pain-free seasons to look forward to ahead for him to go camping and swimming with us.

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Another Cory Update

March 9th, 2010 1 comment

I visited home and Cory this weekend, and it was definitely a mixed bag of good news and bad news. The good news was that Cory was spritely as ever, demanding attention and wanting to play, just like a puppy. The bad news is that his hind legs are becoming weak from what we think could be a herniated disc in his spine. We plan to take him in soon for a full series of diagnostics so we can determine what might be wrong.

What’s really tough here is that Cory’s mental abilities and his senses seem to be outliving his physical abilities by a long shot. His sight, hearing, and sense of smell seem to be completely normal, and he responds readily to his name, or any talk of a walk, chow, or playing toys. We know that as long as Cory is completely there mentally and with his senses, we have plenty more time with him. It’s just a matter of helping him deal with the pain he’s experiencing in his right shoulder and his hind legs.

I’ll keep you all updated. Cory says hi to all his fans =)

Cory on 3-6-10

Cory on March 6, 2010

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Update on Cory

March 3rd, 2010 2 comments

Cory is having some pain issues related to inflammation and arthritis.  We have tried two different medications, neither of which worked.  We took him into his vet on Monday and she has referred him to a neurologist, who we’ll see tomorrow.   The vet took a blood draw and had a “geriatric panel” done on it, and the good news is his kidneys have improved quite a bit since his last blood draw, 5 months ago.  His creatinine level has dropped from a 2.8 (5 months ago) to a 1.8!!!  The normal range is 0.6 to 1.2, so we have made significant progress (thank you Renal Essential supplements!!!)  Cory’s vet said we need to keep him moving, so I have started getting up early to take him for a morning walk and of course when I get home he gets an evening walk.  He moseys along like an old Grampa, but I now understand that we need to keep his muscles from becoming weak.  A shout out of thanks to those of you who have written with interesting suggestions for pain management!

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4 Years & 8 Months Seizure Free Today!

January 22nd, 2010 8 comments

I am so excited to see people stopping by this web site. You are inspiring me to work hard on the book, and I’m delighted to tell you I have 31 single spaced pages done so far! And today is the 4 year and 8 month anniversary since Cory’s last seizure! Every day that is seizure free is a day to celebrate!

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