The last 9 hours have been full of worry for Daddy, and I both, and as he is about to head off to Target to get a Prescription, when their Pharmacy opens, I had to come and let everyone know the latest.
Thank you KC for spreading the word on the CB, and to all who have sent their thoughts, and prayers, to us!
The CB has always been a caring community, and we are grateful beyond mere words to find ourselves on the receiving end of that kindness. :-D
When Daddy didn't come home from work at the usual time, of 1230 to 130am, I was concerned, and when the alarm clock went off after 8am I began to REALLY get concerned!
Daddy got home a little after 9am, and filled me in after many hugs, kisses, and purrs.
Daddy is a Directory Assistance Operator, and at work he had a sudden bout of confusion while handling a call, around 1015pm, as a blinking light on the screen would not turn off, and he heard a supervisors voice when there should not have been one.
The next thing he knew was awakening in a hospital emergency room, around 11pm, and was told he had a Gran Mal Seizure.
This scared, confused, and concerned him, as you can imagine!
He'd had brief moments of confusion before, but always attributed them to being tired during a long shift, and always passed the call to a supervisor.
This, obviously, was different.
8 1/2 hours, 2 removals of blood, several other tests, and a cat scan later, he was finally cleared to go home, with a prescription to fill, an appointment to see a neurologist for a battery of tests Monday or as soon as possible after, and orders to stay home the next 3 days, at least, and rest.
When he gets home from Target you bet your sweet bippy I will make him rest! ;-D
***UPDATE - 5PM***
Finally! I can get Daddy to sleep. ;-D
First work called him, then one of his Sisters came by with lunch, and questions!
I'm gonna sit on Daddy for the next 5 1/2 hours to make sure he gets some sleep!
***UPDATE 930AM - 5/9***
I lay on the foot of bed as Daddy slept until 1045pm, and took his pill.
Then I shooed him back to bed, and camped out on the foot again, except for the one time I went under the covers for a while to check on him, and he slept until around 730am.
I hear that half the Cat Blogosphere wants to help me sit on him! (I'm in no position to disuade anyone from "coming over" for a minute to check on us both, As all my attention is on him, um, hee, hee!)
I am grateful beyond words for the support.
We have always known we had friends, and fans out there, but the comments, here, and Facebook, and the e-mails have just floored us.
He's gonna make a quick market run, we may do a Google on Gran Mal Seizures, and then I'm gonna sit on him again as he gets back in bed!
I'm a smart Cat, and since his other camera is here I can see if I can take a picture! ;-D
Daddy slept for 3 hours after he got home from the market, and ate breakfast.
Daddy's old camera is still breathing, even if the pics are not the best, so here's proof!
I set the camera on a bookshelf, set the timer for 10 seconds, and well, let's just say...I can move pretty fast for a 12 year old! ;-D
After his nap Daddy went out one more time, and when he came back he fixed his dinner, which he's eating now.
The above photo was taken just a few minutes ago, as we waited for his Chicken Soup to warm. ;-D
When he takes his pill again, in a few hours, it's back to bed for 8 hours, and I'd better get no arguement! ;-D
***UPDATE 5/10 - 11AM***
No tests today! Daddy was told he needs to go see his Personal Doc, and get permission from him, then set up an appointment.
The good news is that Daddy goes to his Doc this afternoon, and the place he will see the Neurologist is close to home, too.
In other good news Daddy slept well all night, and that means I did too! ;-D
Thank U to the gang at Kitty City Gazette for the Pen to pick up my, and Daddy's, spirits!
Finding this in the mail, this afternoon, made our day! ;-D
Daddy returned from his visit to his Doctor, and I guess no news is good news.
He gave Daddy the paperwork for setting up an appointment with a Neurologist within Daddy's Insurance Network.
The Doc thinks the Neurologist will want to do an EEG, and an MRI, at least, in order to get a clue as to what's up with Daddy.
The Neurologist is in nearby Newport Beach, and Daddy will call promptly at 9am to set up the earliest appointment that he can.
Thank you, again, everyone for all your purrs, and purrayers, they mean a lot to us, and are also a great encouragement to me to continue putting my best efforts into this blog as well. ;-D
***UPDATE 5/11 - 10AM***
Hissssss!!!! If I wasn't a Cat, and a declawed one at that, let me tell you!
Daddy called the Doc he was reffered to, and the earliest he could get in was 6/11!
His Doc gave him 4 others to call, and one couldn't take him until late June, another 6/1, another 5/27, and another their office was closed today!
The folks at Daddy's Doc said they will get back to him sometime today with news of an appointment, somewhere, hopefully sooner.
Male Nurse Nikita Cat creeps up close to check on Daddy as he naps on Tuesday afternoon...
One of the highest rated Neurologists in the OC has an opening May 27th, but Daddy won't know if he has it for sure until in the morning when their computer works and they get his approval form from his Doc, but they are holding the date for him until then, anyway.
In the meantime Daddy's Doc has given approval for an EEG, hopefully by Friday, BEFORE seeing the Neurologist.
He says it saves a step this way.
Daddy will go in, and get the form in the morning, and set up an appointment as well.
He plans to ask if it might not be a brilliant idea to get an MRI, before seeing the Neurologist, as well, since that is still 2 weeks away, and time might be of the essence for all we know.
The radiologists will know what to look for.
All Daddy knows to look up is info on Gran Mal, and he has no clue, at this stage, what questions he needs to even ask.
We watched a YouTube video someone posted of their Gran Mal....interesting, I'll say that much. ;-D
In the meantime I kept a close eye on Daddy during his naps, even giving his face a thorough licking. ;-D
Daddy gets an EEG!
Neurologist Confab 5/27!
He also prepares to increase his Iron, Man. ;-D
This is the last Update in this series as the next Big Event is not until Daddy sees the Neurologist, in Irvine, on the 27th.
Daddy's Doc told him, yesterday, that his Blood Work showed that he has very Mild Anemia.
Iron Deficiency Anemia is the most common type of anemia throughout the world.
The Doc told him to increase the Iron in his diet, and set up a follow-up appointment for a month from now.
Daddy was given the OK to go to Hoag Hospital, this morning, for an EEG, and so decided to dress appropriately for the occasion. ;-D
His choice of attire was a huge hit at the registration desk, and most particularly in the Neurosciences Institute itself. ;-D
A very nice lady, named Tracy, was in charge of administering the EEG, with the help of an assistant, and was very reassuring, and helpful, to Daddy during the entire process which, including the 20 min. EEG itself, lasted 50 min.
Tracy asked Daddy questions about what led up to the incident, and the incident itself, about his own health, and the fact that he had a cycling accident in the mid-90's which involved hitting his head on pavement, and a short period of nerve damage that was treated with medication, and his family medical history (Dad was a mental patient for 18 years until his death, Mom Died of Diabetes, and Leukemia.).
Daddy then had 6 small electrodes stuck on his head, with a mild abrasive cleanser, and conductive cream, and an electrode cap, and was instructed to lay back, stay still, close his eyes, and relax, even take a short nap if he wanted (He didn't manage the nap.).
The recording procedure included something called phonetic stimulation...a flashing strobe light given in 10 second increments.
After all was done he was told a hospital Neurologist would examine the results, and in a week all conclusions would be sent to his Doc, and the Neurologist he is scheduled to see, and he might not know more until his meeting with the Neurologist.
While at the hospital Daddy picked up all sorts of flyers, and pamphlets, that would help him understand about EEG'S, and seizures.
Looking over this stuff, myself, was quite entertaining.
I climbed up into the top of my cat tree, and settled down to read.
I learned a lot of interesting things.
Depending on what part of a human brain is affected the Human can have symptoms such as changes in concentration, muscle contractions, body jerking, or numbness, and tingling.
These events can last from just a few seconds to up to 3 minutes, and sleepiness, and confusion afterwards can last longer.
Daddy had a Generalized Tonic Clonic which involved full body shaking, a loss of awareness, and the appearance of unconsciousness. Once he awoke he was confused, and sleepy for a time, afterward, at the hospital.
The Electroencephalogram (EEG) recorded the electrical activity in the brain in the form of brain waves.
The idea is to see if Daddy's noggin had any abnormal electrical activity going on inside it.
Some folks might consider his poetry, songs, humor, opinions, and other blogging, over the years, as proof enough, without the need of any ol' EEG, but what do they know?
Um, hee, hee! ;-D
Anyway, now that the initial excitement is past, and Daddy settles down into the routine of taking his Anti-Seizure Meds twice a day (The Generic form of Keppra, called Levetiraceta - 500mg), and finding out what Iron rich foods he should start eating more of, we can both get back to our regularly scheduled Blogging.
Daddy has posted, finally, about the week that was, hee, hee! ;-D
***UPDATE - 5/22/10***
***UPDATE - 5/30/10***
***UPDATE - 6/2/10***