Saturday, June 21, 2008

The story of John

Previously I have written about John's neck problems. The last episode was pretty bad pain wise. We put him on pred. and he recovered. Well, on Tuesday he started showing problems with his back end: Weakness, unsteadiness and pain. It was time to find out what the hell was going on and I scheduled an appointment for John to see our vet specialist in ortho.

In order to get the films needed John had to be put under so they could manipulate his hips/spine. We pick our boy up and the films showed he has a compressed disc in his neck. When he get overzealous in his playing the disc starts to bulge which causes his extreme pain. He also had sciatica that is causing the backend problems.

We have had 3 of our greys put under the same anesthesia. No problems. Friends of mine have had their greys under the same anesthesia. No problems. John. Had problems. HUGE problems.

We go to bed and John goes to his usual spot the guest bed to sleep. At midnight I hear thrashing in the guest room. John is having a seizure. It was awful. He is so heavy - 90 lbs. and he is on hardwood floors. I am trying to get him out in the hallway and Bill comes out and we finally get him on his side in the bathroom. The seizure is a grand mal. He is convulsing, snapping, foaming, the whole nine yards and lasts about 2 minutes. Afterwards we let him lay there for awhile to calm down and we can get him up. Frantic calls to the emergency vet proved useless. Call back if he has another one. WTF!

5 a.m. he has another one in the yard. It was just as bad. 8 a.m. we are at the specialist office. The only thing we can figure is that it was a reaction to the anesthesia be it extremely rare. We make a compromise. We can take him home and keep watch over him 24 hrs and if he has another it is to the ER to be hospitalized.

I am happy to report. No seizures. Thank you Lord!


Michelle & Mitch said...

Geez...that must have been a terrifying experience! I can't imagine what you were going through. Poor John.
I am glad that he is okay now. :)

Becca said...

Poor guy, I couldn't imagine..I would sure freak out. Hopefully he will feel all better soon :)

IHateToast said...

oh, poor john. i hope he's okay. when i'm at the doc, and they ask "are you allergic to any meds?" i always answer "none that i know of." unfortch you can't know until it happens. i hope it turns out okay and you never have to go through that again. poor fella.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Yikes! We are thinking positive thoughts for John. My first greyhound started having seizures later in life and they were pretty awful.

For his back, have you done acupuncture? I highly recommend it if you haven't. It helped Katie a lot with her paralysis from the spinal stroke.