I don't really have much to say lately. Samson is hanging in there, and I am still taking things one day at a time. I have been researching EPM with a frenzy, and am looking into a new drug that is being used in clinical trials - so far with a very high success rate. I discussed the option with one of my veterinarians yesterday, and he is consulting with the vet/PhD in charge of the trial to learn more about the possibility. In the meantime, I find myself submitting the poor guy to endless scrutinizing, amateur neurological exams, and lots of tearful hugs.
He hasn't been quite himself the last few days. It isn't horrible, but his general attitude is markedly depressed from what it typically is. It started the day we trailered to the vet for the follow-up, and I have this sinking feeling haunting me that maybe the stress of the ride induced a flare-up, if he is indeed EPM positive. Clinically, he is remaining pretty solid - vitals have been normal for over a week, appetite is fantastic - on paper, he looks pretty good. His last round of bloodwork showed an elevated white blood cell count, so it has gone to the opposite extreme. I am a little worried that it showed an increase, although I am curious to see if it had anything to do with his catheter site reaction. He developed a lump the size of a grape at the base of the catheter, so it was pulled at the last vet appointment. We are now doing hot compresses and DMSO, which helped at first - but the inflammation has remained stagnant the past two days.
Tonight will be his last dose of the antibiotic, and then his immune system will be depended on to do the rest. The next round of bloodwork will be done most likely on Monday to see if there has been any resolution in his white count.
I am uneasy. I have this unsettled feeling because of his overall attitude; and I don't know what to make of it. I'm not sure if it is a flare-up of EPM or what is going on - but something is causing him to act withdrawn all of a sudden. The only time I see him act like himself is at feeding time - that is something that NEVER changes! :-)
On a side note - I entered my favorite picture of us in a photo contest the Dover holds. You don't have to do anything, other than click a "vote" button. You can vote once a day for the next week and a half, til the contest ends. I would truly appreciate anyone who might be willing to take the time to vote - Dover has a pharmacy that carries one of the EPM medications in consideration for his treatment - and every penny helps.