Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. My huMom was recently asked about what she meant when referring to following a protocol when the dog gone ugly epi monster comes lurking about. Today I will explain.
First thing I need to point out is our interpretation of the word protocol has been slightly modified from it’s original meaning. The Merriam Webster dictionary states a protocol is, “a code prescribing strict adherence to correct etiquette & precedence”. My huMom uses the word protocol to describe the steps we take during an epileptic event, based on passed experiences.
I fought off the monster just the other day, so I will use that event as an example of our protocol. At the first sign of an imminent attack by the monster, huMom begins the protocol.
First step is to get the ice pack & apply it to my lower back. Next step is to get my cluster buster into me. I take Keppra, usually in a slice of banana or in my veggie mix. She will also do OCT (Ocular Compression Therapy) if possible. Sometimes the monster attacks so quickly there is no time to try & “Prevent an Event”, regardless our protocol is followed as closely as possible.
When I do have a grand mal, huMom is with me, applying the ice pack & doing what she can to keep me from injury. She will talk gently to me with reassuring words as I come out of the seizure.
Once I come around, I’m usually frantic. I may also be temporarily blind. Another step in the protocol is to make sure I have room to dash without getting hurt. For example she closes off the stairs so I won’t try to go up them. The laundry room door will be shut because I might end up behind the washing machine in my frantic state. This limits me to the living room & kitchen where huMom can be with me.
Next, food is given because I will be famished. A seizure is like running 20 miles full speed. My blood sugar needs to be stabilized. I get a spoonful of unpasteurized, pure raw honey along with a “breakfast”. I will next be offered a kong filled with coconut oil. huMom will hold the kong while I lick at it. This gives me something delicious to focus on & will calm me down until the Keppra kicks in.
Once the event is over & I’m resting, huMom will make notes in my seizure activity journal. This is important for my vet to see. huMom will make note of the weather, the moon phase & if anything out of the ordinary has happened. This can help spot patterns & possible triggers that we can try to avoid.
Having our protocol helps give a sense of control & focus. It’s very hard for any human to see their furbaby/best furiend go through an epileptic event. Keeping to a strict protocol means your focused on something other than your emotions.
Do you follow a protocol? I’d be interested to hear about how you fight the ugly epi monster.
CEO Olivia ❤