Daylight Savings Means Adjusting Med Times

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Hi everyone, CEO Olivia here. One of the more annoying things humans have done is come up with daylight savings time. I’ve been told it served a purpose many years ago when a lot of people lived on farms & we had what was called a “rural economy”.  Today though, most humans live in big cities & towns, daylight savings doesn’t make much sense. Besides, the epilepsy monster doesn’t care what time it is.

Like all canine epilepsy warriors, I must take my medications every twelve hours. I’m fortunate that Knotty Toys for Good Dogs is a home based business because that means huMom is almost always here with me.  Making the switch in the spring & fall is easy because huMom simply maintains the twelve hour interval regardless of what the clock says. My 11 o’clock dose becomes a 10 o’clock dose for several months. Then it goes back to 11 o’clock, but it’s always really been the same time & twelve hours apart.

This past year has been unusual & a lot of humans were told to stay home to help fight the spread of Covid-19. For those of you who are still staying home, you can simply do what huMom & I do.

For those of you who can’t wait an hour to give meds, you’ll need to make a slow adjustment in the week before the time change. That means right now. if you can start tonight (Monday) you’ll have until Sunday morning to adjust & since it’s spring, you’ll want to delay giving meds for, in this case, ten minutes per evening. So, tonight you wait until 10:10, & the next morning when you administer the meds give them also at 10:10. Tuesday night go to 10:20, next morning also at 10:20 & repeat this, adding ten minutes until you’ve reached the full hour.

If there was more time you could adjust by only 5 minutes & slow the transition. Mark your calendar for the fall change now if that’s a better idea for your epi warrior.

Now you’ll have to excuse me, I need extra naps this week to make up for the hour I will lose Saturday night. 😉

CEO Olivia

 

November Epilepsy Awareness Month 2019

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To close out November epilepsy awareness month, my huMom, under my direction has put together a video. Please paws for a few minutes to watch & join me in spreading epilepsy awareness year round.

Enjoy the day.

CEO Olivia 

No One Should Have To Lose a Beloved Family member because of the Cost of Fighting Epilepsy

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. As I mentioned last week, my huMom & I are always sniffing out information & making connections on the inter webs. We follow several pages & groups that are about Canine Epilepsy.

One topic that almost never comes up is how expensive living with canine epilepsy can be. There is a lot of social stigma about discussing finances & people who are just scraping by are often too embarrassed to discuss their situation.

Many good dogs, myself included must take a cocktail of medications every day. Each one of them is costly. Some epilepsy medications are only available through a compound pharmacy which increases the cost even more. Then there is the added cost of prescription fees. On top of that annual blood work (mine are due this month) is mandatory to monitor the health of Liver & Kidneys. Both organs can be stressed by AEDs (anti epileptic medication).

For some canine epi warriors, emergency runs to an animal hospital happen as well, which can also result in a huge medical bill.

It’s for these reasons we support the Wally Foundation ~ Canine Epilepsy. Their mandate is simple; to offer financial assistance to those who have an epileptic companion animal & are struggling financially. As I’ve stated in previous posts, Rick Selwood, founder & director of the foundation believes no one should have to lose a beloved family member because of the cost of fighting epilepsy.

With this being, “the season of giving”, I’m asking everyone who is able, to make a holiday donation to the Wally Foundation ~ Canine Epilepsy. I’m sure it will make you feel absolutely pawsome to know you’ll be helping to keep a family together or helping a lonely senior from being completely alone.

You could start by entering my silent auction. November is Epilepsy Awareness Month & this year I’m observing it by raising money for the Wally Foundation by auctioning off some wooftastic items. All the details are pinned to the top of my Facebook page, “Oh, the life of Olivia“.

If you’d like to simply make a cash donation, you can do it through PayPal.

rselwood1@verizon.net

Many  nose nudges ❤  from me to everyone who pawticipates.

*Please note that I am not a recipient of the Wally Foundation.

CEO Olivia