Thank you to everyone who sent me so many good wishes and encouragement!!
I saw Dr. Kaylie yesterday. He was not discouraged by my attack, and feels confident that I will continue to feel well.
However, he said, I do still have Meniere’s Disease, so I may have an attack now and then. If we can keep my attacks down to one small one every 3-4 months, then that’s doing great. He’ll be concerned if I start having attacks more regularly, and if I start having more severe headaches again. If that happens then I’ll need to get in to see Dr. Gray again, and have another Myelogram. Since we don’t know what caused my leaks in the first place, there’s always a chance I could get more.
It was kind of funny, when he said that I still have Meniere’s and I may have occasional attacks, I told him, “No, I’m cured!” Of course, I was just joking. We all know I’ve never looked at this as a cure, but perhaps, down deep, I was kind of hoping.
Since I didn’t have a picture that would go with this post, I decided to share some photos of my Sandy Dog!
Update on Sandy. For those who don’t know the story of my darling dog: Sandy is 18 years old. She was found in a dumpster when she was about 1 year old. I adopted her shortly after she was found. She’s been my constant companion for 17 years. In March of 2009 we found out Sandy had bladder cancer. She had the tumors removed, but in July of 2010 an ultrasound showed that the cancer was back. We were told then that Sandy didn’t have enough bladder left to operate again. The doctor told us that this cancer is very aggressive and he guessed she would last about 6 months to a year. We do have her on a drug that is supposed to slow the growth of the cancer, and so far so good. She still acts as if nothing is wrong.
I noticed that Sandy acted like she couldn’t see us as well as she usually does. She was barking at people she knew until they were close enough for her to smell them, or really see them. I noticed that her eyes were looking a little cloudy. A couple of weeks ago we took her to the vet, and she does have cataracts. The doctor said she can probably see light and dark, big shapes….that kind of thing. I think she can still notice movement because she follows my hand motions. (She has been hard of hearing for a long time now.)
Even with all of her “issues”, Sandy is a happy dog. She runs around the house, and asks to go for a walk every day. She still runs up and down the stairs, jumps on the couch and on our bed. Of course, her favorite pastime is chasing the cat!
I really don’t understand just how good Sandy is doing until I see other dogs close to her age. Our vet said that they are always talking about Sandy, she is a wonder dog!! Still so energetic and bouncy at her age! I hope I age so well!