Yesterday Lucky was feeling very well, and was even able to blog about it. Today, not so much. It’s been a very rough day 6 for him so far. Before he went to bed last night we gave Lucky his first dose of gabapentin (100mg 1x per day) Last night was the first time he’s had middle of the night outbursts, and it happened twice (although not nearly as intense as his most intense sessions). In the morning we gave him 100mg tramadol instead of his usual dose of 150 (the surgeon said we should try to start weaning him off of tramadol). He’s been moping around all day and crying whenever he gets up at all. He also wasn’t interested in eating or drinking all day until lunchtime when we gave him his second dose of tramadol (this time we gave him 150mg because his morning was so bad). That was not too long ago, so we’ll see if things improve at all.
We’re really discouraged by this downturn. I know that everyone says the first couple of weeks are up and down, but it’s so hard to watch Lucky suffer. We’re trying to figure out if we can do something for him by changing his meds. I’ve seen lots of recommendations online (including Tazziedog’s reccomendation) for 300mg of gabapentin 2-3x per day, but I’m not sure if that’s right for Lucky, since our surgeon only prescribed 100mg. I also want to make sure I’m not just completely knocking him out all day every day, which I’ve heard gabapentin can do. He’s not on any NSAIDs, since he was on meloxicam pre-op and it upset his stomach. People seem to have good things to say about the efficacy of NSAIDs in curbing Lucky’s kind of pain, so we’re trying to decide whether or not its worth it to try a different one, like rimadyl. The really frustrating thing is that it’s impossible to get ahold of the oncologists or the surgeons who can help us out. We keep getting “they’ll call you back” from the front desks, and then no response.
Everyone has said that it gets better, so we’re trying to remain optimistic. It’s just hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel right now. I just want my best friend to feel better.
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