I’m wondering if Charlie has a bit of dementia. Or is it senility?
Pets & Daily Medication:
Mornings seem to be the worst. I give him his meds and it occurs soon after that. So I’m thinking that maybe the Theophylline, his bronchodilator, is causing some of it. I read that it causes restlessness.
Also he takes Salix, a diuretic, every other day. So of course he needs to go out very frequently. I give it to him in the morning so we’re up and down and going in and out for hours.
I often don’t get much sleep because he wants out frequently during the night. Even though the vet has me giving him half a milligram of Melatonin and a small amount of Trazadone before bedtime, he’s still restless.
Pet Caregiver Burden:
I was googling something about pets and came across “pet caregiver burden.” Like those caring for sick humans, the related stress also applies to dealing with sick pets. Though I don’t think of it as a burden because I love him dearly.
For instance, it makes me anxious when he coughs and coughs and can’t seem to stop. I feel myself clinching up because I can’t help him. And I have to decide when it’s time for the Hydrocodone syrup he’s prescribed. Because I don’t want to give him too much.
Charlie often doesn’t seem to know what he wants. He’ll need me to get him down off the couch, as he can’t handle the steps well any more. He’ll groan and I know he wants down.
Then he often will just stand and look at me. I will get up and see if he wants out. But often he does not. So I’ll help him back up to the couch. And this repeats itself over and over again.
Stress When Caring For Sick Pets:
I try not to get irritated, because it isn’t his fault. It’s just hard to deal with. And when I feel irritated what quickly follows is guilt. Because of course he can’t help it.
I read in these articles what I often feel. Sadness, anxiety, apprehension. The need to just break down and cry.
Formula 303 Natural Muscle Relaxant:
I’m glad one of you mentioned a natural muscle relaxant, Formula 303, which I ordered from Amazon. It is calming me a bit. Maybe a better term is that it’s relaxing my muscles and nerves.
Easing my stress and worry with Charlie is an added bonus.
I hate to take the muscle relaxants my doctor prescribed because of the side effects of feeling medicated. I’ve found that a back brace helps quite a bit.
Charlie is my focus because he needs me. And I’m his mom. So I do whatever I need to do because I love him. I follow Dr. Poteet’s advice as closely as I can.
Ivy & A Wrist Cuff:
Ivy is playing with a wrist cuff. I think that’s what it’s called. It’s a fabric band like someone might use during exercise. I assume it’s related to fitness because it has the words “fit game” on it. It must have come in one of the back related packages I ordered recently.
She throws it up in the air and has endless fun with it.
Yesterday she brought it to me to throw. I found that curious. It doesn’t roll around like her swirly toys. But I threw it for awhile and she would run to get it and bring it back to me to throw again. So I guess she found some fun in it.