Sprocket had a much better day today, not totally symptom-free but so much better than the last day and a half. Thank you for all your good thoughts. I really appreciate the suggestions. Right now, I am keeping a journal with Papa Miao’s help so we can track patterns for his episodes. I actually started doing that pretty much at the beginning. If there are patterns, we will find them.
I haven’t contacted the vet again because he is doing so much better today. We have had so many ups and downs that it is hard to remain optimistic, but still, any improvement is a good thing. I would say that he is doing as well today as he was Saturday or Sunday, only he has been on 1/2 dose of the corticosteroids instead of a full dose. I’m still not convinced to what degree the medication has been helping him. I also still feel unsettled about the vet’s approach and the communication issues that I perceive. One of the ways to avoid this problem is by being firmer with them. I shouldn’t accept answers that I feel are cursory and that leave me with the same questions I started with. I could, for starters, insist on speaking to the vet. If they refuse, that would tell me something. I feel like they should be making the effort to figure this out, but we’ve had to poke and prod them the whole way. I don’t even know if they would have followed up on their own and told us to start tapering his meds if we had not called them first. Of course I don’t want to take my anxiety and frustration out on them, but it would only have required a teensy bit of extra effort on their part to make me feel like they were in this together with me.
Okay. I’m done complaining. I’m just glad that Sprocket is doing better.