Thrawn is having a super hard time getting around in general, sometimes better than others but nothing consistent. At 8 am he could be perky and fine, at 5 pm we might not be able to get him up at all, then at 9 pm he's wandering aimlessly and begging for treats. He will not stop the pacing through the house when he's free, kitchen to far end of house in bedroom, back and forth. The more he walks the clumsier he gets so I'm trying to just give him little spurts of time to do it in then back in the kitchen he goes. He still paces in the kitchen but at least it's a "safer" area. If he runs into anything at all he either falls down or plows right over it (including the other dogs). The mats he seems to hate do help, I need to get a couple more to complete his area. If he falls and are on them he can push himself back up - slowly, but he can usually do it.
We have an appointment with the Neurologist tomorrow morning, I hope he's having a good day to get there and back. I really need them to tell me there are some other options to help his quality of life or at least give me something I can do for him. I hate seeing him like this, absolutely hate it. He is still in good spirits, eating and wanting treats, etc and showed interest in chewing a bone yesterday. He's pretty uncoordinated so he needs help with basic things, like if he knocks the bone next to him or close to his chest he can't figure out how to get it back where he can chew it.
I don't know what to do. If he can't get himself around I can get him a cart, I can get harnesses to take him to potty, etc but when is it too much for him?
I know deep down he's lived a long and good life, especially considering all of his health issues. I will not make him suffer because I can't let go, but I really really hope it doesn't come to that anytime soon. I never expected this so closely to Dakota passing away and I'm SO not ready. Larry thinks I'm maybe making things worse in my head because I'm paranoid from Dakota, I don't know. He has been having issues with his back end for a long time now and has had a lot of weakness, maybe I didn't notice the extent until I've totally focused on it like the last week or two. I hope I am overreacting and maybe I'm hyper-sensitive to every little thing I see wrong. I hope.
Anyway - thanks for the comments asking and the mails, I appreciate it. I'll post a report after the appt tomorrow.
6 am ~ Shaky but getting around roughly
Noon ~ Can't get him up to go out
4:30 PM ~ Perky and active
7:00 PM ~ Steals my sandwich off the tv tray and stumbles/runs/gallops away with the whole thing in his mouth