We’ve been waiting for this day for quite sometime now and, at last, it has arrived. Of course, whether it is the right day or not is a matter of judgement, but we think this is the day.
We’ve been waiting for so long, and been so patient, but today is the day!
Yesterday, Ray had his last 20mg Fluoxetine capsule. Today he starts the 10mg capsules. He has come a long way from his 40mg/day original prescription. Getting from 40mg to 20mg was little more than following his vet’s advice, and consciously monitoring Ray’s reactions in potentially stressful situations. Once he was on 20mg however, we had concerns in certain situations and subsequently stayed at 20mg for longer than recommended in this meds reduction exercise.
Yesterday we were out walking with Ray and an elderly lady came towards us. She was in a wheel chair, and being pushed by a younger woman. She gave Ray a big smile as she passed us and Carol, who had the leash, suddenly said “Say hello Ray.” He promptly turned and went up to the elderly lady and allowed both of them to touch him. He could well have been the highlight of the elderly lady’s day, and the other lady expressed her appreciation for Ray’s gesture.
A little earlier, a young girl surprised us by running across the sidewalk to touch Ray … but he was nonchalant about it!
Yes … Ray is ready to go down to 10mg/day. It is the final step before stopping the meds completely, but we’re in no hurry to get there. We’ll keep monitoring him and make that call at the appropriate time! 🙂
“Fist bump to celebrate my progress …. and a treat?”