Everyone, I'm here to open up about my health and life. Because things have taken such a dramatic turn I am no longer able to live a normal life a 20 year old should be living.
With multiple chronic illnesses it has become impossible for me to be able to attend work and school regularly. I fight daily to just get out of bed and get dressed. The days I'm home sick, alone, are the absolute worst. After many years of living like this and trying medication after medication, seeing specialist doctor after doctor, my family and I realized more needs to be done.
I am currently living with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, Celiac Disease, Gastrophersis, Anxiety Disorder and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.
I am at the point where I am getting ready to transfer away for college and starting a new job, but the overlying knowledge that I will be fighting to live a "normal" life takes over most of my thoughts. After careful,extensive consideration and research my family and I have decided a service dog is the best choice for me.
I have several different tasks that I'm hoping to teach the potential pup in order to lesson the strain of things and improve my quality of life.
Here are some examples of how the pup will be able to help me!
He/she will help with retrieval: my medication bag from another room, water/Gatorade from the fridge, dropped items, helping with loading unloading laundry.
Medical alert: if he/she does not have the ability to naturally alert to BP drops/hr skyrockets I will train to alert to different things i do that would signal a change in health.
I will also be scent training to different cortisol levels (which my body increases) when I go into panic attacks/sudden hr spike. This will be like my back up trained task essentially if not a natural alerter.
I will also train psych tasks including interruption to anxiety/panic ticks (example: scratching, picking, pacing, snapping etc)
I will train DPT-deep pressure therapy to help not only calm during a panic/anxiety attack but also help lower my heart rate during a medical or psych episode.
I will also train mobility work. Momentum pulling to help me up stairs or from a seated/ground position. It will be almost like playing tug and he/she will have a rope until their mouth. As they pull back I will use that momentum to help stand. He/she will have a pull strap to help go up stairs if needed or from sitting position if the tug rope is not present for what ever reason.
And of course the most obvious would be syncope response. If I faint, the pup will nose bop, paw, lick or whatever I train to help bring me back to consciousness then preform DPT.
If unable to awaken due to a head injury or something else to keep me unconscious I will teach a bark alert to help get other people around to provide care. If I'm at home I have a life alert that is actually placed on the floor incase I can't stand so I can get to it easily. I also have one on my person so if needed he can learn to press the one on me or the one on the floor. Which ever is the easiest for him/her to pick up.
It seems like a lot of stuff to train but it will be about 2 years to learn. I won't ever force my dog to learn all these tasks right off the bat. I am working with several different trainers to help me and my pup during this journey. Also dogs are always technically "in training" because our conditions are always changing in severity.
If you are interested in wanting to know these please feel free to ask. I am more than willing to share.
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Guys please, I know everyone says it but $5 really does make a difference.