I just realized it has been awhile since I updated. Again thanks to all who have supported our cause. Since I last updated, Towards the end of the school year Xena attended school a couple times and went on a field trip with Christine's class. Even came to the field day on the last day of school. Since then she came home for the summer for a break and we really enjoyed having her home. However the vacation didn't come without a price, Xena, learned a few "bad" habits. The other side of the coin was we weren't to sure where Christine was going to be going to school, once that was all settled and the school year began, Xena went back into training on September 9. She hasn't yet gotten back to the school, but should be going in soon. She did come and ride the bus one day with me, and attended one of Christine's soccer games.
For the moment that is where we are, I will try and remember to update in a couple weeks. Again thank you all.
With the addition of $8958 Xena will be going back into training. We will have one more month with Miss Z and then she will be back in training the next level. Thank you so much everyone who has contributed. Christine is starting to get excited that her dog will get to go to school.
Wow time has flown by it has been a week since the spaghetti dinner and bakesale it was a huge success, as soon as I get the final tally I will post. Thank-you all for your continued support. It looks like Xena will at least be able to begin the next portion of her training. Again Thank-you Thank-you for your support.
Well this week has been a quiet one Dr visit went well. Excitement is building as we are getting closer to the Spaghetti Dinner and Bake Sale this Friday Feb, 7 4:30-7 at St Mary's Cathedral School. Christine and her classmates as so excited. they have made posters, even designed a t-shirt.
Xena is back in training she will be at the dinner along with her trainer. Thank you all for your support.
I our have attached a flyer for the Spaghetti Dinner
our school is putting together for next Friday the 7th.
Hope to see some of you there, Xena and her trainer will be on hand during the evening also.
Again that you all for your support. Today I am sending along an update of our week. It appears that the absant seizures have returned ( or never really left) I caught one on Tuesday. When I picked her up for vision therapy. Then on Thursday and again Friday she had two grands both at school in the classroom. This is why it is some important for us t get this dog certified so she can go to school with her. While the school is phenomenal with their response during her seizure it would be so much better that she could have warning enough to get somewhere away from her schoolmates. Not to mentioned. The safety factor.
This week we are headed downstate to see her neurologist. Because of the increase in frequency of the seizures he wants to see her. Do another routine eeg and formulate a plan. Again thank you all for your support.
I am so glad this day is over. 3-seizures 2-grands, 1-mini and very unusual behavior just a few minutes ago. And yes I am now more convinced Xena can sense. Gratefully we are almost halfway to having enough funding to begin the next leg of her training.
Next time I start my day with Xena being crazy dog, I will rearrange my day if I can and if not I won't be far away.
In regards to Xena, Her Trainer and I believe she is in that 10%. When she was a pup Christine had a seizure Xena ran up to her and laid across her chest until it was over. A few months later Xena started barking for no reason that I could see and a short while later Christine had a seizure. those are just 2- examples of occasions. Her breeder picked her for us she was one of 4-pups the breeder felt would grow up to be a "service" dog. When the trainer first met the dog she sensed she was "special". Will she be more than a service dog? My gut tells me yes based on what I have witnessed up to now. Do I want this to happen more than anything? Yes, but not for anything more than peace of mind for my children and my family. I do not want Alyson or anyone else having to be Christine's seizure alert dog. I have faith in my dog and her ability, I have seen it this is all I need to move forward.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your support.
Wow I just am overwhelmed by the support so far. From the bottom of my heart thank you. I have been sharing your messages with Christine she is so excited. You will never know he w much this will mean for Christine.
Christine started having seizures in 2009. She was eventually diagnosed as having complex partial (focal) seizures, meaning the electrical activity remained in a limited area of the brain. Sometimes, though, it evolves to affect the entire brain.
Christine's form of epilepsy prevents her from remembering she had a seizure. Because of this, Christine denies having seizures,
It's all been a journey to find out what was causing her epilepsy. We went from pediatrician to neurologist to endocrinologist to geneticist. It turned out to be a genetic problem with one of her chromosomes.
Through the long period of testing, it was unclear if doctors would ever find a way to control Christine's seizures. Aware of service dogs that could detect and alert for seizures, I decided to purchase a dog for Christine.
Seizure dog training takes several years and the average cost of training runs close to $25,000 or more. I have received help from the local Lions Club and other individuals to start Xena's training, but now it is time to step it up and go for the final chapter, which is the largest cost.
This school year has been a challenge for Christine, she has had a seizure in school once a week since the beginning of school. Imagine the disruption caused by this not only to Christine but to her teacher, class and school. They have a well laid out plan for handling things when this happens, but imagine how much better it will be for all when I get Xena certified.
Xena already senses when there is something wrong, with the training she will be taught to alert Christine and her teacher. This way they will be able to take Christine to a safe quite place and wait it out.thereby not disrupting class.
Thank you for listening to our story and thank-you for any help to can give to help us get Xena certified as a seizure alert dog.
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