Help to finish training
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.
Although it has been almost 3 years since we began this journey the end is near. We had to put training on hold because the medicines etc. finally began working. So we have had to regroup and modify the plan so we can get Xena working and put Christine at ease. In the next week Xena will finally be going back to finish this leg of her training as a Service Dog and if (hopefully this won't happen) seizures return we can then up her level to seizure alert. To explain the difference as a seizure alert she would be trained to notify a specified person to a pending seizure as opposed to now her job will be more to service Christine incase of a seizure.
Thank you for listening to our story and thank-you for any help to can give to help us get Xena certified as a service dog.
For more information on epilepsy here is a link you might find informational http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.epilepsy.com%2Fepilepsy%2Ftypes_seizures&h=cAQGzGBVR
Then there is the hours of working woth the dog and the child under the trainers close, supervision no stone can be left unturned. It takes time and patience. And then there was the waiting for seizures so we could take Z to the final level. Who would have ever know at that time after so many years of horrible times that the meds and such would finally take hold. So back to the waiting game what do we do next?
There have been seizures since not as bad as before or as regular. Miss Z needs to be finished as a service dog so we can have peace of mind when and if it happens next. I keep thinking that had we been able to
get her vested before this summer we could have avoided the break through seizure Christine had at the fair. I am just greatful that it wasn't any worse than it was and even though she ended up with a skinned knee, face and twisted glasses that was all.
I just can't wait to get this over neither can Christine she is so exctied. Having Xena at her side finally will give her the confidence to be more independent.
Blessings to all who have supported us throughout this entire process it reayy has meant alot. God willing and no more bumps in our road we shall be finished shortly.
Merry Christmas all
I know Christine can't wait.
Without the support of all you folks this would never have been possible, even though we haven't reached our goal. Thank you again everyone. I will post again when she is official.