Help get Xena to School
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.
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
I know this has been a long process, I had been warned of this from the get go. that is why the cost is so high. The time it takes you don't realze until you get started. Not only do you have to make sure the dog in perfectly obedient they have to be over the top almost perfect in every way. Miss Bert needs to make sure that at no time will Xena try to "take advantage" like if she sees something and wants to chase it. that she doesn't try to pull away from Christine. etc. etc.
But like I said we are close to the end. A huge thank you to all who have donated towards this training and thank you to anyone who may yet donate. This would not have been possible without your love and support aand patience.
For the moment that is where we are, I will try and remember to update in a couple weeks. Again thank you all.