There's a few more things I still have to learn:
How to check the house so she knows no one is there; how to get help if needed; bring the inhaler (still practicing). I guess she only shops at one store right now. She knows where everything is, so it's not overwhelming. When I'm with her, she can go into WalMart for a little while. I know when people are too close and stand between them and my handler so she doesn't get crowded or bumped. This is only part of what I'm learning to do!
I can help her have a better life.
After my TBI, my entire life changed. Two weeks before, I ran a marathon. For nine months after, I could barely balance enough to walk, never mind run. I managed to run again, even with the occasional face-plant. I have to avoid loud or busy roads and other areas that have too much stimulation. Going to a store, fair, concert, or other activity requires a lot of planning. And ear plugs to block the noise, a hat to reduce sensory stimulation, sunglasses for ongoing light sensitivity. If it's really crowded or loud, a friend to make sure I get out of there safely if I am overwhelmed. My life has narrowed to part time work, home, one running path, the gym, and a few stores I can shop in alone. Even these activities take a toll, migraines, stress, fatigue, fear, anxiety, constant vigilance. I hope Riley can help me get my life back just that little bit more. Be more independent and able to enjoy some of the activities I did before that I had to give up (so far) because of brain injury.
training a service dog is expensive. His basic board and train fees are $2000 a month. It will take at least 9 months to train him. Then, he has testing fees. Outfitting him with equipment. Routine vetting (his neutering was donated). His entire training will cost about $24k.
Please help me bring Riley home!
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