June 28th 2011 11:19 pm
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Abe's been working for several months now full time. However I've noticed within this past month that he's really fell into his groove and matured a great deal. His little insecurities which sometimes annoyed me in public have disappeared and you can tell he's really taking his job seriously. This has also fallen within the same time now that my new doctor has renewed my prescription for a service dog and is taking his usage very seriously.
Since my Pulmonary Specialist has never worked with someone with a service dog before he is keeping detailed records of my health and how Abe behaves and alerts to it and is hoping to use it for the purposes of a study for people with severe lung problems. He's hoping that by indicating what goes on with my system when Abe alerts that it can be helpful for other people with chronic lung issues and stopping chronic episodes before they happen. I keep notes of when Abe alerts such as what I was doing at the time and what sort of sounds and actions he's made to alert me. So far it has indicated that he has different sounds+actions depending on the severity of the situation. For example; he wakes me at night if I have breathing problems by biting on my fingers or my neck. For slight wheezing he pushes his nose into my ribs and growls and for major issues he bites my fingers and pulls on my clothing while growling until I take my medication or someone helps me.
Now most people and especially doctors don't usually believe that a dog could learn to alert to breathing problems like other disabilities because alike with seizures or blood sugar there hasn't been any evidence of what sort of chemical changes take place before an attack. With seizures and blood sugar there is a smell change that takes place that allows the dog to alert but there is no indication of such with breathing issues.
…Now I will get onto talking about Abe’s remarkable day.
Today was the first day I had taken Abe with me to my pulmonary rehabilitation appointment. I have been having some serious episodes this past month and have reported to my doctor in a journal every time Abe alerts to an attack but my doctors/nurses have never observed it first hand. Today I went to do my exercising and Abe was sound asleep next to my treadmill near the pulmonary nurse that observes me. I all of a sudden felt a wave of dizziness and suddenly to my surprise I heard the nurse gasp and Abe come right up to me and start biting onto my hand and pulling me gently by my pant leg. I immediately stopped because this is his indicator that I am going to have an episode and am dizzy and he wants to brace me. The nurses immediately sat me down and took my vitals and discovered that I was in the beginning of an attack but because he had alerted immediately it kept my lungs from collapsing and kept me from passing out. The head nurse who had been assisting me had said Abe had shoved her out of the way to get to me and she thought he was misbehaving until she saw he was alerting and bracing himself for me.
Frankly; them seeing him alerting in public was a huge step for validating in there notes me using a service animal but also providing to my doctor information for his personal study.
I sat for about a half hour and took some medication and when I felt better I went to my next exercise machine. Abe lay down next to my step machine and was off in dreamland once again.
There was an elderly man who was in the hospital who was doing rehabilitation on a treadmill 5ft from me. His nurse attendant was several feet away, completely distracted and ignoring him. Without warning and before I could stop him- Abe yet again woke from his deep sleep, race across the room to the man before I could grab his leash and started biting his fingers and pulling gently on his robe. The man at first was terrified thinking him dangerous and stopped his machine as Abe started nosing him aggressivly. I was stunned at Abe’s behavior and I told the man that he was alerting and to take a seat immediately. The man then all of a sudden collapsed as I said this and was luckily caught by a nurse before he fell completely. They had to call in help and put him on a face mask because his lungs had given out but he shortly recovered.
Abe is now the idol of my pulmonary rehab clinic as well as the elderly gentleman he assisted.
The head nurse that works with me as well as the rest of the group including the doctors now adore Abe and now want to push the use of pulmonary service animals. The head nurse however did yell at the assisting nurse for not paying attention to her patient and stated that if Abe had not been there he would have been seriously hurt. She yelled at her also; telling her that Abe was my service dog and should be only paying attention to me and her incompetence is dividing his attention away from his master. LOL I’m glad she said that because I was thinking it.
This was just an incredible day and I had to share. It validates all the hard work I put into Abe as I’m sure all of you feel about your dogs. It makes me proud to know that Abe is taking his job so seriously and you can really see the joy in his eyes when he’s out and about. I hope this is just a small step into creating a better environment for service animals as well as for helping the average person to understand a service dog’s function more. I know that before I left for the day several people with chronic lung issues where now interested in getting service dogs because they admired how useful Abe was and want to be more independent. I offered to give them whatever information I could and hope to see more service dogs helping people in the near future.
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Abe we are so proud of you for not only helping your momma but even helping the elderly man too (we're sure you only left your momma because you knew she was okay and someone else needed you right then).
Coco Rose and Puffy
Abe, I was sent to your diary by my pal, Puff. You are an amazing dog and I enjoyed reading about the work you do. Keep up the good work watching over your momma.
Abe, I along with Abby were sent by my pal, Puff. Keep up the good work! You are an amazing Dog!
Dude, you are Amazingly Remarkable!!