March 8th 2012 8:19 am
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This coming Monday morning Mom goes into the hospital for her Addison's Disease testing. She attempted to have the test performed in her endocrinologist's office, but she experienced a Grand Mal Seizure so they requested her to have the hospital perform the test under observation. I wish I had been with Mom in her doctor's office when she had, had another one of her 'episodes', but I'm not a service dog yet or even in training to be one. Mom prefers that all the testing come back before she approaches her doctor to prescribe her my services. In the mean time, she will also do a test for Cushings Disease the following week after the test for Addison's. Perhaps some day she and I will have answers.
March 4th 2012 2:10 pm
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Sunday March 4th, 2012 - The Beginning
Today I write my thoughts on what it has been to live and love someone with a disorder which makes them black out and have seizures.
Although there are 5 people in my family, including myself, my favorite person in the world is my mom. She gets me, what can I say. I have my human Dad, my human sister, Paige, and my older Shiba Inu dog brother, Murphy, but Mom seems to be the one companion that spends the most time with me so naturally, I gravitate to her. She's also pretty funny when she pretends to be a dinosaur and chases after me through the house. Sometimes we play hide and seek and I always locate her no matter how hard she tries to hide. You just can't fool the nose, right!
Lately, however, she seems to be getting more and more lethargic. She's sick to her stomach and vomits. She has migraines. She can't stay in the Florida sun more than a few minutes. She can't run with me as often without getting dizzy and she absolutely can't stand even a pin prick of pain. She will get as white as a sheet of paper, be breathless, shake, fall on the floor, get stiff as a bone and have a full blown tonic seizures. It scares me because I don't want to loose my Mom. She rarely goes out of the house, even to get treats for us. She's petrified of having a seizure in public.
So I approached her a few weeks ago and convinced her to locate the reason behind the seizures. At first she refused telling me that she has had this disorder since she was 8 yrs old and that countless doctors have told her that they had no clue why they occurred. They simply informed her to eat more salt and to drink more water because her blood pressure is so low. My Mom is the 'salt monster' from Star Trek so I don't know how she could consume more salt! Fortunately, she listened to me. Probably because I gave her my best 'puppy-face' and she started making appointments.
She went to her GP, and he referred her to a cardiologist, a psychiatrist, a chiropractor, a message therapist, a neurologist and then we had a break through. Her last specialist was an endocrinologist. This doctor is trained specifically to deal with the endocrine system, (the thyroid, pancreas, adrenal glands, pituitary). Dr. Castro suspects that Mom has a rare disorder called, Cushings Disease. It will be a long road to perform the testing for this disease, but at least someone is finally listening to Mom and I have a feeling we will be getting answers soon.
I also had a heart to heart with Mom to discuss the possibility of me furthering my obedience training in hopes of becoming a service dog. I could be trained to pick up her subtle physical changes so she would be better prepared for her seizures. I could lay by or on her until I felt that she was out of the woods. Like I said, you can't fool the nose. I could carry her medications and medical identifications in my harness. I could alert people to her seizures so they could call 911. I would do anything for my Mommy so she can start living a more productive life.
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