|Barked: Tue Oct 23, '12 2:00am PST |
|Charlie and I are BOTH epileptic. What an irony that I ended up with a dog with epilepsy, when I found out a year prior to getting him that I was epileptic.
I'm going to start by saying that I very rarely have grand mal seizures. I've only had one in the past ten years. Most, if not all, seizures I typically have are partials and many of them go unnoticed by me. It's often my fiance, actually, who notices when something isn't right with me and brings it up after it passes.
I also did not know Charlie was epileptic until he was three years old and seized twice in front of me(I got him at eight months old, with most, if not all of his previous vet records and was even able to backtrack the four previous homes he had had prior to me).
I'm always reading things on here, and have read about seizure alert dogs many times and often hear that they are typically 'naturally' in tune to epileptics and cannot be trained for alerting to this? I'm not sure if that's true or not, so bare with me here...
I had a seizure today(a few days after Charlie had had one as well, actually - although his are more frequent and more severe) and he was acting insanely WEIRD for a good thirty-forty minutes prior. He would NOT leave me alone. At all. He was acting like I was dying and he'd never see me again. He was climbing all over me, despite me telling him "No"(I was in pain, and not feeling well, so he was really just irritating me) - to which he typically listens very well. My fiance took him out for a bathroom break, we fed him, everything he normally would be asking for. But he was all over me, nudging me, climbing on me, staring at me, really really ANXIOUS and acting like something was really wrong. It was the weirdest behavior I've ever witnessed from him and to be honest, I felt he was being a bit of a pest, lol.
I had a partial seizure approx. forty minutes after he began the behavior. I didn't even realize it - as I usually don't with the partials. But my fiance did.
Is it possible he knew something was up and was alerting me to it? I don't even think he was intending to alert me that it was happening, so much as he was anxious(he's easily anxious and stressed out by out-of-the-ordinary things) about what he felt was 'off' and was trying to get reassurance and get me to put an end to it. But was this alerting? He NEVER nudges me with his head like that and he stayed with me the entire time, refusing to leave my side, either being on top of me, or laying next to me(at one point, I laid down on the couch).
No, I have NO intention of ever making him a Service Dog. I do not require a Service Dog(my seizures are few and far between, and grand mals are extremely rare with me - I have no need for the use of one) and do not ever intend to get one. I'm just curious on people's thoughts about this. It's cool if that's what happened, but I'm fine if it wasn't, lol. I'm far more concerned about his seizures than my own.
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