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Chloe’s World

August 15, 2014

This is amazing how do dogs know Chronic Fatigue Immune Disease? My Hayliegh sensed it and would keep me from going anywhere. When driving she would get in the front seat and look at me then look forward as if to make sure I am paying attention.

Chloe is year and a half is staying right by me either in my lap or touching me. I am finding it hard to breath, talk or walk. It is as if the whole central nervous system is shutting down. Lungs feel like an old leather football.

The only way through this health condition. What I mean by this is if I fight it by beating myself up for not being able to do life the longer it sticks around. Emotional energy can take up a lot of space and time. If I allow myself to go through with ACCEPTANCE it seems it will let up sooner.

I stick to my self-care list:
• Thank God for movies and I can tune out for a while or a few days.
• Eat really healthy, like veggies, air popped popcorn, Lots of water or sun tea.
• Light a candles.

I have made my little place a heaven on earth, so days like this I can relax.

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Chloe’s World

August 10, 2014

Okay so I have been working hard on my project on my laptop which is on my lap. Chloe puppy dog wanting attention in-between my mission. She doesn’t know she is on this mission too. Here she is trying to present a toy over the top of my laptop. WOOF!

Chloe is trying to make me take breaks.!

Chloe is trying to make me take breaks.!

Staying Present

July 10, 2014

How do you feel when you have reached so deep inside that the anointing of God has set you free to live in the present and leave you happy for the future?
Daily: “I surrender to the Christ within and I go free” from the book of Florence Scovel Shinn. Anything that is bothering you or holding you hostage due to indecision, frustration and unsettled anxiety it is as simple as giving it to God and meditating “I surrender to the Christ within and I go free.”
May you have many blessed moments.

Chloe says WOOF!

Chloe’s World and The Hayliegh Project

May 24, 2014
Here it is and it is beautiful! Mr. Craig Herrera Meteorologist/Reporter reported for channel 10 mews filmed and reported this lovely story about us! I hope you enjoy it as much as it touched me.
The Humphrey’s law group ADA, Lodi California assisted in the bringing the truth to justice! The Hayliegh Project helping people with their civil rights!
Assistance dog fight: ‘It’s been a rough ride’

Finding peace and acceptance in a painful world

March 5, 2014

How do you keep your dignity when your mind and body have been maxed out?

I am amazed at Chloe’s attention to detail about my health.  I started the Medrol pack today even thought it can cause a lowered immune system and for me it means oral thrush for many months. Thought? I am on low dose naltrexone (LDN) which stimulates the immune system.  Maybe the  Medrol pack could help?

I have been on my knees as I cry to God for his help.

I felt well enough to take Chloe out on a simple walk. Pain suppressed lightly due to the steroid, but Chloe spotted (not walking well) right away and would not go any further.

Medrol pack is an intense steroid that works quickly and it helps inflammation. Usually makes a person feel like super woman at least for me! Were is she?

It is now after 10pm and my sacro hurts and my stomach stabbing pain is flared up causing pain, swelling and loose bladder.

My Bible, “James” 1:12 talks about trials and temptations.  Testing of faith develops perseverance. I am at that place. In tears I have humbly presented myself to God and still no relief.

Chloe’s World

July 7, 2013

7/7/2013
I finally woke up feeling pretty darn good today. Thought Chloe and I could hike the mountain. I am feeling good asking God’s favor hoping Chloe can handle ¾ at least. Anyway we get going get no further than a few blocks and she says no. I get frustrated disappointed and upset. I see other pups and adult dogs going up and I think what is wrong with my girl? I turn around to come home and my pain in my spine becomes horrific. Question does she not want to walk because she knew I was going into pain or did she just not want to go?

I had to come home and take heavy meds to find relief. Again I thank God for bringing biochemist to give up meds to help.

Here is my demise I didn’t train Hayliegh / service dog to be alone ever. I would like to know if I wanted to hike the mountain during the hotter days when the pup cannot go that I could and she would be okay just for an hour.

I have abandonment issues and I know Chloe does she was abandoned as a pup. My goal is that she knows I am not going anywhere in life without her it just maybe that I need to climb, pray and meditate once in a while when she cannot go. I gave her lunch put her in the crate with her pillow and a toy ad hobbling for ten minutes outside the building for ten minutes. Guess what she barked and barked and barked some more. New strategy? I have been trying to leave her even though I go to the trash I leave her in the apt and tell her to stay and she barks. I need to use treats in portion control to teach her to stay, so I will leave her a little treat when I leave the apt and then when I come back. All of this will be in her kong.
Thoughts welcomed. WOOF!

Chloe’s World

June 30, 2013

Hard at work.

Today is our 3rd day on our road trip. We met Art at Calloway and then off to Europa , Ponte, Miramonte and then end at south coast. Chloe and I took off is to the Ramada in Old Town Temecula, ca. We went back to our new fav mex food.  It is good to return to my little heaven on earth. Woof!

 

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Yesterday woke up started walking and I had this weird sensation in the front of my left thigh it felt as though my leg was going to give out. I then went to help my senior friend and stepped on my left foot and boom the spasm hit in the left lower spine. I took pain medications and they didn’t work so I went to muscle relaxers and my pain subsided enough to get some relief. I have had this repeating for the last yr and becoming more prevalent.

                                                                                                              

 This morning Chloe and I had to go out to take care of matters that had to be done. My pain became so bad that Chloe lied down on the ground and didn’t want to move. How did she know? I am upset as I wanted to work out hang with friends and I am not able to. 

 I can look at the glass half full and not half empty, so with that said I will chose the glass have full. I can watch great movies, through a ball for Chloe and hang out with her, type on the internet and surrender to what is. Most of all I can remember that God is with me.

I am amazed at the awareness at how dogs can sense and know what is happening. After having Hayliegh as my service dog and learning to identify certain behaviors matching the onset of what is happening to my body. Today Chloe knew my body was in extreme pain and she lied down and didn’t want me to move.  She is happy that I am home.

 

 

The Hayliegh Project

December 5, 2012

Here is the article I was asked to write about the benefits of both me and my service dogs use of LDN. I still have to live w/ this horrific disease and lately it has attacked my stomach as if my appendix’s has ruptured.

About my service dog she has gained full use of her back leg that was once atrophied and not of any use.  She is surviving cancer w/ no suffering. Hayliegh still keeps working for me as she wouldn’t want to be anywhere else, but w/ me.

I have purchased a Burley tail wagon for her this way we can stay together where ever go.

Every day I ask God to show me what I can do to give back to the world while living w/ this disease and while being home.  I also share what Hayliegh and I do while we are home.

http://www.ldnresearchtrustfiles.co.uk/docs/July%20Newsletter.pdf

 

We are on page 7 & 8

I love you Hayliegh Muffins!

I love you Hayliegh Muffins!

Hayliegh’s World

November 25, 2012

Relationships

Hayliegh knows the difference between the different levels of relationship that we have.  There are various relationships when we are in the “out shopping mode.” She knows to remain by my side until given permission to greet people. When we run into casual friends, she knows she can say hello after I’ve greeted them. On the days I am not well, she will greet them and then come right back to me.

You might be asking when you see me, “Why does she need a dog?”  I am rolling into a very fit fifty, I have honey blond hair, I eat well and stay as fit as I can.  Not an easy task considering this disease is 24/7. I value the benefits of working out as I have been working out since I was thirteen years of age.  It has an important part of my way of life.

We also have our “gym mode.”   Even though she is working for me, I allow her to say hi to everyone, as they are considered regular friends that we see all the time. Saying hello is part of her treats, so I let her enjoy herself while we’re there. She always makes me her priority, despite her outgoing personality.  One day at the gym a friend said “Do you notice how she isn’t as friendly when the Fibromyalgia is flaring in your back?” I realized that was true. I also discovered that her behavior reverts to her usual friendly demeanor once my medications kick in.  Another time, she refused to be social with any of our close friends at the gym. She stood near my side looking forward in a worried manner. Jennifer, a staff member ask “Kim are you feeling okay?” I told her I felt fine. She said “Either you need to go home or we’re going to have an earthquake, because I’ve never seen Hayliegh act like this.” I decided to listen to Hayliegh’s intuition and drive home. She couldn’t have walked any faster to get me to the car.  She wouldn’t even take her treats that she likes before we got going. Well when I got home within forty minutes, I was doubled over with acute stomach pain and could not walk.     

When we visit the doctor we are in “doctor mode.”  She likes to greet the nurses, staff and the doctors; they all enjoy her and it puts a smile on all their faces. I think it helps her feel safe when they work on me. My doctors are amazed, when she reacts to them working on me. For instance, when they give me a shot, she will get up and have to watch over me.

When I have a CAT scan or any other test where she can’t see my face, she starts to whimper or make a low cry. If I end up in an ambulance the medical techs ask “Can she come with us?” and I say “Yes” and then the medical tech will say “yes too.” We had a cute moment when an ambulance came to pick me up. One tech thought she was so cute, he asked if he could take a photo of her in the ambulance; I couldn’t help but say yes. You should see when I am admitted to the ER facility. By the time I get to the area that is curtained off, the word has spread through the whole ER floor that the cutest service dog was there with me. It is funny how one person after another cruised by to say hi to Hayliegh. Can you imagine?  I am at the hospital, the techs are hooking me up with needles and wires, and Hayliegh is on the floor and she is getting really upset as she cannot see my face. The nurses usually put her on the bed with me so she can calm down.

One time the doctor thought I had a ruptured appendicitis.  My thoughts raced; what do I do? I have Hayliegh it is now past her dinner time, she wouldn’t have any of her food, and who would take her out? Suddenly the Chaplain shows up; she had to come and see the cute dog hanging out in the ER room.  Back to the food and potty breaks.  The Chaplin offered to take Hayliegh out as she would be on duty all night for patients.  One of the nurses asks if they could bring Hayliegh something form the kitchen? I said “Oh she would be so happy,” so they brought her a bowl of rice with meatloaf since it was on the menu. The nurses and the kitchen agreed if I had to stay the night they would put rice and chicken in the refrigerator they keep on the floor. Wasn’t that nice?

Hayliegh’s World

November 4, 2012

       

My steadfast companion.

                                               

                                 Hayliegh Is Working

I can hardly believe it Hayliegh is still by side and takes her job seriously. Over the years I started to notice behaviors associated with my condition.  She instinctively knows, before I do, if a migraine is going to hit. She won’t let me out the front door if I need medication. She knows when my fibromyalgia is affecting my back; she will stand between me and others to protect my back until my medication has kicked in. While out and about when fibromyalgia is already flared up, she does a look by facing forward then turning back to me. Then she stands right near me and looks away from people, as if to say “I am working right now.”  If my stomach is going to be attacked while I am out in public, she will become stubborn and unruly, and by this I understand she is telling me we have to leave. If I stay and don’t listen to her I end up on the floor or doubled over in pain.  I have to get medication in me right away because my stomach starts with acute and severe pain.  One time she even showed my therapist that I had a severe back injury. She dragged her back legs into the patient room when we went in to talk.  We both looked at each other and asked “Did you see that!” because Hayliegh mimicked my injury.


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