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Chloe’s World

November 7, 2015
Watching me closely

Watching me closely

This was interesting for me to witness how Chloe new I had a migraine and I had to give myself an injection of Imitrex because the dissolving Maxalt was not working. We met my mom at the hospital and waited for my dad’s outcome from back surgery. We sat with my mom and normally Chloe goes crazy happy because she knows my mom. Well this time she looked at my mom and came right next to me then got in my lap and just nestled there for a good hour. As the medication kicked in, she seemed to be more relaxed and less stressed about my health. Than she lied on the floor. My last service Hayliegh knew migraines too.  #servicedogs #hiddendisabilities

Good job Chloe!

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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’

Severe Pain suffering

March 4, 2014

Here it comes and God help me! Chloe is really doing her job even though I hurt I try to get out as best as I can. Chloe is grounding 100% because she doesn’t want me to walk. Good girl Chloe!

What do I do? I have endured insane pain since the middle of Feb  2014 the original pain triggered end of Jan, 2014. It is “Trying my soul” both physically, emotionally and spiritually. My spirituality is so important to me and all I can do is hang on to the belief that God is with me since I spiritually beat. To beat to pound on Gods door. My sanity has turned into a Sunami and I don’t know how to save myself.

I have been on the muscle relaxers the pain killers, and tried meds that added more pain like headaches. I would like my simple life back. My simple life would “Beg to differ” by most as it comes with managing pain, and fatigue that leaves a person paralyzed.

I know how to do Fibromyalgia and CFID, but add this and it is spiritual insanity and physically a living death.

It is the day after my injection not thinking of anything but positive thoughts about the medical treatment became a huge let down. I tried to walk a half a block per request to take it easy and not push by my PA. I am in excruciating pain and disappointed with my self. Along with this lack of exercise is the food that I eat and how to stay healthy with my weight because I am not able to move. I have chosen my Chronic Fatigue Immune Disease (CFID) plan no carbohydrates except air popped popcorn, veggies, legumes, and lean protein. It is a strict discipline, but a good one.

I am calling doc tomorrow to let him know that I am not doing well. “More shall be revealed!”

Finally no more crutches!

Finally no more crutches!

Finally doc appointment today. The last seven days have felt like a month of nauseating and excruciating back pain of suffering. This also meant it was a time for Chloe’s training out and about at the doctors today.

Chloe is a one year old puppy this month and still in her training years. Training a pup takes consistency both physically and mentally it is a twenty-four seven job and I am the one to do it!

Our visit at the doc went well. Chloe felt the need to stray away when people would make comments about her because she knows when people are talking about her, smart cookie! This is normal behavior for a service dog in training. Keeping their is crucial. In the patient room she was put in “Down” command which is hard for any pup for any period of time. She stayed down until the PA came in. She got up to greet him and then I had to direct her to “Down” command. She became startled when the PA started to work on my back as she already is watching over me. Chloe was put back into “Down” command. My teacher said I always “Win” which means my diligence has to supersede any thought of throwing my hands up in the air.

My Physician Assistant (PA) Mike is fabulous and is always up and on it when it comes to my healthcare. He has been treating this nerve condition for a few years now. It is now become more prevalent. He said that I need to keep the inflammation down. The mode of action is first a shot of cortisone in arm that will go all over to help with the nerve pain, topical compound cream for the area in question, muscle relaxer and pain pills to keep the inflammation down if needed. The shot should help for the next few days and then repeat the shot if needed. If this continues then we will restructure my care. This means being sent to a specialist to have the nerves in my spine treated to stop the pain.

My PA knows how important it is to keep my core strong and he know that my Pilates Machine is important to my health care. He was supportive in the fact that if I cannot do the Pilates Machine then I will be in more trouble than I am now.

I shared with my PA that me world is narrowing and he reminded me that I do a lot of good stuff for someone suffering with this disease and wants me to keep my goals going as it gives me life and a sense of “Importance” and “Contribution” to the world.

Looking forward to a new day tomorrow. WOOF!

Severe Pain suffering

February 26, 2014

It is the day after my injection not thinking of anything but positive thoughts about the medical treatment became a huge let down. I tried to walk a half a block per request to take it easy and not push by my PA. I am in excruciating pain and disappointed with my self. Along with this lack of exercise is the food that I eat and how to stay healthy with my weight because I am not able to move. I have chosen my Chronic Fatigue Immune Disease (CFID) plan no carbohydrates except air popped popcorn, veggies, legumes, and lean protein. It is a strict discipline, but a good one.

I am calling doc tomorrow to let him know that I am not doing well. “More shall be revealed!”

Finally no more crutches!

Finally no more crutches!

Finally doc appointment today. The last seven days have felt like a month of nauseating and excruciating back pain of suffering. This also meant it was a time for Chloe’s training out and about at the doctors today.

Chloe is a one year old puppy this month and still in her training years. Training a pup takes consistency both physically and mentally it is a twenty-four seven job and I am the one to do it!

Our visit at the doc went well. Chloe felt the need to stray away when people would make comments about her because she knows when people are talking about her, smart cookie! This is normal behavior for a service dog in training. Keeping their is crucial. In the patient room she was put in “Down” command which is hard for any pup for any period of time. She stayed down until the PA came in. She got up to greet him and then I had to direct her to “Down” command. She became startled when the PA started to work on my back as she already is watching over me. Chloe was put back into “Down” command. My teacher said I always “Win” which means my diligence has to supersede any thought of throwing my hands up in the air.

My Physician Assistant (PA) Mike is fabulous and is always up and on it when it comes to my healthcare. He has been treating this nerve condition for a few years now. It is now become more prevalent. He said that I need to keep the inflammation down. The mode of action is first a shot of cortisone in arm that will go all over to help with the nerve pain, topical compound cream for the area in question, muscle relaxer and pain pills to keep the inflammation down if needed. The shot should help for the next few days and then repeat the shot if needed. If this continues then we will restructure my care. This means being sent to a specialist to have the nerves in my spine treated to stop the pain.

My PA knows how important it is to keep my core strong and he know that my Pilates Machine is important to my health care. He was supportive in the fact that if I cannot do the Pilates Machine then I will be in more trouble than I am now.

I shared with my PA that me world is narrowing and he reminded me that I do a lot of good stuff for someone suffering with this disease and wants me to keep my goals going as it gives me life and a sense of “Importance” and “Contribution” to the world.

Looking forward to a new day tomorrow. WOOF!

Hiddendisabilities's Blog

I am frustrated when people offer opinions about not agreeing with the use of pain medications andthey don’t suffer in pain. My pain isoff the charts. If it wasn’t for my belief in God and pain medication, and the use of service dog I wouldn’t be able to tolerate my life.

I am frustrated that people mention holistic health and healers.Please!

I still do holist measures in terms of minerals and herbs and chiropractic and have done extreme alternative holistic health care and it left me broke. Some things help.

I used to feel guilty about taking pain medication due to those haunting voices I used to say to myself “They could be bad for me” or the voices of others saying “I don’t agree with medications and what they can do to you.” I had no choice when I couldn’t walk for three months at a time. It…

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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

October 15, 2012

What does a service dog look like?

Hayliegh and I went out on a date this last Friday to a local and popular restaurant in San Diego / La Mesa. My date and I sat down in the bar area he then left to the mensroom.  The couple next to me inquired about Hayliegh (service dog) and I picked her up standing in the isle.  In a split second the manager came over and with hostility said we have complaints that your dog is in your arms. Now before I go any further let me play this out becuase it wasn’t about her in my arms it was about me not looking disabled, what I call “hidden disabilities” = discrimination.

* He said he had 4 complaints I hadn’t even been there 3 minutes and she was on the floor for those 2 minute and 53 seconds.

* I had her in my arms 7 long seconds at most.

* The manager addresses me with an antagonistic manner basically abusive saying a person w/ a service dog had to be physically disabled.

* I don’t look disabled as I have hidden disabilities. (I didn’t share this out loud it is for the to reader know)  I am a size 4 wearing Victoria Secret cloths, I eat healthy and workout every split second I get.

* I shared with him that I am physically disabled this went for three rounds. Then my date returns and with his strong voice says “What is the problem here?’  The manager says she has to be physically disabled and I looked at him and said “I am physically disabled.”

The couple next to us went to leave and kept apologizing to me as they were up set that I had been treated so horribly.

I managed to work through the discomfort and my date was more then helpful to get me through the ordeal.

Today is Sunday and I called the restaurant to ask for the corporate number as I was going to report this to the head office. Well it turned out that a supervisor was on the phone and took my compliant. She was apologetic and offered a meal for me and my date to make up for the rudeness that we endured.

Again another issue of abuse to those of us who DON’T LOOK DISABLED!

Haylieghs World “The Hayliegh Project”

May 31, 2012

Hayliegh and I had another great day in sunny San Diego.  While we were out we met another person who is struggling w/ hidden disabilities or invisible disabilities. We haven’t counted how many people “The Hayliegh Project” has helped over this last year.  We have helped many people in the area’s of housing, legal help whether it is for social security, fighting an over pay mistake by social security office by filing appeals. We have helped people who could no longer work due to disability by having their school loans written off.   We have been available for support when someone needs to talk about how thier life has changed.  We also help educate people w/ information about how to obtain a service dog and understanding the laws. We also help people when their civil rights when they have been denied.

Today was a great example: We ran into a man w/his service dog he asked us about the service dog vest  and it turned out minutes later he needed help w/ how to obtain his Social Securty because he had been denied and cannot work. we refereed him to a social security attorney.  We also were able to get him medical resources to aid in his medical care and maybe housing.

We just took part in an audio interview for the LDN research trust where we share how LDN is working both for me and my serivce dog w/ our health.  We have been asked to write an article for their news letter.

Goals: to start a group for those suffering w/ hidden disabilities and invisable disabilities and have an official site.

I have to say that my heart is filled w/joy knowing that the mission to help others is really happening.

Hayliegh sends a woof as she works hard being my little supervisor.

Hayliegh’s World

August 5, 2011

Lets face it an aging service dog and an owner that will go to any length to keep us together.  I have posted that Hayliegh has a bum knee and cancer.  Her faculties are still working and so is her plumbing. She has not ever been alone and her and I are like two “peas in a pod.”

What I have done since last Oct of 2010 is stay home w/ her if I had to shop I tried to hold her as much as I could.  My arms, hands and back would start to ache.  I gave her and I our pain meds, so we could both feel a little less discomfort.  Her walks have really shortened not because she doesn’t want to it it is the bum knee and maybe the cancer at times. I stopped going out even to the gym or hiking the mountain.  I resorted to my Pilates Machine and started spinning on my road bike on the patio.  Well slowly but surely I was spinning in to a depression not getting  out, you know what I mean!  My thoughts were, she has been there for me and it is my turn to be there for her.

I started praying about this situation and started looking at a way to get out and do life with her. After lots of research we found the “Burley Tail Wagon” its function is two in one stroller/trailer.  This means I can adjust it to push her while she sits in it and I can hook her up to my bike and pull her.  It is great I can use it as a grocery cart because there is enough room even w/ her in it.

Today we made history!  I did not think I could hook this thing up to my bike, so I said God help me.  I was led the computer and the Burley site   “how to hook up the bike and trailer” video it was so simple and easy.  Even better I worked out on my Pilates machine and Hayliegh and I rode to lake Murray. I opened  the canvas and let Hayliegh ride the wind we rode around the lake twice!  I know I will pay for it, I am just going to have to remember it was worth it.

I can’t believe that I used to ride 175 to 300 miles a week for many years.

UPDATE

It has been a few weeks now and are cruising Lake Murray at least 3 times a week now.  Another blessing is I have dropped a about a half to full size and it feels good.  The sun is shining on us, the cool breeze and the wind blowing by feels like heaven.  We have some photos of our adventure.

What a way to cruise

We have met up w/ a handful of people recently w/ Firbromyalgia whiel out and about.  Everyone comments on Hayliegh’s new Burley stroller they like the idea that we have figured out a way to get out and be together and enjoy life.  Today a very nice woman shared w/ us her Fibro story and her Bishon little dog and how the dog seems to connect w/ her when she is having certain flare ups. I share w/ her that her dog maybe showing her ceratin behaviors and she just doesn’t know to look for them.  We gave her our card “The Hayliegh Project” and hope to hear from her soon.  We met two women yesterday that have Fibro and handed out our card.  I hope we can help the w/ resourses that they may need.

he gift is we are together and lived life today YYYAAA!!!

Hayliegh’s World

April 15, 2011

I am having to admit that Hayliegh isn’t able to get around as she once did.  I am accepting of life , the change in her and her ability to do as she once did.  Problem is, I did not train her to ever be alone and I feel bad about that.  I shared this w/ my vet and he said “Kim if I could have my dog w/ me 24/7 I would have done the same.”  Okay, I don’t have to feel guilty, but I do feel frustrated that I didn’t train her to stay home for an hour or two, so I could get things done.

At this point I have been carrying her and she gets heavy after a few minutes.  Having nerve damage, fibro and arthritis it gets hard.  I have thought about a child stroller, but how do I use a child stroller and shop for food?  Plus she isn’t going to like the stroller I just know her.   I do have a neighbor Jeanine who has helped a little in the past.  She is usually home all day and enjoys the company.  I don’t want to feel like I am taking  advantage of her.  I have offered to pay or give her something and she absolutely doesn’t want me to.  Maybe since I help lots of people it is Gods way of giving back to me?

I do know I will train the next pup that God blesses me w/.

When I look at her I see so much love, I see how tired she is.  Today as I have done in the past is if she is on the couch or floor I go right up to her hold her or look into her eyes and share w/ her how much I love her.  If I am repeating myself I guess love is redundant.

Hayliegh says take it easy and be gentle on your self.  WOOF!

I am happily exhausted!

Hayiegh’s World

April 8, 2011

Praying daily and now adding a new prayer to the list I have asked God to take Hayliegh sooner than later.  I pray that He take her so she doesn’t have to suffer as she has been such a good girl.  I have started to share w/ Hayliegh the freedom to let go.  I am sharing w/ her daily that when I cry it is because I love her and that I have been blessed to have her.  Whether at home or driving I talk to her and share w/ her the wonderful blessings she has given me like: Waking me up when I need medicine, keeping me from going out side when a migraine is going to hit, how she warns me when fibromyalgia is going to attack my stomach. 

I tell her daily that she is the best girl in town,  the prettiest girl in town and its love in the first degree. I love this expression as I go to a child like tone and drag out the last word and then say “You’re my partner in crime” and my friend Jori goes into the same child like voice and responds by saying “and you guys are criminals”     

I feel blessed to have this time to show her and remind her how special she is.   

SOMETHING different happened last night Hayliegh crawled up on my stomach put her paws at my chest and looked right into my eyes.  She wanted to kiss me and give me little love bit on my top lip as if to say  thank you for loving me.

It is love in the 1st degree WOOF!


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