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Old 09-08-2015, 04:19 PM
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I think you could get one, I mean it affects your vision and balance so I would believe that a service dog/alert dog would be a good option...
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Old 09-08-2015, 08:45 PM
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@amaryllis @Grabby - There is much debate on the number of tasks a dog must perform. The ADA does not, in fact, specify a particular number of tasks a service dog should be able to perform. Nothing is concrete, however three seems to be a general guideline with most people and it's what I will go by as a minimum to avoid any confrontation regarding the subject.
@Jenibelle - It is very pricey. I am not entirely aware of what help you can get for that, though I have heard of fundraisers for service dogs/training. There is also the possible option of training the dog yourself, but then it can get dicey. You may not know how to train the tasks you need and some jurisdictions don't even recognize certain types of service dogs (such as owner/handler-trained or SDs for autism). You can likely get most legal information you need by calling the Department of Justice
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Old 09-27-2015, 01:20 PM
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WOW! To the OP, I agree with another poster about the serious possible consequences of driving with your condition! I know you don't want to see this, but it really could be a serious situation. How would you feel should you cause an accident that killed someone, or a whole family?
OK, I'll get off my soapbox here, and back on topic. Well, actually, in a minute. I assume that you have been working with a doctor over this? If not, you need to get with a good one right away!
From what I'm seeing here, I'd say a service dog might be a very good help to you. In this case, Google is your friend! Do a Google for "Seizure Dogs." I just did it myself and got a bunch of hits. Service dogs are quite fantastic animals. And I do believe there are options as to the cost of them.
I know it is a lot of money, and no matter what kind of help you get with it, it will likely still be a health chunk of change out of your pocket. But how much is your safety worth?
Good luck with this!

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Have you been checked for hypoglycemia? Your symptoms sound much like mine. I have a service dog that I trained myself for this condition. Pearl is basically a diabetic alert dog although I am lucky enough that my sugar has never been high. It can drop low enough to put me into a coma. I was diagnosed at 22 and I am now nearly 66. There is a lot of information on the internet and on youtube about how to train your own dog and how to choose the "right" dog. Pearl was 4 years old when I trained her. According to ADA rules a dog has to mitigate (relieve) your disability. Most have told me that the dog should do that in two ways. Don't really know if the two ways is opinion or fact and it really doesn't matter to me. Pearl will lick my lips to check either on her own or on command when I say, "check me". She will also retrieve a small package of hard candy from the edge of the coffee table and claw at my arm until I take it if she determines that my sugar is low. I sleep on the couch and she will check me several times throughout the night. She has always alerted early enough that I don't get to the passing out stage. I also think I should mention that Pearl is a 4 lb. Chihuahua that I rescued when she was a year old. She has quite a story.
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@manydogz - Hypoglycemia isn't a disease or disorder, let alone a disability. It is a state of being directly affected by diet. Literally every human can and will be hypoglycemic at some point in their lives. The severity of the attack obviously depends on how low your blood sugar drops. If you let it drop too far you can have seizures, faint, or even exhibit signs of being mentally insane (my mother was almost committed to an asylum when she had a particularly bad hypoglycemic episode because they thought she was crazy, but she just needed to up her sugar). People with poor dietary habits can have longer periods of being hypoglycemic, which increases the chances of having any of the severe effects and symptoms. Diabetes is a disease, hypoglycemia is not. I don't know what idiot doctor would suggest a service dog for hypoglycemia when you can easily know an attack is coming on because of dizziness and fatigue and just keep something with natural sugars on you at all times.

A service dog has to perform tasks that you can't do on your own. Dogs can sense sugar changes (usually through smell), but a meter can tell you exactly what your level is (though I do admit u hate the idea of being poked all the time). You did not mention any disabilities that make you unable to move or pick things up. If you are otherwise physically able to grab the candy off the table (bad choice for hypoglycemia anyway as things like candies often cause a crash later) then the dog is not mitigating a disability.

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Hello,
Your symptoms sound exactly like mine, but I dont have migranes. I have a low blood pressure and sometimes simply pass out because of it. It is especially bad when i am standing up for a long time or its hot like in a shower or i am dehydrated, like first thing in the morning.
Limbs gt tingly, vision goes, my pulse races, mouth gets dry etc. and i am absolutly useless afterwards for a while wih headache, feeling weak and sick.

Not wanting to say that yours are not migranes, but just wanted to hrow it out there.

A friend of mine had seizures and dogs. They werent service dogs as such, it wasnt their purpose, they were family pets. But one of them could sense them coming and would not leave her side. They were rottweilers.
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Hello, my name is William I train service dogs in the state of Colorado for free.
Now with the introduction out of the way. Bad news is ,as long as it is described by a doctor as a life limiting disability that is permanent(or to the effect of those words) then you qualify for the use of a service dog under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Basically if you qualify for Social Security Disability or Service Connected Disability then you are 100% qualified for a service dog.

From what you have entered into this forum (here comes the good news) you will be looking into mobility assistance tasks and alert and response tasks which are easier to train then some of the other tasks and could be done by you (this requires a lot of time and patients on your part. It takes me anywhere from 2 weeks to almost 2 months time train per task depending on the complication of steps for the task. Its still easier than potty training). Not every dog can become a service dog. My wash out rate is about 1 out of 8 pups will prequalify then 1 out of 15 will have the personality and drive to do all tasks it is assigned to do accurately. Bottom line is it takes a special dog to be a good service dog.

Tasks could include but are not limited to:
Stabilizing partner during dizzy spells until they pass (requires large breed to do this).

Hitting a dog alert button to speed dial your choice of contact 911 or family to respond to a black out or fall emergency when this happens at home.

The dog getting help by approaching a stranger or a friend in a public setting and having them open its side pouch with care information and contact info for your care.

Reminding you of time to take medications and to fetch a bottle of water to take your meds with.

Providing tactile stimulation by licking you to bring you out of a daze.


These are but a few tasks you can train your service dog to do. There are some organizations such as Paws with a Cause ( https://www.pawswithacause.org) that do this for free, but they usually have 3+ year waiting lists.

It seems your dizziness, blurred vision, lose of consciousness, do limit your life in some ways but it will still take a doctor to seal the deal on life altering permanent disabilities documentation that any service dog organization and ADA require.

Pm me if you need any help.

Oh and Gabby, I remember seeing the 3 tasks also, but I just went over newest ADA revisions and laws. I never saw it. It may have been in pre 2010 ADA. An allergy alert dog usually only has 1-2 tasks. Identifying if allergen is present and carrying an Epipen and getting help incase partner is unable to administer to his/her self.
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