POTS Service Dog

POTS Service Dog

From Kelly Clark

I'm raising money for a POTS service dog. POTS is an acronym for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. The dog will allow me to become more independent. Donations will go toward the cost of the dog.

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3 months ago

Hi Everyone, Here are some facts that we know (picture is not of him)
1.The company we're working with has chosen a male golden retriever..
2. He will be born in December
Now onto name...,,,,please post your favorite either here on on . Facebook

Kelly

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Eleven years ago I was a normal, active 16 year old. I got straight "A's" in school and was leaning toward veterinary medicine after my passion for ballet played out in my life. Then I got sick. I started being dizzy and sometimes passing out. I got brain fog so badly that school became nearly impossible. I'd get migraines, developed terrible stomach pain, lethargy, insomnia, and other symptoms.

The diagnosis was POTS - a cute acronym for a not-at-all-cute disease, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, with an underlying condition called EDS, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. To date, these are incurable and debilitating conditions. For more information on POTS, look at the Dysautonomia International Website (or see a newspaper article that was written about me in 2010 - google "mlive kelly clark ballet')

I left Ballet, attended school 6 or 7 times in my senior year, and settled into my room in my parent's home. I've not been able to hold a job or even volunteer consistently. I can't enroll in college because I don't have enough hours of good cognitive function in a typical week.

I take 14 or 15 pills at a time to try to counter the symptoms and I self-administer IV fluids through a port in my chest three to four times a week.

Life is precarious and dangerous. That's why I need a service dog trained specifically for POTS patients. The problem is they're very specialized and very expensive. It will cost in the neighborhood of $15,000 to get one.

But what an incredible difference he'll make in my life.

A large male dog fitted with a special harness could stabilize me when I'm going up or down the stairs. Stairs are particularly scary because with that little bit of exertion my heart rate could spike from 60 beats per minute to 150 or higher. Before I pass out, the dog would sense it, stabilize me and make me sit. Another, fear is passing out in my room or, worse, in the shower and hurting myself. The dog would know how to get help and could actually save my life. He could also get my nightly pills when I'm immobilized. We'd have a verbal cue that lets him know I've taken my meds and am OK to go to sleep.

He would take walks with me (which are good for me but dangerous to do alone) and help and protect me.

My life won't be normal until a cure for POTS is discovered. But for the interim a service dog could make my life a lot safer and, perhaps, a little more active.

Please consider helping me acquire a POTS service dog. He could very well be a life saver.

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Kelly Clark posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #1

Hi Everyone, Here are some facts that we know (picture is not of him)
1.The company we're working with has chosen a male golden retriever..
2. He will be born in December
Now onto name...,,,,please post your favorite either here on on . Facebook

Kelly

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