Service Dogs

**ANGRY RANT, YOU’VE BEEN WARNED**

Public Service Announcement:

Buying a pet as a “therapy” animal, then expecting them to just magically make ones mental health better is NOT A GOOD IDEA. PLEASE DO NOT ASSUME AN ANIMAL WILL MAGICALLY MAKE EVERYTHING OKAY. Especially if you just randomly picked a dog breed because you heard they are used as service dogs. Or randomly brought some other pet home thinking their mere presence will make you well. They deserve PROPER CARE, LOVE, AND TREATMENT.

PLEASE DO NOT ASSUME AN ANIMAL WILL MAGICALLY MAKE EVERYTHING OKAY. Especially if you just randomly picked a dog breed because you heard they are used as service dogs. Or randomly brought some other pet home thinking their mere presence will make you well. They deserve PROPER CARE, LOVE, AND TREATMENT.

Unless you train them to help you, they are just a pet confused as to why you are dissapointed in them
PLEASE GET YOUR ACTUAL SERVICE DOGS FROM VETTED ORGANIZATIONS. This is the ONLY way to guarantee that the dog has the proper temperament and training to actually assist you in your day to day life. A service dog has legal protection under the law and do things like lead you around, be your eyes, help you up, get things, etc. Examples would be Seeing Eye Dogs.

I believe the vast majority of service dogs are now trained to be emotionally and practically supportive. Examples being PTSD Service Dogs for war veterans.

This angry rant brought to you by the painful wilful ignorance and shitty attitude of Internet People

**I plan on writing a post on HOW one chooses a service or emotional support animal

Interstitial Cystitis Flare – 08/07/2019

Content warnings: blood, intimate details of my nether regions, urine

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Things have been epically stressful in my life since June 24th.

I thought I was taking enough care with what I was eating and drinking. After all, it’s been YEARS LITERALLY since my Interstitial Cystitis was any sort of issue. It’s been so long I had to look up relief methods.

The flare isn’t entirely unexpected, but it still caught me a bit off guard. Symptoms include high pain levels (ache/burn) in my nether regions and lower abdomen, bladder spasms, urgency, light bleeding.

I have medicating with CBD/THC, acetaminophen, naproxen, and cyclobenzaprine. Drinking lots of water. Avoiding all trigger foods.

Check In – March 3, 2019

I am feeling very unwell today. The barometric pressure has been doing this rollercoaster thing for the majority of the winter. It’s been really rough. Particularly with having to recover from surgery.

The symptoms I’m having right now are the ones that really get to me. I’m used to pain and stiffness and having to gently push through it. These symptoms I can’t really alleviate the I can with pain and stiffness.

The list includes: dizzy, exhaustion, lethargy, light headed, unsteady on my feet, upright is hard. The longer I remain upright, the harder it is to do so. Shakes, swelling, feeling like I’m going to faint. Ugh.

Hernia Repair

I finally had my hernia repair done on January 24th. So I’m currently in the thick of recovery. Good news is that all went well and is healing well. Bad news is the doctor had to use abdominal mesh to fix it. I need to make an appointment to see my family doctor next week so hopefully I can get more information on what exactly happened. In four weeks I have to see my surgeon for the follow up appointment, then I can really get details.

I am disappointed that the mesh had to be used as it all but guarantees a second surgery. I am very happy to have it done though. Once the bulk of the healing is done I can start building my core muscles back. It’s been 7 years? 8? Since I had decent core muscle structure?

So yeah. There’s surgery update. I’m gonna medicate and try and sleep more now.

Symptom Tracker – “Asthma”

Tracking symptoms as I think I’ve noticed a correlation between my cough, night sweats, and exhaustion.

Day before yesterday chest tightness started. Took my puffer yesterday in the morning. Night sweats last night. Woke up wheezy and coughing this morning. Woke up exhausted last two days. Been working a lot more the last 2 weeks.

Must track longer to see what’s what. Maybe a Connective Tissue Disease related? I can’t see this being related to Fibromyalgia or Psoriatic Arthritis.

Winter Bones

I made it nine days this time without Naproxen. Only took it for three days before my ankle calmed down, which was nice.

What wasn’t nice was the sudden plummeting temperatures. So the nine days has ended. It will be a couple more days I think before these pain levels drop.

I think I will take it daily again but take special care around my period in case I need to take the Cambria for the now regular migraine.

My doctor’s office has once again dropped the ball and have not called about the appointment I need with a neurologist.

Sigh.

High pain levels really do a number on my mental health.