Hey guys so I haven’t said anything in a while bc I have been really busy with school. In case you didn’t know I have been suffering from crps since I was 7 I’m now 14. Every day I find it harder to complete easy tasks like getting up to get some papers or getting my laptop even getting my horses tack out to go for a ride. I have trained my horses to walk while I lean on them without me holding the lead line or rains I also have trained them to jump with only voice commands. But then there are weeks where the pain is so bad that not even oxycodone works to cut it. I was wondering if a service dog might benefit me because I do have anxiety and other problems that are not just my crps. What are your thoughts?
I think a service dog would be a great option. I'm currently in the process of training my own dog to be a service dog. If you get a service dog it can help you get papers or your horses tack. The laptop might not be the easiest or best thing to get your dog to bring to you but maybe if you kept it in a bag with a handle it could work. If you can afford it I would recommend getting a dog that's already trained as a service dog. It is very difficult to train dogs, mostly because you should start normal training when they are young and then you can't start service dog training until they are a year and a half old. It's a long process and when they have puppy energy it can be difficult to handle with chronic pain. You can also train your dog to comfort you when your having an anxiety attack or to keep people away from you if you have one in public. I know when I have an anxiety attack in public and people crowd me and keep asking what's wrong it makes it worse.
You don't have to take the dog to school if you really don't want to. I would though, people will judge no matter what. I got fibromyalgia when I was 16 and I lost a lot of friends because they thought I was faking it, even some teachers thought I was. But I got to wean out all of the negative friendships and now I have 2 really good friends from high school that are really supportive and kind. I also was walking with a cane at 20 and had a handicap pass, a lot of adults judged me for it and tried to scold me for "faking a disability to park closer" or "making fun of the elderly" I've learned to just politely tell them that I have fibromyalgia which is a chronic pain condition and not all disabilities are visible. Also a lot of people might ask you why you have a service dog but you don't have to answer. A lot of people are gonna want to pet your dog too, you not really supposed to let people pet service dogs but as long as you dog is sitting politely and you say it's ok it's fine. You might end up making some new friends because they want to pet your dog. I get it if you don't want people at your school to judge you. Just remember to do what is best for you.
We all know here how hard it is when others can't see your disability, but take it from a lot of us, if you do take the time to explain what you are going through to people you want to understand, they will see it through your eyes and understand. The service dog is the best idea. Jessie jag is right about bringing the dog to school. Don't ever worry about what the kids will think, worry about what will help you have better days! I know my dog isn't a service dog. He is actually really dumb. I love him to death but we found out about his inbreeding after buying him. But he will sit in my lap all day if that's all I have energy for or he will follow me to the kitchen if I'm cooking. Just to be by my side. The calmness alone is worth having him. Please don't make you mind up due to other people's thought. I know it's super hard when you just wanna fit in. But u do what makes you happy. Hope this helps I tend to rattle on. Lol
A service dog might help you with some of your task. I have a service dog and I self trained her. She is a great help to me as well. Willing to chat with you about this process as well if you want. Just message me if want.