Sunday, 29 June 2014

I had a seizure and my dog came to my rescue

I want to tell you a little story about me and my furry friend, Barney. For those of you that don't know, I suffer with a neurological illness and now and then I have seizures. They can be fairly small lasting for about 5 minutes, or they can go on for hours. They can be minor, or they can be aggressive and even put me in danger. The exact cause and type of seizure I have is still unknown, but to onlookers, my body looks like it's having an epileptic fit, and my face looks like it is having a stroke. I loose all control.

This particular day I was feeling very unwell as a result of M.E. I was really struggling to move that day. It was early morning around 4am and I needed to use the bathroom. I tried to use the little energy I had to get me there but I was so dizzy and I could hardly see. I needed help. I have an emergency bell which I can use if I need to raise the alarm and call for help, but I couldn't move to grab it. I tried to make enough noise to wake someone up but as I opened my mouth, nothing could come out. I had lost the control to speak - this sometimes happens and to be honest the whole episode is a big blur. So much was going on in my brain like the fact it was busy sending messages to my body to have a seizure. Not cool brain! NOT COOL. So I guess it had bigger priorities than giving me a voice.

Barney, who is my little Jack Russell dog, has never been trained in medical assistance or has even been trained well at all - he doesn't even sit when you tell him to, he's such a dumbo! When I am suffering badly with my illness he doesn't leave my side - you know they say animals can sense it...
























As I fell to the ground before making it to the bathroom Barney starting barking loudly. He's not much of a barker, he's normally quite quiet. He was running up and down and making lots of noise trying to wake someone up to come and help me. It worked and he made such a fuss that he woke up the whole house! Thanks to his natural instinct it meant I could be kept warm and be kept safe. My family were there to prevent me from hitting my head on anything, and keep an eye on me until the seizure came to an end naturally.

Once I finally come round, Barney was snuggled so tight next to me, licking me and crying a little. I think this was his way of saying 'I don't like it Hayley, please be OK, I want to make you feel better' (Major aww moment right there!)

I have so much respect for the people that train dogs to assist the disabled. They do such a great job and the dogs are a lifeline to so many. My dog might not be able to bring me the morning post via his mouth, or assist with the laundry, or make me a cup of tea - I wish he could! But his natural instinct to raise the alarm when it's needed is extremely reassuring. Sometimes, animals amaze me.



Do you have any experiences like this with animals? I'd love to hear them if you do - leave them in a comment below :) Have a good week everyone!



66 comments:

  1. A lovely heartwarming story well done Barney! Animals are wonderful
    - Kate

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    1. They are, they amaze me, especially dogs!

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  2. I love this post! This one is definitely going to be at the top of my next 2 weeks notice post :) I think anyone with a disability or illness should have a pet, it improves our lives so much. My family friends Marion (victim of thalidomide) and Warren (spinabifida) have a dog called Honey who was never trained either. But, she's learnt to pee over the drain hole in the wet room and help Marion load and unload the washing machine, it's amazing! Although, she does pull Warren out of his wheelchair every now and again to chase ducks :P My family dogs always have to be as close to me as possible and when they're left with me they never be naughty, I do have to tell them off for linking too much though because or ends up feeling like they're sanding my skin :S Mine and Michaels rottie Izzy cries if she can't get to me, she hates it when Michael takes me in the bathroom and shuts the door :(

    It must be reassuring to know that Barney will always be there :) Michael doesn't mind leaving me with Izzy because he knows she'll help me, we've even got a trick for her to call for someone for me, all I've got to do is do the speak symbol and she'll do this humongous bark for me :D

    I hope you're feeling ok(ish)? spoonie hugs xx

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    1. Woo! I'll keep my eyes open for it :) Pets really are a spoonie' s best friend, they are so therapeutic and it's nice to know when we have our pets close we are not completely alone. Your dog sounds lovely too, a big ole softy!
      Thanks for sharing your story Laura! xxx

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  3. Wow I'm overwhelmed, this is amazing!
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    Mia

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    1. Some of the stories I hear about heroic dogs and animals in general are so amazing! They can be so clever and human like at times!

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  4. Beautiful and inspiring, like always. It must be so scary to have those seizures but reassuring to have a wonderful dog like Barney - what a clever little guy!
    Take care my lovely

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    1. Thank you, although I'm used to them now, they still are scary, mostly because of the danger element, thank goodness for my little furry guy! X

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  5. My daughter's cat will try to comfort her when she's ill. He stays outside her door if she is very ill and rushes in when her episodes settle, too. Also when a stove fire started (element short-circuited on a simmering burner( and she was sleeping, the cat came in and was yowling at her. It was still a small fire, but he knew the smell wasn't right. Smart cat.

    Hope you feel better soon, Hayley-Eszti! That little pup deserves a doggie biscuit. . .

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    1. How lovely, and a very smart Cat! I hope the fire was not too disastrous!?
      Haha he gets treated when he does good work, don't worry :)

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  6. Wow! I've heard of pets doing things like this, I think it's true they can sense when things are not right. Pleased he was there to raise the alarm and you could be kept safe. Your blog is full of inspiration at the moment! Keep it up!

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    1. I think they can sense it too, they just seem to know. Aww thank you! I'm glad you are enjoying my blog lately :)

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  7. What a clever little dog - and a cutie too :)

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  8. One word = AMAZING! <3333333333

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  9. My elderly neighbour once had a fall and her dog was barking for ages so we went round and saw her, she said she had a headache from it but she was glad he was able to cause attention! Must be nice to know you have him if you can't reach your bell
    X tash @ thesunswallowedme

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    1. That's wonderful, I've hear similar stories, I think they are not only great company for the elderly but also a comfort too in case of falls etc!

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  10. Oh Hayley <3 sending so much love

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  11. So sweet! I'm so glad you were okay. I guess it's true what they say - dogs really are a man's (or in this case, woman's) best friend! x
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    1. I think they are! We're like two peas in a pod haha, my brother is jealous that I'm Barney's favourite!

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  12. Dogs are incredible! My auntie has severe arthritis and her dogs have been trained to carry the shopping in, help with laundry and all sorts...And dogs are cute to cuddle with!xx

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    1. That's amazing! They are the best cuddlers too :)

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  13. No, Hayley, I haven't had an experience such as yours though being a natural klutz, I tripped a couple of times while jogging with my last dog (I tend to daydream and miss cracks in the sidewalk) and a couple of times just walking with Black Jack. Both dogs came immediately to sit by my side and remained there until I was able to get up. Have you read The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein? One has to suspend one's disbelief, and it has made me sad a couple of times, but something tells me Garth Stein knows a thing or two about the beautiful workings of a dog's mind.

    All that to say that I loved your post and I fell in love with Barney! Tricks are what they are. Sometimes, they are good to keep a very smart dog stimulated, but the love of a dog is no trick. It is something to treasure and celebrate. I'm not sure when you had this particular seizure but hope you (and Barney) will be as free as possible of that stress for a while. Thanks so much for sharing your story.

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    1. Hi Carol, I've not read it no but I will have a look and maybe get it on my kindle :) Dogs are very smart, it's funny though because Barney is just one of those stupid and dopey dogs! It's great entertainment though!
      Thanks for your comment and for telling me about The art of racing in the rain

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  14. You & Barney are SO fortunate to have each other!!

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  15. This is such an adorable story! So glad you have such a great little guy by your side :) My dogs are exactly the same- they're the best company when I'm ill :)

    Alice x
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    1. I think it should be spoonie policy - all sick people need a pet! They make the best company, most will quite happily spend the day lazing around with us!

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  16. How adorable, what an amazing dog you have there! x

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  17. What a special little dog! This story melted my heart. Sorry to hear about these seizures though, they sound horrible

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    1. He is special :) Thank you, they aren't very nice no, but I'm pleased my dog can comfort me after! Xx

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  18. Barney is adorable! Have you been tested for epilepsy?

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    1. Isn't he! I have yes but with negative results

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  19. Amazing, what a sweet story. Though sad that you have to go through that, sounds so awful!
    I'm sending you hugs (and better days... hopefully they will find their way to you!)

    Katie :)

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    1. Thank you! They've made their way to me :) xx

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  20. This is amazing - animals are so intuitive and you're right, it's their instincts. I guess they have one better than we do - while we have more knowledge, it does tend to cloud our judgement and make us question our basic instincts - animals just follow their basic drives which are so often correct :) how lucky you are to have such an amazing dog :) xx

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    1. I agree! Their natural instincts are so much stronger than ours, it's amazing that he just knew what to do!

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  21. I loved reading this! Well done Barney boy! It's amazing how intuitive animals are, my dog doesn't leave my side when I'm ill. I'm so sorry you have to go through all that, I hope they can find out the cause one day x

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    1. That's why they make the best company! Thank you, fingers crossed oneday I get some answers x

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  22. aww this warmed my heart greatly! was an absolute delight to read and glad Barney's there looking out for you <3

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    1. Thank you Tansim! I'm glad you enjoyed reading it :)

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  23. i'm so glad barney managed to make enough noise to wake up your family. he is such a sweet dog!!! take care dear <3

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    1. Thank you! He is a big sweetie :) xxx

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  24. So adorable, sorry about the seizures though :(

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    1. Thank you Heidi, they are a bit of a pain in the bum, I must admit! Xx

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  25. did my last comment show? your dog is so adorable! hope you are having a better day today!

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    1. No! :( he really is, thanks Jenny!

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  26. I love animals they always know when somethings wrong or if your not feeling too well. Hope your doing a bit better hun xxx

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    1. They do seem to know, my brother is ill at the moment too - Barney doesn't know which one of us cuddle!

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  27. It's amazing what animals know and can feel! Hope you're feeling better now :) X

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    1. They are so clever! It just amazes me! Thank you! Xxx

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  28. This is such an incredible story! It is always so amazing to hear the love, support and natural instincts our beloved animals can do for us when we are in need. I'm so sorry to hear of your condition. I had an uncle who suffered from the same thing, and it's never something to be taken lightly. So happy to know that your "furry friend" was there to keep you safe!!
    xo TJ

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    1. Thank you lovely TJ! Some dogs actually act as anti-seizure dogs, I'm not sure how exactly but it's pretty clever!

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  29. Your dog is so clever, sensitive and brave! And very lovely! My dog always barking when someone who seems being dangerous comes up to me and when I feel bad he doesn't leave me even for a moment.

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    1. You've described him perfectly! Aww really? Like he is being a dangerous person security guard! <3

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  30. You are SO right about how dogs can feel our pain/difficulties! How fortunate for you that Barney was there looking after you Hatley-Eszti! Keep him close....but I think he knows that!!

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    1. Thanks Jim! He never leaves my side! We're joint at the hip!

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  31. Wow, I am so behind on post reading.... Your dog is amazing, I wish I had a pet ^^
    I hope your doctors start to find a cause for your seizures & maybe a way to minimise them...

    Sally

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    1. You should get one, I've only had Barney for a few months but he has made such a difference to my quality of life :)

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  32. Awww Barney! I'm so sorry you had to go through that - especially with having experience of seizures myself and knowing how awful they can be - but it's just so lovely that he was there to help. I think pets are much cleverer than we give them credit for sometimes! I like to think my Pip would help me in a similar situation (especially if he got a biscuit as a reward!) but I'm not so sure - he might have to learn a bit from Barney! The photos are beautiful as well :) I hope that the seizures have been well behaved recently and that you can hopefully find out more about them soon - the uncertainty of complex medical problems is so frustrating, especially when the symptoms are so horrible and potentially dangerous! Sending love and hugs your way xxx

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    1. They are so scary aren't they! I think with training they can be so amazing, considering Barney is a dumbo, he did good! :)

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