how do you live alone with pots? can a service dog help? i find myself so sick i can’t get up and get my meds sometimes. my mother (bless her heart) has been the one to bring me salt sticks or zofran when i can’t get it, but i’ll be living alone at college soon. i find stress worsens my symptoms DRASTICALLY and i can only imagine what shape ill be in with the stress of college. i know service dogs can bring medication and i’ve heard of them helping with pots patients. i also know they can pick things up off the floor so you don’t have to bend over which would be amazing.
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)
I have been told a service dog could help, but I had a bad experience with dogs as a child and now they give me anxiety, which triggers pots.. I had to quit my job because any stress, good or bad, is a trigger so I couldn't go a day without having and episode. I feel awful that my husband has to work extra hours but I can't work. I stay home and try to take care of our kids. Having a service dog might help you in college buy lowering stress and everyday tasks. I wish you the best of luck. I wish it was an option for me, because I understand how pots can leave you feeling hopeless.
Sometimes in a college town you may be able to find some version of an "intentional community" where a group of students live together and support one another. Good luck finding the support you need to accomplish your dreams and visions ❤️
Service dogs are great at a lot of tasks, picking things up, fetching medications and tools, etc. However, you'll need to be conscious of your own abilities. The dog is great for helping you, but it will still need fed consistently, taken to use the restroom, exercise, and all these things need to happen every day otherwise the dog will suffer too. If you have days where you won't be easily able to care for a dog, it will probably cause you more stress and subsequent guilt than it's worth.
A followup because that sounded harsh - but people can help with the dog! If you can't take the dog for a walk maybe your roommate or somebody down the hall really wants to have a dog to walk! Maybe it's easy for your class buddy to drop by and take the dog out if you can't any particular day. It'll all depend on your own physical and emotional needs and capabilities
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