Sunday, November 9, 2014

Help Send Caleb to Ohio!

Our son, Caleb, is 9 years old. He was born by emergency c-section at 35 weeks because of a fetal maternal hemorrhage. Due to blood loss, Caleb sustained global brain damage. Although he is 9, Caleb is severely delayed and requires full assistance in all areas of daily living, much like a baby. He has several medical issues that have to be closely monitored. His seizure disorder is among his most serious medical conditions. We have to monitor him at all times because his seizures often cause him to stop breathing. We must be ready at a moments notice to administer medication, oxygen and, at times, CPR. 
Our family will be traveling to Ohio in December of 2014 so that Caleb can get a seizure alert dog! During the two week training class at 4 Paws For Ability, we will be receiving special instruction on how to handle, care for & best utilize Caleb's new best friend. How will the Seizure Alert Dog benefit Caleb and our family? Not only will the dog provide companionship for Caleb, but he/she will be a valuable tool we will use to keep Caleb safe. The dog will be trained to detect a chemical odor present in Caleb's body and be able to alert us to a seizure before it happens. Some of Caleb's seizures are silent. By that I mean there are sometimes no convulsions or loud sounds. Sometimes the only way to tell that Caleb is in distress is when his respirations are very low or he stops breathing completely and begins to turn blue. This happens quite often with Caleb's seizures. 

The day we decided it was time for us to get Caleb a seizure alert dog, I had taken him to physical therapy and occupational therapy. We live in a rural area, so our drive home was about an hour long. It was just Caleb and I in our van. I looked in my mirror to check on him and saw his face was blue and purple, and his eyes were rolled back in a seizure. I was on a busy highway with nowhere to pull over except in the median. I had to give him CPR in the middle of the highway that day with cars and huge trucks blowing past us. One car eventually stopped to call 911 for me. It was the most terrifying thing I've ever experienced. If I had been given an advanced warning, I could have pulled off at a gas station or at least been more prepared for what was coming. Seizures have no respect for anything. Not even for life. They often try to take my son's. We do everything we can to combat them. Caleb's dog will be one more way we can improve his life & help keep him safe!

When Caleb was born, we unexpectedly became a one income household. The funds raised through The BumbleBee Fund will go towards our bills for the month of December. Caleb's dad has been able to get the time off from work to go to the training at 4 Paws, but he does not have the vacation time needed to get paid for most of the days he will miss. Thank you so much for taking time to read our story. Your help means so much to our family and is so greatly appreciated!

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Sincerely, Wayne & Christian Morgan