We have debated back and forth for what seems like months now on the possibility of getting Mason a service dog. The financial aspect of it was what really made it seem like it was totally impossible to do this for our son. We knew we needed to help him somehow, but what we were doing wasn’t working.
Mason is nervous to go outside, nervous to do a lot of physical activity because it causes him pain. A few months ago he went on a slip and slide, and didn’t walk after for about 6 days. Ever since then, he doesn’t want much to do with physical activity. Heat makes fatigue worse, fatigue causes more weakness, weakness causes even more pain than his normal baseline of pain.
For us, a wheelchair was not something we wanted to do. There were some days when we thought we wouldn’t have a choice. I was physically carrying my very tall and very heavy kid all over the house, while simultaneously caring for our 5 and 2 year old. It was hard some days, physically and mentally. However putting Mason in a wheelchair could very well mean he would slowly start to rely on it more, until he doesn’t get back out of it. At eight years old that was not something any of us were ready for.
Now we know a service dog can’t carry Mason around. We do know that a service dog can help him with the smaller tasks that he needs to do daily, and it will take away some of that fatigue. Fatigue that sets him up for very bad pain days. A service dog can help him when he is walking, help him in so many small ways that we would never think of, or be able to do for Mason all day long. I want him to learn to be independent, and with that comes him learning to manage the pain and the fatigue and be able to still accomplish the “musts” of a day. In the chronic pain community this is called the spoon theory. People with chronic pain conditions have only a few amount of spoons a day, and each tasks you do in a day uses spoons. Tasks like brushing your teeth even uses a spoon. Once those spoons are gone, you are done. You need to replenish your spoons, and sometimes it can take days to get them back. A service dog can step in and help assist Mason so hes not using as many spoons per task.
A few days ago we opened up to our community that we needed to raise the funds to help get our son a service dog. You guys, the amount of people who have donated, shared and just helped us is astonishing. We have multiple fundraisers in the works, Tshirt sales, and cookie sales. I won’t give away too many details yet, because we don’t have them all in place. In the coming days though we will be posting about each one of them and how you can be apart of them.
While nothing is finalized, we have found the dog for Mason. Her name is Ada. She is a one year old bernedoodle, and she is exactly what Mason needs. She is currently getting training and It will take about a year for Ada to be able to come home to Mason. She still needs a lot of training specifically for him. As we know more about her, and things are more final, we will share more.
We don’t have enough words to say how truly thankful we are for the amazing community we live in that has rallied around us. You are truly helping to change Masons life, and the ours too.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for continuing to read, and for sharing Mason’s story.
Until next time,
here is the link to our Go Fund Me- https://www.gofundme.com/f/mason-gets-a-service-dog?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&rcid=e93391a962fa4f3d9c07f41b34717fab&fbclid=IwAR0mcAhIA6FOE7Nkm5ho9J9s1W8-G3HrQDtlb-NOxDNNt9YLpxeItaFSvi4
We also set up a venmo account for #masongetsaservicedog, we know some people prefer not to use the go fund me. masonsSD-1