Posted August 27th, 2012, 03:38 AM
First, Sunshine, I'm so glad to hear of the successful double lung transplant your husband had!! I hope all continues to progress as it needs to (slow is okay sometimes) and that he'll have a better life with his new breathers now!
Second, to the guy who asked about doctor's approval for getting a service dog, no, a doctor's "prescription" or letter is not required by law. Most service dog programs do choose to require the doctor to fill out forms and give medical info. on the person because they want to be sure the person has a real need (they spend tens of thousands of dollars training each dog) and they need to know what the person can and can't do and what they need the dog to help them with. That documentation is for the program, not for the law. Should the service dog handler be taken to court over an access issue, however, they will then need documentation from their doctor(s) as well as dog experts and the dog's trainer.
Thirdly, for those who lost their dogs, that is so sad to hear! May you forever keep your dogs in your hearts and memories.
I've been doing okay. I've been having some symptoms come back despite my treatments of my newly-rediagnosed issue, but I'm hoping some adjustments to my med and soon an additional PRN med (hopefully) and maybe an adjustment to my medical device will help.
Recently, we went on a last-minute Bahamas trip (three days to prepare between hearing it would happen and flying out!) and that was nice. We'd never been there in August before - boy was the humidity killer! I would just step outside and literally start dripping in sweat! (I'm thinking maybe my new med made me more prone to sweating, too, since I do not normally sweat like that!!)
The funniest thing happened to us as we were stopped at the gas station to fill the rental car up before returning it. It was a full-service station, so an employee filled the tank for us. He happened to look into the window of the back seat and saw the "CERTIFIED SERVICE DOG" writing on the little pack my service dog wears behind her mobility harness, as my dog was sitting on that side of the car. He started freaking out, so excited to see a service dog in real life! He kept saying to all his co-workers, "Look! It's a real service dog! It's a service dog! They are so amazing! They can alert to people's medical problems and help them!" It was the funniest thing, especially since we were just sitting in the car, not out walking, so it isn't like he saw the dog helping me at the moment. He was pointing her out to EVERYONE - even as we were driving off, we could hear him excitedly saying, "Look! It's a service dog!" He must have seen them on TV/in movies ... and obviously is very impressed with all the wonderful things our dogs can do for us!
(For those who don't know, the Bahamas doesn't really have service dogs. They tried it once, but it didn't work well because the locals had too many access issues since there are no access laws for disabled people with service dogs in the Bahamas. So, Bahamians don't see service dogs unless they work with tourists and, even then, it is rare. I've not had any access denials in the Bahamas, but I'm more used to educating people than the locals new to having service dogs likely were. Hopefully, they will try having service dogs again one day.)
Well, I'm still looking into a cruise in 2014 with friends and family (whoever wants to come), but am not sure which one yet. I thought I was, but talking with others has made me look at some other options. It'd be nice to cruise again, so I hope it works out! Until then, I have land trips to keep me travel-happy.
For those going on cruises soon, I hope you have a blast!!