Anna, my service dog and constant companion, spent three weeks in the hospital with me including a week in the middle at an acute rehab facility. On either side I had two survive two emergency hand surgeries. My hand was so infected that before the surgery, the surgeon was worried I might lose my hand. I cannot handle anesthesia and so my hospital doctor convinced the surgeon to perform the surgery under a nerve block. Throughout the first surgery, I kept reminding myself that I was having the surgery for Anna. I was responsible for having the surgery in order to care for her. Also if her vet told me she needed surgery, I would agree immediately. If Anna can handle surgery, so can I. All of this and Anna still made sure to take care of me! Please see the Anna Hospital photo album.
Feb 29, 2016
I am sorry it has been so long since I posted. Just before Christmas, I developed an infection in my right, dominant hand. It quickly went from bad to worse. Over three weeks, Anna and I spent the first eight days in the hospital for the first surgery. We were then sent to a rehab facility. Unfortunately, the new tissue became necrotic forcing Anna and I to return to the hospital for a second surgery. With my left hand all ready barely functioning, it has been impossible to do the simplest of things. Initially, I could not even unbuckle Anna's packs much less put them on her. I am still having to learn to write again, putting a key into a lock is near impossible, I cannot zipper anything such as Anna's rain coat. It is if I have become a four year old again. I will be posting some other pictures of Anna in the hospital, but typing is still a challenge. So please forgive me for my lack of updates. Please send healing energy our way! Thank you for your support! Charlotte and Anna
Dec 05, 2015
I am sorry it has taken me so long to add an update. Life has a way of happening and changing one's world completely. I woke up the morning of August 25th to discover my left wrist and hand were...
Aug 24, 2015
I want to start by thanking those who have donated as well as those who have taken the time to sign my Guestbook. Both of these are very important. I have been meaning to write an update for the...
Jul 08, 2015
I have not written an update in several weeks. Instead, I have been battling with the frailness of my human body. However, it is time to get this fundraiser rolling. As the fundraising...
Jun 24, 2015
Just a quick note: I now have my HelpHOPELive.org/campaign/8893 on Facebook! You can follow my journey on FB: ServiceDogNeeded. Please help share this page!
Jun 21, 2015
This has been a very hard week! It started with the feeling that each individual muscle group was being stretched on a wooden rack. Additionally, it felt as if sparks were running down my nerves...
Jun 13, 2015
I am so excited that this page is up and running. It has been a long road finding an organization that met all my needs and with a stellar reputation! All donations are guaranteed by HelpHOPELive...
May 11, 2015
I am on the waiting list of a small program in Merced, CA. However, until a program literally puts the leash of a graduated service dog in my hand, I am going to continue to seek out programs,...