First a let me tell you a little about me. I was born in
Like most epileptics I have had times that medicines have controlled me and other times they had no effect at all. To Date, I have taken just about all the medications that have been put on the market for epilepsy. Prior to having to quit working at our local price mart I had an aura before my seizures. For the non epileptics that means I was aware I was going to have a seizure minutes before they hit. I had a really good job as senior Cashier & all the people were really good with me. When an aura comes on I was relieved to go to the bathroom to have my seizures. They usually would let me go home sometimes I could convince them to let me stay.
In June 1999 I had to quit my job which I had for 14 years because I lost my aura & started having a different type of seizure. The new type is called gelastic seizures. I have no aura, no forewarning at all so all my seizures are called "drop seizures" because I just drop. The first of these seizures happened after I had been "controlled" for 2 1/2 years. It was devastating! I was at work checking out a customer, who was a doctor, and I had this new type of seizure. They say my hands curled up I dropped to the floor and started to laugh maniacally and then cry uncontrollably. My friends called an ambulance under the orders of the doctor I was waiting on (I Never did get his name to thank him) and they rushed me to the hospital.
They started to put me in the psych ward, but the neurologist said that if it looks like a seizure and acts like a seizure then let's not think it is something else. They did an EEG and I had all three types of seizures during the EEG. My Neurologist said he wished all his patients were as accommodating as I was.
Any way that's how I ended up at home a virtual prisoner afraid to go out. My son, who was 21, bought me knee pads, elbow pads & an old football helmet. Even with this protection I received several concussions & my elbows & knees were lacerated from having seizures in our apartment. I was unable to leave the house except for Dr's. Appointments. While I was at home on the internet I found information about seizure alert dogs.
I have met a lot of friends on the internet who have epilepsy and was sorry to find out how far behind in knowledge that our town is concerning epilepsy. After talking to many people I put out a message on the internet Its subject "In Dire Need" to all the
Then by the grace of God I got an answer from a lady in
November 5 2000 One of the best days of my
life, I got a reply
from Leslie Tony who owned Von Rachells German Shepherd Kennel in
Stuart OK. Her
reply to my message was she had a 6 month old German shepherd
had been keeping the puppy way past the time when she usually had sold
them. She said something had told her to keep him
she saw my message she knew in her heart it was for me. She donated
puppy asking only to keep the breeding rights since Yahoo was
We contacted Mark and he set up a meeting & made arrangements for me to meet Von Rachell Yaha (Yahoo). Yaha is Cherokee for wolf, but the breeder's husband started calling him Yahoo. It is a perfect name for him because Yahoo means God is able. We traveled about 100 miles for me to meet my Yahoo. He was to be my angel in the form of a dog.
Sunday November 25 2000 When I first met Yahoo it was like no one else existed. We arrived at Leslie Toney’s Home and Kennel about mid afternoon. Ms Toney greeted us & went to her kennels & she released Yahoo from his kennel. He ran around and then I knelt on the ground & called him. He ran to me & I received Yahoo. He acted like he had known me for years. It is a moment in time I will never forget. On the way home Yahoo got car sick & crawled under the seats. About half way home he crawled out & into my lap & started to lick & month my hands, shortly after I had my first seizure around Yahoo. It was not till several days later that we realized he had been alerting.
December 9 2001 Mark DeFever came to our hometown,
November 25 - January 11 2000: The first six weeks we have been bonding, I have spent every second with Yahoo. It’s about killed David because he was told he could have no petting or interaction with yahoo. LOL
June 8 2001 Yahoo is one year old. We had a little party & we showed everyone how smart he is.
September 4 2001 Took Yahoo to the vet and got all his shots, fleas, & tick stuff. Vet says he looks good and got a clean bill of health. He weighs about 50# & the vet says look for him to get to around 100#. We were worried about his eating, but the vet say he is doing OK
November 25 2001 it has been a year today since I got Yahoo. It’s impossible to give an idea of what he has meant to me. He has not missed a seizure & I am having as many as 20 a day. We have still not been able to find a trainer for Yahoo. Thanks to God Yahoo seems to know what we need him to do. He goes anywhere we need to go & He is a perfect dog. He acts like he has been trained perfectly & has been doing this for years.
June 8 2002 Yahoo is two years old today. My seizures are beginning to get better & there is some belief it is due to Yahoo being there for me. He still is doing GREAT. The only "issue" LOL we have is Yahoo seems to want to walk just a little ahead of me.
November 25 2002 Well it’s been two years today since we got Yahoo. It’s impossible to say or give an idea of what he has meant to me. He has not missed a seizure & I am still having about 5 a day. We are still looking for a local trainer for Yahoo. Mainly because everyone tells us we should. Yahoo is GREAT Thanks to God he seems to know what we what him to do. He goes anywhere we need to go & is a perfect dog. He acts like he has been trained perfectly & has been doing this for years.
June 8 2003 Yahoo is three years old today. We had a party & everyone said how smart he is. He is officially full grown & weighs 81#, he is 69" from nose to tail, 27" from the floor to top of his back & 33" from the floor to the top of his head Vet says he will probably not change theses, however look for him to get to around 110 or 120#. The vet says he is doing GREAT.
June 8 2004 Yahoo is 4 years old today. The vet says he is doing GREAT.
November 2004 Thanksgiving Dinner it’s been 4 years and Yahoo works just as hard as he always has.
June 8 2005 Yahoo is 5 years old today. He had an ice cream cake. He is full grown & weighs 95#; he is 70" from nose to tail, 29" from the floor to top of his back. I have blessed it is now been about 4 months since I had a seizure. Yahoo still stays with me just does not have to work so hard.
June 8 2006 Been a wild year. Lots of personal problems, but keep on trying. Yahoo is 6 years old today. He had an ice cream cake and we put hot dogs in it. He weighs 100#; he is 70" from nose to tail, 29" from the floor to top of his back. I have been having a lot of problems, but I am taking it day by day.
November 23 2006 Lot of trouble. I went to
January 1 2007 Well things are better! I have only had 3 seizures since I got out of the hospital. I am starting to get back in to the swing of things.
April 20 2007 Well I am better. I am beginning to do things I want and not so afraid of getting out again. Starting to work in the library again. Yahoo, GOD BLESS HIM, is still right there. Always on the job and taking good care of me.
As you can see its been a really long
I added to my Journal. We are no longer
living in the
February 10, 2009 As you can see its been a really long time since I added to my Journal.
June 26, 2009 Well its time I added to my Journal.
Well finally got around to updating my
has been good and still no sign of his tumor
coming back. He is getting
little more arthritic, and we are giving him steroids for his
months seizure free. My Gallbladder surgery scar has healed well,
but burns sometimes. I
am back in on-line school,
Interior Design. I have an an A Average after almost 2 1/2 years.
for now. God Bless!
November 2009 Thanksgiving Dinner and its time for another update. It’s been 9 years and Yahoo works just as hard as he always has, though I am having less seizures. He is helping me a lot with my walking My schooling is going well. I dropped a grade to a B because of my hands shaking so badly when I draw. I start my Bachelors degree in January. wish me luck lol!
January 2010 I started my Bachelors degree in January this month. Keep me in your prayers. Yahoo is getting along, but this winter has been hard on him.
June 2010 Well things are going OK. Doing well on my Bachelors degree, I have a B average. Yahoo is getting along good, he is doing good and we are giving him meds for his bones & joints. Winter was hard on him, but hes doing better now. His 10th birthday will be on the 8th. Keep us in your prayers. God Bless you all!