Owning a Pet and Battling a Pain Condition Like RSD
Owning a Pet and Battling a Pain Condition Like RSD – When you suffer from RSD/CRPS, the last thing you want to do (or need to do) is take care of a pet. Let’s face it, pets are a lot of work and when you are suffering everyday the last thing you need is something to take care of. However, the comfort and support of an animal brings a lot of solace to someone who is suffering day in and day out. Dogs are probably the number one animal to have when you need a pick me up. They are loyal and just want to support their master. Dogs are ready to give you kisses when you are feeling blue and protect you when are feeling scared. You have a lot of emotions when suffering from RSD/CRPS anger, hatred, sadness, loneliness and you are in PAIN. There is nothing worse, then being home and alone with these feelings. When this happens a lot of people turn to their pets for comfort.
My daughter has been suffering with RSD/CRPS since 2012. I am well aware, that she could never properly take of a dog by herself. However, we do have a dog, with lots of energy! Yes, an energetic dog is not conducive with someone who has RSD/CRPS, (but never say never). We love our dog and luckily, Kenzie has people in her life that are there to help with Raylan. BUT.. what do you do when you have no one to help you? There are plenty of options to have the comfort and support of a pet. You can reach out to your neighbors beforehand and ask for their help, there are services you can look into (ie.. dog walking services) a lot of vets and groomers today have door to door catering. Or you can get a smaller pet, not everyone needs a dog. Cats, are a perfect example of a low maintenance pet and they show just as much love and comfort as dogs. Perhaps a hamster, gerbil, guinea pig or chinchilla… not as personable as a dog or cat, but they still provide extra comfort when you are feeling sad. Better yet, what about a bearded dragon!
When my daughter came to me about this bearded dragon idea, I was a little hesitant. However, I could see the look in her eyes.. the look every mother knows.. that you should take this idea very seriously. So, I thought to myself why not? She has been through so much this might bring her a little bit of extra happiness. Long story short, she became the PROUD owner of Nubs (our Bearded Dragon).
It took me a short while, to see that accepting a Bearded Dragon in our home, was the BEST IDEA EVER. You see, my daughter, spent the past few years depending on everyone to take care of her when RSD struck. She could not drive, she needed help to shower, cook her dinner etc.. She was completely dependent on others to help her thrive in life. Her life became doctor after doctor, to laying in bed resting for the remainder of the night, because getting through school drained her. She saw most of her friends start vanishing. Not only was she lonely, she felt helpless and dependent on others. Having a Bearded Dragon, gave her something to take care, feel important again, give her a reason (if you will) to wake up the next day. It was good for her to be able to take care of something because she was having troubles taking care of herself, to an extent. Furthermore, this little Bearded Dragon gave her support and comfort. It sounds funny I know, but we talk to our dogs right? So why not a reptile. The best part is we were able to keep it in her room, so at night she was able to have a “friend” there to talk and snuggle with (and yes Bearded Dragons love to snuggle).
I was cautious at first, I was thinking to myself this is just another thing I will have to take care. But I took a chance. This chance ended up being one of the best things that happened to Kenzie with this ordeal. Helplessness, is one of the worst feelings that RSD/CRPS will bring upon you. However, having something..even it is a little something.. to look forward to, take care of, ENJOY goes a long… long way with this disease. If you are thinking of a pet to help you through, do your research first. However, Bearded Dragons, are a low maintenance pet that bring a lot of love and happiness.
So why the name Nubs? When Kenzie picked out her bearded dragon she choose one with missing feet. While Nubs was a baby and in a cage with other Bearded Dragons (they don’t play well with each other), the other Bearded Dragons bit off her feet. When Kenzie saw this she immediately knew this was the one she wanted. She said they had something in common, a Dragon with missing feet, and her RSD/CRPS in her left foot both knowing the struggles of coping. So, she named it Nubs…the Bearded Dragon with missing feet and her and Nubs couldn’t be happier.
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