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Anyone else have POTS?

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I was diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome a few years ago, but I’ve likely had it my whole life secondary to a connective tissue disorder.

I’m wondering if there are some ways Peggy might be able to help me manage my symptoms. She’s shown some interest in my elevated heart rate once I’m already lying down, but doesn’t seem to notice it when I’m standing (which is when I could really use an alert).

Just putting this out there in case any current Poodle Forum members (or folks who are just googling “POTS service dog”) have any insights on training POTS-specific tasks to a poodle.

My one concern would be making her more protective of me than she already is. That’s not something I want.
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I have dysautonomia, but not POTS. I had the tilt table test, and it was inconclusive. I’ve struggled with the nerve condition for 10 years. I also have kidney disease and hypertension. Some tasks that would be useful for me from a service dog are emergency medication retrieval, counterbalance, picking things up and handing them to me (so I don’t get lightheaded from bending over), and guiding me to safety when I lose my vision due to a migraine. I also had hope that a service dog could alert me if my blood pressure gets too high so I can take emergency medication before it gets too bad, but that likely wouldn’t apply to you.
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