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WOW! I seriously need to come over one of these days, meet lady jigsaw (I will not bring a tennis ball!), and just awe at Mr. Owen! This is so great!
Comment By Vesna At 4/1/2011 10:47 PM
Seeing Jigsaw in motion was fun and amazing. Reading about her is stunning and to see her in action in a video has an extra wow factor. So precious how she stuck right by Owen's side.
Comment By Kristen At 4/2/2011 8:56 AM
Yay for Jigsaw! Even just sticking by him for comfort is great, but it's really incredible to see her in action.
Comment By val At 4/2/2011 4:43 PM

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Jigsaw's First Seizure Experience

Yesterday's training session started out fine, we were practicing a meet and greet at the door.  Jigsaw and I were working in the kitchen with Leil coming in the door when we heard "he's having a seizure" from the living room.  I had just finished crocheting the medicine bag that we were going to teach Jigsaw to retrieve that day, but it hadn't been hung yet and she hadn't yet learned how to find it.  But she still proved that she's a big help anyway. 

During a seizure there are a lot of things to do in a short amount of time.  We have to keep him upright and make sure that he doesn't aspirate as his seizures almost always begins with vomiting. You have to get the magnet swiped as quickly as possible.  After that you have to get out the pulse-ox and the oxygen tank. And during all of this Owen is awake and reaching out to you and you are trying to comfort him.  During this seizure Jigsaw sat next to him and he reached out to her and pet her while we did the work.  She stayed right by him, both during the seizure and while he was sleeping it off:


While Owen was sleeping - about two hours this time - we taught Jigsaw how to fetch this bag:


It is a crocheted bag that is attached to the wall with Velcro.  Inside it are a magnet, Diastat and a small pulse-ox.  In short, everything you need if you are alone with Owen during a seizure to get him through the first few minutes.  By the time he needs the oxygen he is done vomiting and the danger of aspiration has passed so that you can go get the oxygen tank. 

Here is Jigsaw getting that bag off the wall.  We are sitting having a normal conversation.  With no preamble or warning I ask her to "get the bag":

She learned that in about five minutes.  Seriously - she is really amazing. 


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