This morning didn’t start off so well. I finally got the nerve to call the Huner-Hopkins Center, they are specialists in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which is also called Myalgic Encephelomyelitis (CFS/ME). They do not have a sliding scale, and intake appointments are 3-4 hrs. They bill you $460 an hour and do not take insurance (not that medicaid would cover them since they are not in South Carolina). So it would take about $1840 to be seen for an intake appointment.
This was a big deal for me, as I have been really wanting to get Brad some treatment. But we just don’t have that kind of money! I’ve been talking online with others who have CFS/ME about our options. Anyway, I was feeling pretty down this morning.
I very nearly cancelled my walk with Jessica and her offspring Eli I was feeling so down. But I went and it was GREAT!
I didn’t ask Hestia to heel once, just worked on loose leash walking. She pulled on the leash only like 5-10 times total for the hour and a half we were there, and was easily redirected by me stopping moving forward when she was pulling. She was excellent! This gives me some hope for the public access test next month. Of course I’d rather have her in a heel so she looks more professional, but I don’t mind her walking where she wants as long as she isn’t pulling or walking out in front of me or other people.
Not only was Hestia great, but I had a great time with Jessica and Eli. We talked and talked, and hunted a few pokemons. We walked further than I’ve walked before on that trail! I started to get anxious when we got to the point I usually turn around, so I pushed myself to go up that last hill and then turn around.
So yay for Hestia and yay for me! I had accidentally left my cell phone at home, so I couldn’t get any pictures 🙁