i had the same reaction from my parents when i got my wheelchair. but they see now that it's given me a new lease of life as i'm loads more independant than i was and generally able to do a lot more than i used to, in addition to now being as injured all the time from all the faints (hardly faint at all when sat, get days when i do but usually cos i've let myself get dehydrated, or too tired or i'm ill with a virus etc). they tried soooo hard to stop me getting the chair but it thought 's*d them, this is MY life and i'm gonna do what i need to make it the best life i can.' and went through with it anyway and i'm soooo glad i did!
i want an assistance (service) dog too but the company that gives them in my area have closed their books for a while cos their waiting lists are full, so once i can i'm gonna put my name on the list. purposefully got my flat as it's got loads of green space around it and a huuuge county park that's easily within scooter distance so when (and if) i get one i'll have plenty walking space as thats one of the necessary things for the organisation near me.
but for the moment i'm just getting used to my wheelchair as i wanna be an expert user before i get a dog! and i have a geriatric cat that is a total dog hater so it's not fair to her to bring a dog into the household cos she wont cope with it. i expect that'll cause a problem if i apply now (if the books were open) so i'd have waited anyway.
but got a friend with one and she does soooo much good for her! we lived in the same block at uni and all became very lazy cos dottie (a labrador) used to do so much for us all- we never wore socks without shoes as she just HAD to remove them, and never needed to bend down as dottie picked up anything we dropped, and put washing into the machine, gave money to the till lady/man in shops, pushed the little buttons on the road crossings, helped lou (my pal, she has CP) up whenever she fell, and LOVED opening doors with her lead (we'd hook it round the door for dottie to pull), and did loads more. was a shock when we left and had to do all this for ourselves!
some dogs can tell if you're gonna faint and warn you. actually, i expect any dog thats been with you a while will be able to start to notice the signs we miss. even my cat can spot them and she yells at me to lay down (when i'm really bad she wont stop yelling till i'm laying in bed), and i can tell when my blood pressure starts to drop as she sits herself right behind me with her back touching mine (i usually sit on the floor as i dont get so hurt when i faint if i'm already down here
). if she's sat on the sofa i know i'm safe enough to get up to make a cup of tea!
service dogs are soooo useful for people with our conditions and so i say - ignore anyone who disagrees, and apply! if you're not a suitable candidate then they'll tell you straight away, rather than you having the 'what if' thoughts going round and round your head!
oops, sorry for the essay!