You may have noticed that I didn’t write last week. As much as I try to stay positive and not let GBS win, some days are better than others. Last week started off with numb feet on Monday. I had gone to the gym every day the week before and my body was letting me know that I was pushing too hard. So last week, I rested. By Tuesday my feet were back to the pins and needles that I’m used to handling on a daily basis.
Other than the physical challenges that GBS presents, it’s also incredibly expensive. Between the ER, hospital stay, allllllllll the testing (they have to rule out absolutely everything else + run daily blood tests), in-hospital medications, out of hospital medications, therapy, treatments, etc…. it’s over a million dollars. Even with the AMAZING insurance I have through my employer, I was still paying thousands of dollars in medical bills. A lot of GBS patients have to set up Go Fund Me campaigns to keep them from bankruptcy.
So how did I pay off all my medical bills? Around August I was walking well enough that I signed up to walk dogs on Rover. I work from home so Rover has been incredible for me. It gets me out of my apartment. Has helped me get stronger. Not to mention, I get paid to spend time with adorable dogs! I’m sure you’re wondering if Mr.Big gets jealous… he does but he also gets extra treats because I feel guilty for spending time with other dogs. So he’s ok with it.
When I first started on Rover I was nervous about handling dogs I didn’t know. Especially big dogs. Luckily, all the dogs that I’ve walked have been pretty good. I have a few regulars that I absolutely adore. One of them is Palmer. I began taking Palmer out once a day when he was just a few months old. Bad days always turn into good days when I get to play with Palmer. As I watch him grow, our walks get longer but they always start out with lots of hugs and kisses. I still can’t believe I get paid to hang out with adorable dogs.
p.s I’m not a doctor and this isn’t medical advice. Please don’t sign up for Rover if you’re not able to walk at least one mile with a strong dog on a leash.