Kola — Service

Location: Lawrenceville, Georgia

Kola is trained as a seizure alert dog. She also is trained to remind me to take my medication two times a day. However, this is not why I am nominating her. Back in 2018, I began to feel lethargic. It was around October, so I thought that midterms were putting too much stress on my body. However, as the semester continued, I still felt sickly. I made sure to go to the doctor, but they sent me back to school. One day, in the middle of class, Kola started whining and pacing. I could tell she was trying to alert me to something, but I did not feel terrible as I had for the past months. Nevertheless, my professor was worried and sent me home. After some debate, I ended up in urgent care with mixed symptoms. Once I was seen, they told me I needed to go to the emergency room right away. They believed I had a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Once I was admitted to the hospital and tests were performed, I did in fact find out I had a deep vein thrombosis. In addition, I also had a pulmonary embolism (PE) in my left lung that was close to leaving to my heart. I ended up in the hospital for five days, and spent a year on blood thinner.

Kola was never trained to detect a blood clot. However, if she had not alerted me in such a way, I would not be here. That is why she will always be a hero to not only me, but my family as well.