Provide medical-alert service dogs that detect hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in insulin-dependent diabetics to alert them or others to their condition before they become incapacitated.
Rochelle, Our Hero!!
The other night at 1:13AM I was awakened by Rochelle, our service dog. I checked my daughter Kristin's blood sugar and it was 148. She should be safe. I totally trust Rochelle though and I knew something would happen. Many diabetics, my daughter included, receive a continuous supply of insulin from their pump. Considering Rochelle's warning I turn the pump off for 30 minutes, set my alarm to go off in 20 minutes and lay down. Rochelle did not agree with my decision and continued to whine and nudge me. I got up and checked Kristin again. It had been less than 10 minutes and her blood sugar had dropped to 74! I gave Kristin some juice. Rochelle got her "party" with a piece of turkey and lots of kisses. Even with the excitement of the "party" she had her head on Kristin and continued to alert. She was right; Kristin's blood sugar level was still dropping. She was now at 60. I turn the pump off for an hour and gave Kristin more juice. Finally at 2:09 AM, Rochelle let out a big sigh, closed her eyes and went back to sleep. Kristin's blood sugar level was 102 and she was stable. We could all sleep.