Skittles & Emily
Recently Emily had the flu and was vomiting. That can be a dangerous combination for a type 1 kid and more often than not they end up in the hospital on an IV. However Skittles remained vigilant and never left Emily’s side. He continued to alert keeping her in perfect range throughout the entire weekend she was sick.
We are so grateful to this organization for Skittles!!
Beverly is hypoglycemic unaware. Sugar is her Warren Retrievers Alert Dog. Here she shares a moment in Sugar’s training as he begins to understand his job. Yesterday Sugar was pretty amazing. We had gone to our favorite little lunch spot, ordered and sat down. Sugar went under the table as always and went to sleep. This is his habit, his proper behavior in a restaurant for months. Mom was with us and we both ate our lunch and started talking. At a point Sugar started looking at me and making whimpering noises. I thought he had to go out, so we slipped out the back door and I gave him a chance to “go”, he did not and I knew he had taken care of that before we entered the coffee shop. So we went back in, again he went back under the table and laid down. A little bit later he looked at me and whimpered again. Mom and I started talking about him possibly being in some pain, as he acted really distressed, but just whimpered low a few times. It really was a pitiful little noise.I needed to go to the bank, and since Sugar was acting “different” we decided mom would leave her car and ride with me, then Sugar wouldn’t have to go in with me. When I finished at the bank and got back in the car, Sugar was acting distressed, pulling hard on his harness and trying to get to me in the front seat. He was able to stretch his zip line far enough to come up and push on my shoulder, pretty hard. Mom asked me had my sugar been dropping this morning, it had not, and since I had just eaten lunch, I really wasn’t concerned that it was the problem. At that point I looked down at my CGM and it read 144, but with 2 arrows pointing down (the alarm was off?), which means my blood glucose was falling fast. Since the numbers on the monitor can lag behind actual BG, I pulled my meter out to check BG. It was then 111.
I started correcting the drop, waited about 5 minutes, and rechecked. My BG was 90. So I was on a quick drop down, and because of Sugar’s behavior I didn’t have to wait for it to go into the really low numbers to start correcting the problem. It was behavior I believe that showed he was aware I was “headed” for a quick drop, before it became low, and this is just what I need, and had wondered how to relay that to him in training. Well no need, he knows his business!