I wrote a guest post about diabetic alert dogs for the Canine Heroes Blog Tour, and thought I’d share it with y’all too! I hope you learn something new about these incredible hero dogs!
(Thanks so much to Hannah for hosting this awesome tour!)
Something you might not know about me: I have type 1 diabetes.
So this is a subject that means a lot to me. 🙂
Another thing you might not know about me: I trained a diabetic alert dog (DAD) for a year, and now I’m starting to train our family dog Jack to alert and help me manage my T1D.
And you’ll get to hear more about that in the post…
Welcome to our last post in the Canine Heroes Blog Tour! (Except for a wrap-up post tomorrow.) I am so excited to share this guest post from Pearl Willis. Thank you, Pearl, for sharing your story and for your dedication to service dog work!
A mother tosses in her bed, exhausted yet alert. In the other room, her four-year-old is sleeping heavily after a long day of play. His blood sugar is steadily dropping but he doesn’t feel it, he won’t wake up. Unable to fall asleep, his mother anxiously tiptoes in to test his blood. This is her life; constantly watching her son for low blood sugar symptoms, dosing with insulin, dealing with tricky sick-days. This is the life of a type 1 diabetic and those who love him.
What is type 1 diabetes?
I’ve had type 1 diabetes for nearly 5 years of my life. And it’s been hard. (As I write this, it’s a unhealthily-late hour and I’m munching on sugar snacks to raise my low blood sugar!) 5 million Americans are living with type 1 diabetes. If you don’t already know, let me explain T1D a bit…
Feel free to comment and share any questions or additions you have, I’d love to answer!
Also, tell us– what is something you want to see more of on this blog? (other than more consistent posting *hides* 😆)