This past weekend, Rainie and I attended a symposium in order to talk about diabetic alert dogs and Early Alert Canines. Since one of the sponsors of the event was the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, there were many, many kids with diabetes attending, along with their families. Since EAC is one of the few diabetic alert dog organizations that places dogs with young children, my table was incredibly busy. And while I talked, Rainie was getting a lot of attention – so much, in fact, that she actually fell asleep under our display table with her head in a little boy’s lap.
It had been a very long and worthwhile day. I was exhausted as I left the conference hall, but stopped as yet another young girl (about 5 years old and diagnosed with diabetes for 11 months) approached to pet Rainie. While the mom and I talked, Rainie began to ‘nudge’ me. I praised and rewarded her, as I told the little girl that Rainie was alerting me to my dropping blood sugar – completely forgetting to treat myself. Over time, Rainie began nudging me more and more while I continued praising her and talking about the wonders of diabetic alert dogs. As Rainie escalated her alerts to where she was jumping at me, the little girl said, “I think you better go test your finger!”
She and Rainie were right. My blood sugar had plummeted! *
*Please remember that low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) causes altered and illogical thinking. This is due to too little blood sugar infusing the brain. For a more complete description please see “What Does It Feel Like?”