SugarSniffer – Diabetic Alert Dog for Teagan
Creating awareness around the symptoms and challenges of Type 1 Diabetes and the benefits of a Diabetic Alert Dog. My 7 year old daughter, Teagan, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on 3/18/15 in the emergency room of our local hospital with a blood sugar over 800 (normal is approximately 85). She was transferred by ambulance to the Pediatric ICU of our local children’s hospital where she spent the next four days. The Dr. only told me how close she had been to going into a coma and that she had fluid on her brain just prior to her release once she stabilized. Type 1 Diabetes only represents about 5% of the diabetic population so many people are unfamiliar or confused about the specifics. It is an incurable auto-immune disease where the pancreas essentially stops producing insulin so the person must inject insulin daily to survive. My carefree, independent 7 year old now had to have 5 insulin shots a day, 5-10 finger pricks to check blood sugar and all food must be weighed, measured and counted for carbs so that they appropriate amount of insulin could be administered. Keeping blood sugar in the 80-180 range is a very tricky balance which is easily upset by activity, stress, illness, medicine and hormones so every day is a new roller coaster ride. Forget about playdates and sleepovers because caring for a Type 1 Diabetic is a huge responsibility that most people are uncomfortable taking on. Fortunately there are specially trained service dogs that can smell low & high blood sugar and alert their owner to take action before their blood sugar drops too low or rises too high. This is especially important for Teagan because she is hypoglycemically unaware so she doesn’t recognize when her blood sugar is getting dangerously low to the point where she could pass out. A Diabetic Alert Dog will not only serve to protect her medically but will be her constant friend and companion to help her deal with the never-ending emotional highs and lows so that she doesn’t feel like she is fighting this battle alone. It takes over a year of intensive training to prepare one of these life-saving alert dogs for service so there is a high cost associated with them. Please help raise funds to get Teagan a Diabetic Alert Dog by purchasing a KonectIDY bracelet. Thank you.