Living with Type 1 diabetes is complicated, especially if you’re a child. Having to poke your finger, take insulin, and be aware of your blood sugar levels at all times is a lot to take on.
Luckily, people have learned that dogs are capable of being trained to alert parents when a child has low blood sugar. This has led to many people adopting them to watch after their kids.
For Luke, a young child with Type 1 diabetes, his parents knew that he was too young to recognize the symptoms of low blood sugar. That’s why they decided to adopt their diabetic alert dog Jedi, and it wouldn’t be long before they would be thanking themselves for doing so…
A person’s blood sugar should be between 70-140. Anything below 70 is considered low and anything above 140 is high. Those who suffer from the Type 1 diabetes have pancreases that don’t naturally produce insulin, so they have to take injections to keep their levels within those numbers.
When she went to check Luke’s blood sugar with his continuous glucose monitoring device, it was at 100 — perfectly normal. “So I told Jedi we would watch and see, he bowed again (bowing is his low alert,) I told him to get up on the bed, he held his ground didn’t budge, he refused,” her post continued.
Luke’s mother noted that she had an alarm set to check his blood sugar in an hour, though, that would’ve been too late. Because he is unable to recognize these symptoms himself, his parents have grown accustomed to checking in the middle of the night, every night.
“This is a picture of Jedi saving his boy from a potentially dangerous low. Amidst a disease that does everything in its power to make life so much harder, this is a picture of loyalty and love and perseverance. A reminder that we will not let diabetes win, that we will never give up, and that we will always fight for our children,” Luke’s mother wrote on Facebook.
Luckily, Jedi knew exactly what to do, otherwise, it could’ve been disastrous. These two have an amazing bond!
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