Not Sure How To Help?
If you would like to help me to get a Diabetic Alert Dog, but funds are tight, the BEST HELP anyone can give is to let others know! Get the word out. Everyone has their own network of friends/co-workers/people they see when out shopping, etc.. Your voice is GREATLY appreciated!
Not sure what to say? Let people know about different types of service dogs. Educate others about Diabetic Alert Dogs. Let them know that these dogs are trained to "sniff out" their handler's high and low blood sugar levels and by "pawing" them, the dogs give their handlers a heads up that their blood sugar levels are dropping or are on the rise, encouraging the diabetic handler to test their blood sugar and take appropriate action so their levels do NOT go too high or too low!
What is "normal range" for blood sugar levels? This is very personalized. The average goal range is between 80 and 150. That number goes up a little bit the longer you've had diabetes. I'm extremely happy when I'm between 70 and 140.
What happens if you go too low? Everyone needs sugar in their blood to function. When blood sugar levels get too low, common cues are sweating, shaky hands, taking longer to respond, slowing of the mind. A person can treat low blood sugars by drinking juice or regular (not diet) soda or by eating a glucose tablet, candy, sandwich, etc. Diabetics generally want a fast acting item like juice, along with a carbohydrate to keep the blood sugar levels from falling again. IF LOW BLOOD SUGARS ARE NOT TREATED, the diabetic person can have seizures and/or go into diabetic coma. The lowest blood sugar level that has been recorded for me was 17 - woke up to half a dozen firefighters and EMTs in our bedroom.
What happens if you go too high? This is when there isn't enough insulin in your system and major damage to your circulation and kidneys can happen. Most damage happens if the diabetic's blood sugar levels go up and down a lot! But a high blood sugar level makes a person feel very groggy and slow. My blood sugar levels go up when I'm sick or when I'm stressed. Finals week in college gave me blood sugar levels of 800 (yes, I was hospitalized for about a week while they put gallons of insulin into me - not quite gallons, just seemed like it).
So being a diabetic is like living your life on a tight rope, trying to stay perfectly balanced between low and high blood sugar levels.
Musketeer Puppy would help keep me on that tight rope, not by lecturing me like humans tend to do, but with gentle puppy nudges and kind eyes. He will have a big job to do, but one that my family and I (and my doctors) will greatly appreciate.
How to donate for the Diabetic Alert Dog:
1. Pay Pal to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Go to any Wells Fargo Bank (starting on Monday, July 20, 2015) and ask to make a deposit into the Musketeer the Diabetic Alert Dog fund.
3. TELL OTHERS is one of the biggest ways to help right now.
for helping to get
Musketeer the Diabetic Alert Dog!