Dogs save lives every day. Just ask 7-year-old Luke, whose service puppy, Jedi, used his training to alert Luke’s family when danger struck.
Luke, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, has a glucose monitoring system that keeps track of his blood sugar levels, and his family keeps watch in case they become dangerously low.
But as Luke and his mother slept last week, Luke’s blood sugar started to dip — and Jedi was quick to take action.
“Jedi jumped off the bed, then back on again. Though I felt him do this, I didn’t wake up,” Luke’s mother, Dorrie, wrote in a Facebook post
. “Then Jedi laid on me. I woke up.”
Jedi then bowed, which he is trained to do if Luke’s levels are about to dip.
At first, Dorrie told Jedi to go back to sleep. Then, when “the sleepy fog started to wear off,” she realized something was wrong — Luke’s blood sugar had dipped to 57.
Thanks to Jedi’s quick alert, Luke was able to take a glucose tablet before his blood sugar dipped any further.
“Luke was laying … just inches from me, and without Jedi I would have had no idea that he was dropping out of a safe range,” Dorrie wrote.
Dorrie is grateful that her post has revealed insight into existence with sort 1 diabetes.
“It’s anything but difficult to feel along in a world that doesn’t see all that some person with sort 1 diabetes experiences every day,” she composed.
“We require mindfulness around a malady that a large portion of the world doesn’t comprehend,” she included. “We have to demonstrate the world why we so frantically require a cure.”