It was the middle of the night. The Nuttall family members were all sound asleep. But then their dog, Jedi, started jumping on the bed and wouldn’t stop until Dorrie woke up.
The dog came in and jumped on the bed, then off again, and then back on. Dorrie felt him jumping but didn’t wake up. The dog was not about to give up. When the dog laid on her, she finally woke up.
Dorrie knew something must be wrong.
Their 7-year-old son, Luke, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was only 2-years old. Because he was too young to recognize the symptoms of low blood sugar, they decided to adopt their diabetic alert dog, Jedi. And tonight they were so thankful that they had.
The dog was trained to recognize the symptoms of low blood sugar.
Dorrie clambered out of bed and examined her son’s continuous glucose monitor. The monitor keeps ongoing track of his sugar levels. Everything looked good, and her son looked okay, so Dorrie turned to go back to bed.
But the dog was unrelenting. He bowed again and again, repeating the signal he’d been trained to send if he sensed that Luke’s blood sugar had fallen too low.
Dorrie knew the dog meant business. The sleep fog started to wear off and Dorrie started to think clearer. Then, suddenly, she was wide-awake and knew something was wrong.
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