Dorrie pricked her son’s finger and got a blood sugar level that was almost half of what was showing on the monitor – it was way too low, and was falling fast.
She quickly gave her son a glucose tablet and watched him slowly recover.
Then she took a picture and posted it on Facebook:
“Luke was laying right next to me, just inches from me, and without Jedi I would have had no idea that he was dropping out of a safe range,” she wrote in her post that has since gone viral. “This is a picture of a Jedi saving his boy.”
Diabetes is new to Dorrie and her family. They’ve never had to deal with something like this before. So she uses her Facebook page to chronicle countless middle-of-the-night episodes like this one to spread awareness and expose other people to the realities of diabetes.
But it’s also a testament to the amazing things these dog can to do help diabetic patients. Sometimes, like in this circumstance, the dog was a better judge of the little boy’s health than his parents, a high-tech monitoring machine, or even the patient himself.
Dogs have an incredible powerful sense of smell. This amazing ability allows them to detect hormones, cancer, deadly bacteria, and even seizures.
Although it’s unknown exactly what the dogs are smelling when they sense a patient’s blood sugar has fallen too low, it’s a life-saving benefit of having a trained dog.
Dorrie noted that she had an alarm set to check Luke’s blood sugar in an hour. But that would’ve been too late.
Luke and his dog have quickly become inseparable. They do everything together. The dog understood his role and took it very seriously, and saved this little boy’s life.
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