The best Gift ever...LIFE saving dog!! Thanks in advance for your help.
Jamie Langham was diagnosed at the age of 16. A difficult time for a teenager who was looking forward to all the great times at High School and friends. Imagine changing your eating habits and loosing many favorite foods not to mention watching what you eat when with friends and then there the High School lunches that were not diabetic friendly. Since that dreadful day in July, 2004, Jamie has solely owned her diagnosis. Dealing with giving her own insulin shots twice daily and trying hard to avoid foods that are what everyone likes but are not on the menu of a diabetic.
As a mom, I'm proud of her and the list of what she has accomplished seems to be endless. Newly diagnosed as a junior in High School, she was in the drama class for two years and graduated with a 3.4 GPA which earned her free tuition to pursue a 4 yr Associate degree as a Veterinary Technician. Jamie then went back to school to graduate as a Surgical Technician for the human world. She is currently working full-time at a local hospital. Now Jamie's goal is to be able to lead a self-sufficient life on her own without the fear of having a major medical situation while being alone.
Recently, Jamie has been experiencing extreme low/high sugars having her to research the reason and solutions to the new problem. This resulted in discovering that there is a service dog that is trained to alert her when her sugars get too high or low. Diabetic Alert Dogs, or D.A.D.'s as they are called, can change a diabetic's life. While they are relatively new in the world of Service Dogs, they have proven time and again that they can and will save their master's life by alerting them to blood sugar changes sooner and more accurately than the glucose meter. These dogs can sniff out subtle changes in their person's blood chemistry, even at a great distance, that are undetectable to humans.
The cost of a well trained Diabetic Alert Dog (D.A.D.) is very high - not to mention the additional costs for his equipment, vet bills, and other expenses related to the care and maintenance of a Service Dog. But the cost of keeping our Jamie safe??? Priceless!! While a Service Dog will never be able to prevent Jamie's lows and highs, this new companion will be able to alert Jamie to the changes before they become life-threatening. This dog will sleep by her side and wake her at night when we can't be there. A D.A.D. will ride in the car and stop her from driving if her sugars are out of control. This new companion will help keep Jamie safe so she can grow up and move out into the world. What parent wouldn't want that for their child?? Donations can be done through this website via PayPal. We are working with Heartland Diabetic Alert Dogs in Enid Oklahoma for the training of Jamie's special friend.
Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease. With diabetes, the pancreas stops producing insulin, the chemical that is responsible for processing the body's blood sugar. Without insulin, blood sugars will spike out of control, ultimately causing coma and death. Blood sugars that are not well controlled can cause many serious long term health problems such as kidney disease, heart disease, blindness, limb amputations, and a myriad of other health problems. The body cannot process oxygen and calories safely while sugars are high. Short-term symptoms of high blood sugar include head-aches, nausea, blurred vision and extreme fatigue. Imagine trying to work when you feel like that!
Type 1 Diabetes is treated with injections of insulin. It is very difficult to calculate exactly the right dose of insulin at any given time, and giving too much insulin is extremely dangerous - it can quickly cause life-threatening bouts of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) that can lead to confusion, seizures and death. Low blood sugars can come on very rapidly with little warning. Please help us give Jamie the peace of mind as she desires a successful and productive life!
Here are some of the things this fundraiser will help pay for:
- Initial cost of the dog (including 8 months of intensive training)
- Overnight shipping costs of Jamie's low/high scent samples during the dog's training months
- Travel back and forth from Tulsa to Enid to bond with Jamie's new companion
- Specialized equipment & supplies for Diabetes Alert Dogs
- Ongoing veterinary costs
- Any funds raised after we achieve our goal will be used to help fund another Diabetic Alert Dog for someone else (Every diabetic deserves to have a D.A.D.)
Links to related websites:
- Oklahoma-based trainer: www.heartlanddads.com
- KOTV Channel 6 Tulsa Ok December 26, 2013
- search for: Tulsa Woman Raising Money For Lifesaving Dog
- Wall Street Journal article on D.A.D's; Service Dogs Pick up Scent of Diabetes Danger
Thank you in advance for your support!