On March 18th 2015, our lives were permanently altered when Teagan was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. She went from being a carefree, independent 7.5 year old to finger pokes, five insulin shots a day and counting every carb.
As a single Mom, I am all things all the time. This makes for one very tired Momma without backup. Diabetes is 24/7/365, there is no break ever. Having a CGM (continuous glucose monitor) now means that I don’t have to wake up at 12, 3 & 6 am every night to check Teagan’s blood sugar because it will alarm if she goes too low (or high) but it’s not a perfect technology. Because the sensor is placed in tissue it lags about twenty minutes behind the actual blood sugar reading and if blood sugar is dropping rapidly, that 20 minute delay becomes even more significant. As with anything electronic, sensors can and do fail. I wake to the CGM alarms now but it is possible to sleep through them when you are sleep deprived. You can’t really sleep through a dog putting their nose in your face or pawing at you besides the fact that a properly trained alert dog can detect blood sugar changes with their Olympic sniffer real-time before it drops too far or too fast. I see an alert dog as having my back to provide a bit of a safety net to help watch over Teagan since I can’t be everywhere all the time with her but the dog can. Additionally, it will give her back some of the independence she lost at diagnosis (snacks, playdates, birthday parties and sleepovers all have new meaning requiring a bit of helicopter parenting which is not especially enjoyable for either of us) and give her a friend who is in this with her every step of the way for the next ten or so years.
As strange as it feels for me to ask for help to make this happen, I’m doing what I believe is best for her health and well-being. Please help us bring NIDAD Ryder home for Teagan's 8th birthday on Dec 6th.
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