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Luke and Jedi

luke-service-dog-jedi.jpgThis story was submitted to me by Luke's mother, Dorrie. We've included a link to their Saving Luke Facebook page at the end of the article if you'd like to follow his story. It is touching, inspiring and Luke is just plain awesome.  Thank you, Dorrie, for sharing with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with Luke, your family and Jedi.

As told to us by Dorrie:

Luke was a very healthy baby, the youngest of our 3 boys. One day when he was 2 years old, he started to get very sick and cry and fuss and request bottle after bottle of water until he soaked through 3 diapers in 2 hours.

We took him to the doctor and they said he had an auto-immune disease where his body made a mistake and attacked the cells that made insulin in his pancreas and that he would need shots of insulin every day, multiple times a day, just to stay alive. They called this Type 1 diabetes and told us to go straight to the local Children’s hospital.  

We were scared, we knew nothing of Type 1 diabetes and even though we had heard “diabetes” in the news and in the media it never sounded very serious, but from the look on their faces we knew this was VERY SERIOUS. It is an auto-immune disease (like Multiple Sclerosis) not caused by poor diet or exercise, in fact it is still a mystery what causes a person to get Type 1 it very different than Type 2 which is mentioned a lot in the media and can be caused by poor lifestyle choices.

Luke gets 10-15 finger pricks a day to test his blood glucose levels this includes checks overnight while he is sleeping. We try to keep his blood sugar between 80-150 but because his body makes NO insulin on its own, and his pancreas has virtually failed, this is a very hard job. He gets all of his insulin from shots or a pump every single day.

There is no cure, there is no prevention and there is no way to make it go away. The human body is a very complicated thing and the body does not always react to the insulin we give him as it should and every day we battle high and low blood sugars which are not only very dangerous, and damaging to the body, they make Luke feel very very bad.

Jedi is Luke’s Diabetic Alert Dog, he alerts us to blood sugars before they go out of range. Jedi is from canine hope for diabetics in California. They are a great small non profit that cares about each and every placement.  I have support forever in them and am so grateful that I found a reputable organization. (My first attempt was not so good and I lost money and faith with a group  I could not trust, unforunaty there are a lot of shady groups out there now). Making research so important prior to handing money over to a group for a dog.  I learned the hard way but now we have Jedi and canine hope for diabetics and I am so glad. 

Jedi pulls a bringsel (an alert tube) off my belt and bows for lows and waves for highs. Jedi watches over Luke as he plays so Luke can just focus on being a kid so we can treat his highs and lows before they become dangerous and he has more time to play.

Not only does Jedi alert to dangerous blood sugars he is Luke’s constant companion through countless finger pricks, shots, pump insertions, hospital visits and times where he just does not feel very well. Jedi is yet another line of defense we have against this relentless and completely misunderstood disease. Jedi is the only thing in his life related to Type 1 that does not hurt him. He is one more way to help keep our son safe and the best part of it all is he is a part of our family and we love him.

It is hard to put into words the love you feel for an animal that watches over your child and keeps him safe from such a relentless, worrisome invisible disease.  We love our Jedi. 

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Posted By Josh Griffith
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