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Dog that detects Diabetes

Updated: Monday, October 28 2013, 11:22 PM CDT

The tale of a dog that detects symptoms of diabetes.
He's not a pet --but a service dog -- who contributes to the life of Kathy Lincoln -- in  a big way --
 
Don Lincoln/ Husband]
 What Duncan's trained to do is she detects both high and low blood sugar and it's all based on smell.

*Duncan* is a yellow lab -- trained as a diabetes dog.
Years ago  Kathy had tumors that developed on her pancreas --
They had to go in and remove three quarters of my pancreas, so at that point I became Type One Diabetic.
Since then, she's had big swings in blood sugars she didn't feel until they hit dangerous levels -- now:

When she's high, she'll put a paw right on her knee or where she can reach to --if she's low she'll touch her with her nose, the meter --which Duncan is trained to go and get tells her how high or low -- but  the dog can actually pick it up about twenty minutes or so before the meter tells you where you are at.

Even if Kathy is working or sleeping --Duncan doesn't miss much --

She will paw me, she will paw me harder, she will jump on me, she will bark
Duncan is still a puppy and in training, but soon he will get some high tech help,  He'll  get a special phone that will help him alert other paramedics, if there is an emergency.

This is a picture of that phone courtesy of ablephone.com
There will be a recording on there that will say the dog is dialing the number and there is a diabetic emergency at this residence

What's Kathy looking forward to most?
The one thing I am really really looking forward to is she can alert me when I am driving, Right now I don't feel comfortable, but eventually she can alert me, I can pull over , take care of things, and get back on the road, I'm safe and everyone around me is safe

Now do you get why all dogs go to heaven??
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