A Diabetic Alert Dog for Carley
On August 8, 2011 the Bantas' lives changed in an instant. Their daughter, Carley, was rushed to the hospital with a blood sugar level of 697 (normal is 80-180) and was very sick. Carley was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. When Carley's parents, Dave and Karen, were told the diagnosis they had no idea what life would be like caring for a toddler with Type 1 diabetes. They went from giving Carley snacks and meals without any thought to weighing her portions, counting carbs, figuring out how much insulin to administer, not to mention all the endless finger sticks and needles they would have to give their then 2 year old daughter.
As the Bantas have learned more and more about Carley's diabetes, they have learned about a horrible situation that can happen in children with diabetes. It's called the Dead in Bed Syndrome and happens when a diabetic's blood sugar dips so dangerously low overnight that the person cannot recover. Dave and Karen live with the fear every night, (waking at least once a night to check her blood sugar) and say a silent prayer every morning before they go and wake Carley for school.
That is why we have decided that now is the perfect time to get Carley a Diabetic Alert Dog. These dogs are specifically trained to react to the chemical change produced by blood sugar highs and lows can help give Carley's parents the peace of mind that their daughter will be safe.
Above you will see a picture of the dog we have put a deposit on. She is a British Yellow Lab and Carley has named her Sugar!
Please consider donating to this amazing cause. We won't stop until we have a dog for Carley.
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