Diabetes Alert Dog for Audrey
Organized by: Amber Foruria
Audrey was 12, almost 13, when she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. There was no history of the condition in her family so to say it was unexpected is an understatement. She was admitted into the hospital with a diagnosis of diabetic induced coma and spent 4 days in the trauma ICU before being moved to the pediatric ward for another 2 days. When she was discharged to go home, no one in the family knew what kind of journey we would all be in for. So far, the entire experience has been a bit of a tragic blessing. The condition sucks -- but Audrey is an amazing kid and has turned this experience into an adventure of sorts. She has to inject herself with insulin up to 5 times a day, with two different types of insulin. She's been in the hospital twice with ketoacidosis (High blood sugar causing too much acidity in her blood) since her initial diagnosis but has otherwise kept her sugar levels relatively stable. Now, she's transferring to a university in California (near Sacramento), and moving away from home for the first time. In order to feel more secure and to have an extra set of "eyes" on her, she's getting a service dog who will be able to alert her to high and low blood sugar. Heads Up Hounds is the organization she is going through to aquire the dog. They are an amazing group that re-trains rescued dogs from local shelters.