Heather needs a diabetic alert dog!
Organized by: Heather Mccaleb Marker
I am a type 1 diabetic of 32 years. I am also a single mom of a child that wears hearing aids. Recently, I have begun experiencing frequent low blood sugars, many of them I am completely unaware of. I test my blood sugar before I drive, but if it were to happen while driving, it could be deadly not only to myself, but also to others on the road. If they happen overnight, it could be deadly as well. My son doesn't wear his hearing aids while he is sleeping, so if my blood sugar drops and I am unable to get up, he would not hear me yell for help. A diabetic alert dog (DAD) would be able to alert me before my blood sugar became too low or too high. My ideal treatment will be a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) in addition to a DAD. I am unable to wear CGMs for long periods of time because I have an allergy to the adhesive on the sensors.
I have found a service dog named Keeper from The National Institute for Diabetic Alert Dogs that seems to be a very good match for me (his pic is shown). I have a contract in my hands, but I have to come up with a $2000.00 deposit right away and the $8000.00 balance when he is ready to come home. He is young and in training, but will be ready before the end of the year if I can start sending my low and high blood sugar scents to the trainer soon. The remainder of what is raised will be used for transportation and lodging to go train with him for a couple of days and bring him home with me. I also intend to purchase medical and life insurance for him since I really need him to stay healthy in order to help me. Please help me raise the funds to get a DAD ASAP! :) He could potentially save my life! Thank you so much for your consideration! Below is a recent Facebook post of my campaign. I didn't want to completely re-write everything so, just copied and pasted.
I would truly appreciate any assistance. Please spread the word! This is a huge expense that insurance doesn't cover and banks don't tend to loan money for an animal. Even if they did, they wouldn't finance me. My credit has been bad ever since my divorce but is on the slow road to recovery.This just isn't an expense I can take on myself right now but I feel it's very important. I have started the process of purchasing another continuous glucose monitor as my previous CGM no longer works. My insurance does not cover the cost of the sensors very well, so that is going to be a very big monthly expense in addition to the already high monthly expenses for insulin pump infusion sets, insulin, test strips, etc. It frightens me when I test my sugar, it's low and I had no symptoms. My biggest fear in regards to this is that my son may wake up one day and find his mom unconscious or dead. This is a very real possibility when one doesn't feel their blood sugar drop. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my campaign. Prayers would also be greatly appreciated.