SHELLY + ODIE
Living with Diabetes doesn’t prevent me from living a full, active life but it certainly does make it more difficult. I’ve been a Type I Diabetic for 29 years. I don’t always feel my lows. There are times when my blood sugar readings are above 100 but then drop low without warning. I have slept through lows which led to seizures only to be woken up by paramedics surrounding my bed. I have passed out in front of my small children. Writing this brings tears to my eyes because it has affected my family, NOT JUST ME. My husband hadn’t slept for more than 2 hours at a time for years and my children were terrified to stay alone with me at night when my husband was out of town. This was my life, well, our life until now…enter Terry and Odie (my diabetic alert dog).
In late 2015, my dear friend told me about her relative who had gotten a DAD and was doing very well. Needless to say, I was very interested. I had so many questions: how do they detect lows, who does the training, where can I get one, and on and on and on. Right then and there, she texted her relative who happily passed along the name and number of the dog trainer along with an offer to speak about her wonderful experience with this dog trainer and her DAD. I knew this was a good sign and this dog trainer was the person that would help me. I called the number and Terry Cadle answered the phone and the rest is history.
Driving to pick up Odie was one of the longest drives ever because of the insecurities I was feeling concerning this dog. “Is he going to like me, Can he really help us, Do I have what it takes to take care of a diabetic alert dog?” The answer to all my questions is most definitely “yes!” Odie is extremely loyal which in my mind means he really “likes” me! He follows me everywhere. The first live alert happened in Terry and Nancy’s home. The first nighttime live alert happened a few days later. This is what we had been hoping for and we didn’t have to wait long for it to happen. Terry and Nancy have been there every step of the way. I can call or text them anytime and they are always there to help. They want to hear about it ALL. And, if I don’t call them, they call me to make sure all is good. So, yes, my DAD takes care of me and I have what it takes to take care of my DAD because Terry and Nancy will make sure of it!
My experience thus far has been amazing, life-changing!!! I have Odie, which in itself has a calming effect on me. My husband and children are happy knowing I am safe and that it doesn’t all have to fall on them to keep me that way. They have a helper in Odie. I now wonder what I ever did without Odie and, if I was granted one wish come true, it would have to be that all Type 1 Diabetics have a dog like Odie.