Service dog 'Jedi' uses the sniffing force to save the life of sleeping boy with type 1 diabetes.

Service dog 'Jedi' uses the sniffing force to save the life of sleeping boy with type 1 diabetes.
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Dorrie Nuttall shared this photo on Facebook to tell how their service dog, a black Labrador named Jedi, saved the life of her 7-year-old son who has type 1 diabetes. According to the caption, Dorrie  said her son Luke's blood sugar dropped to an unsafe level and the diabetes-sniffing service dog jumped on the bed to alert her.

This may just look like a dog, a sleeping boy and a number on a screen, but this, this moment right here is so much...

Posted by Saving Luke - Luke and Jedi - Fighting Type 1 Diabetes Together on Thursday, March 3, 2016

Five minutes this photo of Luke and Jedi was taken, Dorrie said the family was fast asleep. There were “no alarms were going off” and “no one was checking (Luke's) blood.” After Jedi warned her, Dorrie gave her son a glucose tab to increase his blood sugar. 

"We don't rely 100% on Jedi, we have the CGM and still set alarms to check Luke over night," she said. Dorrie added that "Jedi is a living breathing creature" and can sometimes "miss alerts." Luckily for Luke, when the alarms didn't do their job that night, Jedi was there to rescue him.

When Luke's blood sugar goes to the dark side, Jedi will use the force and spring in to action. Check out this video of Jedi catching Luke's low blood sugar, below.

'No Luke's or Jedi's were harmed making this video.'

Night alerts, where Jedi alerts to dropping blood sugars BEFORE they become dangerous in between the alarms we set to check on him. (just to clarify for people who just joined us Jedi catches dropping blood sugars before they go too low or very early on in the drop, we just call them all lows because to Jedi they are - even if it isn't technically a diabetic low - of under 70. We don't rely 100% on Jedi we have the dexcom CGM and still set alarms to check Luke over night because Jedi is a living breathing creature and can and does miss alerts as wonderful as he is he needs sleep too) Jedi jumped off the bed and started to alert (he's a big dog I always can feel him move around and jump off). I grabbed my phone to use for a flashlight and decided to turn the flash on and film what happened next. I missed the beginning of the alert but you can see him pawing the bed and yawning which is his stress signal that that something is wrong. Jedi caught this drifting down blood sugar at 72 which isn't dangerous in itself but it is low for night and Jedi knows when he's drifting lower so we can treat and watch closely - this early alert allows us to prevent as many dangerous lows as possible at night. Don't worry I immediately went to the kitchen to grab Luke a glucose tab - no Luke's or Jedi's were harmed making this video. 󾌵 A FEW THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE WATCHING THIS. 1. Not all diabetic alert dogs alert at night. Jedi was a wonderful day alerter by the time he was one year-old but it took us until he was 18 months old with LOTS of training and LOTS of work to get him to alert at night. We still work on it and reinforce it to this day. He catches most things at night but he is a living creature that needs rest and if he's too tired he can miss and we never blame him for that. 2. Jedi's night alert includes jumping off the bed and doing whatever it takes to wake me up. He also bows for lows. 3. Luke wears a Dexcom continuous glucose monitor (an absolutely wonderful tool that everybody should have with or without a dog) it will alarm if Luke goes low but it is slightly delayed so if we wait for the alarms he would be lower. 3. At night we want Jedi to alert anything under 75-80 so that we can take immediate action. 4. My phone is within a few feet of me 24 hours a day since I track Luke's blood sugar on my watch that is Bluetooth connected to my phone. My phone, his kit, all his emergency supplies are on my headboard at all times when I sleep. 5. Jedi sleeps with me since I'm the one that he has to tell there's a blood sugar issue. He can smell Luke from my room with no problem. 6. Having a dog alert at night actually means you get less sleep sometimes. You have to acknowledge, reward and confirm every alert even if you're tired and you don't want to. 7. Oh and we love Jedi. ❤️he is family. (The baby sleeps right next to me so I'm whispering and I sped up the part where I was fumbling with Luke's finger prick he was moving around a lot and as you can see I have a bandage on my thumb due to stitches which makes testing Luke a little bit harder. Hopefully you get the idea of what alerts look like. It took a LOT of work over 3.5 years to get him alerting like this)

Posted by Saving Luke - Luke and Jedi - Fighting Type 1 Diabetes Together on Monday, March 7, 2016
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"[Jedi's] alerts often beat the meters and he saves Luke from lots of the crummy feelings and health issues that go along with each. But Jedi's job goes beyond alerting, he also saves Luke from being alone, from being scared; he is his constant companion," Nuttall wrote on Facebook.

If you’re ever having panic attacks or if you’re inches away from danger, you can always count on a service dog to help you. T-Swizzle knows.

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