It's really hard to believe that this coming August I have had Duchess my diabetic alert dog for two years. I would not change a thing about my decision. I know some of my coworkers wonder how much I really need my dog but over the past several months I can see how they are getting how much I really need her. I tried everything to get control of the horrible lows I was having. In fact I need to review a scary incident that really made me realize how seriously down hill things had flowed.
It was a normal day after work and I was walking to my car which was parked close to a mile away. That was a downside of working for a University is that there is never enough parking especially close. I remember turning down my basal for the walk to the car as usual. This was a humid moth of August and I know I was trying to get to my car as quickly as I could. I am not sure what happened but my cell phone rings and I start looking in my purse for my phone it's my roommate. Hey when are you going to be home. I said what do you mean? She said it's 7:40. I said I am on my way almost to my car. I had lied because I did not want to tell her that I didn't know what happened from 5pm to 7:40pm that night.
What scared me so much was there is so many things that can happen on a college campus. I know just before this there was a body found on campus which was very surreal. I was really scared for my safety. I realized that these lows I was having I was really getting very disoriented so quickly and I still have some of those today sadly. I knew I need something and Duchess provides that. When I get low I can get very unaware of time and my work errors increase dramatically. I don't believe I could be working today without my service dog and angel Duchess. She keeps me in check unlike before I got her. I was testing at least once an hour and still was missing lows. I know a lot of these lows were from grief and stress. This combination proved to be almost too much. I used to be able to deal with stress so much more efficiently. Now four years later I am finally starting to feel like I am stronger again.
I know growing up the Dr.'s always said I was brittle excuse the old school term. I worked very hard to control it and had some great years and not so great years. I am truly blessed to have Duchess and my freedom. The past couple of years have been tough but I have made so many improvements and changes that were necessary. I'm finally starting to feel back on track.
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