I found a copy of today’s Sun in my litter tray (best place for it) and noticed an article about diabetes (http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/4331912/Dog-wins-Hero-Pet-of-the-Year.html) . It starts:
A BRIGHT-EYED terrier has been named Hero Pet of the Year after twice saving the life of her diabetic owner.
So we know we’re onto a winner – combination of ‘loveable pooch’, brave tot (who’s actually 37) and a killer disease. Highlights of the article include:
- “David…has Type 1 diabetes, which causes sufferers to have sudden hypoglycaemic attacks if blood sugar levels reach dangerously low or high levels.”
- “If they [diabetics] are not treated with insulin quickly enough the lack of oxygen to the brain can cause them to fall into a coma.”
- Having a hypo is described as “suffer[ing] an attack”
- “I forced my way in and I found David semi-conscious on the floor with severe diabetic complications“. Complications? What, rotting toes, neuropathy? That quickly?
The mind truly boggles, it really does. If I could weep I really would; but I can’t as I’m a dog.
(Hat tip to Joe Freeman on twitter for noticing this inspired piece of reporting in the first place.)