Dorrie Nuttal was sleeping in her bed one night when she was suddenly awoken by her son’s dog lying on top of her. Naturally, she told him to go back to bed. But when the black lab persisted to try and win her attention, she decided to check on her 7-year-old son. And that decision would ultimately save her son’s life.
Dorrie’s son, Luke, has type 1 diabetes. Sometimes known as juvenile diabetes, because it commonly onsets in childhood, this lifelong condition requires constant blood sugar monitoring. Frighteningly, a blood sugar level too low can be fatal.
In addition, Luke was diagnosed with the condition when he was very young. And as a consequence, since turning two years old he has received thousands of shots of insulin and finger pricks to test his blood sugar levels. Unless a cure is eventually found for diabetes, this will continue for the rest of his life.