Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Lake Charles, LA
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Today I started asking for more out of him on his alert. I ignored little nose brushes and didn't reward him until I got a really solid bop that pushed my hand into the air. I'm treading carefully with that, I don't want him to stop alerting because I'm ignoring him.
I've always noticed that my most severe attacks are when I'm active, not just sitting around. I think by measuring my blood glucose these last couple weeks I'm figuring out what's happening. When I'm just sitting down, I start feeling symptoms immediately when blood glucose starts dropping. The symptoms are more severe, but because I'm aware of them I can treat long before it's dangerous and be fine. If I'm walking, doing chores, etc, BG not only drops faster, but I don't feel symptoms until it's gotten dangerously low. So that explains why I feel bad frequently at work (I sit down as much as possible during work) but have never felt like I was in danger of passing out - I knew I was dropping early on. And it's why I have had so many close calls while shopping - by the time I felt symptoms it was reaching dangerously low levels.
Anyway, my point in sharing all that is to say I don't plan on bringing Flip places where I don't think I need him - work, out to eat, etc. But he could literally be a life saver if I'm going somewhere where I'll be more active, like shopping.
Now the challenging part for me will be actually bringing him out in public places. The training is the easy part for me. But I can see myself going through the entire training process and never getting the courage to bring him anywhere.
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