Shilo sniffs out Mavis’s health

Central and North Burnett Times - - ALL ABOUT DIABETES -

THREE-YEAR-OLD Shilo’s keen sense of smell keeps Mavis Brown­ing alive.

Mrs Brown­ing, a “type 1and-a-half di­a­betic”, is in­sulin de­pen­dent, re­quir­ing four in­sulin in­jec­tions a day.

For good health, she needs to main­tain her blood su­gar level about 5.7mmol/L.

“Shilo wakes me at 6am, 2.30pm and at 6pm. If she’s not in­side, she will bark,” Mrs Brown­ing said.

“Shilo seems to smell the low blood su­gar,” she said.

Hus­band Bill said just as snif­fer dogs were em­ployed for their sense of smell, their fam­ily val­ued Shilo.

“Shilo has had no train­ing, (but) Shilo will be bump­ing her stomach – where Mavis does the in­jec­tions – to let her know,” Mr Brown­ing said.

“The blood su­gar level read­ing will be in the low threes,” he said.

Ges­ta­tional di­a­betes de­vel­oped dur­ing a preg­nancy, but trans­formed af­ter the birth into a slow-de­vel­op­ing form of type 1di­a­betes for Mrs Brown­ing.

Symp­toms in­cluded dizzi­ness, falls and hot sweats, they said.

Now, with a col­lapsed pan­creas, poor circulation and er­ratic vi­sion, Mrs Brown­ing fol­lows a good diet, ex­er­cises and care­fully mon­i­tors her blood glu­cose lev­els.

“The help that we re­ceive from Guardian Phar­macy here in Gayn­dah and Mun­dub­bera is ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble,” Mr Brown­ing said.

“If Mavis has a prob­lem with a blood test, and needs iron or vi­ta­min B, we know we can talk to the people here. It makes it so easy.”

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

FRIENDS: Shilo helps to mon­i­tor Mavis Brown­ing's blood su­gar lev­els and well-be­ing.

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