Shilo sniffs out Mavis’s health
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.”
FRIENDS: Shilo helps to monitor Mavis Browning's blood sugar levels and well-being.