I have been involved with D4D since 2007, initially as a volunteer and then as a client. I was teamed with Hyatt in early 2009, and we have been a team since that time.
I lead a very active lifestyle, working as high school teacher and basketball coach, until last year when my daughter was born. My general health is good, except for the Type I diabetes that I have been dealing with since 1998. I work hard to manage my disease, but do not let it limit my lifestyle.
Shortly after being teamed with Hyatt, my wife and I purchased our first home, which needed significant renovation. As part of the kitchen update, my brother and I were working to install new lights in the ceiling. I was in the attic working on the electrical wiring and my brother was in the kitchen helping from below. At the time, he was not familiar with Hyatt and his alerts. So he called out to me and said the dog was agitated and that I should come down to see what was wrong. I told him to simply hand me my glucose meter through one of the holes in the ceiling so I could test my blood sugar. Sure enough, with my extreme effort in the attic, sweating profusely, my blood sugar was dropping like a rock and Hyatt was upset that I was not responding to his alert.
I told my brother to give the dog a treat and to get me something to eat.
These dogs have a great ability to support someone like myself, who wants to be very active, even with the risks that brings. I work hard to assure that Hyatt and I sustain this skill, and we have developed a wonderful bond that helps me every day.
I appreciate the work that D4D and its volunteers have done to develop and deliver this program.