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By cassistives Latest Reply 2013-04-12 19:35:20 -0500
Started 2013-04-11 16:37:33 -0500

Rivers journey for a D.A.D

River was diagnosed at 5 years old with type 1 diabetes. I (mom Cassi Stives) remember that time very well because it changed our lives forever! Everything from that moment on is effected by this disease. River is now 9 years old And spends everyday in a constant struggle to ensure his blood glucose is in a safe range! There have been MANY ( I do mean MANY) times were he has been very dangerously out of that safe range! Low blood sugars can result in seizures comas or worse! High blood sugars can result in major organ malfunction, comas or worse. River starts every day with a finger prick to see were his sugar is at, this is fallowed by a day full of more finger pokes and shots! River wears an insulin pump to help him regulate his sugar on a daily basis. This is worn 24/7. It gives him his insulin through a thin hose attached to a small needle that is placed under his skin.
Rivers ongoing battle to control his sugar has resulted in countless nights in the hospital and long sleepless days for myself! But help is on the way in the form of a life saving service dog named Joslin from Dreys Alert Dogs. Joslin is a fully trained Diabetic Alert Dog (D.A.D.). Joslin will be able to smell the blood sugar changes in his body and alert him so that he can help himself! Joslin will be able to bring him his glucometer if needed or even go get him help when necessary! For example in the middle of the night while the world is snoring our Joslin will be watching and waiting, so if his sugar goes too low or too high and he can't tell she will be able to wake him up or get him help!
I will always be willing to protect and care for my son but lets be honest even mothers need to sleep or shower and Joslin will be there to help us!
Of course with any great thing comes a great cost! Joslin is rather expensive, and seance insurance does not pay for service dogs this money must come from our own pockets. We are raising $5,000.00 to help us with the expenses of acquiring River's D.A.D. In December.
There will be a benefit sale held on june 15th at 98 belles brooke
Ceres NY 14721
The sale will begin at 9 am and run all day. We are selling 50/50 tickets and the drawing will be held at the sale at 3pm. You gotta be in it to win it! (if interested in getting tickets before the date of sale contact one on one hair salon at 716-372-4471)
We can't thank you enough for anything and everything you can do to help us reach this goal! Your help could actually save a life!

My name is Cassi Stives
PO box 45 portville ny 14770
716-378-1390 small

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Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-04-12 12:14:54 -0500 Report

Cassi, since your son has to stick so much, have him stick his arm, right below his elbow. Why? I have found very little difference in my numbers from the finger stick which hurts, to the below elbow stick that does not hurt. You also drastically reduce the chance of infection and you have a larger area to stick. I have been doing this for over 5 years and was delighted that I switched. Your area to stick is so much larger. I think whoever decided that the finger was the place to stick was not diabetic! Jim