Over the weekend our family went to California Adventure (A Disney Resort Property). We take Raven with us when we go, as she really thrives in the kind of chaotic environment that is a crowded amusement park. She loves going on rides, (yes, many of the attractions allow service dogs) has no problem meeting characters in costume, isn’t distracted by loud noises, booms from fireworks, flashing lights, or popcorn all over the ground. She works through all of it. One of the main reasons she is important to us at places like this is the “Disneyland effect” that happens to Quin’s blood sugar. We struggle keeping him in range at places like this. So many factors can affect blood sugar, and in a single trip to an amusement park we see all of them. The rides alone can cause excitement, fear, anxiety, an adrenaline rush, joy, all of which can swing blood sugars. Add in a lot of activity, amusement park food, and by the end of the day, exhaustion, and you can see it can be tough to manage. Quin normally can’t feel his highs or lows. We have had moments where we are having the best time, huge smiles, lots of laughs, and his blood sugar can be plummeting. Yes, we have technology that aids us, but it is no where near as real time as our service dog’s nose.  More »

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