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Our Dog Flint - meeting Detector dogs - you'll never believe what they do (Video clip.) And Chris Gardner/Jade's Story.
15 July 2015

me and detector dog Flint me and detector dog Flint

Medical detector dogs work their magic – am humbled beyond belief.

Delightful Detector Dogs

I was so chuffed and thrilled to visit the Medical Detector Dogs HQ in Milton Keynes this week – with just three and a half weeks to go till my 8th August Table Top sale near Dorking which is supporting this charity – info here. NB I did a little update about it on my Facebook page (which anyone can read, you don’t have to be a member of a group but you can kindly ‘like’ the page if you choose!) including lots of pics – full rundown will be this Friday on the next QVC blog. Well I wanted to go find out more about it, having met Christina from HQ at the Moonwalk event in May.

Chris Gardner and Jade Anyway I met some amazing animals who are helping humans be more human again, often following years of debilitating illness. Chris Gardner is one example – he has all sorts of medical problems including serious blood sugar issues and his wife had to inject him with lifesaving Glycogen every day – sometimes up to six times a day – or he would die. That bad. He was grey looking, frail and used a stick. Couldn’t play ball with his toddler son and was on course for a troublesome future. Until he got given Jade six months ago. He’s only 31. Now she gently alerts him if she smells changes in his blood sugar – on his breath – in enough time to stop it going really low or too high. She alerts him dozens of times a day, if it goes below 5 or above 15.

 

Nowadays, his most recent measurement (HBAIC ) went from a long term high of up in the 80s (normal is around 15) to now being around mid 60s due to Jade’s ongoing care and the reduced fluctuations in his critical measurements on a daily basis. He doesn’t need his stick any more, he has put on weight and has a glow for life again. Recently at an open day for the charity he was on stage telling 250 people about his story when Jade nudged him, alerting him live on stage that he should take his bloods right there and then and she wouldn’t stop mithering him till he did. So he took them and lo and behold it was 3. The crowd were amazed. Chris’s own story is below.

I also met Flint the detector dog! Another update on him and another of the owners and incredible pets next week… Made me feel very humble though, and like, I have no problems – know what I mean?

And great news – two of the Dog team will attend our Table Top sale! Do come if you can? Don’t forget you will be able to get your collagen scan done courtesy of Imedeen and UVA done courtesy of Ultrasun! Plus afternoon teas and a bodyblade event and more! More info here.

VIDEOS - YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHAT THEY CAN DO

Here are a couple of videos I took when at the HQ this week (july 14th 2015. 

Go here to see the mixture of adorable pooches and hear what some of them do.

go here to see Rob explain how they do the training in the research lab 

and prepare yourself for some super fast detecting in this video of one of the dogs reaching an astonishing parts per million detecting rate - click here (video)

plus - watch and listen to Simba giving his owner Carolyn an alert when he detects her blood sugar is not right - he will keep doing this till she checks her bloods. When I was there she had an alert - I'd never heard a noise like this from a labrador, and I've had them for 16 years. He is supposed to alert her if her blood sugar goes below 5 or over 15. When she checked it it was 14.9. Amazing.

 

Other news

-          Here’s how to donate to my fundraiser if you’d like to give even £5 – every little helps. Just click here and if you like, state whether you’d like to be entered into the general raffle or donate £20 and be entered into the premium raffle. http://www.justgiving.com/Helen-Murphy17

More on this week’s Back to You Blog, which also has the webchats with no less than four guests! Bruce, Adele SBC, Tom/Michelle Alpha H, and Doris Dalton ahead of this Thursday’s Doll 10 Today’s Special Value on QVC. Go here.

My clear out continues, now, though, but next week I will be away on my next writing holiday, hopefully binge-writing to finish the SFD (technical term – for writers haha!) basically the first draft, of French or Dutch. Long time in coming, I know. But end is in sight ‘cos house move will be over and done in three weeks’ time! Hard to imagine when this is my current view – half the stuff in new house, half in old! Lol!

QVC Blog this week featured Davina! Yes the lovely lady came to QVC – if you missed her show with me, the whole hour is available on this link – together with another Big Clear Out update (ooer! Lol) and some funny bloopers! Click here.

Raunchy Romance for 99p! My publisher Choc Lit informed me that as part of this week’s Prime Event on Amazon, my steamy novel Take a Chance on Me is only 99p – but only till end of July so get it soon! Here’s what Chick Lit Chloe, a blogger, had to say about it – ‘ Some of these scenes really are steamy, but are very well written. It doesn't feel like it's being smutty or trying to get attention, it's simply part of the story and is quite fun to read! Debbie Flint does really well handling these scenes, and I thought it was a good reflection of her writing too that these scenes were enjoyable to read.’ More here and how to get it for kindle/app.

STOP PRESS – my slimming book will be free in August, to mark my fundraiser – more soon! Plus only 4 weeks to go till my big announcement about bigger better Facebook webchats in September!

Anyway, I’m currently sitting looking at a whole heap of c**p as my house Move reaches ‘limbo phase’ – where half the furniture is in the new place and half the drawers still needing to be sorted, plus fridge, cooker, bed, telly are still at my current house. Gosh only around 3 weeks and it’ll all be over.

Have a great week!

Luv

Debs

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Chris’s story –

“My names Chris Gardner and I'm type 1 Diabetic, and I no longer have awareness of high and low blood sugar levels. I am lucky enough to be helped by the amazing charity Medical Detection Dogs with Jade my Diabetic Alert Assistance Dog who is pictured above.

She is my life, world, companion and soul mate. And I couldn't imagine life without her. She is just amazing. Words cannot describe how much she has helped me - in the first 8 weeks she was with me she alerted me 389 times. This being to both high and low blood sugar levels. Saving ambulance call outs, fees and hospital admissions.

I am trying to raise as much money for Medical Detection Dogs so they can keep helping people like me. Money raised will go towards training another specially trained Medical Assistance Dogs to help save lives. Any amount donated will be greatly appreciated. 

The cost of training each dog is £11,200. The training cost per dog includes: veterinary costs to include micro chipping and general health care, dog insurance £310 per year, full public access test £300 and partnership training £5,000. 

Any vital funds we can all raise to help this amazing charity will be much appreciated and will help go towards training these amazing life saving dogs. 

No donation is too small. Thank you. 

Don't just take my word for it you can visit their website www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk and you can also youtube medical detection Dogs.”

Follow his updates on twitter@gardners1983 and donate direct here - http://www.justgiving.com/Chris-Gardner9

 

 

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