The prompt for today was Freaky Friday. It asked if you could switch diabetes with any other chronic disease which would it be. I couldn't answer this. I do not want my daughter to have any chronic disease. Also I can't say that one disease is "better" than other. Unless you have lived with it you really do not know what it is like. So instead I chose the wild kingdom wild card because I could have some fun with this.
What is the ideal diabetes service animal? Think beyond the obvious and be creative in explaining why your choice is a good one. For example, maybe a seal would make a good service animal - it flaps its flippers and barks every time you get a good blood sugar reading! (Thanks to Tristan of Based on a True Story for this topic suggestion.)
I know M would pick a dog. She has wanted a dog since she could talk and she finally got one. The timing wasn't great (a week before her diagnosis) but she loves her dog. However as much as I like dogs my pick for her diabetes service animal would be a parrot.
Just think how loud a parrot could be to alert you to a low or high. It would be great. M could go anywhere with her parrot on her shoulder to alert her. I could also teach the parrot to say "eat your carbs" to make sure M eats all the food that I dosed her for. Maybe I could even get to say "do your homework"
or "pick up your toys." When she is at a friends house the parrot could fly back to me to report M's BG number.
The best part of having a parrot for a diabetes service animal is that M would no longer be known as the only kid in her school with diabetes. She would be the girl who gets to come to school with a parrot on her shoulder. And just think how awesome her pirate Halloween costume would be!