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Today, I have diabetes. Two years ago, after my mom passed away, I inherited her cat, Kita. At 3AM this morning Kita woke me up by sitting at the foot of the bed and meowing VERY loud over and over again. I had never heard her sound that way, so I sat up in bed to see what was wrong. As soon as I did, I realized I felt extremely lightheaded and weak. I grabbed my glucose meter and and tested myself. My level was down to 53. Normal, according to my doctor, is between 70 and 120. My doctor told me that had Kita not awakened me, I may never have awakened at all. MMT

#15835 (6) - Dec 18, 2011 by kat80 - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (1640) - No, that made me sleepy. (26)


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This story makes me happy, so many people go on about how useless cats are, but they are much closer to humans than dogs can be and take care of them, my old cat had saved my life before too. I wish you a happy life with Kita :D

This story makes me happy, so many people go on about how useless cats are, but they are much closer to humans than dogs can be and take care of them, my old cat had saved my life before too. I wish you a happy life with Kita :D

Story originally had two different cat names in it.

53 isn't dangerously low. Especially if you were sleeping, it's highly unlikely that your glucose would have dropped much more unless you took a too-large dose of insulin immediately before falling asleep.

marigoldmi: I agree. 30 would have been dangerous. But yeah, it's actually quite known that animals can sense if people are about to go into hypoglycemic shock - they can smell it in your sweat or something. There are dogs being trained specifically for that purpose. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diabetes_detection_dogs

I just want to thank you for honoring your mom's wishes and taking care of her cat, and I'm glad kitty returned the favor.

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