Eva’s Story

Eva

An LEO Family In Dire Need of Help

This adorable little 4 year old girl is Eva.  She enjoys all the same things that other little 4 year old girls do, but Eva is different.  She has type one diabetes.  While that can be a big issue for most adults, it is HUGE for a 4 year old.  Unlike an adult, kids cannot monitor themselves and they don’t have nearly as good a read on what their bodies are telling them.

Eva was diagnosed at 2, which is incredibly rare.  Less than 1% of children in the US are afflicted at that age and as a result, medical support is slim at best.  Also, for those well educated about diabetes, you will likely suggest a GCM (continuous glucose monitor ).  She does have one, and yes the CGM saves her life on a daily basis, but the technology is intended for an adult. It cannot keep up with her. It will often think she is at normal levels, but in reality she’s on her way to passing out.  Eva’s parents have nearly lost her (as in she has almost died) several times, and because of that, they need to constantly monitor her blood glucose levels.  When I say constantly, I mean all day and all night long, every hour or so.

Eva’s dad is a cop, and because of Eva’s condition, her mom had to stop working in order to stay home and care for Eva.  Eva is not an only child either, and in general, life for a family of four on one cop’s salary is not luxurious, but when you throw in a life threatening, debilitating medical condition afflicting a toddler, the phrase “just scrimping by” takes on a whole new meaning.

Eva and her family are in desperate need of a very specialized service dog.  You see, a dog’s sense of smell is so acute, when properly trained they can sense when a person’s blood sugar (glucose) levels are too high or too low.  I’ve heard the dog’s sense of smell described this way: As a human, when we walk into a kitchen where someone is cooking spaghetti sauce, we smell it and our brain tells us it is spaghetti sauce.  When a dog goes into the same kitchen, the dog smells tomato sauce, garlic, salt, pepper, other spices, and all the other ingredients, all separately.  That tremendous sense of smell, one of the things that makes them great trackers in the law enforcement world, also makes them ideal as a service dog for a diabetic person who is physically incapable of monitoring their own blood sugar levels.

Throughout the entire US, there are just a few trainers who perform this very specialized training.  As such, their time and services are highly in demand, which means the training is not cheap, as in we are talking in the neighborhood of $50,000.  For a family already skimping by on a cop’s salary, that is an insurmountable expense.

About a year and a half ago, Eva’s family realized they had to do something to try and make Eva’s service dog a reality, so they ran a GoFundMe fundraiser in order to try and get money for Eva’s dog and its training.  They gathered a fairly decent amount of money, but not nearly enough to cover all the expenses.  Still, some help is better than none, so they pressed on.

Eva with her first service dog pup that failed
Eva with her first service dog pup that failed

What followed was a series of bad luck, heartache, disappointments, failures, shady dealing which all eventually lead to lawyers getting involved and talk of non-disclosure agreements.  While that whole fiasco is far from settled, what remains constant is that Eva is still without a service dog, still has type 1 diabetes, still is having serious medical issue because of it, and now the family is essentially back where they started before the previous fund raising attempts.

In an effort to start over, a new fund raiser has been established.  But here is the thing about this current fund raiser, it is not being run by Eva’s family.  It is being run by a bunch of cops who are friends with Eva’s dad.  We know the situation, we know what is going on, and in typical cop fashion, we cannot just sit by and watch.  We have to try and fix it.

Also in typical cop fashion, Eva’s dad has been vehemently protesting this whole new effort from the start.  Not only is he proud and has difficulty accepting help (like most other cops), but he feels absolutely horrible about what happened to the money raised in the previous fund raiser, and is blaming himself.  Eva’s dad has been begging the rest of us NOT to do this, until yesterday…

Yesterday, Christmas day 2016, Eva and her family had another very close call.  This was posted by her dad.

Almost lost her again. Just now. I’m sitting on the side of the road both of my daughters crying and I’m so unbelievably pissed off at everything. I am all in. Any resistance I gave I am all in. Thank you all, god bless you all. Almost lost her again. Got her back up again but she lost consciousness on our drive. Her CGM (continuos glucose monitor) thought she was at 74. She was below 20. Seeing her eyes roll out the back of her head like that I can’t handle it.

Having your 4 year old daughter almost die in front of you, again, will make even the strongest of men suck up their pride and accept some much needed help.

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Folks, this is the season of giving and sharing.  Salty Dad from Facebook is donating a puppy valued at $2500.  I’m forgoing that Christmas present I was going to buy myself and am sending the money to Eva.  I’m asking you from the bottom of my heart, if you can spare a few bucks, send them to Eva’s family.  Five dollars does not seem like much, hell, it will barely buy you lunch, but if everyone gave just $5, we could easily cover the costs and get this LEO family on the road toward a more normal life.  Times are really tough for some folks, and I realize that not everyone can spare even $5, but sharing this story costs you nothing.  Even if you cannot afford to give, please share this as it might reach someone who can.

Eva's GoFundMe page

The current GoFundMe account can be found here and contains some more specifics about their situation.  If you have any questions about this situation, please ask in the comments below.  The only thing I will not be able to discuss is any specifics with previous training company, due to pending legal action.
-Matt

 

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Note:  A few people have commented that they were unable to get the embedded links to the GoFundMe page to work.  I’m not sure if the problem is a platform issue, or a browser issue as no one I know personally has had a problem getting any of the links to work, but on the off chance you are one of those few people for whom they aren’t working, here is the direct link to the GoFundMe page:  https://www.gofundme.com/evas-diabetic-service-dog-training

Popular Beta-Mechanics

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As a kid growing up and we would visit my maternal grandparents, there were always issues of Popular Mechanics on the coffee table.  You see, my grandfather was a machinist for Aerojet Rocketdyne.  He helped build the engines the powered the spacecraft that put man on the moon.  Additionally, he was very much a true DIY guy, and a lifelong tinkerer.  There was no project he wouldn’t attempt to tackle, from working on cars to building furniture, and he was always looking for ways to improve things.   I remember thumbing through the issues of Popular Mechanics I found at his house, and being in awe of all the cool projects they outlined, their descriptions of the science and engineering behind new inventions, or cars, or aircraft, or spacecraft.  The magazine covered a vast array of topics, and it encouraged the reader to attempt things, to be hands on, to be a do-it-yourselfer.

A gun cabinet my grandfather made in the late 1940's which I'm proud to own.
A gun cabinet my grandfather made in the late 1940’s which I’m proud to own.

Early in my adulthood, I too subscribed to the magazine and it was very much like the magazine I recalled from my youth.  You see, other than the different career path I followed, I am very much like my grandfather.  I love working on cars, firearms, tackling any home improvement project I (or the wife) can dream up, I really enjoy woodworking and I am a tinkerer just like my grandfather was, so it only made sense for me to get the same magazine that inspired me as a kid.

As my life evolved, especially later with marriage and kids, my interests and the amount of free time I had changed, and my subscription to Popular Mechanics ran out long ago.  However, some recent home improvement projects reinvigorated my both my interest in woodworking and my inner tinkerer, so I decided to again subscribe to the same magazine that had inspired me so many times long ago.  I filled out the subscription online and when given the option for just the print magazine, or for $1 more, I could also get the digital version, it was a no-brainer.

Subscription completed, I navigated the website and opened up the digital edition of the Dec/Jan 2017 issue.  I perused the index and settled on what would be the first article I read in my brand new subscription… and then…

“Oh my gawd, what did I just read?”

“Did I subscribe to the wrong magazine?”

“Is this a joke, or satire?  Is this Popular Mechanics own special version of The Onion?  Is it April 1st?”

You see, the article I chose to read, the very first article in the magazine that has inspired so many people to be the quintessential DIY’er, was titled “(Don’t) DIY – The Jobs Better Left to Professionals.”  The title had attracted me because I assumed it was going to be filled with horrendously complicated projects that, even though the author was recommending the reader not attempt, I figured they would have been done by the average Joe.  Why did I expect that?  Because that is what this magazine was always filled with in the past.

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What I read on the other hand was the dumbest pile of trash I could possibly imagine.  As I read it, I pictured the author as the most whiny, beta-male, skinny jean wearing hipster…  think pajama boy.  I not only could not believe what I was reading, but the fact that Popular Mechanics was the source was absolutely mind boggling!

The following is the list of the projects that they are telling their readers NOT to do themselves:

  • Oil Change – you know, on your car, a routine simple oil change.  The most basic of automotive basics, a 10-15 minute job.
  • Battery Replacement – no, not the battery in your factory sealed, waterproof smartphone, but the battery in your car.  You know, the one held in by a clamp (usually 2 bolts) and two battery cables.  A job that with the correct wrenches takes 5 minutes.
  • New Spark Plugs – again, a simple job on most cars.  On my ’02 WRX (the most difficult car I’ve ever changed plugs on) where there was minimal clearance between the boxer engine and the body, it was still not that difficult and doing the job myself saved not only time, but more importantly, a significant chunk of change.
  • Car Wash – okay, now I know this guy has to be screwing with me.

But wait, where is the punch line?  Please, someone, tell me this is a joke?

Nope, this was a legit article telling the reader not to do the simplest of DIY tasks imaginable, and for reasons such as “you will get dirty oil on your hands,” “the battery hold down bolts are tiny and hard to reach,” “spark plugs are hard to reach and you might be a moron and put them in wrong,” and lastly, “you might miss a spot and leave water spots on your car.”

Holy cow.  I cannot believe this is the same publication that I once marveled at.  I cannot believe I just paid good money for this worthless combination of paper and digital words…

Disappointed beyond belief!

Maybe they need to change the name of the magazine…
(UPDATE:  Yes, I did cancel my subscription before I even received the first issue)

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Politicians Endanger All City Residents to Appease Black Lives Matter

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** BREAKING NEWS **

Politicians are complete and utter morons!

 
Well, most of them anyway.

Okay, so it wasn’t really all that earth shattering, but please let me explain my comment.

The politicians who make up the City Council for the city of Sacramento, bowing to public pressure (which is primarily coming from Black Lives Matter who are upset over the shooting of an armed, crazy black man), just established a laundry list of new requirements for the Sacramento Police Department, some of which are absurd.

Beyond that, they established a civilian review board which CANNOT contain anyone with current or former law enforcement job experience. Yes, you heard that right, they want a review board that does not have the slightest clue about the job. They specifically, intentionally mandated a complete and total lack of expertise.

Yes, I’m serious.  Watch the video.

Just think logically about that for a moment.  Can you name another single profession that has a review board made up completely of people without any experience or expertise on the subject?  Do you want a medical review board made up of burger flippers, mechanics and plumbers? How about a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that consists of people who know nothing about planes or flying? A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) consisting of people who have never been in a car? How about a Supreme Court made up of people who have never been in a court room, know nothing about the law, and have never read the constitution?

Well folks, that is EXACTLY what the Sacramento City Council just did to their police department!

Thank GOD I do not work for that agency!  Thank God I do not live or work in that city.
(Please note, that is not remotely a knock on the men and women of the Sacramento PD, but rather is directed at the people making these insane policies.)

While I do not work there, I know a couple of people who do.  The Sacramento Police Department is currently having some problems with both hiring and retention.  All agencies are having hiring problems so that is not specific to them (yet) but on the retention issue, many problems are indeed specific to them.  They are currently the lowest paid comparably sized agency in the area, their management has been in and out of turmoil (from a working cop perspective) for a while and does not have a strong history of standing behind their people, they have been losing a significant number of people to other agencies for a couple years now and currently have a large number of people with open applications at other agencies, patrol staffing is short all the time and because of that, they are requiring officers not assigned to patrol to work patrol on a semi-regular basis to make up for staffing problems, and officers from all assignments are being forced to work mandatory overtime to staff events at the new downtown arena.  Sacramento PD is already deep in internal problems, and now add this crap on top?  Good luck with those staffing issues…

It won’t be long  before these chickens come home to roost.  I fear that in their desire to appease a small vocal minority (Black Lives Matter), the Sacramento City Council has just dealt all of their citizens a very hard blow in terms of public safety.  Good luck with that!