Back to Rufus Ruby Visits the Cotnoir Family

The Cotnoir Family, Berlin, New Hampshire
February 3-25, 2003

Tyler and Melinda in Berlin, NH
The Cotnoir Family

February 3, 2003
When we arrived at home today Ruby #3 was waiting for us. We introduced Ruby to the whole family. The first person she met was me Tyler Cotnoir. I'm 9 year's old and Live in Berlin, NH. I was diagnosed with Diabetes when I was 21months old. I started pumping when I was 5 years old. I introduced Ruby to my mom, my sister Melinda and Grandmother. We looked Ruby and the journal over. It was pretty late by then and we all went to bed.

February 4, 2003
Ruby came to school with me today. All the kids and teachers loved Ruby and her journal. Some of the teachers in our school want me to go into there classrooms to show Ruby and explain about Diabetes. Everyone at school thinks Ruby trip is a good idea.

February 7, 2003
I brought a camera to school today to take a picture of Ruby and my classmates. I didn't get a chance to take the picture today. I got sick and had to come home early.

February 8-9, 2003
I was sick all weekend Ruby had to nurse me back to health.

February 10, 2003
My mom kept me home today to recuperate from being sick all weekend. My sister and I have been saving up all winter to purchase Playstation 2. Mom brought me to Wal-Mart to pick up our Playstation we had ordered over the weekend. While I was there purchasing my Playstation 2 mom told the lady at Wal-Mart about Ruby. We brought her with us so we could take a picture of her while I was paying for my Playstation. The lady at Wal-Mart thought the idea of Ruby's trip was so cool. She called the women who does all the community work for Wal-Mart to come and see Ruby. The lady took pictures of us and she is going to put it in the Wal-Mart newspaper. The newspaper will go all over the world to all the Wal-Mart stores. She also gave me a Playstation 2 pin and a Wal-Mart pin to put on Ruby.

February 11, 2003
We have been having fun playing Playstation 2. We also went to watch my sister cheer at a school basketball game. All the cheerleaders loved Ruby and my Rufus. Mom took a picture of Ruby and me with all the cheerleaders.

February 12, 2003
A lady form the Berlin Daily Sun came to my house today to ask all kinds of questions about Ruby and my Diabetes. We had fun answering her questions and she also took a picture of me with Ruby and Rufus. I had a lot of people come to me and tell me what a great story it was in the newspaper. Mom says it was a great way to educate people about diabetes. February 16, 2003
Memere and Pepere Cotnoir brought the whole family out to eat at a restaurant in town. We took a picture of Ruby and Rufus eating out with us.

February 18, 2003
Tyler's school had winter carnival week. The whole 4th grade went ice skating at our local ice skating arena. We brought Ruby with us and Mom took pictures of her skating with my best friend John and me.

February 20, 2003
I had to go home again today from school I had the flue. Ruby helped me get better.

February 23, 2003
We had a birthday party at our neighbor's house today. I took a picture of her on the birthday table.

February 24, 2003
I had my 3 month check up today at Dr. Beals office. I took a picture of him checking me out. Dr. Beals is the best Doctor. He takes great care of me. Ruby was sitting with me on the table. I also took a picture of my favorite nurse Linda. She is also on the insulin pump.

February 25, 2003
We are going to send Ruby off tomorrow. I had a lot of fun with you Ruby. I hope you bring as much happiness to all the other families as you brought to ours. Keep educating the world about diabetes. Education is the best tool we have.

Tyler Cotnoir
Berlin, NH

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