The Savage Family, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
April 14, 2003
When Isabella (6) arrived home from school today, she found a big mail bag on the front door step, and inside, safe and sound, was Ruby.
Isabella heard about Ruby and Rufus soon after she was diagnosed in July 2001 when she was 4, so she was so excited that Ruby had finally come to visit.
Ruby met Isabella's family - her mum Kerrie, dad David, and her two big brothers, Nathan (17) and Jared (21). And then Isabella took Ruby to visit her best friend, Nic, who lives across the road with his family - Sam, Lilly, and their parents Shannon and Craig.
Bella made a special bed for Ruby beside hers and they soon went to sleep.
April 15, 2003
Today was Sports Day at school. It was a very hot day today - unusual for this time of year. Whenever Isabella has sport, she has a couple of jelly beans to give her extra energy. But, even though she had jelly beans a couple of times during the morning, her blood glucose level kept falling. When her level reached 2.6, Kerrie decided to take her home.
In Australia, the scale for measuring blood glucose is different to America. A good reading for Isabella is between 8 and 12.
When Isabella woke up the next day, she wasn't feeling well, so had a day off school with her dad.
Ruby went to school with Bella on Thursday and met all her classmates and teacher. She even had her own special chair at the front of the class so she could see what everyone was doing.
April 19, 2003
Yesterday, Ruby and Isabella woke up excited because they were going to visit Grandma Savage in Toowoomba, which is about two hours away. They had their finger pricks and needles, then had their breakfast and got ready to go. It's always colder in Toowoomba because it is on the top of a mountain range, so the girls took some warm clothes.
On the way, we saw lots of farms with cows and horses, and crops of grain which could have been barley or milo. We even saw an emu farm with lots of emus running around!
Grandma Savage was waiting for us to arrive. She was excited to meet Ruby and read about her travels. We had lunch together and played tennis before saying goodbye and heading home. Isabella and Ruby slept most of the way home. It was a big day for them. They had fun.
April 20, 2003 - Easter Sunday
Isabella and Ruby camped out in the family room last night with dad. It was nippy outside so dad put the tent up inside and the girls had a great time. Isabella woke up excited very, very early and found bunny footprints all over the house. She got her torch and woke up her brothers to come and help her follow the footprints. The Easter Bunny had written Isabella a note to say she had to look for clues as she found the footprints all over the house. Beside each footprint was a piece to a puzzle and when Isabella had found all the pieces, she put them together to read the final clue which told her where to find her Easter basket.
Easter Bunny had left her some chocolate eggs and a bunny as well as some clothes. Isabella shared her presents with Ruby. Of course, they had to have some extra units of short-acting insulin this morning. Isabella's dosage is able to be adjusted to suit her diet for the day, and that's ok with Professor Batch, who is Isabella's endocrinologist.
After church this morning, we all went over to Bella's other grandma's house for lunch with the family. Ruby met Bella's cousins and they all had fun in an Easter egg hunt around Grandma's yard. Grandma had cooked a pork roast in the Weber barbecue and mum had made lots of yummy food. It was fun to be with all of the rellies. The girls slept in the tent again and had another great day on Monday, which was another holiday being Easter. No school for 10 days. Yay!
Ruby stayed with Isabella for all the holidays and had such a great time. Isabella also has a Rufus bear, which she got from her diabetes educator at the hospital. Rufus and Ruby have had fun together.
Ruby has been to so many places all over the world. We hope she has enjoyed her stay in Brisbane, Australia. This is a beautiful part of the world, and we have loved seeing the joy she has brought to Isabella.
It's amazing how 'grown up" Isabella is regarding her diabetes. She knows so much more than most adults. She is only six, but understands beyond her years what diabetes means to her. Of course, she doesn't like it - the injections twice a day and fingerpricks, etc. Soon after she was diagnosed, she asked us, "When am I going to die?" She had associated the word "die" with diabetes. Broke our heart, but she seemed to understand the seriousness of her diabetes. Ruby's mission is helping so many Others to learn more about juvenile diabetes. She is doing a great job as an ambassador for type 1 diabetes!
We wish you well in your travels, Ruby! Thank you for coming to visit us. Bon voyage!
Isabelle Savage and Family
Rufus and Ruby, the bears with diabetes, is the creation of Carol Cramer, who owns the copyright to Rufus and Ruby. The graphics of Rufus are from Rufus Come Home, written by Kim Gosselin and illustrated by Terry Ravenelli, and are used by permission of the author.
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