Lorimer Family, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa
Age: 10 years 8 months
Diagnosed: February 2002 at 9 years 5 months
27th April 2003- Sunday
I was really excited to be hosting Rufus first!! I had spent some time getting to know Rufus on the camp, but I was excited to be introducing him to my brother and mom and Dad. My brother - Greg - fell in love with Rufus and I had a battle to get him back. We then went to friends for a braai and I got to show off Rufus. After our evening injections and snack I made a bed for Rufus and we went to sleep.
28th April 2003 - Monday
We woke up late this morning because it was a public holiday. We spent a quiet day at home catching up on all our odds and ends. I am a Cub and I had to do a hike and then draw a map. Rufus had to stay at home because my mom had washed his clothes.
29th April 2003 - Tuesday
Rufus had to stay with Mom this morning as I went to school. My mom brought Rufus with her in the car to fetch me. Rufus watched me doing my homework and then a bath. Rufus joined us for supper.
30th April 2003 - Wednesday
I took Rufus to school today to meet my class and teacher. Some of the children were really interested to hear about Rufus
1st May 2003 - Thursday
Another public holiday, so guess what - we slept late. My dad played in a tennis tournament, so Greg and I went to watch him playing. Rufus stayed with mom because she was making him a Cub t-shirt for our Cub camp this weekend. When Greg and I got back from tennis we packed our bags and got our stuff ready for our camp tomorrow.
2nd May 2003- Friday
We're all excited about our Cub camp, but I had to get through school first. Then the time arrived to leave, with Rufus under my arms and his suitcase packed we were off. We had a lovely supper and went for a night hike in the Rondevlei Nature Reserve. It was really great. We slept in bungalows at Zeekoevlei Educational Centre.
3rd May 2003 - Saturday
We woke up toooo early but once I was wake I had to get going. We were going for a hike through the Nature reserve, my sugar levels have been rather irratic. In the afternoon we went dragon boat racing which was really fun. Rufus stayed on shore to watch me. That night my sugar was 23. My goodness, it must have been the naartjies, they were very tasty. So I had 3 units of Humalog. We then went on a hike to a bush camp where we were spending the night. It was really awesome. It was an enclosure with three wooden huts on stilts. I had a low when I got there and when I checked my sugar it was 3.4 so I had a banana and a fizzer. After hot chocolate I gave our last injections and went to bed.
4th May 2003 - Sunday
We woke up later than we were supposed to packed and went back to base camp for breakfast. It started raining quite a lot and heavier than yesterday, so we played indoor soccer and did a mini Olympics. It was great fun. Then we had to pack our stuff into our bags and sweep out the dormitories and kitchen and then we went home.
5th May 2003 - Monday
I was so tired and didn't want to wake up this morning. I have a cough and a blocked nose and my Mom is wondering if that is what is affecting my sugar levels. School was the same old stuff. My sugar levels before bed was up at 23 again. So we gave insulin and my dad checked my sugar again at 23:00, it had come down to 14
6th May 2003 - Tuesday
Yippee my sugar level was 7 mmol/l this morning. Off to school, I've art after school today. When my Mom fetched me I wasn't feeling well, I had a headache and my nose is blocked, so she gave me some medicine and I'm feeling a little better, now I'm busy with my homework. My mom has to make contact with the next host family so that we can hand Rufus over on Wednesday. I don't want to say good bye as he has become part of our 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.
Last Updated: Saturday August 02, 2003 19:22:00
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