Back to Rufus Rufus Visits the Mulder Family

The Mulders - Southport, Kwazulu Natal
Matthew, 5 years, diagnosed April 2004
Me - Danielle, 11 years, diagnosed October 2001
Family - Older brother - Warren, 17 years, Mom - Sheryl, DOB secret, Dad - Joe, past 40.
Live in Southport near Port Shepstone.
Danielle goes to Izotsha Primary near Shelley Beach, going into Grade 7.
Matthew starting Grade R at Izotsha next year.
Warren goes to Kearsney, going to be a prefect next year in Matric.
Everybody loves swimming and the beach. Dad and Warren go spear-fishing.

Saturday 4th December, 2004
Rufus arrived to a warm welcome and tons of excitement - especially from Matthew, who was almost skipping when he met Rufus. As soon as he was inside, Rufus had an injection 'cause his sugar level was very high from all the sitting in the car after a long drive. I, Danielle, went to a sleep-over so Matthew had Rufus all to himself, (lucky, lucky). He made a bed from pillows which Rufus said was very comfy.

Sunday 5th December
Matthew, Rufus and Mom came to fetch me after an exhausting night, (we watched the movies 'The Haunted Mansion' and 'Along Came Polly', and only went to bed at 12:30). I slept the whole day but Matthew and Rufus did lots of gardening with Mom. They planted seedlings in pots for Christmas. They looked very pretty, Matthew and Rufus did such a good job. We are all getting really excited, only 20 more days until Christmas.

Monday 5th December
I Went to 'early morning swimming' at 5a.m. in the morning. When I came back Matthew had to rush through his breakfast and hurry next door to swimming, (lucky it takes only a couple of seconds to get there). Rufus couldn't believe how well Matthew can swim! "Wow! Matthew, you must be really, really fast." Rufus was dying to swim because the temperature was 38ēC! Well, he just had to be satisfied with little bits of the big splashes Matthew made. But, never mind, Rufus got a lovely cool bath from Matthew and myself, (Rufus was very dirty). He was too small for the bath, so the sink was his tub! Then Mom brushed all the tangles out of Rufus' fur. After that the spin drier dried him, and his bracelet got VERY HOT!

Karen, my Mom's friend, who lives down the road, is a Teddy Bear maker, and she said, "Rufus is having such a fun time that he wants to smile!" So she gave him a bubbly grin that made him look so much happier. His feet, faded from travelling so much, were worn and lost all the fur. Then Karen says, "He needs better feet", so she gave him beautiful velvet pads and sewed his name on for him. Rufus looks so much better now, with his name, new pads, smile and clean fur. WOW!

Tuesday 6th December
My friend, Kate, came over. She, Matthew and I went to swim at Carol's pool next door. Rufus supervised rather than swam himself. Matthew and Rufus came with Mom and me to go to swimming and Matthew showed Rufus delightfully to everyone. He was quite happy to explain how to do injections and everything.

Wednesday 7th December
Matthew's friends, Jared and James, came to play with Rufus, who joined in. After lunch Matthew and I went to see 'The Polar Express' with Bronwyn, (my friend). We made special crumpets that we could eat! It was such a cute movie! When we got home, Matthew was sick - he had the tummy bug. So, with very high sugars, he and Rufus went early to bed. They both had an injection but didn't want, or just couldn't, eat supper. (I think he had too much popcorn).

Thursday 9th December
Matthew was sick in the night, but slept and woke feeling much better. His sugar was down to 11.2 - thank goodness. He still couldn't eat breakfast, but had a little 'Build Up' instead. Matthew and Rufus watched 'Andrea' on TV and didn't get much exercise, so they lost all their energy by swimming, (Rufus didn't, he was so clean), jumping on the trampoline and riding bikes, (Rufus pushed the peddles a bit). After swimming training my two friends, Bronwyn and Kelly, came to sleep over because the next day was Westville Sprints, (a swimming gala that lasts all weekend). I got my KZN colours for 100m freestyle. We all went to bed and slept.

Friday 10th December
(Westville Sprints)
Kelz, Bronny, Mom and I woke up at 5:30am in the morning. We got ready, had breakfast and drove to Durban. I swam a 200m Individual Medley/I.M., a 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly. Meanwhile, Rufus and Matthew went to Gran's. Matthew helped Granny sew Rufus a Father Christmas hat.

Saturday 11th December
Mom and I went to Kings Park again for another gala. We've learnt a lot from 'Gary Hall Jnr's website', (the American Olympic swimmer), we now test and inject extra insulin if I need it before each race. It seems to be working really well. Matthew and Rufus stayed at home with Dad. They had to take Dad's boat for a safety inspection. Rufus' sugar was very low, (we think Dad forgot to mix the oat bran with the Pronutro). He had to have 3 Super C's and a peanut-butter sandwich.

Sunday 12th December
Today is our last day with Rufus! He is going to be collected later in the morning. I am off to swimming again in Durban. Thanx Rufus for all you've done. You're a really special bear! I know you'll have a great time with other Diabetic families.

Rufus, you're great! You have really helped my brother lotz! He did his first injection on Saturday night thanx to Rufus! You have really lightened up our lives. I saw Terrence Parkin on Saturday. It just goes to show, no matter if you're deaf or diabetic, you can achieve your goals! Look at Natalie du Toit! She's disabled and she swims extremely fast! We'll miss you Rufus!

The Mulders.

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