The Rago/Gardner Family, Bronxville, NY
February 9, 2001
The doorbell rings. Trent runs to open it - expecting Colleen and Rufus and TV people. He opens the door and, like deer caught in the headlights, just stares into the huge camera in front of him as he grabs Rufus from Colleen by the leg. Later, he compares his medic alert bracelet next to Rufus' bracelet. They are the same size "but different shapes," he tells the newswoman and the camera man. Even later, Trent tests and is 44! Dad blames it on Mom for not testing before giving Trent cranberry juice. Mom blames it on all the excitement. Trent and Rufus both get glucose tabs. Rufus is photographed in the toy high chair. Trent gets frozen yoghurt. Mom goes back to work and Trent and Rufus snuggle in bed for the night.
Rufus came to school with me today. Everyone brought their teddy bears and we had a picnic. Ms Ghiozzi said my bear was special and we passed Rufus around. Rufus ate a cookie but I didn't know how to bolus him because he doesn't have a pump. This evening we made Valentines for all my friends at school. We also made them for my teachers and nurses who take care of me. We had to make a special card for J. because she can't celebrate Valentines Day because she is a Jehovah's Witness.
In the three days you've been here Rufus, I've tested 39 times. My highest blood glucose was 440 when my pump was disconnected. Lowest was 41. I'll miss you.
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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