The Zimmer Family, Courtland, Virginia
December 17, 2001
Rufus arrives! We have been eagerly awaiting this day for months. Zeke can't get enough of holding Rufus and playing with him. The first thing we did was call Dad at work and let him know.
December 18, 2001
Because Zeke is not yet on a pump, we are not sure of their proper use, so we decided it might be best if Rufus gets shots while he is here. Now Mom or Dad gives Zeke a shot and Zeke gives Rufus the same dose.
December 20, 2001
Today we bought Rufus his Christmas present. Can't tell you what it is until he opens it. We contacted several newspapers today, and a reporter is coming to the house on Saturday.
December 23, 2001
The reporter's visit was great fun. Zeke, normally very shy, opened up and showed him his special Christmas ornament. He even told him what Rufus got for Christmas-after we covered Rufus' ears,of course. The reporter learned all about diabetes and how we control blood sugar. He even took a picture of Rufus and Zeke playing a video game together.
December 25, 2001
Merry Christmas! Rufus loved all the Christmas presents under the tree. His present was the smallest, but it was perfect for him. A new pin for his overalls! This one is a peanut, which is what this part of Virginia is famous for.
December 26, 2001
Today we drove to Maryland to visit Zeke's grandparents. Oma (Zeke's grandmother) gave Rufus another pin as a Christmas present. This one is a bear pin.
January 7, 2002 Two reporters today. The first took about a thousand pictures and had studied up on diabetes by visiting ChildrenWithDiabetes.com before hand. The second reporter was supposed to be here last Thursday, but we had a 16"snow storm. Not a lot for Buffalo, but way more then we should have in Southeast Virginia. Both articles should run this week, so we will try to put them in the journal before we send Rufus on to New Jersey.
Thanks again for letting us have Rufus for this wonderful visit!
Terri and Zeke Zimmer
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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