Kyllo family, Vernon, British Colombia, Canada
Rufus arrived on Friday morning. He waited patiently in his box until Chad and Alyssa came home from school for lunch. Both were very excited, having waited anxiously for his visit. During lunch he shared his journal with us and we were very interested to learn about his visits with other families. We especially liked the pictures. Friday evening Rufus was very brave and sat still to have a pump set injected. He'd watched Chad and Alyssa have extra snacks in the afternoon and a late dinner. He thought pumping would be easier during his travels. In the evening he learned some trampoline skills from Alyssa and Chad and also met Alyssa's Ruby and Chad's Rufus.
The weekend was nice and sunny. Rufus and Chad and Alyssa spent most of the time playing on the trampoline and helping Chad and Alyssa's Dad in the yard. Rufus slept one night with Alyssa and one night with Chad.
On Monday Chad and Alyssa's entire school spent the day at the local waterslide park. We were worried Rufus might overheat with all his fur, so he kept Victor (dog) company at home. After school we all went to the local pharmacy for a photo opportunity for the upcoming local Canadian Diabetes Association walk for diabetes. There Rufus met Maureen, Cody and Nikolas; three of the 40+ local children with diabetes. They were pretty excited to meet Rufus and signed his journal. On our way home we stopped at the playground and Rufus had fun on the swings and slide.
On Tuesday Chad shared Rufus with his class. His classmates had lots of questions. The class then went on a field trip to a local cheese factory and a miniature horse ranch. Rufus enjoyed the cheese curds, but was a little frightened of the horses. In the evening Laura and Ian Stewart and their parents came for a short visit. They were on holiday in the Okanagan all the way from Ontario. Rufus is looking forward to visiting them next!
On Wednesday Alyssa shared Rufus with her class. She read Rufus' storybook and answered lots of questions from her classmates.
On Thursday Rufus spent a quiet day at home. He was resting before his long journey to Ontario. We all wish him a safe trip and hope the weather in Ontario is as nice as it is here.
Chad, 7, started pumping Mar'01 (dx 2/96)
Alyssa, 10, started pumping Jul'00 (dx 5/98)
Heather and Scott Kyllo
Vernon, BC, Canada
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: Wednesday December 18, 2002 21:35:54
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