Pratt family, Venedocia, Ohio
March 23, 2001
Rufus arrives! He is greeted by Lena after school, who is excited and intrigued as she tries to separate reality and fantasy. "But how can you give him insulin shots? He's not real!" By bedtime she's decided to give up her teenage sophistication and holds on tightly to her bear throughout the night.
March 24, 2001
A big day for Lena and Rufus. Lena is participating in her first solo-ensemble contest. Lena and Wendy are up early. After Lena eats breakfast and has her insulin, they pack up all of Lena's diabetes supplies, grab Rufus, and head for the school in Paulding (about a 45 minute drive). Grandma, Papa, Aunt Becky and Uncle Michael are all visiting, and will follow a little later. On the drive to Paulding, Lena practices her solo, "Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head," and the song she'll sing with a group of seventh grade girls, "Witness." She introduces Rufus to her friends, and explains that he is travelling around the world visiting children with diabetes. The rest of the family arrives just in time to hear Lena sing her solo, on which she gets a 2 (1 is high, 5 is low). We're very proud. Someone must have complained, because they've added diet Pepsi to the available beverages, and Lena has a cup while she waits to do her next song. The girls do very well, and get a 1, the highest mark at their first solo-ensemble contest.
We all leave and go to Pizza Hut to celebrate Lena's 14th birthday on the 26th. It's our first trip to Pizza Hut since diagnosis at the end of July.
The stress and excitement have driven Lena a bit low. She's 76 before an early lunch. Rufus sits between Lena and Aunt Becky, and they share their pizza and Pepsi (diet) with him. That night we have cake and ice cream to celebrate, and Lena's numbers stay in the 90s. No need for extra insulin!
March 25, 2001
Rufus sleeps in. Lena plays hand bells at church. Wendy leads worship and teaches Sunday School. After a steak dinner, Aunt Becky and Uncle Michael head home to Michigan. Grandma and Papa stay until Monday.
March 26, 2001
Lena turns 14! Rufus stays home, and Lena takes a nap with him after school.
March 28, 2001
Rufus heads to Elyria for his next stop.
Wendy and Lena Pratt
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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