The Grills Family, Narre Warren North, Melbourne, Australia
Tuesday 17th July, 2001
Well, Rufus finally arrived in Narre Warren North, Melbourne, Australia. Brooke is going to be his guardian for the next few days. He arrived around 4pm and went straight into a photo shoot with Brooke's own Rufus and Rufina and Max the MiniMed moose. Rufus now has a Koala badge, an American diabetes ribbon and a JDRF orange Jelly Baby Badge. We also gave him a new 507 pump just like Brooke's. After having chops for tea he settled down for a night in front of the T.V. Rufus has his own bench seat along with Rufus #1 and Rufina. He is enjoying having an Aussie brother and sister just like him.
Wednesday 18th July, 2001
Rufus' reading was 9.0 [162 mg/dl] this morning, he had muesli flakes with toast and orange juice for breakfast. Today Rufus played outside doing high jump for sport, then he hypoed he was only 2.6 [47 mg/dl]. He met all my classmates at Thomas Mitchell Primary School. The deputy principal gave Rufus a school badge which is great. For lunch he had a chicken and tomato roll, mandarin, lolly pop and some M&Ms (chocolates). When Rufus and I got home from school, a lady came to take some photographs of us for the local paper. She took lots of photos and hopefully we will be in the paper next week. After that we settled down to watch T.V. again. OOPS Rufus feels low again he is only 2.1 (38 mg/dl). This time so he had some glucose then felt much better. It was supper time so Brooke did her test, too. She was 11.1 (200 mg/dl) -- TERRIFIC! Rufus' visit seems to be helping Brooke to stay a little bit more stable. She can be anywhere from 4.0 [72 mg/dl] up to 26.0 [468 mg/dl] in one day. Well, it's time for bed now. NITE NITE.
Thursday 19th July, 2001
Today Rufus did rotations. That is when we go into different classrooms and do maths activities, we had to draw 3Dimensional shapes. It was hard. I lent Rufus a little back pack today so he could carry his own lunch and morning tea. For lunch he was 5.2 [94 mg/dl] so that was good. Rufus loves going to school with me.
Friday 20th July, 2001
Brooke decided that Rufus might like a change of scenery. He spent the day with Mandy (Brooke's mum). First off we took Brooke to school, then her big brother Marc, then we were off to Ringwood to visit my great Aunt. She loves teddies too so she was really pleased to meet rufus and give him a big hug. We stayed for lunch then it was off to the chemist to get our meters checked. Brooke's was playing up so she had to get a new one. Then it was time to collect Brooke from school. At night Rufus slept with Brooke and his Aussie brother and sister. So the bed was a bit cramped.
Saturday 21 July, 2001
We all slepy in till late. Thank goodness for the PUMP. Both Brooke and Rufus needed line changes this morning. Brooke's reading was 6.2 [111 mg/dl] and Rufus was 9.2 [165 mg/dl]. After lunch we went to Stacey's house (Brooke's best friend). She had changed her room around and wanted us to see it. We got home late and read some magazines until bedtime.
Sunday 22nd July, 2001
Today we met a little boy called Bradley. He has only just been diagnosed with diabetes. Bradley is only 6 years old. We just had a fun day playing with Brad and his sister and listening to music. For tea we had fish and chips YUM! Brooke was 22.2 [400 mg/dl] though so she had to have a correction, but Rufus was 7.4 [133 mg/dl]. Off to bed at 8.30pm because tomorrow it is off to school with Brooke again.
Monday 23rd July, 2001
Rufus said goodbye to all my classmates and my teacher today. It is almost time for him to leave and go to New Zealand. Rufus and I were in the local paper today, it had an article on us about our diabetes and what we have been through. It also had a picture of us which was great.
Tuesday 24th July, 2001
Rufus was supposed to leave today but mum had to go and play tennis and did not get to the post office. Yeah! another night with Rufus. Rufus went to tennis with mum, he just watched because he was too tired to play. Mandy (Brooke's mum) had lots of fun trying to hit the tennis ball around the court. They were all laughing and having a great time. After we all had lunch it was time to take everyone home and go pick up Brooke from school. Brooke had a bad day today. She hypoed 2.1 [38 mg/dl] at 4.30 am and then went up to 26.0 [468 mg/dl] by morning tea, but by lunch she was back down to 4.1 [74 mg/dl]. It made her feel awful all day. I am glad Rufus was here to make her feel better when she came home.
Wednesday 24th July, 2001
Well we are off to the post office today. I will be sad to leave my aussie family but happy that I am off on a new adventure to New Zealand to meet another little diabetic child. We have taken lots of photos here and had a lot of fun.
BYE BYE RUFUS -- take care and fly safely.
Love from Mandy and Jim Grills, Brooke 9 dxd @ 6 and Marc 17
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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