Back to Rufus Rufus Visits the Borders Family

The Borders Family, Shelby Township, Michigan

Monday, December 17, 2001
Rufus is finally here! We are all so excited. Rufus was immediately introduced to Monica's bear, Ruby, and Kara's bear, Teddy. Soon Kevin came home from school and was thrilled to meet him. Then Daddy came home from work, and what a surprise for him to find Ruby, Rufus, and Teddy sitting at the kitchen table for dinner.

Later, Rufus went to Kevin's Cub Scout pack meeting. It was the Christmas party. He got to watch the boys perform and receive awards. Kevin not only received some badges, his raffle ticket was picked, and he got a Detroit Lions baseball cap. Then, home to sleep with Monica tonight. Rough night-in all the hustle and bustle of getting Christmas gifts delivered to the Catechism teachers and the Scout meeting, no one remembered Monica's dinner shot! Poor Mon had 390 blood glucose when Mom realized it and gave her some H to bring it down into range. Luckily, Rufus was there to hold when Monica woke up to find she was getting a shot.

Tuesday, December 18, 2001
Rufus and Ruby visited Monica's nursery school class, where she told her friends that Rufus has diabetes, just like her, and has to get shots. Then he got to go to Kevin's school, so Mom could finish her "reading mom" activities. Tuesdays are busy around here! Luckily, things always calm down in the afternoon when Monica and Kara nap. Rufus enjoyed napping after so much activity.

Wednesday, December 19, 2001
An exciting day for everyone! Rufus went to Kevin's first grade class to teach the kids a little bit about diabetes. The kids were very interested and loved holding Rufus. Monica showed the kids how she tests her sugar, and Rufus allowed us to give him a shot for demonstration. Next, the girls had a Christmas party with their playgroup through church. Rufus met Santa and sat on his lap. Monica asked Santa for a Barbie, and Kara was too shy to ask for anything. Rufus wasn't shy at all-he asked Santa for a cure for diabetes! Santa couldn't promise that, but he did say he'd make a donation to JDRF. Rufus was a little disappointed that he and Monica weren't allowed the cookies one mom brought in because they had already eaten a snack. However, Monica was allowed to play a game involving sugar-coated donuts! And she enjoyed being told to run around the room a lot to help bring her sugar down.

In the evening, Rufus was thrilled to watch the kids put felt ornaments on a felt tree used for a Christmas countdown. We had forgotten the past few days, so each child took a turn. Rufus especially liked the Teddy Bear ornament Kara put up. Only 6 more days until Christmas!

Thursday, December 20, 2001
Rufus found out that Thursdays are even busier than Tuesdays, and opted to just relax at home while Kara went to play at a neighbor's, and Monica and Kevin went to school. Later, he met a friend named Nathan. Nathan is 2, and special in his own way-he has a mild case of cerebral palsy. Instead of shots and finger pokes, Nathan has therapy classes. Rufus found that interesting. The evening was very special-a cozy night in front of the TV watching "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." The whole family put on their PJ's and grabbed blankets and pillows. We shared popcorn, cheese cubes, and special gingerbread men made by Nathan's mom, Pat.

Friday, December 21, 2001
Mom woke up with another sore throat today. So Rufus, Ruby, Monica and Kara all went to the doctor with her while Kevin was at school. There was a very long wait to see the doctor, but everyone was well-behaved. The doctor said Mom had strep throat (again), and gave her more medicine. She was interested in hearing that Monica and Rufus have diabetes, and asked a few questions. After the doctor, all went home and rested or played, since Mom didn't feel well. The rest of the day was pretty uneventful.

Saturday, December 22, 2001
Today wasn't a very fun day. All the holiday plans were cancelled for the day because of Mom's strep throat. So, instead of having a family photo taken, and having a big Christmas dinner and exchanging presents with our cousins, we all stayed home and cleaned the house! Rufus probably won't get to meet Dad's side of the family, since he has to continue on to the next family before we get together with the Borders now.

Sunday, December 23, 2001
Mom was feeling better, and took Kevin to church and rehearsal. On Christmas Eve, Kevin will be acting out the nativity at church-he's going to be a shepherd. Rufus and the girls stayed home and played with Dad.

Monday, December 24, 2001
Today was very fun for everyone. Nathan and his mom and dad came over to exchange gifts. Monica got some cool beads to make jewelry, and she already has plastic tags with the medical alert symbol and "Diabetes" on them, so she can now make her own medical ID jewelry, along with other stuff. Rufus was impressed by the pretty beaded medical ID bracelet Monica has already made, but he prefers his metal one, since he's a boy! Mom also had to bake more Christmas cookies, since she got hungry last night and ate the last of the cut-outs we were saving for Santa! Rufus likes watching the baking, but didn't get too close, since he wasn't too thrilled by the mess.

Christmas Eve means going to church, but Rufus and Ruby were accidentally left behind! They missed Kevin's performance as a shepherd (and he was awesome). But, Rufus did cooperate about getting everything ready for Santa and getting to bed quickly, so Santa could come.

Tuesday, December 25, 2001
Christmas is here! Everyone is sooooo excited! Before opening all the presents, we read the story about the birth of Jesus, and sang "Happy Birthday" to Jesus. It was fun. The presents were fun, too, and everyone was thrilled with the goodies. Rufus got one present from the Borders family-a Detroit Red Wings key chain for his backpack (since we are huge Wings fans). He really liked it, and added it to his collection right away.

Later the family packed up and headed to the Knudson house. Aunt Midge, Uncle Ron, Brian, Craig and Eric were hosting Christmas dinner this year. Grandma and Grandpa Bartlett, Uncle Art, Cousin Greg, and Uncle Mike were there too. We opened more presents, and Kevin, Monica and Kara got way too many things. Then more relatives came over for dinner. It was loud with 20 people for dinner in one room! But Rufus didn't seem to mind. After dinner and pie, the family headed home. The kids and bears were exhausted, so they went right to bed. Normally, the family heads to Great Aunt Gail and Uncle Dick's house for more celebrating and visiting with more relatives. But this year, only Mom went, since everyone else fell asleep.

Wednesday, December 26, 2001
Today was a day simply to relax and enjoy our Christmas presents. Rufus liked watching the kids try out all their new stuff.

Thursday, December 27, 2001
Another relaxing day for Rufus. Dad went back to work, so the family's routine is slowly getting back to normal. Rufus disappeared briefly, but was found in the toy room playing with the baby dolls! We intended to send him to the next family today, but that didn't work out.

Friday, December 28, 2001
Today was the first day this winter we actually had snow on the ground in metro Detroit! About an inch and a half made for some fun times for the kids. Rufus wasn't prepared for Michigan winters, so Monica lent him an old jacket, and Kara lent him an old hat, and he was good to go. Later, Kevin took him in the basement for a scooter ride. Rufus seems to be an old pro at the scooter, since he's been riding them with other families. Tonight he will sleep with Monica one last time. Tomorrow he continues his adventures.

Goodbye, Rufus. We had many plans for you that couldn't be fulfilled, since you came to our house during the Christmas rush. No visit to the Detroit Zoo, or heading into downtown Detroit to see Joe Louis Arena (where the Red Wings play), or trips up north or down to Grandma's or any other fun stuff our family likes to do. But we were thrilled you were able to spend Christmas with us, since it is our favorite time of the year. On to the Stanfields in Indiana. Have fun and safe adventures!

The Borders Family
Terri (Mom), Ray (Dad), Kevin (6), Monica, (3, dx'd 6-00), and Kara (2)

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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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