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The Jorgensen Family, Bethpage, New York

October 10, 2002
Rufus is here! We've been waiting for him for Nicholas forever! Nick has asked if Rufus can stay for his birthday, Oct. 31st. That way he will be nice and rested for his next trip. I love Rufus; he is the best!

Friday, October 11, 2002
Rufus is staying home with Mom today. We are celebrating her birthday. Rufus is so quiet we hardly know that he is here. Justin has even been hanging out with Rufus; thought an almost 13 year old would be too cool. Nicholas is a little apprehensive about bringing Rufus to school. He's afraid the other kids will make fun of him. Today we are going to looking for his Halloween costume; it is a very special day for us all because it is Nicholas' birthday.

Sunday, October 13, 2002
We had a bad weekend with numbers, 2 site changes, and it now seems to be a little better. Nick, Rufus and I had a busy weekend. It rained for almost 3 days straight, but that still didn't stop us. We went to a birthday party, bought a car and went to Home Depot twice. Rufus and Nicholas even helped in the basement; we had a flood in July and are now re-building everything. The rain finally stopped Sunday afternoon, and the kids couldn't get out of the house fast enough to see their friends.

Monday, October 14, 2002
No school today, it's Columbus Day. We are going to take a ride to Toys R Us to find something new for Rufus to wear.

Tuesday, October 15, 2002
Back to school all except Rufus - so he stays home with Mom. Nick won't bring him to school for some reason, but he's been everywhere else with us.

Wednesday, October 16, 2002
We had our first Nor'easter! It wasn't as bad as they said. Some rain, which we really need, and some wind. We're going on a baseball road trip this Sunday to New Jersey. Justin has a double header, so of course Rufus will come along too. I made a pump boo-boo today, I ignored the alarm and when I checked had a "no delivery" message. Checked Nick's blood sugar and YUCK ITS 575! Changed the infusion set, filled the reservoir, primed, bolused and back to normal in a few hours.

Thursday, October 17th - Wednesday, October 23rd
Rufus and our family have been so busy we haven't had time to write. Rufus finally made it to school with Nicholas but only to meet the best school nurse, Mrs.Ciampi - she is the only person in the school district who took the time to learn about the pump and diabetes and to attend training and to learn carb counting. We really think that people don't want to know or learn because they are hoping that Nick's diabetes will just go away. Ok, let's see what we have done in the last week. Rufus has been to Home Depot and now knows the store with his eyes closed, he also got to sit for 6 hours and freeze at Justin's double-header on a Saturday. Rufus has played football, eaten all kinds of food and he's even met al the neighbors. He truly loves our newest neighbors, Cathy 5 ½ months and John and Julia 5 months. They live across the street from us; they are our 2nd family since we have no relatives that live in New York. It is time for Rufus to pack up. Nicholas doesn't want him to stick around for his birthday now. He said we should just keep him for our 2 weeks; he wants everyone else to get to spend time with Rufus.

October 24th - October 31st, 2002
Nick and Rufus got their flu shots, they were so brave. We have been so busy we actually forgot to write in the journal. Rufus went to school for the 2nd time, and the kids loved him. Rufus got to go Trick or Treating today and amazingly Nicholas's numbers were beautiful! Exercise is great! There is a change in Rufus's itinerary. He's not going to Germany, he's going to Canada. But that's ok. The Howie family, especially James, is anxiously awaiting his arrival.

Friday, November 1st, 2002
Tonight we celebrated Nicholas' 7th birthday. We also went to the endocrinologist, and Rufus came along. We had some great news with Nicholas' A1c. It was an 8.4, not good to a lot of people but great news to us especially since it was a 10.4 only 4 months ago. I really have to thank Dr. Canas at Winthrop Pediatrics for changing us over to Novolog. Well, it's time to pack up Rufus. It was a pleasure to meet him and have him live with us for the last 3 weeks. We are truly going to miss you!


The Jorgensen Family

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