The Kane Family, Grand Junction, Colorado
Friday, June 29, 2001
Rufus arrived at our home in Denver, Colorado today. We didn't know he was coming and he got "lost" in the US postal system for a while while we moved from Grand Junction, Colorado. We had our mail held for awhile and then forwarded to Denver. Unfortunately Rufus got stuck in the mess.
Needless to say, he was extremely excited to get out of the box and meet Tarek, and Tarek thought Rufus was pretty cool too. Rufus and Tarek played together at home most of the evening. At dinnertime, Tarek and Rufus checked their blood sugar. Tarek's BG was a little high, and Rufus' BG was a little low. We forgot that Rufus had insulin peaking at dinnertime. We eat a little late during the week. Rufus received 4 glucose tabs, and dinner was made.
Tarek received a phone call from a friend of his, Michael, from Grand Junction, where we had just moved from, saying that they were taking an unexpected trip to Denver the next day, Saturday, and we all made plans to get together and go to Ocean Journey. Ocean Journey is an aquarium in Denver.
After Dinner, Rufus received a shot, and Tarek gave himself a bolus. Rufus was totally impressed by Tarek's pump and Tarek showed him how it worked. Rufus started talking about how he wanted a pump.
Tarek and Rufus went to bed not long after dinner because we had to get up and go to the aquarium the next day.
Saturday, June 30, 2001
Rufus did fine his first night at our house. We forgot what it was like to have a non-pumper and checked Rufus' BG a few times during the night. He was fine.
Tarek and Rufus checked their BG for breakfast, and then they got ready to go to the aquarium. After breakfast Rufus had to have a shot, and Tarek gave himself a bolus with his pump. Tarek commented that he was glad that he didn't have to have shots any more. Rufus said that pumps are cool.
We met Michael and his family at the aquarium late morning and spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon exploring and enjoying the exhibits. We did have trouble with Rufus wanting to get into the tanks and chase all the fish J, but otherwise everyone had a great time.
Rufus did go low and we had to give him several glucose tabs. Tarek and Rufus decided the raspberry ones were the best. Before we left the aquarium, we jumped on the trolley for a ride around parts of Denver and got to see the new Mile High stadium up close.
We had a late lunch at Burger King before our friends had to go and Tarek, Michael, and Rufus didn't want to get out of the play place.
We headed home and spent the rest of the afternoon unpacking boxes from our move. Tarek unpacked some of his boxes and came across his large collection of stuffed animals. Rufus loved all of Tarek's stuffed buddies.
Sunday, July 1, 2001
We spent the morning getting Tarek ready to go to Diabetes Camp. We did a site change as Rufus watched. Rufus wanted to know what it felt like to wear the pump, so we put a site into Rufus' behind, just like Tarek. Because Tarek is on a Dtron, we don't have spare pump, but Rufus wore the site all day.
We drove Tarek to Diabetes Camp in the mountains of Colorado. It was an absolutely beautiful drive sans the pouring rain. Rufus was very excited to meet so many children that he had D in common with. Tarek was very sad to have to leave Rufus, and we agreed to let him stay until Tarek came home from camp.
Monday, July 2 through July 5, 2001
Rufus spent the week with Mom at work. Mom works for a large Aerospace corporation in Denver. He went everywhere with Mom, visiting people, going to staff meetings, and doing lunch. Everyone a Mom's work was very interested to meet Rufus and to hear about his adventures and learn about D. One of Mom's co-workers, in the cube catty-corner to her, is a young man who has had Type 1 since he was 6-years-old. He was very excited to hear that kids today have someone like Rufus to share with.
Rufus met many people at Mom's work that have family member with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Mom and her co-workers are thinking of putting together a team for the next JDRF walk.
Friday, July 6, 2001
We went to pick up Tarek from Diabetes Camp today. Tarek was exhausted and just crawled into the back seat with Rufus and fell asleep on the ride home. Tarek and Rufus slept most of the day. Rufus was a huge comfort to Tarek, as he was physically and emotionally exhausted.
We did stop by a convenience store on the Interstate and picked up a Colorado key chain for Rufus to add to his collection. Tarek and Rufus wanted all kinds of goodies from the store, but we managed to get out with just the keychain.
Saturday, July 7, 2001
We decided to all go to a movie together. The air conditioner in our house broke and couldn't be fixed until Monday, and everyone was very hot, especially Rufus with his fur coat. We went to see A.I.
Rufus and Tarek wanted treats at the movie theatre. We couldn't let Rufus have a treat because we didn't take any syringes with us to the movies. Rufus insisted that Tarek go ahead and have a box of Whoppers, which he did. They did share a Diet Coke together. We then spent the rest of the afternoon walking around the mall, as no one wanted to go home to our HOT house.
Sunday, July 8, 2001
We all began to say our good-byes and get ready to send Rufus on to the next CWD family. Tarek was very sad to have to say good-bye to Rufus, but was glad that he and Rufus got to spend some time together.
Rufus has to be boxed up today, since Mom will have to take him to the post office during work time tomorrow. We wish Rufus lots of fun and excitement in his travels. We would like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to Laura for this fantastic project. This has been a fantastic way to meet and educate people about D.
The Kane Family
Daniel and Allison, Tarek (9, Dx 11-16-98), Lucy (8 mo Border Collie mix)
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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