The Martin Family, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
May 13, 2004
Rufus arrives! Well, we are so excited that Rufus has arrived safe and sount to Denham Springs, Louisiana. We have a number of activities planned for Madison and Rufus; let's hope we have enough time to do them all! Maddie and Rufus fell asleep early after all the excitement of his arrival.
May 14, 2004
Madison and Rufus relaxed this morning, watched "Dora the Explorer," had breakfast, then played tea party.
May 15, 2004
Madison, Rufus, and I were all heading out to the pharmacy to pick up supplies (insulin) when we saw "something" in the road. I stopped the car and it turned out to be a large turtle! We rescued him from being run over and brought him home. We have a large patch of woods around our house, so we let him go so he would be safe away from the road.
Rufus met Maddie's favorite pharmacist and diabetes expert at Rite Aid, Miss Simone Gynn.
May 16, 2004
Well, the turtle episode prompted a visit to our local library. Madison, Rufus, and I went to check out books about turtles, lizards, and just about any other creepy crawly thing that moves! Madison checked Rufus' glucose and gave him an injection, then she read him a book. What fun!
May 18, 2004
Senate Committee Hearing at the Capitol - Baton Rouge
Rufus attended a Senate Judiciary Hearing to testify with Madison and I in favor of SCNT Research in Louisiana. They did great! We all waited for 3 1/2 hours, then Madison told the senators she did not want diabetes anymore. This Hearing prompted a TV interview, several newspaper articles, and interest in diabetes where there was none before. We have an appointment on May 20 with the "Livingston Parish News" to talk about Rufus and diabetes!
May 19, 2004
A day of rest ....
Madison and Rufus cut out pictures of animals and glued them to paper, later to be handed out as priceless art to all of her family. Yesterday wore us all out. Advocacy is a full time job!
May 20, 2004
Miss Carol Stewart at the "Livingston Parish news" asked us to come by today for an interview. We spoke with her for about an hour about Rufus, who and what he is, Maddie's life as a diabetic, her likes and dislikes, friends and family, and our work as volunteers and advocates for diabetes.
When we finished our interview, we went to play at Miss Tara's house with Victoria and Sarah. We had a snack and jumped on the trampoline.
May 21, 2004
Madison and Rufus played with Granny - she had the day off of work because tomorrow is her birthday! They played outside, dressed-up, colored, and watched a movie. "Sonnie" had to go to the vet. So we all took a drive to pick her up.
May 22, 2004
Today is Madison's Granny's birthday! We all took her out to lunch and then went to see Shrek 2. It was a nice day! We are preparing for another Senate Hearing on Tuesday. We have been researching SCNT this evening. Madison and Rufus colored, read books, and played with her doctor kit.
May 23, 2004
Sunday School! Madison took Rufus to her Sunday School class. They had a great time learning about the Lord, having a snack, playing games, and learning Bible verses.
Today is also Paw-Paw's birthday. We are going out to lunch and having cake and ice cream to celebrate. Madison's great-grandmother, Miss Amanda Sartin, came to visit from Mississippi. We are so happy she is here!
Best of luck, Rufus, in your future travels! We will Miss you!
The Martin Family
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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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